6 Best Instagram Photo Editing Apps (Used By Pros)

Jorden RoperCreative Design

6 Apps Top Brands Use to Create Gorgeous Instagram Photos

You’ve seen them before – those Instagram photos that look like they’ve been pulled straight from Vogue.

And they probably make you think:

How the heck can I make my pictures look that good without dropping thousands of dollars on expensive photography gear?

Well, I’ll let you in on a little secret:

Even some of the most popular brands aren’t using professional gear.

Because with a smartphone, some good lighting, and the right photo editing apps, it’s easier than ever to create stunning images for your Instagram feed.

Wondering which tools you should use to edit your Instagram photos?

Let’s talk about 6 Instagram photo editing options now, and by the time you’re done reading this post, you’ll be well-equipped to WOW your audience.


VSCOCam is a fashion blogger favorite, and it’s pretty easy to understand why.

Not only does the app give you access to advanced editing features – it has a built-in camera you can use to make sure you’re getting a great shot from the start.

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And of course, it comes with tons of filters you can use to beautify your photos at the touch of a button.

Bottom line:

If you want lots of creative control and aren’t afraid of a learning curve, you’re going to love the VSCOCam app.


Looking to make your Instagram photos so bright and colorful that your followers can’t help but notice them?

The AColorStory app might be just what you need.

Elsie and Emma of the popular blog, A Beautiful Mess, recently launched this Instagram photo editing app for creating “fresh photos with bright whites and colors that pop.”

Here’s an example of how amazing this app really is:

A photo posted by A Color Story (@acolorstory) on

Cool, right?

Best of all, the app is super easy to use. All you have to do is open the photo you want to edit, and you’ll see all of your options across the bottom of the screen.

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So even if you’re totally new to photo editing, you can brighten up your pictures right away – no tutorial required!


I’ve got to admit – I’m a little biased here. Afterlight is my go-to Instagram photo editing app for creating shots on my iPhone.

The app comes with a built-in camera that includes a white balance lock, a grid feature, and a timer. And the included filters and editing features make it even more impressive.

Open a photo in Afterlight, and you’ll see your options across the bottom of the screen, like this:

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From left to right, here’s what each button allows you to do:

  • Revert the image to its original state.
  • Make adjustments, like brightening and changing the contrast.
  • Add a filter, and adjust the level of the filter.
  • Add overlays, like light leaks.
  • Crop or flip the photo.
  • Add a frame.

Similar to AColorStory, this app is easy to use and allows you to make quick edits on-the-go.


As you can tell by now, there are quite a few apps out there that will allow you to take photos, add filters, and make adjustments.

But Facetune takes Instagram photo editing to the next level by offering a crazy range of features for portrait adjustments.

The app claims to put the power of PhotoShop in your hands.

A photo posted by Facetune (@facetuneapp) on

You can use the app to hide blemishes and smooth your skin, whiten your teeth, and even adjust the shape of your face.

Seriously – as far as tweaking your face, this app is probably the closest thing you’ll find to plastic surgery. Even celebrities like the Kardashians are rumored to use Facetune for fine-tuning.

The app also offers other photo-editing features, like blurring, detail highlighting, and tone adjusting.

So, whether you want to touch up your selfies or create a standout image with a blurred background and highlighted focal point, add Facetune to your Instagram photo editing process.

Adobe Photoshop Express

We’ve all heard of Photoshop. But did you know that you can use a simpler version of the app right from your smartphone?
It’s true.

Now, if you’ve ever tried to use Photoshop for Mac/PC in the past, you might be a little hesitant to try this app. After all, Photoshop is pretty robust, so there’s kind of a big learning curve.

But don’t be scared of Photoshop Express. Like many other photo editing apps, you simply choose the photo you want to edit, and you’re presented with several options across the bottom of your screen.

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The Instagram photo editing app includes lots of filters, adjustment options, and premium features (like noise reduction and de-fogging).

It’s pretty straightforward, and definitely a good choice if you want to make some quick edits to amp up the appeal of your Instagram photos.


Want to make some serious adjustments to your photos? Download Snapseed, and start experimenting.

This app is packed full of features you can use for editing, and it includes several filters too.

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Remember: cohesiveness is key!

Try to use the same editing process for most – if not all – of your Instagram photos. And make sure your feed aligns with your brand.

Here’s an example:
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Edit & post with MavSocial

With our web-based app, you can edit photos online and save them to your Instagram content calendar. So not only can you edit photos with filters, text overlays, and color enhancements, but you can store and schedule your Instagram content!

Save an unlimited number of posts and captions to your Instagram campaigns online, and our app for iOS will hold you to your set schedule.

Check it out:


Pre-Schedule Your Instagram Posts
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Jorden Roper

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Jorden Roper is a B2B copywriter and the founder of Cutthroat Copy. When she's not working, you can usually find her posting GIFs on Twitter, playing music, or hanging out with her Chihuahuas.