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8 Apps You Need to Download For Grad Photo Editing

As much as we would love to say #nofilter on our Instagram pics, we all know it can take time (and tech!) to perfectly edit a photo before it’s feed ready. And since many of us have been forced to take our graduation photos at home this year, a little photo magic will help them fit seamlessly into our curated feeds. Here are eight apps that will help you achieve your dream grad photos:


Afterlight is one of my favorite apps for creating a dust overlay on pictures, which other apps rarely offer. It does offer many great filters, but I mainly use it to give my photos a vintage look. The app offers 20 different dust overlays and typically adds more every few months.


Huji is one of my all-time favorite apps because it edits your photos to make them look like they were taken on a film camera. Each photo has a different light leak or dust edit that makes each picture unique. You can either take photos directly through the app or upload them yourself. You can also choose if the date is in the corner of the photo or not.


Unfold is the ultimate frame app. You can choose from several different free packages or purchase the more desirable ones to make creative graphics to share on social media. The different packages it offers each have their own aesthetic, whether you’re looking for a vintage frame or something more modern. These frames are excellent for stories or even unique feed posts.


Kirakira+ is an app where you can make anything sparkle, like your grad cap decorations. There are several different filters you can pick from that enhance the shine on objects and make everything look like it glimmers. For still photos, it turns the photo into a looping video since it makes the brightest parts of the photo sparkle.


Plotaverse is an app where you can make still photos look like they are moving. My favorite pictures to edit with this app are pictures taken at the beach since you can make the waves look like they’re crashing on the shore or pouring a drink like the one below. It does take a little time to edit the pictures perfectly, but in general, the app is very easy to use and has incredible results.


VSCO has been around for years and has been one of my favorite editing apps since high school. The app itself is free and offers 10 base filters. I highly recommend purchasing the annual fee because the app offers a lot more options that enhance your editing. You can save presets you’ve made for specific photos, control specific colors in each photo, and download many more filters at no charge.


If you’re really into editing photographs and are looking to take a step up from VSCO, download Lightroom. Lightroom seems daunting at first, but it’s easy when you get the hang of it, and there are thousands of tutorials online to help.


Preview is not an editing app, but I use it nearly every day. Even though my Instagram feed is not cohesive, I still love to line up how I want the photos to look next to each other. You can upload previous Instagram posts and move them around to see how you want your feed to look. This is great for those who love content batching and planning out your posts ahead of time.

Madeleine managed the Her Campus national branded content team. She graduated from Fordham University in 2015, where she studied communications and marketing. Before joining HC, Madeleine most recently was the branded content editor for Delish.com and HouseBeautiful.com. She currently lives in New York City with her boyfriend and their cat, Beignet.