Five of the Best Free Photo Editing Apps

Five of the Best Free Photo Editing Apps

My Favorite Free Photo Editing Apps for My iPhone

Photo editing apps are the bread and butter of the social media world; but with so many out there, how do you know which ones to choose?

While I believe it’s best to try out many different apps before you pick your favorites, here are a few to help get you started in the right direction. As with anything, give each one of these photo editing apps a thorough testing and allow yourself some time to get used to it before you decide whether or not you like it.

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As far as being a Social Media Mom goes, you need lots, and lots of photo editing help. Instagram photos are basically your main stay, so knowing how to edit them correctly and having good software is really important! I have tried many different photo editing apps, and over the course of time a few have stood out among the rest.

#1) My number one choice as far as photo editing apps go is definitely Lightroom, hands down! I mainly only use it on my iPhone so it’s a simplified version of the program you can use on your computer, but I still find it to be a high quality photo editing program and even better -it’s free!

It is a little overwhelming when you first start out mainly because there are a lot of fancy editing tools and buttons that I have no idea how to use, but I watched 1 or 2 Youtube tutorials and just spent a little time messing around with it myself and slowly got the hang of it. The trick is to give it time. I tried it a few times and hated it at first because it just seemed so complicated and I didn’t know what anything did. But then as I began to mess around with it a little more I slowly got the hang of it and started editing my photos to a bright and airy perfection that I’d only dreamed about.

With so many photo editing apps on the market, how are you ever supposed to find which ones to use? So I'm recommending my top 5 photo editing apps! -
Before and after using Lightroom

#2) I have been using Snapseed the longest and find it to be another very helpful editing tool. It was kind of my first serious editing app and I love it just for that reason. It’s a simpler version of Lightroom, so if you’re looking for somewhere to start, give Snapseed a try!

Even though I use Lightroom as my main editing app, I still use Snapseed on a regular basis to get rid of small imperfections using the healing tool (goodbye ugly light fixture!) and also use it to selectively brighten more focused areas. Think of this as your tool for the knit-picky details!

#3) I cannot say enough good things about Canva, I’ve mentioned it before in my post about how to make a free media kit and really I use it for almost everything! I don’t often add fonts or script to photos for my feed, but once in awhile I run a giveaway and want to add text to a photo, or more likely I’m making my blog post cover for each new post and hellooooooo Canva!

With so many photo editing apps on the market, how are you ever supposed to find which ones to use? So I'm recommending my top 5 photo editing apps! -

After I edit my photo the way I want it, I choose a layout, and then upload my photo. I love that they give me layouts to start with so that I don’t have to constantly be brainstorming and trying to figure out where to put words. I usually end up tweaking the layout to suit my taste, but it at least gives me somewhere to start.

#4) Another solid favorite of mine is Snug. Why? Because it helps me make my feed look lovely. *sigh* Although this one doesn’t fall into the traditional category of other photo editing apps, I would be lost without it!

I struggle if I can’t see things laid out, and because I’m a planner it helps me to get my ducks in a row ahead of time, so I use Snug to plan a few posts ahead. It’s easy and all you do it enter your Instagram handle and it’ll load your feed. You can upload and move photos around to see how they’ll look on your feed.

If you’re trying to get a flow going on your feed, consider using this app for awhile. I’ve been using it for a few months now and I feel like I have a much better idea of how I like photos laid out. Where I used to just throw photos up and hope for the best (oh and end up deleting them when they ended up jacking up my feed horribly), I now can preview and decide which photo to post today and which to save for another day.

#5) Alright, I basically have a love hate relationship with VSCO, but I had to add it here because recently I’ve been using the S1 filter that I bought and I actually really like it. I tried tons of the free filters and hated them all after 1 or 2 uses but I think I finally found a filter that I feel brings out the warm tones in our skin without ruining the overall cool tones that I try to keep in my photos.

If you’re looking for a way to make your feed feel more consistent, try testing out a few VSCO filters. I rarely use any filter at full strength, but I find having a soft filter overlay can really help bring a cohesive look to your feed. If you’re looking for photo editing apps with a good selection of filters, give VSCO a try, they definitely have plenty to choose from!

With so many photo editing apps on the market, how are you ever supposed to find which ones to use? So I'm recommending my top 5 photo editing apps! -

If you’re looking to get into the world of Social Media Motherhood and would like to consider Making Money on Instagram I would highly suggest working on the overall feel of your feed. By having a cohesive editing style and clearly branding your photos as you own, you’ll start to stand out among the crowd and people will clearly recognize your photos.

These photo editing apps help make my life a bit easier and now that I feel like I know my way around them my editing process goes fairly quickly. But of course I would be no where without my remote shutter button and tripod! I take almost all of my photos by myself and I wouldn’t be able to do that without my tripod, you can shop my selection below if you’re interested.


Lastly, if you’d like to learn more about my photo editing process, stay tuned! I’m hoping to do a little post about the way I edit my photos soon. But in the mean time you can check out my articles on 10 Tips for Better Photos and Taking Pictures with Kids.

As always I hope to see you in the squares!


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