The Best Photo-Editing Apps That’ll Step Up Your Instagram Game

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You know those people whose Instagram grids, IDK, actually make sense? All the photos belong to one single color palette and evoke the same kinda mood? Yeah, there’s an app for that. Actually, there are several, all of which are out here patiently waiting for you to download them so you can take your pics to the next level. The future is bright, and by that I mean the future involves randoms sliding into your DMs asking what Lightroom preset you use.

No, but seriously, whether you’re looking to tweak your selfies, videos, or just close-up shots of your fluffy dog, these are the best photo-editing apps for your iPhone or Android. Alert Instagram, because your follower count is about to explode faster than you can say “Jennifer Aniston.”

  1. Nomo

    Price: Free (with in-app purchases)

    NOMO

    Look, we’ve all gone through a phase of using those thirsty wannabe retro photo apps. And technically, NOMO is one, but the pics it produces are actually amazing. Basically, the app adds analog presets (think dust, light leaks, etc.) to your photos so they end up looking like 35 mm film. Plus, NOMO lets you do double exposures, which, yes, plz.

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  2. Lightroom

    Price: Free (with in-app purchases)

    If you have only one app on your phone, let it be Lightroom. This app a) is the reason all those influencers you follow have Instagram grids that look cohesive and b) has the best preset filters in the game. Meaning that with a single tap, all your pictures will suddenly look like they actually go together.

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  3. GIPHY Cam

    Price: Free

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    File this under: Most. Fun. Ever. GIPHY Cam lets you turn your photos and videos into GIFs, complete with weird backgrounds, text overlays, and stickers. You can upload GIFs to messenger, post 'em on Instagram, or text them to your friends in the middle of the night with no explanation. Whatever floats your GIPHY boat.

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  4. Facetune 2

    Price: Free (with in-app purchases)

    There’s a reason celebrities look so perfect on Instagram, and that reason is Facetune. Yes, of course, there’s plenty of conversation to be had about apps that change the appearance of our literal faces, but at the end of the day, Facetune is the only reason people on Instagram don’t know I have a pimple on my chin.

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  5. Picsart

    Price: Free (with in-app purchases)

    This app lets you doodle on your photos like a true VSCO girl (we’ll get to VSCO in a moment, fear not) *and* Kim Kardashian #spons it. What more do you need?

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  6. Enlight Pixaloop

    Price: Free (with in-app purchases)

    You know how sometimes you’re scrolling the ’gram and you come across a still photo that ~moves~ and you’re like What! Is! This! Magic! Yeah, that magic is Pixaloop, so prepare to lose literal hours animating random things in your pics.

  7. Snapseed

    Price: Free

    Snapseed is pretty solid for a free editing app. It’s easy to use for those of us who are extremely basic (hi, me!) but also valuable for the legit editors among us who want to adjust color, saturation, and sharpness. Basically, it takes a crappy iPhone photo and makes it look like it was shot on a fancy camera.

  8. VSCO

    Price: Free (with in-app purchases)

    VSCO has all the fancy photo-editing capabilities you’ll find in Snapseed but better ~vibes~ when it comes to filters. And you literally can’t be a VSCO girl without it, so.

  9. Kirakira+

    Price: P49

    A favorite of celebs circa 2018, KiraKira will add twinkly sparkles of various sizes to your photos. It’s the perfect app for people who take Rihanna’s “shine bright like a diamond” lyrics extremely seriously. Plus, every picture you take within the app will automatically save to your camera roll—convenient!

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  10. A Color Story

    Price: Free (with in-app purchases)

    A Color Story is a personal favorite because, like Snapseed, you can do some pretty sophisticated photo editing with curves, saturation, and sharpness. But it also has preloaded filters that will make your photos look better without making it look like you tried to make them look better. So if you want your Insta vibe to be “influencer but not thirsty,” this is for you.

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  11. GoCam

    Price: Free

    GOCAM

    GoCam is so ingenious that honestly I’m surprised it’s not more popular. Basically, the app enables you to take selfies without using your arm or dealing with a timer. Instead, it recognizes your body movements and will snap a photo at the EXACT right moment. Magic is real!

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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.

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