What are the best grain effect apps?

Get more likes and followers through your artsy and stunning photos. With the help of these apps that put grain effect to your pictures, your Insta-stardom is most surely set. Many of these apps are free to use so let's take advantage and make the most out of it!

asked by Esteve Castells
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    Snapseed is a complete and professional photo-editing software application developed by Google. It can upgrade your regular photos with lots of filters such as grain effects.


    Android, iOS


    Maria Wells
    Written on June 10, 2019
    "This app is so good that it not just open jpeg files but can also open files from DSLR cameras. My favorite part is putting cinematic effect on my pics. This app do just that. This is arguably the best grain effect apps for me at the moment."
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    #2Adobe Photoshop Express

    Adobe Photoshop Express

    Adobe Photoshop Express is a free photo editing app that can customize your pictures, create collages, add special effects, and share them on your social media networks.


    iOS, Android, Windows


    Kelly Dixon
    Written on June 10, 2019
    "Adobe just gave us a version that is user-friendly and not that complicated to use. For gals like me that loves grain effect photoshop on their selfies, this is a must use for us!"
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    Superimpose is a paid app for Android and iOS devices. It has photo editing features where you can blend textures, add grain effects, mask the foreground, and many more.


    iOS, Android


    Marina Márquez
    Written on June 10, 2019
    "I keep on looking for apps that can add grain to photo online. Later did I know that this app which was already installed on my phone can also do that task. I taught its use is only for superimposing and I'm glad I discovered that myself 😂"


Did you know sepia toning was named after the common cuttlefish? The efforts of photography enthusiasts paved the way for modern photography's birth. The monochrome age or grey-scale photo effect is all thanks to Hamilton Smith. The silver nitrate used for black and white photos were unstable by nature. Causing it to fade and to tarnish in a short period of time, so efforts to look for other ways gave birth to sepia toning. Indeed the silver nitrate was later replaced by a sulfide. That's seen on the extracted rich brown pigment from the ink sac of a common cuttlefish. Also known as Sepia Officinalis.

Today, social media channels are growing in popularity. Alongside the emergence of photo and video-sharing apps such as Snapchat and Instagram. This offers a way for developers to make photo editing apps for iOS and Android devices. These photo editors have effects such as oil paint effect, vintage filters, glitter filter, and more. On a feature article, Cazzie David talks about the top ten trends taking over Instagram in 2017. Topping the list is the grain effect. It is the filter that gives your photo a ‘film-like’ feel. Grain effect also makes photos look like snapshots on a film camera in the 1940s. It is also interesting to note that the classic ‘black and white’ style is trending once again. It is no wonder that nothing beats the classic. As Yves Saint Laurent once quoted “Fashion fades but style is eternal.”

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    Mextures is a photo-editing app that will make your pictures even more beautiful just with only one click! There are more than 150 different textures, which can be overlayed to create stunning designs and effects. 



    $1.99- with in-app purchases

    Ryan Roberts
    Written on October 29, 2017
    "I have enjoyed this app for some time now and they keep improving it. I use it all the time to edit my photos on my phone and add various textures to the photos. It is very easy to use and doesn't have much of a learning curve at all compared to a lot of other photo editing software's. It is my go to photo editing app for editing photos on my phone."
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    #5Adobe Lightroom CC

    Adobe Lightroom CC

    Adobe Lightroom CC is a free photo editor app that offers instant editing features. You can add special effects on your photo with just a single tap on your screen.


    Web, iOS, Android, Windows, Android

    Free- Varies by plan

    Steven Morrison
    Written on June 10, 2019
    "It is wise that this app is compatible to almost all platforms. Being a photographer, you need to edit your captures even on the go. If I'm not in the studio and I didn't bring my laptop outside while taking random shots, I used grainy photo app to add just a quick grain effects and then I will post it on IG right away!"
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    Enlight is a photo editor app for iOS devices. It lets you create your own presets, mix two photos to create montages, attach frames and add special effects on any image.




    Liu Du
    Written on June 10, 2019
    "I am a loyal iOS user and I really love the quality of photos I get with this shooter. With Enlight, this is by far the best grain filter app iphone users can get."
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    TouchRetouch is a photo-editing app developed by Adva-Soft for Android and iOS devices that offers you all the tools you need to efficiently remove unwanted content from your phone photos.


    Android, iOS


    Jorge Alberto Escobar
    Written on June 29, 2018
    "This doesn't really have a solid grain effect it's more for fixing up photos like removing rinkles and stuff like that"
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    VSCO is a mobile application developed by Visual Supply Company for taking photos, editing them with a variety of settings and filters, and sharing them. Users can join a creative community with no public followers, likes, or comments. 

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Tiffany Franklin
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "It's pretty good for a mostly free app(you really need to buy some things to get the most out of it). I occasionally have problems with glitchy bugs but for the most part, it's an easy photo editing app."
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    #9Camera+ Legacy

    Camera+ Legacy

    Camera+ is an app for iOS devices that features tools like Touch Exposure & Focus, Digital Zoom, Horizon Level, and Clarity. It also has different shooting modes, scene modes, and effects to help users in adjusting their photos.



    $2.99- with in-app purchases

    Joshua Hill
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I would consider this may be a waste of time probably not for somebody who's making it to learn how to program for future stuff. But I everyone else to be a waste of time. Because everybody that I can wrap party on their phone this anymore because anything worth capturing his"
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    #10Grain Cam

    Grain Cam

    Grain Cam is an app developed by Yang Yin for iOS users. It provides users with grainy effects on their pictures. The app also features a black and white effect, sepia, and color grain filters.




    Bertha Muñiz
    Written on September 24, 2018
    "I was looking for apps that have some grain effect feature and it took me here, screenshots are convincing for an example of some effects they offer so I downloaded it since its free, so far it's giving me the vintage effect I was looking for an app"


Best What are the best grain effect apps
1Snapseed Apps 16 Free
2Adobe Photoshop ExpressApps 14 Free
3SuperimposeApps 12 Paid
4MexturesApps 12 Paid
5Adobe Lightroom CCSoftware 12 Free
6EnlightApps 12 Paid
7TouchRetouchApps 11 Paid
8VSCO Apps 11 Free
9Camera+ LegacyApps 7 Paid
10Grain CamApps -4 Free

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