These days, it’s not enough to just own an Instagram account. If you’re looking to up your game for the ‘gram and create a more curated and aesthetically pleasing feed, here are some apps to help you achieve your goal.
From video editing tools that make creating content a breeze, to apps created specifically for Instagram stories, we’ve compiled a list of apps that go beyond your usual VSCO and film camera apps.
1. For Stories: Unfold
Used by influencers everywhere including Julie Sarinana and Zoe Sugg — Unfold is the ultimate Instagram app that’s bound to make your stories pop. The app has a bunch of unique design-focused templates that allow you to create a curated presentation of stories. Fans of the app absolutely love the minimalist look it gives and the countless template options.
Besides the free templates, you can also purchase premium templates to differentiate your story from everyone else’s. Unfold occasionally releases themed templates for a limited time in line with the festive season or for a big event such as the Billboard Music Awards. Get the latest scoop on the app by following it on Instagram here.
Unfold is available for download on iOS and Android devices.
2. For Stories: Over
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We dig you guys, like a lot. So when we spot one of you whipping up awesome creations you made using Over, we want to shout it from the rooftops! So much so, we’re going to start highlighting members of our community who are flexing their creative muscles. First up is @jamielynkane whose creations are pretty lovely, even if we do say so ourselves! She's a lifestyle blogger based in California, and we can't help but be blown away by her Instagram account. And if you're thinking, I have no idea how to do that, we got you. Head into the Over App and read the story about Jamie and how she uses Over to rock her Instagram feed. #BestOfOver
Similar to Unfold, Over is an Instagram layout app. However, it’s a little more colourful and essentially gives you the tools you need to become your very own graphic designer. That said, the app was created with the main goal of empowering small business owners to help them showcase their products on Instagram. This means that the app is full of graphic collaterals to suit plenty of different themes and requirements.
Much like Unfold, Over too has premium templates and themed templates that are released in accordance to special occasions and festive seasons. See what you can do with Over by following its hashtag on Instagram #overapp.
Over is available for download on iOS and Android devices.
3. For Stories: Adobe Spark Post
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Mom, Mama, Mommy Shark 🦈 – So many names, so many ways to say "Thank you for all you do!" Add a Spark to your #MothersDay! Swipe to see @adobespark designs FOR EVERY KIND OF MOM 💝 Head over to the link in our profile to remix and share your fave designs in time for Mother’s Day☝️👆 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . . . . #mothersday #adobespark #mothersdays2019 #mother #mothersdaycard #mom #momlife #mommyshark #moms #momappreciationpost #mommyhood #momblogger #mombloggers #thankyoumom
Content creators love Adobe Spark Post because of how easy it is to create beautiful looking “posters” that highlight content easily for Instagram stories. You can even flex your creative muscles by making adorable-looking animated videos to fit your feed on the app. What’s more, Spark Post is free and easy to navigate so it’s perfect if you’re rushing or on the go!
Adobe Spark Post is available for download on iOS and Android devices
4. For Videos: InShot
Perhaps one of the best video editing tools around, InShot has everything you need to become a video editor on the go. The app comes with animated video effects, filters and even music so you can literally edit anything you want without much fuss.
The app is also incredibly easy to use but if you ever need a helping hand, there are plenty of videos online because the app is pretty popular. You can also visit the app’s official Instagram page to see what you can do with it.
InShot is available for download on iOS and Android devices.
5. For Photos: Tadaa
Want to add a beautiful-looking bokeh (out-of-focus) effect to your photos? Use Tadaa. The app is known for creating realistic looking bokeh and blurring effects to your photo so your photos always looking professionally taken.
There are also guide online to show you what you can do with Tadaa and tips to making your photos look amazing.
Tadaa is available for download on iOS devices only.
6. For Photos: Snapseed
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#Repost @kirkpetersweet ・・・ Adaptation & Change • A lot of things on the trail had changed after our side trip to Boulder about 10 days ago. Winter weather had set into the #CDT in central Colorado, making hiking on the official trail unfeasible. Seeing the snow at high elevation was here to stay, some friends we were hiking around got off the trail and others took different routes. It was sad to see the big group of SoBo’s split up and I respect everyone for hiking their own hike. For Red Bass, Hummingbird, and I we decided to finish as much of Colorado as we could by taking the low routes. Of course at the beginning of the trip we would have never thought of hiking anywhere but up in the mountains, but then again you can never really plan for too much on a trail like this. – Such is life… Mother Nature is unpredictable, you can’t complete the exact goal you set out to do, and the people you’re surrounded by changes. So we do what humans do best, change & adapt. – Yesterday we made it to the southern border of Colorado via road walking, bike paths, and the Great Divide Bike Trail. However after missing some of the most scenic parts of the trail plus 193 miles due to winter storms and fire reroutes, we’ve decided to come back to do it right. Next summer we plan on rehiking the entire state Colorado from border to border along the CDT (or extended CT). – But for now we focus on the trail ahead. Tomorrow we begin our journey into New Mexico, our last 770 miles of the CDT… • Shot on #Sonya6000 #Colorado #india #indonesia #indo
Before VSCO burst onto the photo editing scene, there was Snapseed that was developed by Google.
Created with professional photographers in mind, the app boasts advanced tools for those who wanted more than just a filter over their photos. Unlike most photo editing apps, Snapseed lets you zoom in on a particular aspect of a photo and edit that small area only, so if you’re the sort that loves attention to detail, the app is perfect for you.
Snapseed is available for download on iOS and Android devices.
7. For Photos: Adobe Photoshop Express
Adobe Photoshop Express (aka PS Express) essentially packs in all you love about Photoshop (think Healing brush and colour correction) into one easy to use app. Besides basic editing tools such as cropping and straightening, PS Express also lets you remove red-eye, edit blemishes and add filters onto your photos.
You can also create collages and borders so each photo has a distinctive personality.
Adobe Photoshop Express is available for download on iOS and Android devices.
8. For Photos: Afterlight 2
Love the effects that VSCO filters give but don’t quite want to follow the crowd? Consider using Afterlight 2. Similar to VSCO, the app lets you create your own filter presets but also comes with an array of stunning filters.
If you’re looking for a little inspiration, visit Afterlight’s Instagram account to see photos taken by community members of the app. While it’s not as popular as VSCO, this app is actually pretty good. It’s great that it’s flying under the radar — your photos will stand out among the crowd.
Afterlight is available for download on iOS devices only.
9. For Creative Layouts: Dubble
While film camera apps such as Huji Cam and Gudak let you take nostalgic-looking photos, they’re missing an essential effect that film photographers love: Double exposures!
But that’s where Dubble comes in. The app simply lets you create artistic double exposure photos from your camera roll. You can then edit the photos’ clarity and contrast with sliding tools.
Dubble is available for download on iOS devices only.
10. For Creative Layouts: SCRL
SCRL works best with Instagram’s gallery feature. The app essentially helps you tell a compelling story using photographs and captions that you can’t really do with Instagram stories. The app also comes with various themes and borders so your photos always look unique and eye-catching!
See examples of what you can do with SCRL on their Instagram page here.
SCRL is available for download on iOS devices only.