Use the App Store on your device to find and install apps that allow full editing from Photos or include extensions for Photos. Apps that include Photos extensions often say so in their descriptions; search for terms like \"Photos extension\" to explore more apps.
VSCO's minimal, intuitive interface belies powerful photo-shooting and photo-editing tools. It also offers great looking web galleries for your images, but VSCO lacks anywhere near Flickr or Instagram's social interaction features. As mentioned, the company behind the app has a history with professional photo filter software, most notably Film, which reproduces the looks of analog film photos. It now puts that expertise to use in this appealing app.
Of course, you'll need an account to post your photos, but I much prefer being able to get to the meat of the app before having to go through the barrier of creating an account. As with most apps, you can create an account using your Facebook or Google credentials or with an email address or phone number.
After creating an account, you're immediately pushed towards signing up for a paid subscription ($19.99 per year), which gets you 200 filters, as opposed to the free app's paltry 10 filters. You can start a 7-day free trial. Next, the app asks you to grant access to your photos, camera, location, and contacts.
You can add a profile image, but surprisingly, especially for a camera app, there isn't the option to shoot a selfie within the app for this. In Discover, there's a Flora section (but no Fauna section) that includes animals as well as plants. Discover offers a search function; when I searched for bird, there was nothing near the wealth of bird photography available on Flickr.
A surprisingly large portion of the images on VSCO are of young women facing away from the camera, with their backs to the viewer. Thankfully, the service is nearly free of the memes found on Instagram; it's more about appealing photos.
If you want to see VSCO's view of the crème de la crème, there's no feature similar to Flickr Explore(Opens in a new window) photos, but you can browse feeds curated by VSCO staff in the Discover section. These include Editorial, Selects, Humankind, Style, Beach, and more. You can also search based on tags and usernames on the Discover tab.
Unlike in Instagram, double-tapping a VSCO photo doesn't favorite it; instead, it opens a larger view of the image where you can star, reshare, or send the image to a VSCO contact. That whole process makes for a less quick-browsing and -favoriting experience than you get with Instagram. Another quibble is that the favoriting star only switches from a black outline to a dark blue outline, so it's hard to tell at a glance whether you've favorited a shot or not.
You can work with photos already in your camera roll or shoot picture in the app's Studio mode. At the outset of this section I should note that the Android version of the app's camera feature has none of the shooting options found in the iPhone version, described here. VSCO shows that it has learned from apps like Camera+, with options such as letting you separately choose focus and exposure points with two fingers to produce on-screen targets.
One disappointment was that VSCO didn't let me zoom as I could in the default iPhone camera app, but you can always crop later: Since the phone doesn't have optical zoom, there's no difference zooming that way. But the inability to choose my iPhone X's telephoto camera is unfortunate. Another disappointment was that I couldn't see effect filters while shooting, as I can in the Flickr iPhone app.
There are only ten filters included in the free app, but you can purchase additional filters in sets starting at 99 cents. There are even a couple of free effect downloads that look pretty good. One advantage over Instagram is that VSCO's effects include sliders that let you adjust their strength. But you don't get Instagram's cool selective blur tool (aka \"tilt-shift\") that lets you set off your photograph's subject.
Happily, you can subject any existing image in your camera roll to VSCO's editing and effects, unlike some photo apps that only work for pictures shot inside the app. (This is thankfully becoming less common.)
The Crop tool lets you pick from among popular aspect ratios, and the rotation tool lets you use a slider to adjust the photo's leveling. You can also skew a photo, thereby warping its geometry on a 3D angle.
After you're happy with your edits, VSCO lets you publish it to Instagram, Instagram Stories, Snapchat, or pretty much any other photo-accepting app on your phone. But the real point of the app is sharing to the app's corresponding social network. You can add a caption and hashtags and decide whether to include location (which it gets from your smartphone automatically).
