- Kaitlyn Dunn -
Photo editing is a big part of social media content creation, however, it can be hard to find that perfect editing app for you.
A lot of people think that photo editing is tedious and takes way too long, while others think that using a phone app makes the photo look cheesy, to those people I say “Enough!” Do not knock the essence of photo editing without giving it a fair try. Whether you are brand new to photo editing (just wanting to throw a picture in a program and have it spit back out something more high quality), or if you are like me and like to control every enhancement made, there is definitely an app for you out there.
From easiest, quickest, and most user-friendly, to gradually increasing difficulty and control, here are our 4 favorite free photo editing apps on the market.
Fotor is a highly user-friendly photo editing app that focuses mainly on automated options that can be used quickly and with little to no hassle. Along with its photo editor, Fotor also comes with a collage and discover section for added inspiration. This app is great for beginner photo editors but I would definitely recommend learning the other apps mentioned once you feel like you have Fotor mastered.
PicsArt is a very unique photo editing app that allows for more abstract edits rather than just photo enhancements. It can make very cool edits, similar to photoshop but this app is a lot more user friendly. However, PicsArt is can certainly turn into one of those preteen, popart, overly filtered photos so just be careful when using it for Instagram content.
VSCO Cam is one of the most popular, if not the most popular photo editing app for Instagram and it certainly lives up to it’s hype. My favorite feature in this app is the ability to download additional filter packs. Some are free, others cost only a few dollars, but you will certainly find a pack that matches your mood. Along with the filters, VSCO has a very comprehensive slide edit features for edits like contrast, temperature, vignette etc.
Snapseed is by far our favorite free photo editing app and if you give it the time, we guarantee it will be yours too. This one is last on the list because it does require a small learning curve to understand all the different elements of the app. That being said, it has the most control out of all of these. If you are looking for a professional finish just the way you envisioned, this is the app for you. It gives you the control that you need while still making professional adjustments based on the app’s programing.
A Frame is not paid to endorse any of these apps and all information present is solely based on personal experience and personal preference.