Meet the 7 apps that will give your amateur Instagrams professional gloss


Fashion and lifestyle bloggers recently started posting photos that had that Instagram look, but with text on top. It was nothing extreme, just a word or two, but still a great way to caption a seasonal change or a major life event. I thought it was Photoshop and couldn't be bothered, but it turns out the credit goes to Over. The app lets you add a square crop to your images and then overlay text in a variety of interesting fonts. The text makes your photos more visually interesting, and can replace--or complement--your standard Instagram captions. Over's custom fonts aren't free; you'll have to cough up $1.99. There's a free option, a separate app called Overgram, but your font selection is limited and it slaps a watermark on your photo--no good.

Pic Stitch

Your relatives on FacebookFacebook and Instagram love this app, or they will if they haven't discovered it yet. Pic Stitch turns a handful of photos into collages that you can share on social networks or print out. This is useful for before-and-after shots or photos that capture a family event. Simply choose a couple of photos, choose from 232 layouts, and pick from 15 aspect ratios. The app will stitch those photos together on a white background, like a family photo album. Pic Stitch is free, but if you want to take your collages to the next level, you can buy frames, borders, and filters. I don't love photo collages myself, but this app is incredibly popular, so if that's your thing, Pic Stitch is the app for you. Alles zu Facebook auf


To see Instagram video done right, look no further than New Yorker Kevin Lu's feed, @sweatengine. Lu has attributed the soundtracks for his gorgeous clips to Lumify, a free video-editing app that doesn't require registration and is ridiculously easy to use. Win-win-win. The best part about Lumify, which offers tons of editing tools, is the soundtrack feature, which is particularly great on Instagram. When you shoot or upload a video in Lumify, you can pair it with a song from your iTunes library. You can choose a few different video clips and the app will sync the song to the video, or let you do the work if you want. Then you can easily share the finished product to Instagram, adding a filter to the nearly finished product.

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