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iPhone Photo Editing Apps

Some people have been asking which apps I use to edit my photos, so I thought I would post about them!

Camera apps are important to me because I always like touching up my photos after I take them. No matter what camera I use to take photo with, I think they can always use a bit of adjustment. I’m not really fond of using too much filters, I don’t want my photos to look too harsh or faded, I just want to enhance or bring about a tone/mood to the image. Decorating them with stickers/stamps aren’t that important to me, but sometimes I think it looks cute or they add a personal touch.

These have been listed by how often I use them.

Cost: AU$1.29
iPhone | Site

I used to use Picfx and the filters on Instagram to edit my photos, but I after using Afterlight I haven’t been using any other apps. I really like how it’s easy to navigate through and quickly preview all the filters. They’ve got a whole lot of filters – 59! – but each filter has a thumbnail of the intended effect and after a while of using it, you’ll figure out what type of look you’re going for so it’s easy to choose. Relic, Atlas, Coral and Magnolia are some of my favourites to use, but it depends on the image.

They’ve also got other editing tools such as

  • adjusting brightness, clarity, contrast etc
  • adding film effects
  • cropping or rotating the image
  • frames/borders

I don’t really use frames but sometimes I think it’s nice to add focus onto the subject. You can choose to make the frame solid, patterned (pay to unlock) or opaque as you like by adjusting the opacity.

It’s definitely worth to pay for this for the amount of tools that you get! It makes editing my photos a pleasant experience. Here’s a photo that I’ve editing using this app. There’s more on my instagram account if you want to see more examples. 90% of my photos nowadays are editing using Afterlight.


LINE Camera
Cost: Free 
iPhone | Android | Site

I mainly use this app for the stickers, but their Delicious filter is a favourite of mine. I find it’s usually perfect for editing food photos! There’s free sticker sets, but I mainly used the paid ones. I guess I tend to get carried away, I’ve bought 20 sets already haha… :gloom I like stickers related to food, have phrases/words, and characters with cute faces/expressions.

Unfortunately the iPhone version has recently raised the prices in the LINE stores, so each set costs around AU$2.49 each. From memory it used to cost AU$1.99. I don’t think the android app has had an price increase. I probably won’t be buying more sticker sets unless they release more food related ones :huuu

I also like this app because they have a collage/combining photos feature. You can add up to 9 photos and can choose a square or rectangle format. It’s easy to change the layout of the frame, say if you want one photo to be larger than to other, and you can change the background’s colour or use a pattern preset. It’s very customisable. I used to use to Diptic for this feature, but now that LINE Camera has it, I don’t need to anymore.

Edited by adjusting the brightness level and using the delicious filter.
Stamps: Delicious Kitchen and Yummy Food+


Rakuga Cute / 樂画Cute
Cost: Free
iPhone | Site

This is another app where I went crazy buying the collections, I think there’s only one I haven’t bought because I’m not sure I’ld use things from it lol :ugh2 I really like this app because it reminds me of purikura!

The difference with in-app purchases in Rakuga Cute compared to LINE Camera is that these contain different pens, stamps, rolling stamps and one-touch (borders) items, hence the term collection, while you’ll have to buy them separately on LINE Camera. Each collection costs around AU$3.79 and a lot of deco tools included – I would say roughly 40 stamps, 40 pens and 9+ one touch frames. While it’s more worth it to pay for and use this app to decorate photos, there’s just so many to browse and choose from, so I tend to use this app when I have more time to decorate.

It’s very easy to resize the stamps and there’s so many cute ones, I always have a hard time deciding which ones to use. The collections in this app are more related to fashion and beauty, so they have a very girly feel. I mainly like this app for their rolling and alphabet stamps.

The app also has a small range of filters and a collage feature. They’ve got a range of useful tips and tutorials under there “How to Use” section. I don’t tend to use them though since I used to use Papelook for collages but I haven’t used that in a while.

Another good thing about this app is that you can save it in high definition. If only they had an iPad version, then I would be decorating photos taken from my dslr :XD

I’ve recently started to use this app again since I’ve gotten back into decorating my photos, so here’s how I used to decorate my photos back in 2012. I guess I tend to go overboard using stamps and stickers :eheh

Left photo was also edited using Papelook


InstaPicframe Pro
Cost: Free | AU$2.49
iPhone (Free) | iPhone (Paid) | Android | Site
*I paid for this a while back so I’m not sure if there’s a difference between the free or paid version.

I find this app useful when I want to post a portrait or landscape photo on Instagram in a square format but I don’t want to crop it. I also like using it to add a border so I can decorate it.

The interface isn’t that nice (I think the colour scheme could do with an update) but it’s simple to use use and gets the job done. You can also make collages with more images and there’s a range of frames and layouts such as the images in a star shape, but I usually only use it with 1 or 2 images so I can get the thick border.


So these are the apps which I use at the moment, I’m always on the look out for camera apps to test out though.





  • mihoshappylife

    I love photo editor apps :)) decorating and giving my photos some cuteness makes so much fun ^^ I often use Collage apps, they are very practical!

    • Vermillion

      Yup, they’re great if you don’t want to upload too many photos, so you can just put it into one post.

  • Danielle

    i love the Line collage feature. its super easy to adjust the sizes too! 🙂

  • Cat

    This is a good list! I’ve seen those stickers before and wasn’t sure where they were from, haha. I didn’t know LINE Camera also did collages. I’m currently using Diptic for combining photos. I’ve tried InstaFrame before, but I didn’t really like its interface either.

    I feel the same way, where I really just want to do some adjustments to the photos rather than some of the heavy filters that Instagram or other programs have. I’ll have to look into the apps you listed 🙂

    • Vermillion

      Afterlight is great coz you can choose the opacity of the filter as well :3

  • Michelle

    Cool effects! I think I need to start branching out and using other effects. I tend to either use Photoshop or Instagram. That’s cool that’s it is all possible to use these and utilize these effects so efficiently. But yeah, nice blog you have here 🙂

    • Vermillion

      Thank you!

      I think it’s good that there’s a variety of choice but sometimes it can be overwhelming!

  • Sah

    So many cute apps <3 I have an Android phone, but I already saw some of this apps on the Android Market! (like Line Camera) :3 I really liked Rakuga Cute, but I never saw it there ;3; I hope they have it too!

    • Vermillion

      Awww I hope it has an android version oneday! The features are really nice.

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