5 tips to get more out of VSCO

Dive into this powerful photo editor with a few tricks.

VSCO: Photo & Video Editor

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VSCO’s elegant photo filters and powerful editing tools have made it a darling in the photography world (and on social media) – and its new monthly subscription gives you access to it all. Here are a few tips to get started:

1. GIF-ify yourself

Sharing GIFs is easy, but creating them has been tricky – until now. VSCO makes the process super-simple: just go into the camera and swipe over to DSCO. Aside from being a cool name, DSCO is where you can shoot instant GIFs with spiffy VSCO filters. (For a serious photo-editing app, VSCO sure knows how to party.)

2. Go analogue

Want to give your picture that old evocative film look? 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). Pro tip: grain adds noise, so go easy with shots taken in low light.

3. Publish a journal

Got a story to share? Create a journal by tapping the smiley-face icon in the menu at the bottom of the screen. Select photos, add text and then – if you so choose – publish to the public. It doesn’t get much easier than that.

4. Add cool borders

It’s a simple fact: photos look cooler with borders. Once you’ve found the filter you like, give your photo some extra zing by tapping into the editing section, where you’ll find borders and backgrounds of all colours.

5. Inspire yourself

VSCO’s social feed is a bottomless source of inspiration – just tap the striped-circle icon on the lower left to see for yourself. VSCO’s users are (obviously) super-creative, so the feed is full of stunning portfolios, stories, recipes and even poetry. With a minimalist layout that isn't fuelled by hashtags and likes, it might be the app’s unsung hero.

    VSCO: Photo & Video Editor

    Creative Tools & Video Stories