Looking to keep up with Instagram photo and video editing trends? These Instagram editing apps will help you make your posts stand out.
Capturing that perfect gram-worthy pic is an art, but some of the most masterful work is done after the photo is taken. For all our fellow Instagram artists out there, we’ve rounded up the best photo and video editing apps for Instagram.
All of the following editing apps have a standard free version, and many have “Premium” or “Pro” upgrades that unlock more comprehensive features.
In the spirit of the visual platform, we’ve provided examples for each one in action. We tested them all out on a photo of a dog eating a banana—which, if you ask us, is already pretty engaging.
VSCO is a minimalist social media platform of its own—there are no follower counts, comments or ads. But it’s also an easy-to-use photo editing app that has about 20 free photo presets and standard editing tools (think brightness, contrast, saturation, grain, all that good stuff). You can edit photos within the app and then save them to your Camera Roll to post on Instagram.
The paid version of VSCO, called VSCO Membership, costs $20 a year and comes with over 200 photo presets, advanced photo editing tools and tips for members.
Snapseed is an awesome free photo and video editing app for beginners. Think standard filters, basic photo editing tools and a very simple user experience, but a little more advanced than Instagram’s in-app editing.
The app features a handy tutorial that walks new users through exactly how to use it.
It’s totally free, so you won’t be inundated with flirtatious “Premium” or “Pro” ads.
Along with the standard filters and tools that most photo editing apps have, Lensa features trendy effects and an adjustment tool that allows you to edit the foreground and background of the photo separately.
Lensa is free for 7 days. After the free trial, it’s $47 a year.
This app comes stocked with templates for different types of graphics, from Instagram posts to posters to business cards.
Instagram-wise, Creative Cloud express is great for adding text and effects to photos.
This app also has a huge library of stock images, effects and design elements for free and an animation feature for creating more dynamic content.
Without paying, you can store up to 2GB of photos and videos in the cloud — and for $100 a year, you get the ability to resize photos, access to more stock images, one-tap branding and 100 GB of storage.
This app was made for selfie editing—there’s a “beauty magic” feature that can automatically change things like nose, chin and lip size, and recognize and remove dark circles and acne.
The app also has a one-tap makeup application tool for lips, blush, contour, mascara, etc. It’s best used on images of faces and hair, but the “smooth” function also works on hand skin (take a look at the left side of the hand in the image below).
Airbrush Premium includes 120 filters, 20 makeup looks, and 25 retouching tools, all for $44 a year.
Instasize is free and offers the same kinds of filters and editing tools that other apps have, but one of its most unique features is resizing images specifically for Instagram.
Before the editing process begins, you select the best size dimensions for the photo (a square post, landscape, Instagram story, etc.) to ensure that none of your hard work gets cut off once the image is posted.
Instasize Premium is $5 a month and unlocks extra photo editing tools and filters.
The Vimeo Create app is a very basic video editing app for beginners—you can assemble photos and videos into a template and add text, but you can’t trim, cut or merge your video footage on the mobile app.
The free app can be used to create videos that are a maximum of 30 seconds long, and they export with a watermark like the one below.
The Pro version grants you access to 60-second videos, custom brand assets, a library of stock images and watermark-free downloads — all for $33 a month.
This user-friendly video editor includes tools for trimming, splitting and adjusting the speed of your clips.
It’s a photo editor, too, and it comes with artsy templates for giving images an extra creative kick.
The paid version of the app removes the watermark from downloads and gives you access to more photo editing features (like freeze and reverse functions) for $77 a year.
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