Photos uploaded to social media last forever. Even if you delete your Facebook or take certain photos off Twitter, they still exist in some database somewhere, so you better make sure you’re looking your best at all times. Instagram has built-in filters but they can’t do any serious editing, for that you’ll need to download anther app. Don’t worry, we have you covered with five of the best and free.
1. Pic Stich
Sometimes you have more than one photo you want to post, use Pic Stitch to make an easy collage. Simply open the app, pick the template and border you want and you’re ready to go. Find a combination of horizontal and vertical photos to make an interesting contrast or decide to go with two or three similar ones. Upload pictures by tapping in the boxes to open your camera roll or photo library. There you can choose a filter if you want or leave the photos in their unedited glory. Drag them around to center them and you’re ready to share it to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. It really is that easy.
- Drag pictures around to fit into the boxes
- Can combine any kind of photos
- Easy to use
- Hard to navigate
- Actual photo editing only consists of filters
- Only used with squares and rectangles
Choosing the right filter for the moment can be incredibly difficult, especially if you’re trying to do it after the fact. That’s where PicsArt comes in handy. See the world in a real-time filter, as it should be. Once you take the photo, you can crop it, add a Meme border and writing or put it into a collage. Save your creations and upload them to all your social media platforms. The most interesting feature of this app is the drawing suite that you can use to illustrate with a variety of brushes and layers.
- Real-time filters
- Drawing suite
- Can draw on photos
- Banner ads at bottom of screen
- Hard to undo edits
- Only uses filters
Snapseed is the perfect way to tweak photos on the go, crop, brush, rotate and fix spots in your favorite photos before you upload them to social media. Start by choosing the photo you want to work on from your camera roll and hit the plus icon in the bottom to open your editing menu. From here you can choose a tool and get to work. The app keeps track of how many edits you’ve made and allows you to return to the original if you take things too far. Though you can’t make any deep edits, you can clean up your photos easily and quickly.
- Rotate photos
- Crop photos by just dragging the box where you want it
- Brighten photos
- Features were removed in latest update
- Edited photos don’t easily transfer to phone
- No black and white filter
4. VSCO Cam
VSCO Cam is the app for photographers who love to look at photography. Not only is it an editor, you can look at people’s collections of photos, go to the journal feature and read people’s blog posts. You can also follow your favorite creatives to see what they upload, or join the community to upload your own. Import a photo from your camera roll and begin editing. You can put a filter on, brighten or darken it, adjust the contrast, change the shadows and highlights and many more. It has a very professional feel but is easy for people who don’t take a lot of photos to understand. When you’re done going through it you can upload directly to your social media platforms or save it to your phone.
- Comes with a community
- Upload directly to social media platforms
- Good amount of editing tools
- A bit hard to navigate
- Easy to get stuck in the journal
- Have to sign in to use
5. Studio Design
If you feel like you need to jazz up your photos with words, graphics and textures download Studio Design. Upload a photo or take one inside the app and begin playing with the many kinds of little graphics or textures you can add, there are thousands to choose from. If you can’t find one you like, you can download the paid sets to get new and exciting designs. There are a million combinations you can make interesting creations. Though you can export to your favorite social media profiles, you can join the app’s own community and share photos among people who use Studio Design. If you go a little crazy with the layers, you can easily take away anything you’ve done by going to the icon at the top.
- Many graphics to choose from
- Export directly to social media
- Comes with its own community
- Have to log in to use
- Crashed when I put too many layers on
- Have to pay for certain overlays