Now, before we get too far into this post, we do think it’s important to state that this is not a be-all-and-end-all post on the best design and photography apps available. There are so many apps that we love and use every single day, however we thought it would be fun to share a quick round-up of the ones we use most. Let us know if you’d like to see more posts like these in the comment section below.
We find Unfold to be such a useful app for creating on-the-go graphics for social media. We love the multitude of frames provided that make Instagram Stories look more visually appealing, and we also love to use the frames to make blog post visuals a little more interesting from time-to-time. A perfect example of this can be seen here, where we didn’t want the minimal imagery to look too simplistic. We imported our images into Unfold and created graphics that are a little more interesting to look at, without overloading the reader with repeated images of a book and e-reader device.
Looking to create some custom graphics or collages for social? Look no further than Photoshop Mix. It’s basically all of the layering abilities of Photoshop in an iPhone app. We find it great for making moodboard-style collages and superimposed photos on-the-go.
SCRL is a lot like Unfold, except they’re mastered the ability to make carousels that blend together seamlessly. This won’t make sense to those who aren’t well versed in the intricacies of Instagram, but this app is a game changer for making our clients Instagram feeds a little more interesting.
Adobe Sketch is a great app for drawing custom elements for the design process. It basically takes all of the painting and drawing abilities of Photoshop and presents them to you in a nifty little app. We use this for custom paint swatches and line drawings.
The colour editing program we all know and love, available in a neat little iPhone app. We use this daily for social media, and have made the process of photo editing even easier by importing our own presets in the app. Simply choose the best preset for your photo, make a few tweaks and you’re done! Colour editing has never been easier.
And, finally, if we’re feeling reaaaal lazy, we sometimes use VSCO for their colour filters. We don’t use this as much as the other apps, but sometimes we find the filters helpful in identifying colour patterns that don’t match each projects aesthetic or colour rule. Again, not something we necessarily use every day, but still helpful nonetheless.
It’s over to you now! What are your favourite design and photography apps?