If you are looking for some great Mobile Apps for Visual Storytelling then look no more.
I’ve compiled a list of visual content apps that will enable you to create awesome visual content from your mobile device no matter where you are. Let’s get started!
Creating social media and marketing content has never been easier with the visual content apps we have available to us. Mobile apps for visual storytelling can help you create everything from images to GIFs to video… there’s an app for just about everything. Though of course you don’t have to use them all at once!
I often get asked online, on podcast interviews or when speaking at conferences about my favourite mobile apps for visual storytelling. So here are the apps that have pole position on my mobile phone that I am loving right now…all wrapped up for you:
These apps let you DIY your visual content creation in a snap, on the move, without using a designer. How cool is that? It’s literally like having a design team and a video editor in your pocket.
This list will change with time, as I may update it, replace or add different mobile apps for visual storytelling – depending on what I am using right now.
Instead of showing you the tool and all the functions, I am going to take the Steve Jobs approach and show you the benefits. I’ve included an image from the Instagram Account of some of the tools (the smart tools have Instagram accounts to showcase their tool).
Then you can see first hand what you can ACHIEVE with the tool. Click on the images to check out the Instagram account for some of the featured tools, and see more images and examples:
17 Mobile Apps for Visual Storytelling (that You’ll Love)
Let’s jump in by starting with Visual Storytelling Tools using Still Images.
I should note that just because an image is a single image doesn’t mean it can’t be part of an overarching visual storytelling process. Every image you layer is part of telling your brand story – even if it is a funny photo or quote – it’s all about your brand voice and sharing valuable content with your community:
Image Tools for Visual Storytelling
Over is one of the few visual content creation apps that has stood the test of time. And it keeps getting better.
This app has an awesome layer tool and very funky fonts. Here’s an example of how you can mask elements of your image:
I wrote about Over here. and in that post I featured this cool video showing how you can easily create layered effects with the masking tool in Over. It warrants sharing again:
I should note that Over Pro is the premium level of membership for the app. Instead of doing a bunch of in-app purchases you can pay $9.99 per month on subscription (you can trial it for 7 days).
Pro gives you access to all of Over’s creative tools: 100,000+ ready made graphics, fonts and images… including every template that is currently available on Over. Their library has been around for years, so it’s a huge library. If you love Over, it’s worth it. It’s on Android and iOS.
#2. Enlight PhotoFox
The tag line for the PhotoFox app is “You’ll never believe what you can create on iPhone”. Wow. Bold statement. And actually… it’s kinda true.
This app is a little whacky in a fun way. You can create some other-worldly crazy effects or just stick to the general more subtle effects… either way, the use of layers and blend tools in PhotoFox are pretty cool.
I can’t explain it well, so I suggest you head to Instagram to get the full “picture”. Here you go:
#3. Picmonkey App
PicMonkey app is the offspring of Picmonkey. It’s the godfather of DIY visual content apps and I have a soft spot for Picmonkey. It was the first visual tool I used outside of the big guns like Adobe. They’ve been going strong every since and now they have a cool app.
Picmonkey has taken the best parts of their main desktop tool and added them in a “tappable” way to the app. They’ve stripped out the kitchen sink and kept the cool bits. It’s about easy, beautiful photo editing with fun parts like text, stickers, filters and effects.
Here’s an example of the app being used for filters and effects:
Animation Tools for Visual Storytelling
These mobile apps for visual storytelling allow you to create short video snippets. Visual content that is short and engaging catches attention on the newsfeed and will loop on Instagram and Facebook.
These tools are best for creating short 3-10 second video snippets:
You know all those live photos that sit on your phone? It’s time to use them!
Lively is a cool app that allows you to convert live photos to GIFs and Video. It’s an easy way to use the content you have to create short video for use across Facebook and Instagram.
#5. Adobe Spark Post
Adobe Spark Post is one part of the Adobe Spark series (Post/Images, Web Pages and Video).
In addition to having cool responsive templates on the mobile app, you can also animate your images, to make short video snippets. These are perfect for Instagram or Facebook.
I love this pan effect – it’s great for creating eye-catching short videos:
#6. Canva Animations
Did you know you can create animated visuals with Canva? Just choose the animation feature (when you go to publish) and you can convert your design into a .gif or .mp4 format.
It works well for simple text over image animations. You can choose from 6 styles of basic animation (only available in Canva for Work level of membership).
I say it works for “some” designs, as it works best with the simple canva templates – if your design is too complicated Canva will usually not offer the option to animate it.
#7. Ripl App
Ripl is an oldie but a goodie and a great app to get started with short video snippets. The fonts are basic but for many small businesses this is an easy place to start.
Ripl is constantly adding new templates and designs so it’s worth adding to your visual storytelling arsenal. It’s on Android and iOS.
