Last updated: December 28, 2022

Overview: Best free Instagram Editing App

(1) Canva

LogoCanva - Review 2022 - PCMag UK

Canva has become one of our favourite tools for designing unique and eye-catching Instagram Stories! Whether posting a casual shot or trying to drive traffic to a website, we can use the Instagram Stories templates in Canva to create eye-catching designs using the brand’s colours and fonts.

Of course, you can use Canva to enhance regular Instagram posts with the ability to edit photos and easily overlay them with text, graphics, and other design elements—including your brand’s fonts and logo—to create content that truly resonates with followers.

1 No Need for ‘Professional Graphics Designer’ Skills With Canva.
2 Canva is user-friendly, simple and easy to use.
3 Hundreds of Pre-made and Pre-set Size Templates on Canva.
1 Export Settings are Limited.
2 Canva can Delete Your Account at Anytime.
3 Alignment Concerns

(2) VSCO

LogoVSCO Relaunches to Focus on Serving More 'Serious' Creatives | PetaPixel

VSCO is consistently ranked by photographers as one of the best Instagram photo editing apps on the market—mainly because of its high-quality filters.

The app is actually so popular that its branded hashtag #vscocam is now one of the most-used hashtags on all of Instagram! VSCO filters are particularly good for outdoor and nature photography, as they have a mix of moody and bright tones that can help balance out scenes to match your overall Instagram aesthetic. This is great if you’re going for a consistent look on your feed.

1 VSCO provides a variety of choices for editing photos.
2 There is no competition among users as VSCO users can only view pictures but can’t like or comment on them.
3 The app has its Grid community where the users can share their photos.
1 The app is mobile-based and unavailable on web or desktop versions.
2  Advanced filters and tool kits are unlocked on the premium version only.
3  VSCO app doesn’t support the dark mode feature



One of the hardest parts of making your Instagram feed look amazing is figuring out how to make all your individual photos look good beside each other.

Thankfully, Later’s visual Instagram planner shows you exactly what your feed would look like before photos are posted. All you have to do is drag and drop your photos onto the Visual Instagram Planner and rearrange them until you find the perfect balance for your feed. Once you’re happy with how everything looks, posts are scheduled, so you won’t have to worry about it later on.

1 Option to customize for each platform is helpful
2 Scaleable
3 Easy to use
1 There is no way to schedule Instagram Stories to post automatically.
2 No way to add stickers and tags to stories.
3 Would be wonderful if there was a way to copy posts easily.

(4) A Color Story

A color story

 A Color Story allows users to achieve a consistent look across individual posts. Let’s say that your brand color is millennial pink, for example. You can download specific filter packs that perfectly suit that color palette or customize your own filters to add a cast of millennial pink to any photo you’d like!

Another great thing about A Color Story is that it partners with a ton of Instagram influencers who create custom filter packs and effects, which can be accessed in the mobile app. You can also use the desktop version of A Color Story in collaboration with Photoshop or Lightroom for even more fine-tuned editing.

1 Enhances Photos for Social Media Sharing
2 Includes Over 20 Free Tools
3 Offers Desktop Version with Lightroom Presets and Photoshop Actions 
1 Has a Somewhat Confusing User Interface
2 Requires a Purchase for Many Filters and Effects
3 Access to free effects is also quite limited.

(5) Face Tune

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This app tends to get a lot of flak for being the “pretty app,” but it’s really so much more than that! Unlike VSCO and A Color Story, which are more general photo editing apps.

FaceTune is specifically designed for editing and perfecting portraits and selfies. Most photographers use FaceTune to blur out colours and tones that don’t match their Instagram aesthetic, but it offers many other features from subtle effects (like skin smoothing and colour correction) to more dramatic, full-on digital makeovers. 

1 Facetune photo editor boasts of several exciting features
2 Facetune allows you to share your pictures after modification
3 Facetune allows intelligent shooting
1 Facetune does not feature its own social network like other photo editors
2 Edited photos from your camera roll may appear better than the photos shot with Facetune’s live preview feature.
3 Some features on Facetune are not free

(6) Snapseed


1 The software is free to use. Lots of the video editing software out there is very expensive, so this is a good option if you are low on funds, or just wish to try the app.
2 Comes with several professional-grade presets, and editing tools. This can be useful if you are inexperienced, and want to have most of the work already done for you.
3 It is user friendly, so if you are just starting out on your photo editing journey, or are new to photo editing software, this will make things more streamlined and understandable for you.
1 There is a slight learning process, even though it is considered user friendly.
2 Not for complete beginners, it does help to have some initial experience, though there are several videos that can assist with learning.
3 We have to be vigilant about saving our work, as the options included are not very intuitive.

(7) Camera +

ProductCamera +

Camera+ is a great app that comes with features to improve the camera on older phones. Some of these handy features include a front-facing flash and camera grid.

The app is best for those who like to snap photos directly from their phone, thanks to features like touch exposure, digital zoom, and various shooting modes. Camera+ also comes with a ton of basic and advanced photo editing features and filters to fine-tune photos that are not taken with the app.

1 Choose from three different focus modes depending on your distance from your subject
2 Take shots in bursts or set a countdown timer so you can get in the frame
3 Adjust the brightness of your shots in real-time before shooting.
1 Slower in processing
2 Not get reliable use of he advanced features
3 Slow down your shooting experience over the native iphone camera app

(8) Photoleap by Lighttricks

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Product description (80-120 words): With powerful editing tools like brushes, layers, and masks among a few, photographers will have a blast with Photoleap by Lightricks. Transform your photos into art — create double exposures, blend in graphic elements, or cut and paste one photo to another to create the perfect Instagram post.

Boasting a comprehensive toolkit, the app opens a world of creative possibilities, allowing users to produce incredible images, such as those below, submitted and featured in Enlight Photofox’s Instagram account.

1 Great photo editor
2 Effects are pretty good
3 If you aren’t a pro member you can’t even stick with the limited edits they allow you to use.
1 This app used to have the best essential primer filters and they got rid of that whole primer feature.
2 It could take hours until it accidentally makes the image in your description, and even then, you’ll see trends in it’s compositions and imagery
3 The AI adds all typed of weird things to the images: too many limbs, or eyes. And it makes the faces look weird and deformed.

(9) Foodie


From the makers of Line Camera, SNOW Corp., Foodie is an amazingly easy-to-use camera app for people who love to eat and share about it on Instagram.

The Foodie camera has a smart feature that indicates the best perspective — considering angles and lighting — from which to click the shutter. Its filters are tailored to best present the food you’re eating, from bright colors for desserts to gritty tones for barbecue sessions. Throw in direct social media sharing, and you get one of the best companions you can take with you on every gastronomical adventure.

1 Focused on Food and has Good filters available for taking food pictures
2 Over 30 professional quality live filters
3 Works offline
1 Too many ads
2  Feature like cropping are not included
3 No QR scan option



if you’re one of the many people who find the 15-second Instagram Story limit too short, Storeo is the perfect tool for you. Rather than recording several 15-second videos separately, Storeo lets you record or upload a single long video and then slices it up into neat little 15-second packages for you!

All you have to do is upload a video from your photo gallery or record a new one. You can upload directly to Instagram Stories from the Storeo app or download the video and post it manually later.

1 Easy to use and makes for creating long form content on IG stories much easier.
2 The ability to pre-record story to get everything right is great
3 separate your video into smaller clips for Instagram stories.
1 Face tracking filter not present.
2 After paying for upgrade version nothing changes and watermark were still there.
3 It doesn’t access the video most of the time.

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