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The Only Photo Editing Instagram Apps You’ll Need in 2016


First off, a big “congratulations” is in order to the revolutionary and fastest growing tech company the world, Instagram. We wanted to focus an entire post on Instagram as it’s recent popularity has been incredible. It has also joined the advertising game with it’s recent launch of sponsored posts, which have stirred up quite some controversy. If there’s one site our social media team can’t seem to stay off, it’s Instagram so we wanted to share our favourite photo editing Instagram apps to give you a sneak peek behind the scenes.

Before we jump into this post, let’s take a minute to look at how Instagram is stacking up in the world of Social Media. Recently, Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook’s quarterly results and the numbers are staggering. To get you up to speed here is a quick overview of the stats via Zuckerberg’s released infographic:

Photo Editing Instagram Apps - Instagram

You read that right. 400 million monthly users. With this information in mind, it’s pretty safe to say that Instagram is one of the main networks you should be using as part of your social media strategy, whether it be for personal or professional use. So without further adieu, let’s look at some essential apps you should have in order to make your Instagram posts look like a pro’s!

8 Essential Photo Editing Instagram Apps

Photo Editing Instagram Apps - SnapSeed

1. SnapSeed

SnapSeed is a simple, easy-to-us, and powerful application that brings professional grade photo-editing right to your fingertips. It’s available in the App Store and Google Play. The interface is presented in an easy fashion so all users can easily navigate through editing options. This is by far the most popular and recommended for beginner’s and expert’s who regularly use IG.

Photo Editing Instagram Apps - After Light

2. After light

After Light allows basic photo-editing techniques for anyone to perfect their image and share it quickly with all their friends.  It has 74 unique filters, 78 natural textures and 128 frames all in one free app. The possibilities truly are endless with this one, and the best part is it’s available to everyone –  even those on Window’s phones.

Photo Editing Instagram Apps - Camera+

3. Camera+ ($2.99 iPhone and $4.99 iPad)

Camera+ helps you use your iPhone and iPad to shoot the best possible photos and share them with the world. This app is, again, for everyone from the Instagram first-timer to the seasoned veteran. One of the main differences with this app is that it actually replaces the original camera that is included with the iOS software, making it simple and easy to edit all the photos you take. One downfall, however, it is only available on iOS.


Photo Editing Instagram Apps - VSCO


VSCO is an art and technology company based in Oakland, California. A quote from Business Insider states, “VSCO Cam allows users to transform bland photos into gallery-worthy artistic images.” The app doesn’t contain much text and has a steep learning curve but once you get the hang of it, prepare for a new level of Instagram photo quality.

Photo Editing Instagram Apps - Hipstamatic

5. Hipstamatic ($0.99+ in App Store)

Hipstamatic contains a multitude of lenses and filters which range from simple and easy to extremely complex… Depending on how much you want to spend. While this app does have (a lot of) in-app purchases, it also has nearly unlimited combinations of what you can do and create. There’s even an app dedicated to viewing people’s creations made with Hipstamatic!

Photo Editing Instagram Apps - Mextures

6. Mextures ($2.79 in App Store)

Mextures lets you create your own formula using 100’s of textures, film presets, and adjustments. Upon our research, Mexture has been dubbed the closest app in comparison to photoshop for the iPhone. It’s pretty damn cool and you’ll definitely want to check it out for yourself.

Photo Editing Instagram Apps - Quick

7. Quick

Quick, previously known as Overgram, brings beautiful typography to your photos. This tool allows you to easily generate, promote, market, sell, caption, comment, review, and tell a story on a photo. I personally love it for creating meme’s (but that’s my dirty little secret).

Photo Editing Instagram Apps - Instasize

8. Instasize

Instasize has 6750 downloads with a 4-star rating in the app store, pretty impressive right? Here is the iTunes description: InstaSize is the best and, possibly the easiest, way to edit and post entire photos and videos (videos not available on iPhone 4 and iPad2). It uses professional film inspired filters, localized creative stickers and borders, perfect touch-up adjustments, and unique collage frames. It’s basically all the professional editing you need to create and share beautiful photos and videos.

You are basically a professional photographer now, you are welcome.

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72 comments on “The Only Photo Editing Instagram Apps You’ll Need in 2016

  1. I love photo editing apps and I’m just a tad obsessed with Instagram as well! I’ve used Camera+ and Snapseed in the past, and I’m currently trying out VSCO for the first time. That Hipstamatic looks like a fun one to play around with. Thanks for some more photo editing ideas!

  2. Wow! I’m laughing a bit–the dog show world is famous for photo-shopping pics. So much so that I can never tell it’s the same dog in person!
    But these are great–and show me how it’s done. Thank you!

  3. I’m totally downloading these apps now – thanks for sharing them! I’m all about making my Instagram photos more beautiful.

  4. This is a fabulous post to refer to! I totally pinned this! Thank you so much for sharing these! 😀

  5. !! Don’t forget Line Camera! It’s free and has adjustable effects, text, borders, and collage settings! Plus, it can cross-post from the app to most major networking sites!

      1. I’ve been using it for years! They update it with free downloadable sticker and border packs too! (They do have some paid ones, but you can use all the filters without needing to pay!)

  6. I love IG and I always hear that the quality of pics is what makes people follow you. I’m looking forward to downloading these apps to see if it makes a difference.

  7. Wow, this is a great resource! Definitely have to bookmark for repeated reference. I am definitely not maximizing my Instagram account as well as I could be!

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