By now, you have to know what OnlyFans is, right? What many might not know is how to create stunning visual content that will drive more and more fans to that magical “subscribe” button.
Here on Sofia Gray, we’ve covered lots of OnlyFans content - from getting started to promoting on various networks without getting banned. I even covered how to take the best nudes! Most recently, some of my friends on OnlyFans shared their best tips and tricks for succeeding.
Now, we’re moving on to how to boost your OnlyFans photo game with various photo editing apps.
Why should I edit my photos?
There are so many reasons you should edit photos before posting them online. It’s not about making you look better (skinner, thicker, more vibrant, etc) - none of that. All bodies are beautiful - let’s get that out of the way right now.
No - it’s not really about how you look. It’s about how you present yourself. It’s about sharing your creative side through your photos and creating unique galleries that your fans will love because they reflect your personal style. It’s also about protecting your content by watermarking it!
If you’re in the market for a user-friendly, creative, enticing photo editing app...I’ve got you covered. I’ve done some research into editing apps that OnlyFans creators find to be the best of the best.
VSCO (Visual Supply Company) is one of the most popular and user-friendly apps for editing OnlyFans photos. Because of this, the VSCO community can provide users with a plethora of new and fun photo editing ideas and techniques. You can follow other users and plan content that reflect major photo trends right now, or share your own unique ideas and be a trend-setter!
This app is perfect for Instagram models who have gone rogue (as in, stripped everything off and decided to start an OnlyFans). There are tons of Instagram-like options in this app and some of their most popular filters are uploaded by Instagram users.
This app is the mobile version of the popular Adobe Photoshop everyone is used to using. Unlike Photoshop, Express is a free, very easy-to-use service. It’s also highly customizable, meaning you can set a preset filter or formula and later apply that to every photo you upload. This is a great app to use if you’re someone who wants to create unique, protected water-mark photos for OnlyFans and are used to working with Photoshop.
Adobe Lightroom is a good app if you’re interested in editing but have no idea how Photoshop really works. As someone who finds most Photoshop apps (including the one listed above) to be kind of tricky to learn, this one is very user-friendly.
This app has over 25 different tools and filters to choose from for editing your photos. They can give you the power to create professional looking photos within just a few minutes. The app is great for people who don’t have a lot of experience (or time) to edit every photo they want to post.
Airbrush: The Best for Minimalistic Touch-Ups
Cost: $7.99/month or $35.99/year
Availability: Apple & Android
This app is great for OnlyFans creators who are prone to having blemishes or dark spots on their skin and want an easy way to effortlessly retouch photos in a pinch. There are tons of great features on this app, but at its core, it’s just a simple retouch program that will allow you to beautifully airbrush photos and upload them quickly.
Prisma is a unique app that can turn your photos into artwork. This is quite a niche area, but if it’s something you’re interested in incorporating to your OnlyFans page, it will definitely set you apart from the pack!
This app is super easy if you want to edit to the max (without putting in the max amount of work). You simply highlight an area with your finger and tap on “Go” - it erases that area. You can also use the “clone stamp” tool to fill in any gaps or duplicate elements, which means you can create pretty unique photos to share with your fans.
This is a good editing app if you’re not totally sure what you want to get out of your editing and OnlyFans adventures. It’s very user-friendly and easy to use, which can allow you to play around with it until you’re either happy with your photos or decide you’d like to advance your editing style to something bigger and better. There are also lots of collage and sticker options which can make your photos look really fun. One downside to this app is that if you’re on the free version, there are lots of ads that pop up, which can get quite annoying.
The great thing about Mextures is that it can be really personalized. You can save your presents and apply the same unique filter(s) to all of your photos. This is especially helpful if you’re running an Instagram page to promote your OnlyFans - Instagrammers love when the profile they are looking at looks symmetrical and neat. This is a great app for people who really want to get into the editing side of the photography part of their business.
Camera+ is great for wannabe photographers who are creating any kind of online content. The app has a few advanced shooting modes for people familiar with photography. You can take photos right in the app, edit them and upload them easily.
Darkroom is great for people who want to edit large batches of photos all at once, giving them all the same vibe. This is great for OnlyFans creators who have maybe done a holiday-themed photoshoot or want to edit lots of different photos at the same time.
This is a great app for people who love to take close-up selfies or want to show lots of skin (ahem - like OnlyFans creators) because it allows you to touch-up your skin, your teeth, your hair, you can even add a bit of natural-looking makeup to your photos. This is great for smoothing wrinkles or making your legs look silky smooth.
