Top 4 Apps for Instagram + Other Fun Stuff

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Top 4 Apps for Instagram + Other Fun Stuff

Happy Monday! We hope you had a fantastic weekend! I seem to have come down with the flu and Joey has been super dad to Atlas as I try and recover from the insanity of being sick. It stinks to feel like crap-o when the weather is so nice too! Despite being under the weather, we still headed to Peddler’s Village for the annual Strawberry Festival and it was a lot of fun! We took a lot of photos and that inspired todays post. We are kind of addicted to Phoster, Afterlight, PicFX and Pic Collage right now, so let’s talk our top photo apps!

Before we get into the details of  photo apps, we wanted to share a place we rely on and may be addicted to. Being full fledged insta-addicts (be our friends!) we have a fondness of making those pictures take physical form so we can see them beyond a chin-down posture while phone viewing and up on our walls and tables. We made a few posts, here and here about what we do with our pics you can check out if you missed. This place we are excited we found is a place that prints 5X5 square prints (!!) and feeds right from instagram! Picplum has made it WAY WAY WAY too easy to go a little nuts with photos. They haven’t paid us or given us samples (nor has anyone in this post), we just like them a lot and it’s a really easy way to share pictures with family and get  those square prints.

We even have a list of people saved in our account so we can send them over pictures of Atlas. I am actually surprised how many people call asking for pictures!

Now, some fun stuff we use on our phones! I recently started getting a little more confident with playing around with photo apps and am so excited there are people out there that have made great apps for people like me who have such a hard time with photoshop. Joey seems to just intuitively know what to do, where I am always like “doh!”.

Phoster is pretty simple to use. It’s sometimes difficult to to move the words around, but all in all it’s a pretty great app for $1.99.

phoster review, phoster, phoster example

Here are some examples of how we have used it to promote our instagram vintage sale (may 15th! 7pm! follow for deets!)

phoster example, phoster review, phoster

I dig it, and will use it until instagram becomes over-saturated with it. I also like to layer other apps with it, like in the second image.

Afterlight is $.99 and worth it just for the heart, circle, and letter cut out. I try not to over do it because you see it everywhere, but I do play with it personally, even if I don’t share it on instagram too much.

afterlight review, afterlight example, afterlight app

afterlight review, afterlight example

PicFX is $1.99 and may not be worth it if you aren’t into effects and textures. I am cheesy so I am obsessed with the galaxy effect and I dig the orbs as well (pic of Atlas above, and crab pic are two examples + a layer of phoster + a layer of  Afterlight on the Atlas pic).

picfx review, picfx example

Last, but not least is Pic Collage. It’s free, which is awesome and  has a bunch of features we skip over. Basically we like it for the “cut out” feature it has.

pic collage review, pic collage examples

You can cut out images and collage them instead of just placing photos in a pre-templated collage.

pic collage example, pic collage review

You can see the owl is “cut out”. You use your finger, or I suppose you can use a stylus if you have one.

So, those are our top picks for photo apps. Do you use any great ones you are willing to share? We are always excited to try a new one.

Don’t forget to be our instafriend! We certainly want to be yours! xxoo





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    Great apps! Thanks for sharing!

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