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Expert-Approved Photo Editing Apps To Keep A Polished You On Hand For Posting

These days, it’s a rare thing to find an active smartphone user who doesn’t do even the slightest bit of photo editing for their images.  While lots of people frown upon “excess” Photoshopping on selfies we say it wouldn’t hurt a fly to look a bit better or erase a tad bit of “tsismis” with the wave of just a few edits and a handy set of digital tools.  No one’s really trying to create an alternate reality, just better looking moments every now and then. 




If we attempt to conceal our zits or eyebags with makeup in person, then why not try the same thing on an app?  What’s the big deal anyway, if you choose to go digital or not on minor fixes?  We all need a bit of know-how to look more presentable online.  Other photo editing apps are also needed for color correcting, giving a certain vibe, or improving the landscape or location in general.  Here are a couple of expert recommended apps that get the job done on bringing your images up to par for posting.


Facetune/Facetune 2

It was birthed when four Israeli computer science students—all with PhDs plus someone who worked in court—conceived of an app in 2013 that could “Photoshop” people photos via mobile.  Once they had enough famous people—Khloe Kardashian included—mentioning this app online it was a guaranteed hit.  Facetune (on Android) or Facetune 2 (on ios) has tools that help banish captured zits to nothingness, smooth away excess lines or unwanted shadows, do some light correction, and other typical Photoshop-y functions in an easier to use mobile platform.  At the tap of a finger, you’ve got the power to polish.  The Facetune app is free but you need to pay extra to download all the functions available.  There are some who take the Facetune app to brow-raising great lengths in terms of its tweaking capabilities, others merely use it for minor fixes.



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Whenever using any of the Facetune tools you may want to ask for a second opinion from someone with you before posting, just in-case you want to check in on whether you overdid your edits and if people will still recognize you or not.  We caution its use and suggest starting with subtle adjustments that don’t affect the entire face.


Afterlight 2

Consider this app the drama queen of all image editing apps.  You can be a tad bit more emo with your landscape edits using Afterlight.  Your individual posts can look like Spotify album covers should you work hard enough with this app.  We’re particularly fond of the light leak and noise filters. 





We first discovered Afterlight about five years ago when we noticed a couple of people had begun posting cookie-cut circle photos on their Instagram profile or in other shapes, too. 



It looked so neat, like a sheet of photos in perfect circles or other shapes which allowed white space or breathing room on the feed.  Now, frames are available in Afterlight 2 where you can choose another photo to function as your main photo frame.




Google’s free image editor works well with the ability to see each edit step in sequence as  you’ve done them in “stacks”.  A number of imaging apps have an undo function, but not all allow you to see every single tweak in history layers.  Snapseed’s tools also allow targeted editing in terms of lighting, color adjustment, and shadow adjustment over specific areas.  Careful with your contrast and brightening settings though, you may push your photo’s histogram levels too high and banding may occur if the levels break.


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The VSCO Cam app has a huge community globally and a collection of base photo filter presets to work with.  They have a couple of filter bundles that are free, but they do often go on sale during the year with some of their paid sets. 





Having VSCO on your phone is best described as like a more premium offline and way more expanded version of the Instagram editing tools and filters at your disposal.  It’s kind of like IG went deep and serious.  VSCO has also been made available to use for video as well. 




Imagine being able to turn your photos into Kinfolk inspired renders by choosing one filter and also boosting the sharpness and light of some of your best-captured moments.  You can also create and save your own recipe presets if you have a favorite way of post processing certain photos.  In case you do not want to go overboard with a fully filtered photo, you have the option of an opacity slider on each labeled preset so you may affect the photo with only 25% or 50% of the filter and so on.  Sometimes, you only need a certain amount to boost quality overall.



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Should your online work get recognized you may just get an invite-only paid subscription offer by VSCO X, which puts all of VSCO’s mobile and desktop tools for photo and video at your disposal.  A VSCO Community is available online that supports and recognizes its members posted work and collections.


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