VSCO

This in­tu­itive photo ed­i­tor’s un­clut­tered in­ter­face makes it a breeze to add a film-like look to pho­tos

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What the app does

It’s fair to say that app stores are awash with photo edit­ing and In­sta­gram-like fil­ter apps, but VSCO re­mains a firm favourite of many peo­ple thanks to its clean, el­e­gant in­ter­face and in­tu­itive con­trols. VSCO is big on film-like pre­sets, but also makes it easy to achieve sub­tle enhancements us­ing its man­ual slid­ers.

When to use it

Try­ing out dif­fer­ent styles and looks for your pho­tos is a fun part of the learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in pho­tog­ra­phy, and this app en­ables you to ex­per­i­ment eas­ily with a range of treat­ments. While you can, of course, use your smart de­vice’s cam­era to take pho­tos from within the app, if you’ve al­ready im­ported some of your D-SLR pic­tures to your de­vice’s cam­era roll, us­ing an app such as Light­room, Cre­ative Cloud or Pho­toSync, you can carry out your ed­its on these im­ages.

How to use it

VSCO uses an icon-driven in­ter­face, and while it can take a while to learn which icon rep­re­sents which pa­ram­e­ter, it’s worth per­se­ver­ing, as the sim­ple slider con­trols make it easy to in­crease or de­crease the strength of ef­fects with a swipe of your finger. What makes VSCO stand out is the way that you can add taste­ful washes of colour, fades and vignettes, or take your look to the ex­treme. The ba­sic film ef­fects are good, but there are lots more that you can add via in-app pur­chases, and there’s a VSCO com­mu­nity that’s easy to join and to share your re­sults with.

As well as down­load­ing your shots, you can share them with the VSCO com­mu­nity

You can quickly ad­just the strength of the free fil­ters by us­ing in­tu­itive slid­ers

Im­age ad­just­ments in­clude clar­ity, fade and a ba­sic split-ton­ing fea­ture

Crop­ping and ro­tat­ing are car­ried out in­de­pen­dently, so there’s some back and forth

You can im­port pho­tos from your phone or shoot with the app’s re­spon­sive cam­era

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