{Bring ‘Em Out}: My Favorite iPhone Photo-Editing Apps.

by Katelyn Block on July 11, 2012 · 25 comments

Morning friends! Say hello to my leetle nugget.

No more paparazzi, I’m a princess.

She is so happy to be home. Guess what? The Daily Sprinkle is back! Check it out!

Recently, I’ve been getting a lot of questions on Instagram (where you should follow me if you already haven’t, let’s be best buds) about what apps I use to edit my photos. Let’s be honest, I don’t have the time, energy, or space to carry around my giant (but insanely beautiful) Canon DSLR, so I often take a lot of my pictures with my iPhone.

I’m going to list off the apps I use (in order of how I use them), and then give you a little blurb about each and why I love it. I’ll even use all Instagram pictures to prove to you how good they are (after all, pictures speak louder than words). Sound good?

p.s. They’re all free. You’re welcome.

1. Aviary



Edits photos. Enhance, balance, crop, B&W, sepia, and my favorite: adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, and sharpness to your heart’s desire. There’s other stuff too, but I don’t really use those. If you ever see pictures on my Instagram and think they look professional, this is where the magic happens.

Clearly I went photo happy. Oopsieeeee.

2. Phonto

Food Pictures


This puts pretty fonts and titles on my pictures. Around (or more than) a hundred fonts to choose from, different colors and weights to choose from, and backgrounds for the text. Limited colors, but I like the selection.

Fonts on Fonts on Fonts

Colors, Weight, and Opacity

3. LabelBox

Available Labels:

Cute labels are just awesome. You can choose from eleven free labels (see below), and about thirteen paid ones. Personally, I’m satisfied with the free ones. They look great, and the variety is wide. I’m a fan. Found this via Kasey and Bobbi. Thanks, ladies!

4. PicStitch


It stitches my pictures together! Choose between almost 50 frames that allow you to stitch together two, three, four, or five pictures. Bonus: You can edit each individual picture within the frame. How bomb is that?

5. Instagram

Instagram speaks for itself. If you have an iPhone (or Android), it’s is a must. And this is the time where I say: Follow me! We’ll be best Instagrammin’ and hashtaggin’ buds. ;)

Previous posts in the {Bring ‘Em Out} series:

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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

christy July 11, 2012 at 7:04 AM

I only used instragram on my phone before, but I literally just downloaded all of these now.


[email protected] July 11, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Wait… this is AMAZING! Thanks for sharing. I can not wait to get home from work and play with all of these :) ))!!!!!


Danielle @ Itsaharleyyylife July 11, 2012 at 8:18 AM

thanksss! I always love what you do to your pictures! I just downloaded them all!


Danielle @ Itsaharleyyylife July 11, 2012 at 8:21 AM

i tweeted!


chelsey @ clean eating chelsey July 11, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Thanks! I just downloaded all of those (minus instagram since I’malready obsessed).


Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean July 11, 2012 at 9:08 AM

i have all of them except aviary! gonna check that out!


Meredith @ DareYouTo July 11, 2012 at 9:47 AM

THANKS! I’ve only just started using instagram, so behind the times. I’m downloading phonto right now so I can start adding text!


Brittany - Life of a Bama Girl July 11, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Thanks for sharing these!


christina July 11, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Great post! Love the info. THAT PUP IS SO CUTE.


Lisa July 11, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Thank you for this doll! I don’t think I follow you on instagram…off to reverse that


Julie @ Am I There Yet July 11, 2012 at 4:15 PM

This is so insanely useful. And awesome of you to share! Thanks!


Debbie @ Live from La Quinta July 11, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Thanks for this. I had a couple, but now I have them all!


Elle July 11, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Your leetle nugget is adorable.. and thanks for sharing all this wonderful information!


Elle July 11, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Your leetle nugget is adorable.. and thanks for sharing all this wonderful information!


[email protected] July 11, 2012 at 6:49 PM

OKAY this is so helpful! thank YOU so much!! :) <3


Robin July 11, 2012 at 7:16 PM

I have Phonto but not all those options. The only thing I can add under ‘Add Item’ are word bubbles. Where are the font options?


[email protected] Life Is Sparkling July 11, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Definitely just downloaded all the ones I didn’t have. Can’t wait to use them! :)


Kayla July 12, 2012 at 5:49 AM

love the suggestions, thanks so much! general iphone questions i’ve been wondering for awhile: how did you create those little compartments/categories on your phone where you organized your apps (work it out, photo editing etc.) i have two on my phone right now that my phone came with (weather and utilities) but i’d love to create a few more since im a total organization-freak :)


Irina @ Chocolatea Time July 12, 2012 at 7:44 AM

I went ahead and downloaded all of these. Thanks for sharing!


Hayley @ Running Down the Runway July 12, 2012 at 12:17 PM

That picture of your dog is INCREDIBLE! What kind of camera do you use?? I also downloaded Aviary yesterday and love it!


Katelyn Block July 12, 2012 at 12:29 PM

That one was with my Canon Rebel! The rest were with my iPhone camera.


char eats greens July 15, 2012 at 8:49 AM

So I had almost all of these, but two. And thank you because I’m pretty sure I was questioning this week, “how do people get cool text boxes on their pics?!?” Love it!!


Abby @ BackAtSquareZero July 15, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Thanks for sharing. Love new downloads.


Laura @ Mommy Run Fast July 15, 2012 at 2:38 PM

This is so helpful, thank you so much for sharing!


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