What is the first thought in your mind when you find yourself in breathtaking surroundings?
We all know that, ‘let me live this moment to its fullest’ is the second thought.
The first one is: ‘Oh! Look at this view! How good would it look on my Instagram profile.’
Yes, believe it or not, we all view our surroundings not as ourselves but as our Instagram profile viewers.
‘How many likes would this get.’
‘I can’t wait for all the nice comments.’
Don’t feel bad if you weigh your precious moments in likes and comments. You are not alone. You’re just 1 of the 1,000,000,000 who use this photo-sharing app every month.
Sharing a photo is just the end product that we see on our feeds.
There’s a journey before it that escapes everyone’s attention. This process is called ‘from picture to picture-perfect.’
Here’s what this journey looks like:
- It all starts with capturing the pictures to get that one perfect picture.
- The next step is to choose among hundreds of pictures that we would like to spend our time and effort on.
- After finding that ‘oh this one’ picture, now it is time to edit it, do the touchup, increase or decrease brightness, saturation, shadows, sharpness, etc.
- Add filters.
There’s one more step but stop here for a moment!
Adding the filter. It is the toughest part.
Finding the Perfect Filter
Sometimes your perfect filter is just a swipe away, but when you’re out of luck, no filter is good enough to give your image the ‘oomph’ you want.
Instagram allows you to choose from 25 filters – Clarendon, Juno, Ludwig, Lark, Gingham, Aden, Lo-fi, and the list goes on.
Sometimes, these are enough, but other times, they are not.
In this blog, we will relieve you of the misery of being unable to find the perfect filter for your photos.
Here is the list of four apps that have the best collection of filters so that each photo you post on your feed has the most soothing effect on your followers’ eyes.
Ready to bewilder your followers with your choice of filters? Let’s go.
If you are an Instagram user who cares about every fine touch on their pictures, you must be aware of VSCO.
It is one of the first image editing apps that bedazzled the users of this photo app. The best thing about VSCO, other than the ease of using it, is the number of things you can do with your pictures.
It has several free filters to choose from. You can adjust or modify each filter to your liking so that your photos create a beautiful Instagram feed.
From cropping and skewing to using grain or fade options to make your photos pop, VSCO just never disappoints. As a serial editor, you will never feel out of options with filters on VSCO.
If you ask me, I personally like Snapseed because of the variety of options it gives me other than adding and modifying filters.
It allows me to do professional-level editing of my photos. The UI of the app is also super simple, thus making all the edits really quick work.
Yes, all the apps offer these options, but Snapseed takes it a bit further by allowing users to adjust skin tones and remove blemishes from the subjects in the pictures. How cool is that?
Then, of course, there are a variety of filters like from Polaroid to Sepia.
Its advanced tools allow you to fine-tune even the minutest details in your images. If you think your pink armband isn’t popping out, you can use Snapseed’s advanced brush tool to fix the armband colors.
The best part is that I don’t have to save the images to my gallery after editing them. I can directly upload them from Snapseed to my Instagram account.
Any tool by Adobe brings in mind the image of large desktop PCs and thousands of arcane tools that can allow you to move your image’s setting from a desert to a snowcapped Antarctica.
But not with Adobe Lightroom.
Lightroom is a cloud-based app which can be accessed on mobile phones and desktop. You can find all the basic tools like tone and color adjustments, brush tools, graduated and radial filters, noise reduction, cropping, and split toning, etc.
The organization of images isn’t an issue as the app uses Adobe Sensei machine learning to recognize faces and sceneries and sort them for users to conveniently find them.
A Color Story
This is an app about which you might not have heard before. But, if it features on our list among apps like VSCO, Snapseed, and Adobe Lightroom, it must be something.
The most telling thing about this app being an absolute lifesaver is more than five hundred filters that you can find here. With so many options, you can have all the creative freedom that you yearn for.
Be it toning up colors, saturating the surrounding, adding vintage touch, or fading the background, the filters here have been crafted to help you put every figment of your imagination onto the canvass.
If you feel like you want more, you can use more than 20 tools to fix everything you think is wrong with your picture.
Now the fun part: if you have made an edit that turned out to be better than all the available filters on the app, you can just save the effect with one tap. It can become your personalized filter which you can use in the future.
Word of caution
The last thing you would want would be your joy of editing your photos spoiled by discovering some hidden costs.
This happens with a lot of apps. Users sign up for a free version, but they are charged with some hidden amount. One way to ensure it doesn’t happen is to download apps that give you a sophisticated user experience, like that of airG scam free apps.
Why is that important?
Because companies that invest in building a better user experience are more focused on retaining customers, therefore they are not likely to scam them.
So, it is better to ascertain what you have to pay and what features you will get in the paid version.
Few things give more joy than a perfectly edited image that becomes the crown jewel of your Insta feed. The filter apps mentioned here have all that you need to get that perfect image.
So go ahead, try these apps out and post photos on your feed for people to see, adore, and like.
This completes the journey from ‘from picture to picture-perfect.
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