Photo editing doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive to get an interesting effect. All of my favorite apps that I use almost every day are free and relatively easy to use, and they turned my Instagram from a basic feed to something that I at least like to look at.
Here are my top 5 apps for photo editing:
Glichte is hands down my favorite app. It’s really interesting to use because every time you use an effect, it’s slightly different from the last time you use it. It’s near impossible to get an identical edit between two images and I love that. My personal favorite effects are PNG, Screen, and Glitch.
Picsart is a classic. It’s very user friendly and straightforward. If you take anything from this at all, download Picsart. It has everything in one place and you can still create interesting images. My favorite effects are the sketch effect, the negative effect, and stickers. Something a lot of people don’t know is that you can customize the stickers you apply too!
Another staple. Lightroom is really important because you’re able to make significant changes in the lighting of the image and make it look a little bit more professional. This is normally my first step when I edit an image.
Prequel and I have a love-hate relationship because I only use it for two filters. I typically go for the Miami filter with the Sixties effect, but I know the Miami and Disco combination is really popular as well. Prequel has a lot of unique effects that you don’t get with other apps, it’s very user friendly, but if you’re stuck between downloading this or Picsart, I would get Picsart.
Afterlight is the newest addition to my collection. I love it for its double exposure feature, which is where you layer two images on top of each other and it creates a really cool, very interesting effect. It’s kind of like the ghost feature on TikTok if you’re familiar with that.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with different effects and filters! You can transform a simple selfie into something that shows off your creativity.