Best Photo Editing Apps for Instagram



Not all of us own a digital or professional camera but most of us own a smartphone with camera. With the rising trend of sharing your lives via social media, taking photos have become a routine or daily habit. Have you ever wondered what photo applications are people using out there? Let’s take a look.

Photo Editing Tools

1. Snapseed

Snapseed has became an essential mobile photo editing app. Ask your friends, most of them are using Snapseed! On top of a wide range of standard editing tools for adjusting color and exposure with special effect filters, it also includes a unique Selective Adjustment tool, which allows you to change the brightness, contrast and color saturation of selected portions of an image.

Google Play Rating : 4.5/5

Downloads: 260 000

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2. Polarr

Pretty new in the photo-editing world! Named as the Photoshop of Iphones, Polarr is packed with excellent tools and wrapped in an easy-to-learn interface. With features matching many of those in Adobe Lightroom, which sets the standard for photo editing softwares, Polarr lets you refine color balance, adjust specific colors, play with contrast using tone curves, and a lot more. You can adjust sliders in the iOS version by tilting your phone or tablet to one side or the other, though there's a 16-megapixel file size limit.

Chrome Store Rating: 4.5/5

Downloads: 285 000

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Photo Filter Apps

1. VSCOcam

VSCO stands for the Visual Supply Company! They have a strong reputation in the photography industry by creating unique film emulation presets called VSCO Film, which can be used and accessed with Adobe Lightroom.

While this app also works as a camera app, it’s has a rich collection of filters and editing tools that has earned its place on this list. From clear, sharp and clean looking pictures to faded hipster styles, they have them all! They are also known for their reputable hashtags - #vsco, #vscocam, #vscogood etc. Check out their hashtags, hundreds of thousands Instagrammers are going crazy with this app.

Google Play Rating : 4.3/5

Downloads: 270 000

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2. Afterlight

Afterlight has 59 adjustable filters, 66 textures, and 128 frames to fit every mood or season. You can basically transform a normal image of a flower to a watercolor painting.

 If you are one that prefers vintage looking images, this is the app for you. With its vintage filters, you can easily recreate those old-timey effects on photos taken with your mobile device.

Google Play Rating : 4.5/5

Downloads: 29 000


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1. AfterFocus

This is definitely one specialized app to use to create DSLR alike photos. It allows you to imitate the depth of field effect, which can typically be achieved with cameras only.

Depth of field is when ONLY your main subject is in focus and the background is blurred. You can even add a natural-looking bokeh effect where the background highlights are rendered as shapes.

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2. Instagram, itself!

Besides being a photo-sharing community, this app do offer basic, yet solid editing filters and tools.


There you have it, our list of photo editing apps! Try them out and let us know what you think through the comment box below!


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