I highly suggest these editing and design apps

I highly suggest these editing and design apps

If you didn't know already, I love creating things.

Every.

Single.

Day.

If I have an empty chunk of time, I am MAKING STUFF!

Collages, writing, taking pictures, editing pictures, you name it. I love it all.

Sometimes I’m working on something for one of my personal endeavours, like this blog or my second Instagram, or sometimes it’s for one of my freelance clients. Either way it usually involves my laptop or phone and a medley of editing apps and tools.

So today I am sharing the one, two, three, four, FIVE (!) apps I highly suggest you try out. I use them all on a daily basis. They are pretty user friendly, and most of them have free versions too. Hallelujah.

Canva

Canva was originally introduced to me as a tool for elevating resumes, but it really does way more than that. I use it for Instagram stories, posts, all of the collages I use on the blog (like the one above) and to design my invoices. They hav lots of different dimension options to choose from, and you can create designs using custom dimensions too. I like it because it’s very user-friendly and makes combining pictures, graphics and text a breeze. They have an app and desktop version. I’ve used both, but prefer the desktop version because it’s just easier to see what you’re doing.

A Design Kit

This is an app that has similar capabilities as Canva, but is only available in an app version. I like that it allows you to draw right on designs using different brushes, and It also has some really cute stickers to choose from.

A Color Story

A Color Story is by the same creators as A Design Kit, but it focuses on colours and effects. Unfortunately, most of their filter packs you have to pay for, but it does come with some free ones, which are nice to use when you want to change it up from the typical Instagram ones. They also just released a Happiness Begins filter pack that is inspired by the Jonas Brother’s new album (it’s free too!!) and I am so in love with it.

Storyluxe

Just downloaded this one last week and I am so glad I did. It has so many great story templates that are super easy to use. The only thing I don’t really like is that if you don’t pay for their subscription service, they put a tiny Storyluxe stamp on all the templates that you download. It’s really tiny and not that obvious, but it’s just kind of annoying is all. What ya gonna do though?

Lightroom

A pretty common one, but it felt necessary to include. Like Canva, they do have an app version, but I’m pretty loyal to the desktop version. The one thing I really do like about using Lightroom over other editing tools is that you can copy edit settings from one picture to another. I usually do this when I’m editing a batch of pictures for a client and want them to be consistent. As for presets, I don’t use them that much but when I do I like Vintage Instant.

Oh, and one more thing. If you don’t already have Lightroom and are considering getting it (or any of the other Adobe applications), I recommend you do the one week free trial of it first. When I did that for some reason the software worked on my laptop for wayyyy longer than it should of, so I ended up getting like three free weeks of Lightroom.

Don’t know why, don’t know how. I guess the universe was just on my side in that situation.

Okay, that’s all folks.

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