Social interaction is minimal on VSCO, too: like tallies don't appear on the public feed, there's no commenting, or people tagging. I actually found it frustrating to browse pictures I liked without being able to \"like\" them in one action. Sure, you can follow users and reshare images, but that's not the same thing. There's not location or EXIF information like you get on Flickr, and finally, you don't get to see traffic statistics for your views of your photos, as you can in Twitter, but that may well be intentional.
With your VSCO account (even a free one), you also get your own URL in the form vsco.co/username. You can see your feed, your profile, and contacts here. You can also upload photos from your computer, but not edit them or add them to your feed. Picsart, by contrast, offers a desktop app for Windows 10 in the OS's app store, with full editing capabilities.
VSCO is a worthy alternative to the leading social photo networks, which tend to cause angst about likes and negative comments. Unlike those, it doesn't show like counts or allow comments. Its simple design nevertheless brings powerful tools and an appealing web-sharing experience to the table. It's a delightful, cleanly designed photography app to use on your iPhone that offers appealing, though info- and interaction-weak, online galleries.
Now optimized for Apple's tablets, the mobile photo-editing app lets users compare various filters side by side, and makes it easier to get the right color, contrast, and sharpness on a bigger screen.
\"We're really trying to take advantage of the Retina display on the iPads with the new app, but we're also trying to answer our users' needs no matter what camera they use,\" VSCO told The Wall Street Journal(Opens in a new window). \"We've seen a lot of people shooting photos on their iPhone and editing on their iPad, and a lot of people shooting on their DSLR and editing on their iPad.\"
There are two ways to edit a photo in the VSCO app. You can use one-tap VSCO filters to quickly change the look and mood of your image. Or you can make manual edits using a range of VSCO editing tools.
To apply a filter, first select the photo in your VSCO studio. Then tap the Edit icon (two sliders) at the bottom of the screen. On the next screen, ensure the Filters icon (white square) is selected.
To crop away the edges of your photo, ensure the Crop + Straighten option is selected. Then drag the corner handles to a new position. You can crop to a specific aspect ratio by tapping one of the options at the bottom of the screen, e.g. 1:1 (square), 4:5, 16:9, etc.
Making the colors cooler can create a cold, lonely or melancholy mood. A warmer orange tone creates a happier, vibrant mood. Warming up the color temperature is perfect for enhancing your sunset photos.
The Skin Tone tool is great for enhancing the skin color in your portrait photos. Drag the slider left to add more pink tones. Or drag it right to make the skin tone appear yellower or more tanned.
In the left photo, the lightness of the blues was reduced. This makes the blue sky and water appear darker. In the right photo, the lightness of the blues was increased. The sky and water appear lighter, while the rest of the colors in the photo are unaffected.
Double-tapping the focus or exposure point will lock the current setting. Lock focus and exposure whenever you want to take several photos of the same scene. This will save you having to set focus and exposure for each new shot.
If you want to create the highest quality edits in VSCO, switch on RAW when shooting. But be aware that RAW images have much larger file sizes than JPEGs. So you may run out of storage space on your iPhone if you shoot a lot of photos in RAW.
Use the gridlines to help you line up the elements in your shot. Or switch on the tiltmeter to ensure your iPhone is level. This is useful for making sure the horizon is straight in your landscape photos.
When viewing a photo, you have several options. To edit the image, tap the Edit icon (two sliders) at the bottom of the screen. Tap the Options icon (three dots) to save, delete or share the photo.
According to TechCrunch, the new video editing tool is designed to allow users to apply pre-designed filters to videos captured with the iPhone. The edited videos can then be shared on social networking sites.
For the time being, VSCO is limiting the video editing tool to its VSCO X members, who must pay a $19.99 annual subscription fee to get access to premium features. According to VSCO, a VSCO X membership includes new exclusive tools that are introduced each month, along with more than 100 VSCO presets and advanced controls.
\"VSCO's mission is to help people become better creators, and video is a creative frontier we're increasingly passionate about and focused on,\" explains Flory, of the n