Scroll through your Instagram feed, and you’ll see dozens of posts with highly similar content — bloggers, small brands, and influencers are all struggling to stand out. Want to capture your audience’s attention in this increasingly crowded space? We’ve rounded up the best photo editing apps to make your posts and feed stand out among the rest.
VSCO — A tried and true classic, we love VSCO for filters that take your photo to the next level, without anyone even knowing they’re there. Great for a vintage touch, VSCO X offers a new ‘For This Photo’ feature that hand-selects the filters that best suit your uploaded photos. For those who want to stick to the free version, you get the standard editing tools in addition to some unique ones: Filters are adjustable via a simple slider, and you can adjust the 3D perspective, temperature, and skin tones.
Snapseed – Google’s Snapseed doesn’t just offer you filters — it lets you create your own. Also unique to Snapseed is the ability to edit depth of field to put the foreground in focus and edit specific areas of your photo without affecting the rest. We also love that the app saves your edit history so you can go back to previous edit points at anytime.
Colourtone – Created by professional photographer Bonnie Curtis, Colourtone allows you to access premium presets right on your phone. Lightroom presets have become big among influencers recently, but require a monthly Lightroom subscription and often come with a $50+ price tag. Colourtone offers the same artistic lens, but with a diverse set of collections that feel like multiple preset packages in one.
Foodie – A favorite among, you guessed it, foodies, Foodie is the perfect app to not only take stunning shots of food, but also any still life that you want to capture from a bird’s eye view. Foodie helps you line up the perfect top-down shot, and makes colors and details truly pop. Plus, we love their filter series names – the Yum, Positano and BBQ to name a few.