I don’t know about you but I love cruising around Instagram to check out beautifully-filtered photographs. Everything looks so much better with a Mayfair filter, right? Or are you more of a Valencia fan? The blogs I tend to follow all have one thing in common too: Stunning pictures. Making my photos look all that more polished is something I’ve been working over over the last couple of weeks and today I wanted to share the apps I use and love (outside of Photoshop) to try and jazz up my endless pictures of flowers or whatever project I’m working on.
I’ve been a BIG fan of Rhonna Designs for quite some time. Have you got a photo you want to add an inspirational quote over the top? Then Rhonna is for you. Want to add a pretty frame to your photos or create something with a gold sequinned background? Then head on over.
I bought the app from the Apple App store for £1.49 a couple of years ago and I’ve used it regularly since. The pictures above are just a selection that I’ve made using Rhonna Designs – the options are pretty much as limitless as your imagination. It’s also useful if you’ve got a photo that you want to post to Instagram as a rectangle not a square, as you can crop and resize then share with the app. Bonus.
This is a pretty new app for me but I was sold after playing around with it for five minutes. Afterlight is kind of like Instagram+, with a much wider range of filters, textures (read dusty photos and faded snaps) but my favourite bit is the selection of light leaks. Want to add a flash of sunshine across your snap? No problem. Or do you want to make it look like the sky is on fire? Easy peasey.
This app costs £0.69 in the Apple store, which I think is an absolute steal. You can also share your edits to Instgram, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter and of course save to your camera roll in three different resolutions.
Have you got a photo which you want to quickly jazz up with love heart doodles, stars, flowers or arrows, to name but a few? Then have a look at Doodle Snap.
The app is free but you will have to pay for more doodles although you do get a basic set to use for free, which you can change in size and colour really easily. Again you can choose to save your edited pictures or share directly with Instagram.
I only use this on my iPad although there is an iPhone version. It’s free, and for what you get with this drawing app, I think that’s pretty amazing.
I’ve used this so much since I downloaded it: I drew the illustrations for my Tea Lovers cards on it freehand then treated myself to a Wacom Bamboo stylus and progressed to doodling flowers, footballers and random other things. I think it’s great if you want to try getting a bit arty but don’t want to shell out any cash, although it is much more responsive with a stylus, especially if you’re drawing something that’s pretty detailed.
This is a bit of a fussy app and the pop-up ads in the free version are a bit annoying, but it is great for creating collages of photos which you can share to Instagram or your blog or wherever. I can cope with the ads purely because the app was free.
There is a really good selection of different frame styles and you can add photos from your camera roll or take them live. The pictures are easy to crop and yep, you can share it straight to Instagram and there are some basic filters.
So do you use any apps to make your photos pop? I would love to hear if you have any favourites or if you have tried the ones on my list.
I hope this post has been helpful. I always think it’s nice to share a bit of ‘how to do’ things every now and then, as I’ve been asked in the past how I’ve created collages and what I use for my illustrations.
Anyway, I’m off to go and take some more photos of flowers. My poor husband despairs of me!
Lots of bright filtery love,