Simple Editing To Mind Blowing Photos – VSCO Cam Guide

Become a social media queen! Having a good feed for Instagram is the most important thing for growing your Instagram page. It is your first impression, so make it count. If you don’t know what I mean by this: a feed is the lay-out of your Instagram page. It is all about how the pictures look together. VSCO cam is a great app for editing your photos. The only downside is, it has so many options that it can get a little overwhelming. I have looked for good guides but there are not a lot out there unfortunately. But no worries, we got your back! Here is your ultimate guide for the VSCO cam app.

Disclaimer: this post does not contain affiliated links. I have no connection to VSCO cam other than that I am a huge fan of the app and am using it for a few months now. This is not an advertisement, just a helpful guide so you can make the most awesome photos for your social media!


Let’s skip to the important part. How much will this cost me? The answer is: as much as you want. The app is free for the biggest part. This means that a lot of filters will come at no costs, but a few of them will cost 1 to 4 dollars. It is not mandatory to buy those, so VSCO does not have to cost you anything. It only gives you the option to expand.

Quick hack:
VSCO has a few “hidden” free filters. If you download the app it has a few standard filters that are 100% free, but if you go to the shop, it has a few free filter packages as well.

Good to know

Don’t be scared to edit a photo you are proud of, VSCO won’t touch the original. Also, if you have never used the app before, it looks really difficult. But I promise you will be a boss at it within 10 minutes. How to quickly become a pro at editing will be explained below, so don’t worry. But first I will show you how to use the app. Let’s start with opening the app. So this is what you will see at first:


If you just made a profile there won’t be any photos just yet. You will have to import them from your gallery. So now all you have to do is you click on the plus at the right top of your screen to import a photo. Click on the ones you would like to edit and tap the tick in the right top corner.

After it is saved to your studio (meaning the home page), just click on the photo to select it. The menu on the bottom will change like shown on the photo below.

Click on the second button from the left, the two parallel bars. This will take you to the editing page. To use a standard filter just click on the ones that show. After you choose one you can go to the second menu by clicking on the two parallel bars again. The arrow next to it is an undo button, and the last one that looks like a list shows what you changed on the photo.

Once you’re done fixing the photo, just click on save. After that select the photo you want to export to your camera roll and click on the three dots in the right bottom corner. It shows the option Save To Camera Roll and I recommend saving it in the actual size for the best quality.

VSCO is like a more advanced version of Instagram. As you have probably noticed, there are a few buttons unexplained. This is because you can also publish your photos on the app and view other creators profiles. If you would like a tutorial on that please let me know in the comments.


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Editing like a pro

To use Pinterest in combination with VSCO can change your Instagram account for the better. There are a lot of examples of filters and how they will do for a photo. The trick is to find a color in the pictures you want to use, and find a matching filter to bring it out. This will make it look more pulled-together. Filters bring out certain colors or effects in a photo, so even if the pictures look nothing like each other, it will create the same vibe through the page. A few examples:

It is really bound to personal preference, so play around and find which one(s) work for you!

Quick hack:
If you select a photo and click on the three dots in the right bottom corner, it says “copy edits”. If you select the pictures you have not edited yet and then press “paste edits” it will (yes this speaks for itself) copy the edits of the first picture and automatically edit the rest of them the same. If you only use one filter for a lot of pictures, this can save you so much time!


The options

For the absolute editing pro’s: you can choose between 16 free standard filters. After that you have these options to edit:

  • Exposure
  • Contrast
  • Straighten
  • Crop
  • X-skew
  • Y-skew
  • Sharpen
  • Clarity
  • Saturation
  • Highlights
  • Shadows
  • Temperature
  • Tint
  • Skin tone
  • Vignette
  • Grain
  • Fade
  • Shadow tint
  • Highlights tint


This might look like gibberish to you. If not then I will bow to you because girl, you got some skills! If you have no clue what this does to your picture, just try it out and look for yourself. I could explain a few to you but just spending like half an hour on it will probably teach you more. If you do want some explaining, let me know in the comments!


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