The Best Free Image Editing Apps for Instagrammers

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Today I’m talking about Instagram photo editor options. Specifically, how you can enhance the images that you want to post on Instagram.

And as great as Instagram’s built-in photo editing features are, you can certainly raise your Insta-game by using third-party apps.

The best free photo editing apps for Instagram will allow any Pakistani Instagrammer to publish compelling visuals on their feed… no Photoshop skills needed!

As a result, you have the opportunity to not only beautify the special moments of your life, but create your own blend of aesthetic.

So, without further ado, here are the best free photo editing apps for Instagrammers.

Note: I’ve not cherry-picked these apps. No favorites involved. The list was compiled based on the features offered in these apps and, when available, their reviews. All the apps are downloadable in Pakistan.

1. Snapseed

Instagram Photo Editor Snapseed

This photo-editor has a wide array of editing tools that over-power Instagram’s built-in offerings – especially the Brush function and HDR (High Dynamic Range) processing – are standouts.

You can apply frames, unique textures and filters at the same time with Snapseed, so creating your own style is a breeze.

The feature that I loved (and you will too, likely) is called ‘Healing”. It removes the unwanted patches and spots on your photos like smudges on your face, or the little crumbs in the background.

Snapseed is available for both iPhone and Android.

2. Perfect365 (selfie enthusiasts take note)

Instagram selfie apps

I’d love to see a statistic or two on the number of selfies taken in Lahore, Islamabad, Karachi, Rawalpindi and other cities where mobile penetration is high. Regardless, we both know the number is freakishly high.

Therefore, Perfect365 had to be on the list. The Insta-celebs out there would shed tears of joy after discovering the capabilities of this app.

Smiles can be stretched, teeth can be whitened, genes can be fought, eyelashes can be inserted, and even pounds can be shed. Ahem. Fill your Instagram feed with the red carpet beauty looks.

Perfect365 is available for both iPhone and Android users.

3. VSCO

Easy photo editing for Instagram

If you’ve played with Instagram photo editor apps in the past, I’m sure you know what VSCO offers. For those who don’t, the app allows you to modify the exposure, saturation level, temperature and contrast of your image.

For me, “Exposure” is the standout feature in this app; it helped me to convert dark shady images into something much illuminating while retaining the natural feel of the image.

The app’s greatest strength though is its collection of raw filters. You need to pay for some filters, while others are free to use. Check out A6, ACG and HB2; they have the bluish appearance that looks great on images.

VSCO is available for both iPhone and Android.

4. Magic Hour Lite

Edit Instagram Photos

Do I have any artiste reading this post? Yes? Perfect. This is the ideal app for your needs. It has creative design features, professional editing tools, and loads of pre-set as well as downloadable filters.

This Instagram photo editor app should be used with care. Try to avoid filters that take away attention from the image itself. I recommend experimenting with the following ones: sx-70 8 and faded memory.

Also, use tools like black and white mode, rotate, scale, crop, etc. to optimize your photos. Now you’re just a download away from impressing your followers. 

Magic Hour Lite is available for both iPhone and Android users.

Like I said before, you don’t need to be a professional editor/artist/photographer/designer to enhance your Instagram images. Get started with these image editing apps and improve the outlook of your photos.

I’d talk about a lot more apps in the future, as well as give away filter packs and editing apps that cost money. Follow me on Instagram and subscribe to my newsletter below for the latest on Instagram.