Top 3 Mobile Photo Editing Apps for Instagram | 2018

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It has been a good couple of years now that I have been working on my Instagram. In that time I have to say I’ve definitely tried my fair share of photo editing apps. From free ones to expensive apps, I’ve given lots a go so I figured I would sum up what my current September 2018 favourite Instagram photo editing apps are!

1. Facetune

Although I know that basically everyone and their grandma use Facetune already and so most likely you do too I have to give it a shout out because of three specific features. The first is definitely the patch tool. This allows you to remove certain aspects of your photo by covering them with any background close by.

For example in the photo below in the top left corner there is a bit of a tree branch. I used the patch tool to cover the tree with the sky next to it. I do have to warn you that if you’re trying to edit a photo that has lots of elements on it then you will have to have a lot of time an patience as you have to zoom in very close on the photo to make it look natural and seamless.

The other two tools I love in here are definitely the whitening tool and the sharpening pen. The whitening tool is great to use on white backgrounds to make them brighter. I specifically use it a lot on my flatlays as it helps to brighten up the picture and help the products stand out.

The sharpening tool may not seem very exciting to some, however I prefer this one to any other sharpening tool because you get to draw it exactly where you want it. It’s not like a lot of other apps have where it’s a certain shape and inside that you get sharpening or just that the whole photo sharpens. It’s like a pen and you can use it on any aspects of your photo.

2. Lightroom CC

I got this after I paid for the whole Adobe Creative Suite, however this app is free for your phone! The reason I include it here is because of its ability to edit specific colours, tones and shades of your photo. Generally the better your original raw photo quality is, the easier and better it is to edit it because all the colours will be picked up as separate shades and so you can decide which colours you focus on. This can greatly help create different moods and feels to your photos.

Although I don’t have any installed, if that seems super confusing and complicated to you there are heaps of presets which you can get for the Lightroom mobile app. Some that I’ve seen include fashionmumblr, pilotmadeline, debiflue and travelinhershoes to name a few.

3. Snapseed

This app I didn’t actually get on with straight away but it comes with a huge variety of tools and editing options that I think it’s probably the most universal from the three here. My most used aspects on Snapseed include the Selective and the Brush tool.

The Selective tool allows you to pick certain circular areas and either brighten, contrast, saturate or structure that specific part. I find I use this more if for example my face is very dark in a photo and I need it to be brighter as the circular shape works really well then.

The brush tool is also good for editing different parts of the photo and includes dodge & burn (exposure and contrast lighting and darkening), exposure, temperature and saturation. For me I use the temperature brush the most in cases where I want the sky to stand out either more or less. Below I used the temperature brush to make the walkway more yellow to show the changes you can do with it.

I don’t doubt that other apps will come along and I’ll try them too and maybe find new ones to love but I do know that currently I keep coming back to these three time and time again for all my Instagram photo editing. Have you tried Facetune, Lightroom or Snapseed before? What mobile apps do you like to use for Instagram photo editing? I’m definitely always open to recommendations so leave them and your Instagram handle down below!



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  1. karasclosetblog
    October 10, 2018 / 2:51 am

    Thank you for these app suggestions! I tried Snapseed ages ago but found it a bit confusing, so I’ll have to give it a try again. I personally love using VSCO!

    x Kara |

  2. September 30, 2018 / 11:02 pm

    I bloody love Snapseed, it’s my favourite app for photo editing on my phone! xx

  3. September 30, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    Personally I’m only using Lightroom (the deskop version) for my photos<3 Love your way of editing<3

    Kisses from Germany

    • SofiaaDot
      September 30, 2018 / 9:32 pm

      Ahh I love desktop Lightroom too!! 😀

      Thanks xx

  4. September 23, 2018 / 5:21 am

    Thanks for sharing these – I hadn’t heard of all of them, as I don’t really edit my photos, I just throw an instagram filter on them, haha!

    Hope you are having a nice weekend 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • SofiaaDot
      September 26, 2018 / 7:46 pm

      Haha fair enough!!! Much easier that way xx

  5. Emily
    September 15, 2018 / 5:53 am

    I only actually use Afterlight for my images, simply because it’s really easy! That said I do want to get better and I’m definitely really intrigued by the features of Snapseed!

    Musings & More

    • SofiaaDot
      September 26, 2018 / 7:46 pm

      Ohhh I might give that a go as I have never tried it!!! Yeah Snapseed has some awesome options 🙂 xx

  6. September 13, 2018 / 11:22 pm

    Nice roundup dear. Thanks for sharing your tips. No wonder your photos are so pretty!

    Jessica |

    • SofiaaDot
      September 26, 2018 / 7:45 pm

      Thank you girl!! xx

  7. coatandcoffee
    September 13, 2018 / 3:13 am

    Love all of these when use appropriately! Just feel like a lot of people should chill with the Facetune hahaha. Great edits lady. 🙂


    • SofiaaDot
      September 26, 2018 / 7:44 pm

      Haha yesss exactly!!! Definitely dont want to over-do it haha xx

    • SofiaaDot
      September 26, 2018 / 7:48 pm

      Definitely recommend!! xx

    • SofiaaDot
      September 26, 2018 / 7:17 pm

      Such q good app hey! xx

  8. September 11, 2018 / 11:39 pm

    Love your app tips, girlfriend! I looooove the Lightroom CC app!

    Le Stylo Rouge

    • SofiaaDot
      September 26, 2018 / 7:16 pm

      Yesss so so good hey!! xx

    • SofiaaDot
      September 26, 2018 / 7:14 pm

      Ahh fair enough, everyone is different 🙂 xx

    • SofiaaDot
      September 26, 2018 / 7:12 pm

      So so good hey!!! xx

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