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What are the Best Trippy Photo Editing Apps & How Do They Work?

Instagram remains to be one of the most popular social media apps these days, with users spending more and more time editing their photos to make sure their photos get those coveted likes. Well, the good news is there are trippy photo editors that can make your photos more eye-catching and Instagrammable.

Here are a few of the best trippy photo editing apps you should definitely try out: 

Huji Cam

We’re sure you’ve seen this one on Instagram as it’s been quite popular. Ever noticed those photos that look like they’ve been taken from a grainy, disposable camera complete with a date stamp from 1998? It’s been used by huge celebrities like Selena Gomez, Kim Kardashian West, and Pete Davidson. Huji Cam has led to a host of similar vintage-looking filter apps such as KDPro, Kamon-Cam, KujiCam and more, but nothing beats the original.

To use Huji Cam:

  1. Launch the app.
  2. Hold the camera to your eye as you would a normal disposable camera.
  3. Take your photo. A small roll of film will indicate that your photo is “developing”.
  4. Go to the “Photo lab” and select the photo you want to save to your camera roll.

Trippy Photo Filters

Trippy, as the name implies, gives your photos a cool psychedelic look using a variety of filters. It uses a wide range of colors and patterns to distort your photos. Some of its trippy filters include broken effects, acid trips, and psychedelic filters. It’s perfect for any 90’s kid or 90’s kid at heart.

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To use Trippy:

  1. Launch the app.
  2. Choose a photo from your camera roll.
  3. Select and apply a filter.
  4. Use the slider to adjust the filter’s strength.
  5. Press “Next” when you’re happy with your photo.


PicsArt was another trend to hit Instagram this year. It made waves when Kim Kardashian West used PicsArt to add a “sketched” overlay of herself over her photo.

Before you know it, everyone else started adding sketches to their own photos. The sketch can be resized and repositioned to any part of the photo. You can also edit the color, thickness and opacity of the sketch itself.

To use PicsArt:

  1. Launch the app.
  2. Choose a photo from your camera roll.
  3. Go to Effects.
  4. Choose from various effect types whether it’s colors, artistic, magic, and more.
  5. Select a final effect within the various types.
  6. Click “Apply” when you’re happy with your photo.

Glitch Art Studio

Glitch Art Studio: Cam Effects is a fun app that makes your photos look like it’s experiencing a glitch. The best part is that you can achieve this look with a click of a button. It comes with a variety of free effects such as Vaporwave, Old TV, and Distortion.

And if you upgrade to Pro, you can access Psychedelic, Corrupted Data, Kaleidoscope, and other trippy photo effects. The app also lets you change the resolution and image quality of your photo.

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To use Glitch Art Studio:

  1. Launch the app.
  2. Choose a photo from your camera roll.
  3. Select and apply a filter.
  4. Use the slider to adjust the resolution, blur, brightness, and other photo parameters.
  5. Press the share icon when you’re happy with your photo to save the new one on your phone.


SLMMSK is also known as the “anti-selfie” app and works in real time. It has face detection capabilities that allows it to distort, cover, pixelize and transform your face into works of art. It comes with a variety of filters including Pixelization, VHS, Color Shifting, Black Tape and Inversion.

Your edited photos will also come with a timestamp affixed onto it for added cool points. Although the instructions are in Cyrillic, the interface is easy enough to understand without needing English translations.

To use SLMMSK:

  1. Launch the app.
  2. Choose a photo from your camera roll or take one using the front camera.
  3. Select and apply a filter.
  4. Scroll through the options below and select either Instagram, Facebook or Save to Phone.
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Apps that turn your photos into drawings or paintings are nothing new. In fact, they’ve already kind of been played out. But Prisma offers something different.

Prisma is a free photo editing app that uses artificial neural networks which “enable users to make photos appear like they were painted by Picasso, Munch or even Salvador Dali himself.”

To use Prisma:

  1. Choose a photo from your camera roll.
  2. Select an artwork from the options below.
  3. You can also add a “split” which looks like a before and after look.
  4. You can adjust the parameters of the photo through the sliders on the right side.
  5. Click “Save” when you’re done editing your photo.
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Photoleap, formerly known as Enlight Photofox, won the Apple Design Award in 2017, making it the quintessential photo editing app for all the budding artists out there.

Its selling feature is its ability to blend photos together to create stunning effects, much like the way Photoshop uses layers. To fully utilize all of its amazing features, it’s best to watch a few tutorials to get the hang of it.

With its rebranding and new features, you can utilize its AI image generator to create new photos and add motion by creating live photos with 3D effects.

To use Photoleap:

  1. Click the + button to add an image.
  2. Find the effects and choose from the types of filters available.
  3. Choose a filter withing the effect types.
  4. Move the slider to adjust the filter intensity.
  5. Click “Save” when you’re happy with your edits.


Hyperspektiv is a photo, video, and AR filter app dubbed as the “Best New App” by the App Store. With its free version, you can unlock a series of features such as turning your photos into videos, generating up to three custom filters, and creating trippy photo glitch effects for your Instagram Stories.

To use Hyperspektiv:

  1. Take a photo or choose from your camera roll.
  2. Select an effect from the options below.
  3. Toggle whether you want your photo to be still or to have motion.
  4. Click the capture button to save your photo.


Ultrapop: Pop art photo editor is an app that uses a list of stunning color filters that you can use to recompose your images with geometric shapes. So, if you want to throw it back to the 80s, you can use the Ultrapop to apply an 80s inspired vaporwave and pop art effects to your pictures.

To use Ultrapop:

  1. Take a photo with your camera or choose from your gallery.
  2. Choose a filter from the options below to add an effect.
  3. Use the slider to adjust the intensity of the filter.
  4. Click the share button to save your edits or to share it on social media.

These apps are fun, creative, and best of all free, and can make any of your photos look more attractive with different trippy photo effects.

For professional photo retouching and editing, such as the ones done by Paper Boat Creative, we use more specialized tools such as Capture One Pro, Adobe Lightroom, and Helicon Focus. These software offers more controlled and precise color grading and toning options that aren’t available on free apps.

Paper Boat Creative: Your Ideal Trippy Photo Editor

For more than seven years, Paper Boat Creative has been the go-to company for professional post-production services, from photo retouching to professional photography services.  We are a creative agency that merges traditional crafts with digital design to create stunning digital illustrations.

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