Are you using Instagram graphics to help market your business?
Would you like to create branded images that boost awareness around your company simply by using apps to add graphics to photos?
Creating the perfect Instagram graphics doesn’t mean you have to be a graphic designer or photographer, especially when you have the right tools.
But with an abundance of Instagram apps at your fingertips, how do you know which one to choose to help create the perfect Instagram graphics?
I’ve tested and tried just about every app out there. I’m sharing my favorites so you can take the guesswork out of your next Instagram app download.
Below are 20 Instagram applications designed to help you make the most out of your Instagram graphics!
With Aviary, you can make attractive images in seconds. Their easy to use interface makes touch up and filtering a breeze. Plus, add frames or stickers to your image all in this one app.
This is a simple and easy to use tool for both iOS and Google Play that allows you to create frames, add new effects and just customize your Instagram image immediately.
Lens Flare is a professional tool that allows you to enhance the power of your phones built in editor with the help of some unique and impressive effects.
As a fan of Photoshop, I appreciate that this premium app offers similar functionality.
PXL is a lightweight tool that allows you to pixelize Instagram images. Choose between 9 distinctive styles, and instantly transform your image into an abstract composition.
While this tool is very limited in its capabilities, it does bring a unique look to your graphics. Simply pinch to change the image resolution or shake your device to randomly compile and image out of the 9 pre-created styles.
Tangent is a great app for those that want to remove the monotony from their Instagram feed and instead use numerous patterns and shapes to create one of a kind images.
With Tangent, you can easily transform your boring photos into one-of-a-kind work of art. You have 44 unique shapes to choose from and a 66 patterns to add as overlays.
Combine with shapes, scale, rotate and position at will. Colorize your creations with a huge palette to choose from including many popular blend modes for layering.
Want to combine two pictures into one? You can with Superimpose! Easily blend or juxtaposed images in just the tap of the button.
Here is how it works:
1. Load a background image.
2. Load a foreground image.
3. Mask out unwanted portion of the foreground image using wide range of masking tools.
4. Smoothen the edges with smoothen tool inside the app, if required.
5. Move, Scale, Resize, Rotate, Flip the foreground to place it on the right location on the background image.
6. Adjust the colors/exposure/contrast/hue/saturation etc. of the foreground and the background images if required to match both the images in terms of colors.
7. You are done! Save it to the photo library at full resolution or share it on Facebook and Twitter.
DXP is a simplistic app that lets you createdouble exposure appeal for your company’s images.
Tilt Shift Generator provides an easy way to create that perfect tilt shift effect.
With Average Camera Pro, you can shoot your pictures — even in darker situations — and create a stunning Instagram pic.
LensLight is a premium app that lets you play with the lighting. Love bokeh? You can get that effect in a split second with LensLight.
There are multiple lighting effects to choose from, including:
- Light Leaks
- Rainbow Effects
Love creating a vintage look with your images? Then the 8mm Vintage Camera is for you!
Give your pictures a retro look through 70 different looks including flickering frame, color fringing, 1920’2 and noir. Plus, record videos or apply that vintage look to your existing videos.
Vintagio is similar to the aforementioned app, although this one brings a sepia effect similar to the 1970’s. It reminds me of the pictures my parents took many years ago!
12. Cross Process
Cross Process is a neat little app in its simple functionality. If you like more contrast in your photos, but don’t enjoy finding that perfect look – Cross Process is for you.
Use the Cross Process filters to mimic the look of the old school Polaroid cameras we all know and love.
Have you ever wanted to combine several photos into one, but couldn’t find the right app? Well, now you have. it!
With PicFrame, you have the ability to combine two or more images one single frame.
This might be my favorite app on this list. Why? Because who doesn’t want to smooth fine lines and wrinkles or clear up that unsightly blemish?
With Facetune, you can “tune” up those close-up shots in no time!
Quick is exactly what the name says it is. A quick and easy way to add text to your photos — fast!
16. Tiny Planet
Looking for something completely different? Look no further than Tiny Planet.
Tiny Planet transforms your image into — what else? — a tiny planet.
If you said “more Bokeh” when I mentioned the app above, then Bokehful will be your new best friend.
18. Slow Shutter Cam
The Slow Shutter Cam magically waves a wand over your mobile device, making it a snap to capture slow shutter speeds.
I’ve always loved long exposure images, but never knew how to capture the effect. This app does the trick!
Snapseed has been my go-to photo editing app for a long time. With Snapseed, you can customize the look of your photo with many custom elements.
This may be a more advanced app initially, but it’s well worth the learning curve.
I’m a big fan of Afterlight’s simple and clean design. I am in no way a professional photographer, but I do live in a house with professional photographers.
When they appreciate (and even celebrate) photo editing app, I know I’ve found gold!
Final Thoughts on Instagram Graphics
As you can see, there are numerous applications that you can use to make the best Instagram graphics for your business.
No matter which you one you choose, each of these apps will let you customize the look and feel of each image, creating a seamless brand experience your followers will appreciate and enjoy!
Hero photo by NordWood Themes on Unsplash
Instagram Graphics FAQs
Instagram does not have a feature yet where users can create graphics on the app. If you want to create graphics you need to use graphic maker tools separately. There are free and paid apps that have layouts and templates according to the graphic type you need to create. They also have icons and images you can use in creating informational graphics.
Yes, graphics perform well on Instagram. Hence, the main reason why you should create infographic designs especially if your target audience is millennials. It is proven that Millennials predominately share visual content than other content forms because it is easy to relate to and digest. When creating graphics, it is important to create simple, eye-catching visuals that are informative and engaging.
There are no free social media graphics, however, you can create one. There are free infographics and graphics make tools available on the internet that you can try. Some of them have templates and layouts and other functionalities that are readily available for users to edit and change some details. There are also paid apps that offer premium stock images and layouts that help in creating professional designs.
In reality, it is impossible to get 1,000 followers on Instagram in 5 minutes unless you or your posts have gone viral. This may cause your followers to instantly increase but if that’s not the case, it won’t happen. Other people use applications that promise them to gain instant followers but it is not recommendable. Having fake followers especially as an influencer, will not help you.
There is not a “specific” account type that typically gets more followers. Based on Statista’s list of most-followed Instagram accounts worldwide as of February 2021, most of the accounts on the list are celebrities. Disregarding Instagram’s account itself, the most followed person on the platform is Cristiano Ronaldo with 388.94 million followers followed by Ariana Grande with 271.24 million followers.