How To Add Effects To Instagram Photos

Lil Blue Boo is on Instagram now! Find me at @lilblueboo. Here are some of my favorite apps for adding effects to photos like bokeh, text and collages. Enjoy!

How to add effects to instagram photos #photography #instagram via iDarkroom for iPhone
(couldn’t find one for Android but let me know!)

Click read more to see the rest of the effects!

How to add text to instagram photos via

Phonto for iPhone
Phonto for Android


How to make collages for your instagram photos #photography #instagram #collage via lilblueboo.comDiptic App for iPhone
Diptic App for Android


How to add effect to #instagram photos via lilblueboo.comFaceGoo for Android
FaceGoo for iPhone



Click here to browse more fun Instagram posts….like where to PRINT your Instagram photos and what to make from them.


What are your favorite photography apps?




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  1. 1
    Cori Litke says:

    Thank you for sharing. I was just looking for an app for collages.

  2. 2

    Thank you! I repinned your pin too! :)

  3. 3

    Thank you!!!

  4. 4

    I just did a happy dance with my iphone. My photo apps are taking over the phone completely. I hardly remember that I can call people on it anymore! Next I’d like to see a post from you on how to organize, print and display the millions and millions of pictures of my kids!!!!

  5. 5

    Thank you for sharing! I was getting bored with Instagram and was taking pics with Hipstamatic more. I can make my iPhone pics more fun now!

  6. 6

    Awesome. Too bad about the bokeh one for Android. That is why a need an iPhone though…for better apps :)

  7. 7

    Oh, thank you! This is so fun! I’ll have to download these.

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    Jannie Lytzen says:

    I use what you use and also: BeFunkyFx, Filter Mania, PhotoStudio and LensLight – NEVER use and ordinary camera anymore, only my 4S ;)

  9. 9

    Thank you! I’m very new to Instragram so I’m grateful for all the tips I can get! There are loads of photo editing apps for Android. Pixl-I-matic has bokeh etc, and lots of frames.

  10. 10

    Pixlr-o-matic that should be!

  11. 11

    snapseed, camera+, instaframe, framestatic, label dispenser
    my instagram profile name is “familyofive” come and have a look at how great the photos look….

  12. 12

    Thank you for the tips! I just got iDarkroom and LOVE it!!

  13. 13

    Yay!!! Thank you!!! Now they just need printer to be able to print!!
    My all time FACS are photogene and photostudio
    I like imikimi lite for millions of frames and scrapdebrag

  14. 14

    I grabbed a couple new apps this morning thanks to your recommendations. I need help figuring out how they work with instagram, though. Like, I need someone to spell it out for me step by step. :) Do I take the picture in instagram and then import it to the other apps to add the effects? Do I take it with my regular camera on the phone and then import it to whatever? Does it matter? I couldn’t get a photo into instagram after I took it in idarkroom. Did I do it backwards? OMG sorry to bombard you with my cluelessness. I’m just saying, if you need an idea for another tutorial……. spell it out for us! :)

  15. 15

    I love the filters on Vintage Cam & Filter Mania. I also love Halftone (makes comic strip type looking photos, fun!) I use labelbox (for labeling) & picstictch (for collages)
    I have never paid for an app, but I love the looks on iDarkroom. Is it worth it?

  16. 16

    Tks for idarkroom and phonto apps. My current fav is snapseed and photoshop express. Easy to use and powerful. I have a free collage app I like

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