Thursday, June 28, 2012

App Happy: My Favorite Photo Editing Apps

Rhonna & Liz have both done awesome, super informational posts about their favorite apps to use for Instagram, so I thought I might weigh in on what I use to make my Instagrams a little more me.

Picfx ($1.99)
I usually start all my photos in Picfx, because I like a lot of their filters, and they crop your photos into a square for you. I like that you can adjust the opacity and rotate the effects too, so you don't have to have a grunge smear on someone's face if you don't want to. You can also add more effects to one photo to create customizable layers.

Phonto (Free)
So sweet to add text your photos, easy as pie. Also, they just came out with an update that lets you load your own fonts, so I am going to be BUSY loading my giant collection of font faves.

Snapster (Free)
I just downloaded this app last week so I don't have a ton of experience with it, but I do like a lot of their filters. There are even more filters you can purchase within the app if you get tired of their standards.

Stitched Lite (Free)
A collage app to put different photos all together. I don't use this one too often, but it's great to have since it's free

PhotoForge2 ($2.99)
So this one is a little pricey, but TRUST- you need it. It's does have filters and all that jazz, but I really use it for photo layering. Similar to Photoshop, you can start with a photo, then add layers to the photo to get your mobile digital scrapbooking on. I add my designs and my Rhonna Designs PNG files to my Dropbox Account on my computer, then I go to my Dropbox app on my iPhone. I save the PNG files to my Camera Roll, then in PhotoForge I upload the PNG layers, resize & adjust to my liking, then save again to my camera roll. It's a few extra steps and an extra app download, but totally worth it in my opinion.

So, here's a little step-by-step recipe for a fabulous Instagram photo

 {picfx/resize & enhance + photoforge2/frame + phonto/add text + snapster/Instant filter +picfx/bokeh}

As you can see, you can make it as complicated or as simple as you wish, you layer on effects to your heart's desire. AND, as a little present to all my Insta-happy friends, here's some lovely little frames to get you started with your Insta-glamming. Go here to download the file  -------->

Here's my Insta Art I created with these sweet new frames. If you'd like to follow along my Instagram name is rosemarywatson!


If you love these freebie frames and want MORE MORE MORE! You can visit my Digital Shop for some Happy & Bright Birthday Frames- for just $0.99!


  1. Question: can you load these frame files into your iphone somewhere and create the frame for your picture?

  2. I'm tired and shoudl have read your photoforge info. I think I've got it!

    1. Hopefully I explained it well enough. There may be an easier way, but this is how I use them!


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