- VSCO: my absolute favorite filters, recipes, grain, borders, split tone, lovely community
- Afterlight 2: Filters, fusions, color shift, double exposure, dusty texture, layers, artworks, stickers, flipping
- Photoshop Fix: quick fixes (spot heal, clone stamp, fixed red eye, smoothing, sharpening, defocusing)
- PicsArt: collages, call-out stickers, square fitting, brushes, texts, multiple pictures
- HUJI: disposable photos with time stamp
Taking a picture as an example below, I’ll show you exactly how I edit my pictures for Instagram and also in general. I usually use the same filters or similar filters on all of my pictures, depending on the colors and lightning situation. For all pictures, I use VSCO and it’s usually the only app I’ll need to use. Except I want to add some dust layer, then I’ll additionally pull up Afterlight 2.
1: Main feed on VSCO, where I upload my pictures to edit.
2: On the bottom, you see the filters that I put as my Favourites and the filter I used for this specific photo. I usually take it as it comes or I’ll adjust the intensity of the filter on the photo.
3: I love to put grain on my pictures. It gives them more texture and I love how film-ish it makes them look.
1&2: I used to manually put the same filters and adjustments until VSCO added the Recipe feature where you can save your adjustments so you can apply them to other pictures just the same.
3: Some of my favorite filters on display.
is free, though if you want to have access to all filters of their spectrum, you can also upgrade to VSCO X. Alternatively, you can also buy certain filter groups to use so you don’t have to get any subscription. (Not sponsored or anything, by the way.)
For planning my feed I use UNUM (free). Sometimes I also pre-write captions there and add filters since it has a filter count and I can save the filters if I like to use them again for other pictures.