#8. Apple Clips
Clips is an iOS app (funnily enough it’s not on Android haha) for making and sharing fun videos. You can add text, effects, graphics and more!
It’s a great tool for short video when you don’t want to learn how to do any editing or any fancy video stuff. One of the best features is the ability for users to create animated captions on their videos, using just their voice. It’s “live” captions and it’s pretty cool.
It also has photo and video filters and some cool text overlays. It’s a nice basic video tool if you are just starting to play and want to have some fun
Video Tools for Visual Storytelling
Now we’re moving into video itself. Here are some great mobile apps for visual storytelling that focus on creating short video:
Quick is Go Pro’s super simple video creation tool. I first heard about it when I was travelling in India after speaking at a tourism conference. One of the bloggers I was travelling with published an amazing video at the end of a very busy day’s travel.
The rest of us were like…. “what?? How did you create such a cool video so quickly?”. Their answer: Quik.
Quik is perfect for action and outdoors-y videos because… well.. it’s Go Pro:
But they also have awesome templates for fun and quirky videos too – perfect for social videos:
You mave have heard me rave about Animoto’s marketing video builder, which is amazing for creating business videos. I wrote about it here.
They also have a mobile app on iOS and Android. Although the mobile app doesn’t allow you to use the functionality of the marketing video builder (and I think it’s better on desktop anyway), the app does give you access to their slideshow builder to create slideshow videos on the go. You can also share exisiting slideshows and marketing videos from within the iOS and Android Apps.
The desktop marketing video builder is amazing, and is my choice for working with Animoto, but this app is a handy tool for creating basic videos on the go! And they have some cool styles like this fun “Instagram Style” slideshow called Impulse:
Artisto is something entirely different altogether. It allows you to turn your videos into living, breathing works of art. Here’s an example:
I’ve been playing with this app a little and I love it. Videorama’s tagline? The power of desktop quality video editing in the palm of your hand”.
It really is. Videorama is all about making editing video easy … and on a tiny mobile phone!
You can add text, light leaks, special effects (from snow to explosions), edit the video length (cut, split, trim), add transitions, search and use stock images and video stock, add voiceovers and narration, reverse videos, speed them up, add music …. and more!
It’s a mind-blowing little app. This next video uses three features: animated text, music and an “old film” overlay:
Again, be sure you have the rights to use music clips or use stock music that you have the licence to use:
Videorama also now offers single color text backgrounds to use between videos or images:
#13. Spark Video
Again, Adobe have created a great tool in Adobe Spark Video – available on desktop and mobile. You can combine video clips, photos and icons into a seamless video and add text overlay.
Choose from a range of easy-to-use templates! Your projects are also synced across web and mobile so you can work on the videos on your mobile device or easily share them to social platforms.
#14. Enlight Videoleap
Remember Enlight PhotoFox above? Imagine if you could wrap all of those cool editing effects into a video app. Now you can!
Meet Videoleap. I am only just starting to play with this cool app, but I love what I see so far. It’s one to experiment with for sure.
Check out just one example below – adding light leaks and cool effects to a drone video takes it to another level.
Instagram Apps for Visual Storytelling
I love Instagram for Visual Storytelling. One of the great things about Instagram is that the are so many apps within the tool itself to help you tell you brand story.
With that, Instagram has produced a number of mobile apps for visual storytelling – some of them sitting right within Instagram Stories so you can use them in a snap:
Hyperlapse allows you to create timelapse videos and then import them into Instagram to post. It’s great for taking us on a tour, showing behind the scenes and adding some variety to your content.
This is a fun app for flipping your video content to show it in reverse. With the right kind of content it can be really fun – useful in short video snippets.
The best part about Rewind is that it sits right within the Instagram Stories app, so you can easily take and post reverse video straight into Instagram Stories.
If you haven’t been living under a rock you would have seen Boomerang in action all over Instagram. It’s basically a short video snippet that repeats. It can be a lot of fun to use.
The app is available on the app store but also sits right within Instagram stories so you can use it there too. It’s a great addition to your arsenal of mobile apps for visual storytelling.
That’s a wrap on our mobile apps for visual storytelling. You can find out more tips about creating visual content here.
Now, it’s over to you…
What are your favourite mobile apps for visual storytelling right now?
Donna is the founder of Socially Sorted, winner of Best Business Blog in Australia 2014 and a Top 10 Social Media Blog for Social Media Examiner, 2015-2017. She helps brands leverage the power of visual storytelling and content strategy in their business. Her content has been featured in publications such as Forbes and Entrepreneur Online and she is a contributor to Social Media Examiner. Donna speaks about digital and visual content for the marketing and tourism industries internationally.