Admit it or not, we know the endless Instagram scroll has you addicted. The infinite feed full of artistic shots, perspective-meddling takes, raw portraits, the occasional cat picture or meme, and more is just one way most folks get their daily dose of creativity and inspiration. If you want to get into the game and level up your own content—whether for your personal account or perhaps a small business you've jumpstarted this quarantine, we got you. For this list, we round up 10 apps that will help you maximize your IG feed, from stop-motion video makers to easy photo editing solutions, and more.
Take your ‘Gram to the next level with these apps:
1. RNI Films
Throw it back to the analog age with RNI Films. This app will take your digital photos and turn them into film photos through different filters and editing options you can choose from. All of the app’s filters are meant to emulate specific film brands and the effects they’re known for so if you’re a film photography buff, then you have an edge when you use this app.
Available on iOS.
You ever see those IG feeds where the posts make one huge picture? If foresight and planning aren’t your expertise, then here’s one app that will help you figure things out ahead of time! Preview is a visual planner for Instagram that basically lets you well, preview what your IG feed will look like. You can drag and drop images on the app to see how you should plan your posts visually. Plus, you can create a theme, adjust colors, and even get insight as to how your posts are doing through the app’s analytics tab.
Everyone needs a little sparkle in life. This no-fuss app does one thing and it does it incredibly well: it adds some pizzazz to your photos! You can use the special in-app camera to add some sparkle to whatever it is you're taking a picture or video off. Want to take an extra shiny pic of your Christmas tree or maybe even some jewelry? You can use this app for a bit more fun.
You can’t go wrong with one of the OG photo-editing programs out there. If you’re just starting out with photo editing on your smartphone, the mobile version of the Adobe program is probably one of the best apps to start with. You can use it to adjust colors, exposure, contrast, crop, and almost anything the full desktop version can do.
5. Photoshop Express
If Lightroom isn’t cutting it out for you, then check out Adobe’s mobile version of Photoshop. This app is kind of like a mini-version of the popular software so if you’re not familiar with the original then this might be a little tricky to use. You can use the Express app to edit photos, create collages, add text or watermarks, and more. The full version requires a paid Adobe account but the free features stand pretty well on their own.
Another well-known editing app that’s remained reliable throughout the years is VSCO. You can use it to play around with your photos and videos. The free version comes with several presets you can use to automatically edit your content or personalize it with editing tools. You can even use the app to create a montage using videos, images, and shapes! If you think it’s worth your money, membership will give you access to more advanced editing tools.
7. Adobe Spark Post
Part of the three Adobe Spark apps—all of which are geared towards creating content—this specific app was made for people looking to make their social graphics stand out. You can use it to tweak your own photos or videos, or use ready templates to make your own designs. Plus, there’s even an option to create animated posts.
Yup, Google has its own photo-editing app that even Apple users can take advantage of! Aside from the basic tweaks you can make with your images, this free app comes with 29 filters. You can even make your own and save them for later use. There are also around 38 different text styles you can use to give your photos another edge.
If you’re in need of a basic editing app then Fotor is your answer. You can use this fuss-free tool to edit photos and make collages. It doesn’t come with too many features but it does have a wide variety of effects and filters. Plus, it has a rather unique RGB spectrum tool that can help you change the color tone of your photos.
Channel your inner animator and make mini-stop motion films with Lifelapse! Whether you’re new to the process or a seasoned veteran, this app will help you make unique clips to add to your feed. The app comes with tutorials and how-tos so you can dive right in. Lifelapse comes with several camera tools to help you take the shots you need plus some editing and customizing—royalty-free music, no worries!—options to make sure your clip is polished and ready for posting.
*This story originally appeared on Spot.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.