I may have a slight obsession with photo editing apps, ok it’s pretty major. My friend asked me to post about which ones I used but…well there are just too many.
But in the interest of keeping it brief I thought I would give you my gun-to-my-head-if-i-had-to-choose-five-short-list.
Instagram, obviously. I’m addicted, you just have to look at my sidebar to see I am probably guilty of over-posting. It’s not just my favourite photo editing app, it’s my favourite social networking platform. I love the simple effects, the ease of use and the sharing capabilities. It’s perfection. If you are not on to it yet, you still have time to save yourself. Basically you have a profile, follow people, they follow you and everyone makes their pics look awesome with a bunch of quick vintage style filters and boarders. It’s a great way to share pics without being a Facebook feed hogger, it is also another way to stalk your favourite celeb or search for trends through a hashtag system.
Big Lens. This is a really dense photo editor, the options are endless. I use this mostly to create the focused up front and blurry out back look but the filters, lenses and frames are also fantastic and there are heaps of them. You can add light leaks, vingnetts, change the aperture, mold the sun spots into lots of great shapes including hearts and snowflakes, brighten, crop, blah blah blah. It is the shiz-nit.
Phonto. This is by far my favourite app for applying text to a picture. There are a heap of fonts plus good options for angle, colour and transparency. The only downside of the app is that you have to write one line at a time but it’s still good.
Pic Frame. There are a lot of apps that you can make photo collages with but I tend to use Pic Frame. I just find it easy as you can lock and unlock the frame. This just means that you can move the boarders around then lock them into place before you size the pictures. It’s great as in-phone camera editing can be pretty fiddly and this just helps you control everything better. If I’m making a collage like below I always use Pic Frame first, then apply the filter, then the text. This way all the pictures have matching filters and the text does not get discoloured.
*pics thanks to Lulu Lemon, A Beautiful Mess and Stone Fox Bride
Square ready. This app simply makes your rectangular pictures square images so you can share to Instagram without losing the sides of them. There are a few apps that do this but I like Square Ready because you can choose what background colour you want to use. It also can send your pic straight to the Instagram app when you’re done, it’s quick, easy and you don’t end up clogging your camera roll. If I want to share a picture on Instagram that isn’t square I like to edit it with this first in Big Lens then send it to Square Ready and then Instagram. If you use Square Ready then add a filter in Instagram the whole square image gets coloured instead of just the actual photo.