Hello! Today’s subject was requested by so many so here I am, ready to share which exact favorite photo editing apps I love and use all the time. I am listing them below in the order that I use them, so here goes:
Favorite Photo Editing Apps
I’ve used Facetune from the very beginning and I believe I first heard about it via Aimee Song’s Instagram video. I use it to even out the skin tone on my face (using the ‘Smooth’ button) but mostly to bring out the textures and details of the garments I am wearing or the accessories or what have you. If I am wearing a sweater, I use the ‘Details’ button to bring out that knit texture (it also brings out a color and makes it look more intense); if I want to highlight an accessory (like a necklace or a ring), I also use the ‘Details’ button that will bring out the color of the item or its texture and really make it pop!
I’ve used this app from the very beginning too! It is simply the best. Here, you can make every and any edit to your photo. It has filters now too (which about a year or so ago, it didn’t) but I don’t use the filters at all. In fact, I don’t use any filters on my photos in any of the apps. In Snapseed, once you click on ‘Tools’ you will see a whole array of editing options. I typically just go to ‘Tune Image’ from here and first select the ‘Brightness’ edit to adjust brightness/ darkness of the image; I will use ‘Ambiance’ to bring our the intensity of the colors I am wearing (or tone it down); I will use ‘Saturation’ sometimes for the same purpose; I use ‘Contrast’ to define the image more and make the contours pop and I often use the ‘Warmth’ option to either make the photo look more orange/ yellow-ish (warm, in other words) or on the other hand, make it look more blue (cold). I think it’s pretty self explanatory 🙂
This one’s relatively new for me – I have only been using it for a few months and absolutely love it. The app was developed by Tezza, a fashion blogger that I don’t think needs any introductions, but if you don’t know her, then please check her out. In the app you can find quite a few filters you might like. What I use here is the ‘Grain’ edit which makes the image look grainy (duh!) and when you zoom it in, it has that, in my mind, very cool look of what a photograph would look like if it was made on the film, the old fashioned way. Love, love, love the ‘Grain’ edit and the effect it creates. Then I also use the ‘Dust’ edit (I use option ‘Dust 1’) to add these dusty looking spots for that extra texture. I love adding in texture to my images and make them look like they’re old photographs.
FOUR. Color Story
I have been using this app for so long you guys! It’s the best! It has so many editing options. It was created by two sisters behind the A Beautiful Mess blog (you may perhaps know them). In the app, many editing packs come with the app and there are also A LOT really cool packs that you have to pay for separately (a one time purchase) but they are so worth it.
For about two years now, the only pack I use in the app is the ‘Texture’ pack, which I had to pay for separately within the app (about $9-12, a one time payment). In this ‘Texture’ pack, I add on texture (as the name suggests) to my images – those spots and scratch-like spots that give my images that old look which I love. Within the ‘Texture’ pack, the three textures I like and use are: ‘Enchant’, ‘Sorcery’ and ‘Hocus’.
Last step is I go back to Snapseed (the app in step TWO) and edit the same photo once again via the ‘Ambiance’ edit because once I texturize my image via Color Story app (app number FOUR above) it typically makes the image lose the intensity of the colors. So the ‘Ambiance’ edit option in Snapseed (or the ‘Saturation’ edit) will intensify the colors back to its original state or to my liking.
And there you have it! These are the four apps I use to edit ALL my photos. The one you see above was edited precisely in that manner, step by step, as I described. I will say though that for my blog (especially the outfit photos), I usually stop at step TWO above because in the large format of the images on the blog, I prefer not to have all the textures I add in steps THREE & FOUR. But for images I post on my Instagram/ Pinterest/ Facebook, I go through all the four steps above.
It may seem like a lot of editing, but it’s really not. Once you’ve done it a few times it becomes so ingrained in you and I really can do all of these edits super quick!
Please let me know if you have any questions or if you want to share what your favorite photo editing apps are! I am all ears and here for ya if you have any comments or questions 🙂