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Instagram Effects: Free Tools That Give You More Than Instagram

One of the most fun aspects of Instagram, for snap-happy photographers, is the Instagram effects. Others love the social aspect of Instagram and sharing your best photos of your life is fun with others who like and comment on your photos. Once Instagram came out with video, it has never been the same – shooting videos that are short and sweet, but still longer and more satisfying than Vine.

Some of us are not satisfied with just Instagram effects. We want a little something more to put our photographic creations over the edge. That's where this article comes in. We feature just a handful of apps, both online and mobile, that offer a boatload of features.

If you have a large following on Instagram, then you are probably always trying to take the best photos you can. The cool thing about Instagram is that you can upload photos that are already edited. If you want find a program that takes your Instagram photos to the next level so that you can out-photo your fans, read on.

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Or perhaps you want those cool Instagram effects on a web browser, where you can edit, download or share as you please. You can also see them online, on bigger screens, in all their Instagram-y glory. If so, I've got some sweet apps for you, too.

You can comfortably fall into photo editing nirvana. The featured apps in this article have more filters, more collages, more borders, more effects, stickers, letters, and sharing options. Some are very advanced for a complete customization experience; some are simple and sweet – they do the hard work for you.

If Instagram effects are your thing, but you don't want to spend all day bouncing your photos between different photo editing tools, then check out these all-in-one tools below.


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Instagram Filters: Do You Know How To Use Them? Learn These Simple Tips

Instagram filters are one of the features that make Instagram so popular. The vintage photo is back with a vengeance, mimicking the photo imperfections of cameras and photographers from the 60s and 70s.

Ironically, the individuals who remember old snapshots are the ones who use Instagram the least – only 5% of the 100 million active users are in the 45-54 age range (see infographic below). According to Wikipedia:

Instagram is an online mobile photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures and videos, apply digital filters to them, and share them on a variety of social networking services, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr.

Nevertheless, the new generation loves the effects of Instagram filters. At the same time, Instagram is so much more than merely a photo-sharing service. It can be anthropological study of how mundane objects are spotlighted in such a rich and artistic way – by teens and Generation Y. Or it can be just a great way to take pictures and share with friends. Incidentally, at the time of this writing, Instragram has released Version 6, which has a lot more features, plus more flexibility when adjusting your Instagram filters.

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Instagram Filters


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