A Beginner’s Guide to VSCO

VSCO was created to be a community for expression, not just for editing photos. It has quickly become one of the most popular photo editing apps, especially among bloggers, vloggers, and other creative individuals but one of the biggest concerns I’ve seen from other bloggers is how to use it properly to create kick ass images. Today we’re going to look at some of the basics of VSCO so that you can create photos that you love and want to share with others.

A Beginner's Guide to VSCOA Beginner's Guide to VSCO

The first thing you’re going to have to do in order to use VSCO is download the app (it’s free!) and create an account. Once you do this, upload your photo into your library on VSCO for editing. The great thing about the app is that when you are looking at your library, it has the same set up as Instagram so you can get an idea of what your Instagram feed will look like if you end up posting the photos you edited.

Once you uploaded the photo(s) that you want to edit, you’re going to decide what types of edits you want to make (brighten, sharpen, etc.) and whether or not you want to add a filter. I suggest fiddling around with the tools before adding a filter for the best result!

For crisp, white images with a blue tint: In the tools section, you’re going to want to you’re going to want to put the exposure up to +2, put the contrast to about +2 or +3, and then turn the temperature to -1 or -2 for more blue hues.

For foliage and nature with warm hues: You’ll follow the exposure and contrast from above (exposure to +2, contrast to +2 or +3, depending) and then you’re going to put the temperature to +1 or +2 (or higher) depending on how warm you want the photo to appear.

I suggest playing around with the different settings and if you need to, up the sharpen a bit so your image isn’t fuzzy from the editing.

Now for the filters – the app comes with a few basics but you can download additional ones from the VSCO shop. Some of the filter packages are free and others cost anywhere between $0.99 to $8.99.

Good basic filters: HB (1 and 2!), A (4, 5, 6), and F (1, 2, 3). I also really like M3, M5, and T1!

Now all you have to do is save the photos you want to post elsewhere to your camera roll, or leave them in your VSCO library for future reference!

What are your thoughts on VSCO?


  1. Mikayla
    June 6, 2016 / 10:30 AM

    VSCO is my all time favorite mobile editing app! I love all the filters! Seriously, everyone should have it!

    Mikayla | A Seersucker State of Mind.

    • June 7, 2016 / 1:39 PM

      It’s the best. I’ve had it for awhile but just recently over the last couple of months really taking advantage of it!

  2. June 6, 2016 / 11:15 AM

    Love this post! I use VSCO to edit all my photos and I try to edit them the same (bright whites with a blue hue), so that it looks cohesive on my feed. I need to try those M filters, though!


    • June 7, 2016 / 1:37 PM

      Me too! I’m a huge fan of HB1!

    • June 7, 2016 / 1:37 PM

      You are so welcome! I hope it helps!

  3. June 6, 2016 / 6:16 PM

    I never post a photo without editing it in VSCO first! It’s such an easy way to take an good photo and make it amazing! I ended up buying more filters to expand my options. It’s so great! I hope more people start using it after reading posts like this one!

    xo Bryn

    • June 7, 2016 / 1:36 PM

      I totally agree with you! You can really take a good photo and make it a GREAT photo. I really hope more people start using the app, too!

  4. June 6, 2016 / 6:39 PM

    I actually really needed this. I have been trying to get into VCSO for a while, but never had any idea what I was doing.
    Destinee Nicole | A Dash of Destinee

    • June 7, 2016 / 1:35 PM

      It’s pretty easy once you figure out the ins and outs!

  5. June 7, 2016 / 5:33 AM

    My thoughts on VSCO are it is so confusing. I do not understand it that well. I never know how to take my photos directly from there, and transfer them to INSTA. I used it for a while, but then got so frustrated I deleted it. Maybe I should re-download it and follow your very clear instructions. Thanks for the post!

    • June 7, 2016 / 1:34 PM

      Yea! Once you edit your photos you can save them to your camera roll and then put them on Intagram!

    • June 7, 2016 / 5:01 PM

      You can definitely post from the app too! There’s a share button.


    • June 7, 2016 / 1:33 PM

      It’s such a great app! Love playing around with it!

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