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20 Instagram Apps to Take Graphics From Good to GREAT

By Rebekah Radice

7 min read

Are you using Instagram to market your business?Would you like to create branded images that boost awareness around your company?Not Photoshop proficient? No problem!With the right apps - you can create the perfect Instagram image in a snap!But with an abundance of Instagram apps at your fingertips, how do you know which one to choose?I’ve tested and tried just about every app out there and today I’m sharing my favorites with you.Below are 20 Instagram applications that'll help you take your graphics from good to GREAT!

Instagram Apps to Take Graphics From Good to GREAT

  1. Aviary

With Aviary, you can make attractive images in seconds. Their easy to use interface makes touch up and filtering a breeze. Plus, add frames or stickers to your image all in this one app.This is a simple and easy to use tool for both iOS and Google Play that allows you to create frames, add new effects and just customize your Instagram image immediately.

  1. LensFlare

Lens Flare is a professional tool that allows you to enhance the power of your phones built in editor with the help of some unique and impressive effects.As a fan of Photoshop, I appreciate that this premium app offers similar functionality.

  1. PXL.

PXL is a lightweight tool that allows you to pixelize Instagram images. Choose between 9 distinctive styles, and instantly transform your image into an abstract composition.While this tool is very limited in it’s capabilities, it does bring a unique look to your graphics. Simply pinch to change the image resolution or shake your device to randomly compile an image out of the 9 pre-created styles.

  1. Tangent

Tangent is a great app for those that want to remove the monotony from their Instagram feed and instead use numerous patterns and shapes to create one of a kind images.With Tangent, you can easily transform your boring photos into one-of-a-kind work of art. You have 44 unique shapes to choose from and a 66 patterns to add as overlays.Combine with shapes, scale, rotate and position at will. Colorize your creations with a huge palette to choose from including many popular blend modes for layering.

  1. Superimpose

Want to combine two pictures into one? You can with Superimpose! Easily blend or juxtaposed images in just the tap of the button.

Here is how it works:

1. Load a background image.2. Load a foreground image.3. Mask out unwanted portion of the foreground image using wide range of masking tools.4. Smoothen the edges with smoothen tool inside the app, if required.5. Move, Scale, Resize, Rotate, Flip the foreground to place it on the right location on the background image.6. Adjust the colors/exposure/contrast/hue/saturation etc. of the foreground and the background images if required to match both the images in terms of colors.7. You are done! Save it to the photo library at full resolution or share it on Facebook and Twitter.

  1. DXP

DXP is a simplistic app that lets you create double exposure appeal for your company’s images.

  1. Tilt Shift Generator

Tilt Shift Generator provides an easy way to create that perfect tilt shift effect.

  1. Average Camera Pro

With Average Camera Pro, you can shoot your pictures — even in darker situations — and create a stunning Instagram pic.

  1. LensLight

LensLight is a premium app that lets you play with the lighting. Love bokeh? You can get that effect in a split second with LensLight.There are multiple lighting effects to choose from, including:

  • Bokeh
  • LensFlares
  • Light Leaks
  • Spotlights
  • Rainbow Effects
  1. 8mm Vintage Camera

Love creating a vintage look with your images? Then the 8mm Vintage Camera is for you!Give your pictures a retro look through 70 different looks including flickering frame, color fringing, 1920’2 and noir. Plus, record videos or apply that vintage look to your existing videos.

  1. Vintagio

Vintagio is similar to the aforementioned app, although this one brings a sepia effect similar to the 1970’s. It reminds me of the pictures my parents took many years ago!

  1. Cross Process

Cross Process is a neat little app in its simple functionality. If you like more contrast in your photos, but don’t enjoy finding that perfect look – Cross Process is for you.Use the Cross Process filters to mimic the look of the old school Polaroid cameras we all know and love.

  1. PicFrame

Have you ever wanted to combine several photos into one, but couldn’t find the right app? Well, now you have. it!With PicFrame, you have the ability to combine two or more images one single frame.

  1. Facetune

This might be my favorite app on this list. Why? Because who doesn’t want to smooth fine lines and wrinkles or clear up that unsightly blemish?With Facetune, you can “tune” up those close-up shots in no time!

  1. Quick

Quick is exactly what the name says it is. A quick and easy way to add text to your photos — fast!

  1. Tiny Planet

Looking for something completely different? Look no further than Tiny Planet.Tiny Planet transforms your image into — what else? — a tiny planet.

  1. Bokehful

If you said “more Bokeh” when I mentioned the app above, then Bokehful will be your new best friend.

  1. Slow Shutter Cam

The Slow Shutter Cam magically waves a wand over your mobile device, making it a snap to capture slow shutter speeds.I’ve always loved long exposure images, but never knew how to capture the effect. This app does the trick!

  1. Snapseed

Snapseed has been my go-to photo editing app for a long time. With Snapseed, you can customize the look of your photo with many custom elements.This may be a more advanced app initially, but it’s well worth the learning curve.

  1. Afterlight

I’m a big fan of Afterlight’s simple and clean design. I am in no way a professional photographer, but I do live in a house with professional photographers.When they appreciate (and even celebrate) photo editing app, I know I’ve found gold!

Final Thoughts

As you can see, there are numerous applications that you can use to make the best Instagram graphics for your business.No matter which you choose, each of these apps will let you customize the look and feel of each image, creating a seamless brand experience your followers will appreciate and enjoy!What's your favorite Instagram photo editing app? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below!

Rebekah Radice

About Rebekah Radice

Rebekah Radice, co-founder of BRIL.LA, has traded narcissism for purpose. When not driving growth, you'll find her tricking family into thinking she's Emeril Lagasse - likely covered in marinara. The spotlight was fun, but impact is better. These days she's using 20+ years of brand brilliance for good.