I’m quite a nerd when it comes to photo editing apps, so here’s my selection of three fantastic apps for making your photos stand out.
The Best Apps for Editing Your Photos With
VSCO has been a favourite of mine for years. It might not be quite as good as it once was, but it’s still one of the best apps out there for editing your photos with.
- The app itself is free, but you only get a handful of filters for free now.
- You used to be able to buy filter packs (which I did back in the day), but now you have to pay a monthly or annual subscription to get access to all of the filters available.
- The subscription allows you to edit video, which is handy for making your IG Stories, Reels or TikTok videos stand out. (And, on Instagram, if you use the same filter for video that you do for your grid photos, it gives you a highly cohesive feed.)
- I had the subscription myself and paid £18.99 a year for it, but got rid of it because I’m not active on IG at the moment. It is worth it if you’re regularly editing photos with the app though.
- There are lots of basic editing tools in the app like brightness, contrast, saturation and temperature (the usual), but the subscription gets you extras like HSL sliders and the ability to add text and borders to your images.
- My personal favourite filters on VSCO are: A4, A6, HB2, S2, J2, J5, C8 and M5.
Snapseed is owned by Google, and while it’s been quite a neglected app over the past few years, it does still have some great features.
- It’s really easy to use.
- There are lots of basic tools to edit your images with, but there are also fantastic tools like targeted adjustments and brushes to edit a specific area of your photo.
- It’s completely free!
- The ambiance tool is really great to play around with.
- There’s even a curve editor, which is quite advanced for a fully free app.
- My personal favourite filter is: Grainy Film – X04.
Lightroom is free, but you can also get the Adobe Creative Cloud monthly subscription, which I have. It’s one of the most complicated photo editing apps out there, but it is very powerful.
- It’s a fantastic app, but it might be overwhelming and complicated for those new to photo editing. (There are loads of tutorials on YouTube that’ll teach you what you need to learn though.)
- The free version gives you most of the same features to edit with as the premium, subscription version. If you upgrade to the Creative Cloud subscription, you’re able to sync your images across devices, plus you get the Lightroom and Photoshop desktop software too. (It’s currently £9.98 a month, and you get also get 20GB of cloud storage.)
- Lightroom gives you loads of tools to edit your images with, including HSL sliders, shadow and highlight tones, the ability to make and save presets, and curve editing.
- There are lots of Lightroom presets out there on the Internet that you can get for free (just do a quick Google and you’ll find something that suits your needs), and there are also tons of Etsy shops out there that sell LR presets to give you the look you’re after without having to work out how to do it beforehand.
- It can be really fun to play around with the HSL sliders to get different effects on your pictures.
- It can easily edit RAW photos, just as well as JPEGs.
- You also get the ability to edit with targeted adjustments, plus the straightening tool is amazing.
- As I said, if you subscribe to Adobe Creative Cloud, it also syncs with Lightroom on your tablet and computer, which is really handy if you’re editing photos across devices.
- I don’t have a favourite preset, but I have made tons of my own to get my blog photos and Instagram snaps just how I like them.
What are your favourite photo editing apps?