April 2, 2021

Photo Editing Apps for Your Phone

Monty Nuss

Favorite Photo Editing Apps

When you’re taking selfies, or snapping shots for Instagram, sometimes the editing tools available to you within the app just don’t cut it to achieve the final look you want for your feed. Thankfully, there are a whole host of photo editing apps out there that you can download with just a couple of taps (and occasionally a small price tag) that will help you whip those photos into shape and get them ready to make your feed shine and your notifications blow up. Not sure which editing apps suit you best? As your Denver photography experts, here are a few of our favorites to get you started.


A popular choice among the beauty community on social media, FaceTune can help smooth things out, brighten things up, and sharpen where needed. While we firmly believe in letting your own personal, natural beauty shine through, we understand that sometimes a little tweak of a photo here and then adds the final piece of polish you want before you push a photo out to the world. This is the go-to for those tweaks from people who do some of the most posting of their face on the internet.


With a much wider variety of tools and color-based filters available versus what’s native in the Instagram app, VSCO is an extremely popular photo editing app that gives you control over pretty much anything in the photo you want control over, without going into the intense detail-fixing of FaceTune. You can save these to collections and upload them to social media right from app, or keep them native within VSCO and construct a grid before ever posting anything, so you can keep your social feed consistent.


Another option with far more filters and detail-editing tools than Instagram, Afterlight has a beautiful user interface that is easy to use and very intuitive. VSCO and Afterlight offer a lot of similar tools, but different filters and a different experience, so choose whichever you’re most comfortable with.


When 1 photo just isn’t enough, but you don’t want your followers to have to scroll through, or risk them missing the best bits if they don’t realize there’s something to scroll, Collageable is where it’s at. You can choose from several different layouts so your collages work no matter what orientation your photos were to begin with.

There are so many ways to polish your photos a little more before putting them up on social media, from adding a splash of color, filtering for consistency, bringing out the vibrancy of the colors already there, adjusting sharpness, and so much more. What are your favorite photo editing techniques and apps?

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April 2, 2021