While Instagram is a popular social media platform, it has recently seen more competition in the form of VSCO. This app shares several aspects with Instagram but is best known as a powerful photo editor. The image manipulation capabilities are so powerful that some users choose to edit images on them before uploading them to other sites.
Still, VSCO has a social networking aspect. You can view other users’ photos, although the app is noticeably more private. Read on to find out more.
Can you tell if someone is visiting your VSCO profile?
Available on both Android and iOS, VSCO is a social networking app with built-in photo editing features.
VSCO and Instagram are similar in purpose, although they focus on different things. The latter is known for how easy it is to meet and talk to new people. You can also find out who follows you and much more.
However, VSCO is primarily built to edit photos through social interaction. You can’t see who visits your profile, and others won’t know if you check their profile. That’s because the app doesn’t track any user activity at all.
VSCO doesn’t even have a like button. You can not comment on edits and tell the author of the post how great they looked. While it’s possible to follow other users and re-share their images, they won’t know you’ve done this.
In short, VSCO is the perfect app for lurkers. You are free from the number of followers, likes and more. Either way, your photos are sure to reach someone, even if the traffic stats are withheld from you.
VSCO’s photo editing features
VSCO’s Studio feature allows you to edit photos by selecting them from your phone’s gallery. You can choose from many essential image adjustment tools, such as:
- Color saturation
Below the Tone function are two advanced functions, Highlight Adjustments and Shadows. These are necessary for photo editing experts who know their craft. It’s no wonder you can take beautiful, edited photos with this app.
The filters are VSCO’s main course, although there is a problem for non-paying users: they only get 10 free filters. You have to spend at least 99 cents on filter sets to get more.
Each filter also has a rather boring name, although “designator” is the better term here. You can find them labeled M5, B1, and so on.
One way these filters are better than Instagram’s is to include effect strength sliders. In many other apps, the filter has a predetermined intensity that you have to work with. In VSCO you have the option to adjust how much the filters affect your original image.
VSCO does have some other free effects that users can download, but the better ones are usually locked behind a paywall.
There is a crop tool that contains presets of some of the most common aspect ratios. You can also adjust the leveling of the image via a rotation tool.
Another exciting effect is the skew function. Skew lets you correct skewed photos or apply skewed photos for a unique edit.
How VSCO’s Social Network Works
After you’ve carefully edited your images, it’s time to share them with the world. The app allows you to send it to other platforms like Instagram or Snapchat. You can choose almost any app on your phone, provided it accepts photo sharing.
However, VSCO’s built-in social network makes the app unique. You can caption your works and add some hashtags before sharing. Location data is included by default, but you can turn it off in the settings if you’re less willing to broadcast it.
You can use the Explore section to view composite photos collected by VSCO staff. They are in clearly identified categories so you can always find something to suit your mood. The Discover tab also allows you to search using usernames and tags if you have something more specific in mind.
While there’s no way to favorite a photo you like like on other platforms, you can star or re-share it. If you have VSCO contacts, you can also send them the picture.
You’ll also find fewer memes on VSCO than on Instagram, Snapchat, or Twitter. Many users here are fans of pretty pictures, so keep that in mind if you’re looking for a smile.
As mentioned, VSCO eliminates the stress of statistics and numbers that bother some users. They can share what they want without fear of negative consequences if they follow the app’s terms of service.
Is VSCO a free app?
Yes, VSCO is a free app that you can use on Android devices and iPhones, although PC support is primarily for browsing. However, not every photo editing feature is free and you have to pay to get additional filters.
Is VSCO considered social media?
VSCO may not be as popular as Instagram, but it is still an excellent social media platform. The difference is that VSCO is designed to take the stress out of numbers while allowing users to discover amazing edited photos in their feed. Interaction is limited, making it an app for those just looking for pretty pictures.
Are there private accounts on VSCO?
No, VSCO only has one account type and private accounts are not an option. However, you can set some images as private with the Diaries feature.
How much does a VSCO membership cost?
Membership costs $19.99 per year and starts with a seven-day free trial. You get more than 200 presets, more advanced tools, video editing tools and many other features by signing up. The free app is still usable, although it is not versatile.
Lurking and watching
While interaction is not VSCO’s strong point, the design makes the app appealing to users who are tired of the negative comments. The app doesn’t track user activity so you can lurk and admire the amazing photos that others have taken. This increased privacy makes using VSCO a calming experience compared to the chaos of other platforms.
What do you think VSCO can do to improve your experience? What do you think of VSCO’s social network? Let us know in the comments below.