We’ve talked about the shots that reign supreme on Instagram before, but now we’ll take it to the next level and talk about my favorite photo editing tools for Instagram. There are LOTS of editing apps available in the App Store, and it can be a challenge to figure which ones are worth paying for versus which ones might turn out as duds lingering lost somewhere inside of the black hole we can call our phone. Hopefully, my two sense will give you some insight into which tools are good for what. Editing your photos to become the perfect Instagram pic takes some commitment! 


VSCO is my filter go-to. Like I mentioned previously in the “5 Ways to Make Your Instagram Photos Better,” consistency in your feed is key. Have you been searching for the right filters to create a mood for your feed? Look no further - VSCO CAM has got your back. Plus you can layer images, save filter processes, and use the camera feature to manually adjust your focus.

Cost: Free! 


2. Facetune

When people first started talking about Facetune, it was all about making yourself thinner or whitening your smile. While some angles are bad and make you look bigger than you are or lighting is terrible and your teeth look yellow, I tend to use Facetune in slightly unconventional ways. Ever notice somebody’s feed that consistently highlights the perfect, bright white accents? By using the teeth whitening tool on Facetune, you can brighten your white backdrop in seconds. Not to mention there are lots of other fun tools to explore! 

Cost: $3.99


3. Afterlight

When I think Afterlight, I think options. This app has everything you need under one roof in regards to color changing, filters, and cropping. It includes 74 filter options, 78 natural textures like light leaks and vintage effects, and 128 different frames. With all of these options, just don’t forget that your feed should stay relatively consistent!