Favorite Photo Editing Apps

Dear Lizzy, What are your favorite apps for photo editing and Instagram? 

For those of you who are not familiar with Instagram it’s a free app for your iphone, android, ipad, etc. Once you download it you can find your friends and follow them. Your feed will automatically show their photos as they post them. There are a bunch of photo filters Instagram comes with that are great. You can like your friends’ photos and leave comments. It’s basically Twitter but with photos.

Here are my top 5 photo app recommendations for all you Instagram lovers!!

PicFx (1.99):  for all your bokeh filter and light texture needs. I have only used this app for the bokeh effect/light textures. I haven’t even looked at the other options on this ap because that’s the only thing I need and use it for. When you add a light texture that you like, tap on the picture and click rotate to move the filter around the picture to where you like. Then use the sliding bar on the right to change the opacity of the filter. You may also click the arrow to save or add more filters which is cool if someone wants to layer on different effects.


VSCO (.99) : Love this one for adding a cool fade filter to my photos. I like the exposure, contrast and other basic editing options. I also really like the Black and White filter on this one. There are a couple little things that bug me when I am uploading and saving but overall I really like this ap.

Snapster (Free or I upgraded to the 2.99 version): I like the filters it comes with, some cool frames, I like the light leaks and it will open to Instagram for convenient posting. My favorite part is you can create your own custom filters and colored lighting. The advanced settings are really fun to play around with like I did below with the ferris wheel. The one of the left is one of the “Pop” filters and it comes with the app.


Picture Show (.99) Great for light leaks, a cool bokeh effect, a grid overlay. The filters are ok. I do like the multi exposures filter I’ve used it a few times like the photo below. The basic brightening and contrast tools are good.

My next photo editing purchase will be: Snapseed (4.99) I’ve heard really good things about it for all your photo editing tricks. I’ve heard it’s the only ap you’d need so I am excited to check it out. Also, as I was finishing up this post I saw my friend Rhonna sharing a cool tutorial for using Rhonna Designs fonts with your apps!

-As if there wasn’t already enough ways to waste your time with Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and now Instagram. It’s definitely easy to become addicted to social media without knowing… or even knowingly. Instagram is my recent poison of choice. I love the spontaneous pictures and how they tell our life story. I recently ordered a book with all my instagram pictures (I’ll share next week) and love it! It’s also inspiring to see how the peeps I follow capture their everyday life. My username is (@dearlizzy or profile here)
At times it can get on Collin’s nerves if I am looking at my phone excessively… but when he’s home from work I think ‘oh, now I have a break and get lost on my phone’ but I try to wait for the right moment and Insta-responsibly…! ; )

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32 thoughts on “Favorite Photo Editing Apps

    1. Elizabeth Kartchner Post author

      I’m not sure if they work with Android? I know that Instagram does. I have the iphone…!

      1. Jennifer Evans

        So, I checked and all of these apps (besides Instagram of course) are not available via Android. Sad, but true. There are some that are named the same, but are not the true thing. I recommend a few of my favorites for Android that can do some of the same things (although nothing quite as nice as the bokeh you get with PicFx). Camera360, Pudding Camera, Pixlr-o-matic, and Vignette. Out of all of them, I would have to say my new favorites are Camera360 and Pixlr-o-matic because it has light leaks, vintage filters, and lovely bokehs that no other Android app seems to have right now. But, Vignette has my favorite black and white by adjusting the settings to Toy Camera, Black and White, and adjusting the vignette how you like it.

  1. Heidi

    Ah — I just downloaded Snapster. I LOVE this! I have Snapseed for my Ipad; it’s a cool little editing tool but for someone like me, who doesn’t have much photography experience, it can be overwhelming. I just start clicking buttons and hope to end up with a photo I like!! ha!!

  2. Bonnie

    Thanks Jennifer Evans for the tips! If anyone uses Blackberry, there is a cool app called MOLOME and also pixtrix as well as photo studio. hope that helps anyone with a BB

  3. mindy

    love snapseed, plus you can open into picfx when your done. my all time fav is vsco as I really like the film look. it’s a little slow getting your pics & saving, but they are working on that. I have the full version for Lightroom & love love love it!!!
    picframe is a great one to make collages & type text on the picture too!

  4. Julie

    I love this post! Thank you for the great information and tools to make our ‘life stories” a bit more interesting and fun! 🙂

  5. Christina

    Another awesome android app is Magic Hour! There is a free filter market where users upload their filters and there are a ton of really cool selections. I like it better than Instagram for edits.

  6. meg barker

    hi! thanks for the tips! i love all of those apps also.
    wondering where you ordered your book of all of your pictures from. i have been wanting to do that but have not found a place yet!

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  8. Kat

    Hi, I love the new apps you showed!! Thanks for the tips! And could you tell me how do you organize all these pictures? I have hundreds on my iphone and also a lot on my mac, and its just getting more and more. what can I do?

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    1. Elizabeth Kartchner Post author

      I used photo shop for the larger photo that says favorite apps. Thanks! Let me know if u have any other questions…

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