5 tips to get more out of VSCO

VSCO: Photo & Video Editor

For creators, by creators


Like a good denim jacket, VSCO’s got a coolness factor that can’t be measured. And while its filters have made it a darling among photographers, it can be a little hard to know where to begin. Don’t worry – we've got some quick tips to help you get the most out of this versatile photo editor.

1. Create GIFs

Sharing GIFs is easy. Making GIFs isn’t. Thankfully, for a serious photo-editing app, VSCO knows how to party. From the camera, select the option called DSCO and you have a GIF maker complete with – you guessed it – VSCO filters.

GIFs have never looked this good.

2. Go analogue

Want to give your picture the “film” look that’s all the rage these days? First, set whichever Preset you use to +9.0 or below. Then in the Tools tab, add a slight Fade (under +3.0) and some Grain (just until you can make out a barely visible speckle). Since Grain adds noise, go easy with shots taken in low light.

A little fade, a little grain, and voila! A photo worthy of your walls.

3. Make journals

Once you’re nice and inspired, create your own journal from the Studio pane. Select a few photos, and press the up arrow on the bottom right. From there, you can add text and more images to tell a beautiful, visual story.

For a serious photo-editing app, VSCO knows how to party.

4. Get free filters

You can never have too many filters! Even if you’re not trying to spend a lot of money, the store is often updated with free packs of wonderfully unconventional styles.

Give your pic a really out-there look.

5. Socialise

VSCO’s got a social feed hiding in plain sight. Find it by tapping the striped-circle icon on the lower left, then hit the search bar. With a minimalist layout that isn’t fuelled by hashtags and likes, it might be the app’s unsung hero. Users are super-creative, so you’ll find stunning portfolios, stories, recipes, even poetry.

You can never follow too many hip photographers.

There’s nothing wrong with using VSCO just for its filters, but that’s kind of like buying a spaceship for trips to the grocery store. Dig a little deeper, and you’ll find a wealth of features to take your creativity to the next level.

    VSCO: Photo & Video Editor

    For creators, by creators