Creating Unique Photos

Welcome back everyone and I hope you're all well. I thought today it might be interesting to look at photo editing apps. I use a couple of different tools to style my photos for either this blog or for my Instagram and Twitter posts. So here's a little look at what I enjoy using and how I personally rate them for getting the job done:

 

A BEAUTIFUL MESS

First up the ABM app that has been created by the team over at the brilliant blog A Beautiful Mess. This app is available on iOS, Android and Windows.

I use this on my iPhone mainly when I'm on the go and to create beautiful collages of multiple pictures. It's really simple to use and has a wide number of collage templates to chose from - or you can edit a solo photo. 

The app allows you to add borders, text and different backgrounds to your pictures then send them straight to your social media sites like Twitter, Instagram etc. 

You can really quickly create some lovely pictures or collate a number of photos together in a lovely collage. The only frustration I have with it is that you can't go back and amend mistakes or move pictures around, you just have to start over if you do something wrong. This can be a little frustrating - other than that it's a handy little tool especially if you're on the go.

 

AFTERLIGHT

The next app that I really enjoy using on my phone and also my tablet is Afterlight.

I really enjoy using this for editing single photos and giving them a unique look, especially good for use on the move as well.

With Afterlight you can chose from a number of settings to give your photo more of a lived in edge! For example you can add a number of beautiful softening filters and then frame these with for example 'Light Leak' or ' Instant Film' settings that give the picture a unique style and edge.

I really like this for creating something a little bit different.

 

INSTABLEND

I've very recently downloaded Instablend to my phone and have been having a go at using it to blend one photo over another. I haven't used it much yet but I thought I'd share it here as I think it has real potential to be a very useful tool!

 

PICMONKEY

The final tool that I use, and I use this on my proper computer (!) when editing for this blog, is Picmonkey

This is a free online editing tool and is just brilliant for getting the best out of your photos. I know it's not always a good idea to over edit things, especially for products for example, on a blog. Sometimes though you just need to make things look a little smarter and stand out - that is when this tool, with a number of great collage options, filters, frames and so much more comes in incredibly handy.

It's really simple and intuitive to use as well and I don't know if I could really be without it!

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So there we have it - a little insight in to my pictorial world! I'm not exactly an expert and am learning more and more each day as well as trying to improve my general photography so that I end up with a better initial output anyway. However if you're looking for some ideas on what to use then I hope the above apps might come in useful.

If you have any tips or other ideas for me then let me know in the comments as I'd really love to learn more.

Farewell for now - have a lovely weekend all!