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6 Mobile Apps to Help You Create Cool Instagram Borders, Shapes and Filters

By Emilie Blais | Mar 13, 2019

Instagram is one of the most widely used social media platforms in the world. Pretty much everyone on the CanvasPop team loves using it to share important moments in our lives. It’s a fun way to show off your photography skills, day to day life, and creative persona. While we can’t get enough of the app, there are some limitations in terms of unique editing options, layouts, borders, and filters.

We love the idea of using other mobile photography apps to really make your photos stand out before you upload them to your Instagram account. Want some suggestions on where to start? We found a great list via Mashable and decided to add a few others.

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Vsco Screenshot

Make your photos look beautiful and professional with VSCO’s stylish filters and presets. Part photo and video editing app, part social platform, this app empowers a community of photographers around the world to create their best work and connect with each other.

VSCO is available for iOS and Android.

Adding white borders to your Instagram photos can help create an organised and symmetrical aesthetic to your feed.


Snapseed Screenshot

We love Snapseed because it offers 29 different features and tools that give you full control of editing your photos. One of our favorite things about it is that it lets you edit with precision. You can pick out certain elements of your photo to fine-tune rather than just apply a filter to the whole image. Other features include Lens Blur, Glamour Glow, Double Exposure and more.

Snapseed is available for iOS and Android.

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Afterlight screenshot

We’re big fans of Afterlight 2 and what the app has to offer. This app is a complete overhaul of the original and widely popular Afterlight, thoughtfully redesigned with ease of use in mind and an extensive list of brand new features. The power is in your hands with features like double exposure, dust and light leak overlays, color shift, selective color, and plenty more. There are also a lot of great editing options available to really tailor your image. Like what you’ve heard so far? Read our full Afterlight app review.


Diptic Screenshot

If you’re looking to create a photo collage to share on Instagram, check out Diptic. The app has over 179 layouts to choose from and allows you to combine up to nine photos. Each collage is fully customizable — choose your border width, background color, texture etc. Want to learn more about this app? Check out our Diptic app review.


User holding pinecone

Looking for different collage and layout options for your image? Give PicStitch a download! The app boasts 232 different layouts, as well as some great filter and editing tools. It’s easy to navigate, user-friendly, and best of all – totally free.

Picstitch is available on iOS and Android.

If six apps aren’t enough, check out these other apps that will take your Instagram game to the next level.


Pic Frame Screenshot

Here’s yet another great collage option, PicFrame is a perfect addition to this list. But this app isn’t just for photos, get your videos in there too! Combine up to nine photos and/or videos in one layout, and choose from 73 fully adjustable frame options. This includes unique shapes such as hearts, circles, and even hexagons. All options are completely adjustable, and you can even add cool lighting and shadow effects to your image. Looking for more details on this app? Have a quick look at our PicFrame app review.

PicFrame is available for iOS and Android.

Square Ready

Square Ready Screenshot

Instagram arguably helped bring the square crop to stardom, however, we all know this aspect ratio doesn’t work for every photo. Squaready is an app that can help with this dilemma, by allowing you to preserve a photo’s more rectangular dimensions. It adds a white or colored background to your image so you can upload your uncropped images instead.

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