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The best photo-editing apps and software to raise your Instagram game

Instagram has quickly become the most popular image sharing platform in the world. With its addictive scrolling newsfeed, original content through IGTV and mass appeal, Instagram has found a place in most of our daily lives. While photographers of varying levels use Instagram to share their clicks, the photo editing options on the native Instagram are fairly limited. Whether you’re using Instagram to advertise your business, to climb your way to social celebrity status or simply to share heartwarming images with your friends and family, here are a few apps that’ll help you up your “Instagram Quotient”.

For Black and White Photos

BLACK

BLACK

Availability: iOS

Price: $0.99

Fans of vintage analog photography are going to have a lot of fun creating black and white classics with this app because it provides countless ways to recreate the look of the iconic black and white era. You can preset for films like the  Fuji Neopan 400, Kodak TRI-x 400, and Ilford HPS, to name a select few.

The app’s interface is intuitive — swipe left and right to apply different filters while you tweak shadows, control tones, and contrast and customize and apply vignettes.

For Powerful, All-Round Control

Snapseed

Availability: Android, iOS

Price: Free

Google’s Snapseed is one of the best photo editing options available across platforms. It comes with a huge selection of editing tools that are a wide mix of user-friendly and expert-oriented. While this may mean there’s a learning curve, Snapseed has been found to create spectacular results.

Snapseed is bundled with 26 built-in tools and filters, including popular options like lens blur, HDR Scape, and vintage lens.

VSCO

Availability: Android, iOS

Price: Free

If you prefer your editor to be kept minimalistic, VSCO is the one for you. It mixes editor and camera functionalities, meaning you can take better images in the first place as well as refine those you’ve already taken. VSCO has the added benefit for a thriving community of photo editors who share their work inside the app.

Replete with all the advanced control, countless free and paid filters and a simple slider mechanism, VSCO is an editing powerhouse.

For Professional Grade editing

Adobe Photoshop Express

Availability: Android, iOS

Price: Free

For close to a decade, Adobe has set the bar for image editing software, but if you’re not in the market for the intricacies of their full package, the Express app allows you to get the best of Adobe expertise without needing know-how in desktop publishing.

The app is available for free on iOS and Android, but with in-app purchases for the advanced features.

For Beauty Edits and Selfies

Facetune

Facetune

Availability: Android, iOS

Price: $3.99

On some smartphones, the camera app comes with built-in “beauty” modes to help smoothen your skin, enlarge your eyes and alter your face. The results can be terrifying when overdone, so use sparingly. Although rather controversial, the editing available from this app is truly unique with nothing else in the market quite matching up.

From a portrait, you can add makeup, reduce wrinkles, sweep highlight over your cheeks or make your eyelashes look fuller. Straightening noses, enhancing cheekbones, filling in those patchy eyebrows and get an instant tooth whitening treatment… there’s really not much that this can’t improve on a face.

For Collages and Layouts

PicStitch

PicStitch

Availability: Android, iOS

Price: Free

Nobody likes to open up their Instagram feed and see a dozen iterations of the same picture. Instead of posting two angles of your food, a selfie and the ambiance of the restaurant you’re in as four separate posts, consider consolidating them into a single post using a collage app such as PicStitch.

The app offers over 300 layouts using 15 different aspect ratios to make sure you have one for every occasion.

Creating a successful Instagram post is a big ask, demanding much more than just hitting the share button, and if you want each photo you post on Instagram to be a success, consider using photo editing apps that will allow you to enhance your pictures to the best of their potential. Choose only the apps you feel comfortable with. There are bajillions of Instagram photo editor app choices out there, find one that fits you best. Happy posting!

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