Monday, January 26, 2015

My Top 5 Photo Editing Apps

I love Instagram.  

Loooooove it.  For this visual mama, who doesn't have all that much time to read a whole bunch of stuff on blogs or other wordier places, the photo bursts of everyday life and art on Instagram meet my needs perfectly.  It's home to me.  {{insert sappy group hug here}}

So for my Instagram photos I play around to find the best way to express what's on my heart and in my mind.  I know there are a zillion photo editing apps out there, but I'm a loyal gal and there are a small handful that I use nearly exclusively.  Here are my favorites in no particular order.

My Favorite Photo Editing Apps:

  • Color Splash- I got this one ages ago, and I still use it whenever I need to remove color from a photo and add back in one detail that pops.  It's very easy to use, it's cheap {$.99} and you can zoom in to the pixel level, making it very accurate in effect.

  • Over- this little app is so fun to use to add text.  There are many, many fonts {and clip art} to choose from even in the original $1.99 version.  There are in app purchases, but I haven't needed to use them yet.  

  • Picfx- this little gem is a layering filter app.  There are some pretty snazzy effects on this app, and though some of them are a bit out there for my normal editing preferences, the sheer amount of choices, plus the fact that you can continue to layer on filters to your heart's content, puts Picfx on the top of my list.  {$1.99}

  • Diana- this is a new one for me.  My friend Heather introduced me to this dual-image editing app and once I got over the learning curve {I'm not a techie, I only play one on TV} I fell in love with it.  {$1.99}

  • PicMonkey- while not officially an app, this is probably my favorite editing software, and the free version is awesome.  I edit back and forth on my iPhone and Macbook, emailing photos from one to the other when need be.  I've tossed around the idea of getting the paid version, but haven't taken the plunge yet.  There's plenty to keep me busy on the free version.  

Those are my favorites!  Hope you've found something to play with!