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HOW TO EDIT INSTAGRAM PHOTOS USING FREE APPS

how to edit instagram photos

Since starting to take photos just under a year ago, photography has easily become one of my biggest passions. You won’t find me going anywhere without a fully charged camera (even if that just means my phone)! Here’s a quick guide on how to edit Instagram photos (all of the apps below are free to downloads- however, some do have paid add-ons):

If you follow me on Instagram (@sophieannenadeau – lots and lots of Paris inspired pictures), then you’ll probably have seen that I edit nearly every single one of my photos. However, I don’t really have time to spend hours editing each one on Lightroom and Photoshop on my computer so I do 99% of my editing on my phone itself. In fact, I only ever use three apps to edit my photos!

1/ Snapseed

I have only recently started using Snapseed after being recommended to do so by countless friends. Although it has taken a little bit of getting used to, it is easily now my fave photo-editing app due to its versatility.

The best feature: hands down, the best feature on snapseed is the selection tool where you can select a small circle of the image to edit. For example, if you want to darken the sky to bring out the clouds but keep the rest of the image the same, you need only put the little easy to move button exactly where you want the sky lightened.

Fave filter: Tonal Contrast

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2/ Fotor

Fotor has been my go-to photo editing app for some time. It’s easy to use and you can also add text to your images as well as make photo-collages (perfect for Pinterest (@solosophieblog))!!

Best feature: Colour balance options. Not only can you change the red, green and blue, but there is also a handy little colour curve for more precise editing.

Fave filter: Gloaming

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3/ Instagram Itself!

Of all the ways on how to edit Instagram photos with free apps, using Instagram itself is definitely the easiest! The tools for in-app editing in Instagram itself are great- particularly if you’re in a rush or don’t have too many things on the original photo to correct. In fact, for the longest time, I was only editing my photos here. The filters are pretty neat too; if you double tap on them, then you can reduce their intensity. I like using filters at 20% and under in order to preserve the original image’s ‘look’.

Best feature: Lux- My favourite little button on the in-app editing software is the little sun in the middle (the sun is in the middle of the top of the screen following the May 2016 update).

Fave filter: Aden

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What do you use to edit your images? Let me know in the comments below!

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7 Comments

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    Herve humbert
    27th April 2018 at 11:22 pm

    This is great. Working spare time on a blog from South of France and I came across your post about La Ciotat. I found your photos stunning so thanks for the tips on apps for photos. It was a missing piece in my blogging jigsaw 🙂

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    Georgia Brooks
    20th February 2018 at 10:03 am

    In my humble opinion, Instagram has repeatedly proved to be a great tool for reaching out to users. Their platform provides more attention to ads than just about any other social networking app, and users use the app throughout the day. Thanks so much for sharing such a valuable post.

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    Stefanie
    4th February 2018 at 11:37 pm

    Hey, really enjoyed going through this blog post! Really useful advice and just downloaded Fotor, hehe ! 🙂

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    Roger Twose
    14th August 2017 at 7:09 am

    Thank you for this post. I am always on the look-out for the perfect photo editing app that I can use right before sharing some photos on Instagram. I really like a beautiful mess and think that the timer app will come in handy as well. Great tips.

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    Sabrina
    9th June 2016 at 1:22 pm

    The filter with Fotor looks so good !!

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    Darina
    16th May 2016 at 6:33 pm

    I use Fotor very often! Easy and good quality!

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    Emily
    16th May 2016 at 6:32 pm

    Love using Instagram as my final edit. Sometimes people can’t believe it, but I use Instagram all the time. I like to put a filter on my photo from another app, and then I do all my sharpening and lighting in Insta :). Great post! Always curious to see what other people use and their process!

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

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