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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!

1.Snapseed

Free download

Snapseed is a complete and professional photo-editing software application developed by Google that will upgrade your regular photos, with lots of filters and special effects. It has 29 tools like healing, brush, structure, HDR, etc.

Age rating:

4+

Category:

Photo and Video

Publisher:

Google LLC

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  • Maria Wells

    by Maria Wells

    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 pic More

  • Kevin Hansen

    by Kevin Hansen

    Snapseed has one of the best grunge effect features out there, so definitely worth trying out. I especially like their randomize function, that random More

  • Lisa Rodriguez

    by Lisa Rodriguez

    I'm always into grain effect thing and it all started when my feed was looking sort of boring, decided to do the grain effects to make it look alive a More

  • Betty Lawson

    by Betty Lawson

    I’ve always wanted to achieve that grain effect on my photos bc I’m tryna make my IG feed look aesthetically pleasing and this app helped me so much!

  • Donald Nichols

    by Donald Nichols

    this app has every effect that i need including the grain effect so i would highly recomend it.

2.Adobe Photoshop Express

Free download
Adobe Photoshop Express is a fast, powerful and easy way to edit photos on your Android, Windows, and iOS devices. You can customize your pictures, create collages and share them on your social networks.

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Age rating:

4+

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Publisher:

Adobe Systems, Inc.

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220.07 MB

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  • Kelly Dixon

    by Kelly Dixon

    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 selfie More

  • Jacqueline Lynch

    by Jacqueline Lynch

    THe only thing holding me back when it comes to using adobe is that the expression that it's difficult to use. I gave it a try and figured out it's no More

  • Kathy Kelly

    by Kathy Kelly

    I agree that Adobe Photoshop Express is great to take care of the grain effect on your photos, plus a whole lot more. It is a very customizable app an More

3.Superimpose

Paid: $1.99
Superimpose is a paid app for Android and iOS that allows you to easily superimpose o juxtapose photos in your mobile phone. You only have to pick the two images an follow a few simple steps.

Age rating:

4+

Category:

Photo & Video,Entertainment

Publisher:

Pankaj Goswami

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  • Marina Márquez

    by Marina Márquez

    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 More

  • Justin Carroll

    by Justin Carroll

    I was kinda hesitant to purchase this app at first because I wasnt sure if its worth it to purchase just for grain effect, It was only then when I fou More

  • Katherine Guzman

    by Katherine Guzman

    Superimpose's features and tweaks is very user-friendly, even my five-year-old kid knows how to use it to make edits of our trips as a family.

  • Stephanie Chapman

    by Stephanie Chapman

    This app is almost like photoshop for your phone. You can splice photos together to make some hilarious combinations.

  • Joshua Ramos

    by Joshua Ramos

    Superimpose is one of the best apps for grain effects. You can edit the amount of grain it puts on the photos. You can also edit the color. The app do More

4.Mextures

Paid: $1.99 with in-app purchases

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. 

Age rating:

4+

Category:

Photo & Video

Publisher:

MEREK DAVIS COM, LLC

Size:

133.11 MB

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  • Ryan Roberts

    by Ryan Roberts

    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  More

  • Sara Scott

    by Sara Scott

    Mextures is kinda underrated and I can’t seem to figure out why. It has the prettiest photo filters that make my pics look like they came staright out More

5.Enlight

Paid: $3.99

Enlight is a photo editor app for iOS devices. It lets you create your own presets, mix two photos to create montages, add frames and much more. You will also be able to share your creations with all your friends from every social network. 

Age rating:

4+

Category:

Photo & Video,Lifestyle

Publisher:

Lightricks Ltd.

Size:

116.93 MB

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  • Liu Du

    by Liu Du

    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 u More

  • Joshua Robertson

    by Joshua Robertson

    Enlight is a really great option for photo editing. It has tons of options and doesn't require a steep learning curve like some other apps. It is a al More

  • Cristina Escamilla

    by Cristina Escamilla

    This is no doubt the best ios photo editing app there is! Not only does it have the grain effect, it also makes my photos look like they've been edite More

6.VSCO

with in-app purchases
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. 

Age rating:

12+

Category:

Photography

Publisher:

Visual Supply Company

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  • Tiffany Franklin

    by Tiffany Franklin

    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 b More

  • by Vivaan Trivedi

    This is one of the highest rated apps for photography. It deserves the top score because it features great grain effects that would work perfectly for More

7.Adobe Lightroom CC

Paid: $9.99 Varies by plan
Adobe Lightroom CC is designed for professional photographers for managing and editing large quantities of photographs. With this software, you spend less time in front of the computer and more time behind the lens. 

Age rating:

4+

Category:

Photography

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  • Steven Morrison

    by Steven Morrison

    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 More

  • Teresa Banks

    by Teresa Banks

    This software saves me a lot of time. I can edit a large quantity of pictures and they look professional. It's pretty easy to use and is very helpful  More

8.TouchRetouch

Paid: $1.99

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.

Age rating:

4+

Category:

Photography

Publisher:

ADVA Soft

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  •  Jorge Alberto Escobar

    by Jorge Alberto Escobar

    This doesn't really have a solid grain effect it's more for fixing up photos like removing rinkles and stuff like that

  • by Russell Nguyen

    TouchRetouch is great for removing unwanted things from your photos. However, it is not for adding grain or texture.

9.Camera+ Legacy

Paid: $2.99 with in-app purchases

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.

Age rating:

4+

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Publisher:

LateNite Apps

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  • Joshua Hill

    by Joshua Hill

    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 t More

  • Christine Snyder

    by Christine Snyder

    Camera+ legacy is an interesting app for grain effect since it can be used also when u wanna take a selfie on the spot with some grain effects on it.  More

  • Parakram Rangan

    by Parakram Rangan

    I can get such great effects from this. I'm far from being a pro at this stuff but I feel like I can do most anything that I want to with this.

10.Grain Cam

Free download

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.

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Age rating:

4+

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Yang Yin

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  • Bertha Muñiz

    by Bertha Muñiz

    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

DID YOU KNOW?

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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