This is another great app for those looking to be more creative with their photos. It can be a bit of a tricky app to get used to using simply because there is so much to offer. The app itself is quite user-friendly once you learn how to use it. The other great thing about this app is that you can use it for free, then upgrade to a monthly basis, then, if you really love it, you can purchase lifetime access to it for under $65.
Canva isn’t about editing photos, it’s about creating a brand and a vibe for that brand that your fans will recognize you by. Although I don’t have an OnlyFans (yet), I use Canva for all of my photo editing - mainly because I enjoy that there is a PC version that allows me to work at my laptop instead of staring at my phone screen. I also really enjoy their filters and presets as well as the ability to use the “resize” tool to replicate the same photo (and the same editing on that photo) for various platforms.
Now that we’ve got some of the best apps down, let’s talk about taking photos. Anyone can point and click or set a timer on their smartphone - but taking stunning, creative and most importantly, unique photos for OnlyFans is a process. It will take some time to get your unique style down - but once you do, success is straight ahead!
Shoot in RAW.
What does this even mean? You’ll see this everywhere when it comes to photography, so let me just explain it quickly: RAW is a file format. It’s the type of format that captures all image data recorded by the sensor when you take a photo. When you’re shooting in a different format (like JPEG, for example), image data can be compressed and therefore lots. This then makes editing a bit trickier because you’re not working with all the data from your image - parts are missing, so the quality is less.
While you may feel like you need a camera to do this, most high-end smartphones will be able to shoot in RAW - just check your settings!
Lights, Camera, Tripod, Action.
Having the proper lighting is crucial for a good photoshoot, especially when you’re posing in lingerie or nude where certain reflections or shadows can really alter how you look. Additionally, where you place your tripod or angle your shot can also make a huge difference. Play around with different angles and soon enough, you’ll find ones that flatter you!
Start with optimal lighting.
As I said, lighting is important. You can edit a photo for hours, but if the actual lighting when you took the photo is poor, there is only so much editing will do. If your set is too dark, changing the brightness and exposure too much (to brighten the image) may make it look grainy.
Focus on photo shoots instead of one-off photos.
When it comes to OnlyFans - content is king. There is so much to offer, and every other OnlyFans creator is offering about the same (if not a little more or a little less) than you are. You definitely want to be in the “I offer more” category of this. Instead of focusing on one or two shots, decide to make a day of it. Have different sets and costumes ready and spend a few hours taking photos that you can upload for the next few weeks - this takes so much of the stress off you as a creator.
Consider setting up “presets” so your images all have the same tones and vibes.
Many of the apps listed above allow you to create “preset” filters. These are filters that, once you find settings you like, you can name and save them in the app, later applying those same settings to other photos. This is particularly common on Instagram, because people enjoy seeing feeds that are symmetrical and eye-pleasing. It’s also great to use on OnlyFans, or on an Instagram account that is promoting your OnlyFans.
Taking unique and captivating photos and videos for OnlyFans will be a key to your success.
Everyone (and their mother) has an OnlyFans, or so it seems. And that’s great - OnlyFans really has changed the game in so many ways. However, this does mean the competition is vast and fierce, and you really need something to stand out. Focus on creative unique and eye-catching photos that will show people you have something to offer that they really want to subscribe for.
You should consider watermarking all your content.
Watermarking your content is so important because it can protect against image theft and keep you safe while constantly being a way to promote your images. This is especially great if you have an image you then promote on Twitter that goes viral - everyone sees your OnlyFans tag on the photo and lots will pour in to check you out. OnlyFans offers a watermark service...but many people choose to do this themselves on separate apps and editors.
Try a few different apps to find which one you like to use the most.
Many of the apps listed above have free trials or versions that allow you to play around in the app, edit a few photos and see if the app is a good fit for you. Additionally, you can always use a combination of apps to edit photos!
If you’re in this for the long haul, perhaps invest in a digital camera instead of relying on your smartphone to take photos.
Starting out with your phone is great. Phones these days can take amazing photos. However, if you’re in this OnlyFans game for the long haul, you may want to invest in a camera. Why? Shooting in RAW is easier on a camera, setting up a tripod or timer is also easier on a camera, and even with all the technology in the world - cameras will often take clearer images than smartphones. Opting to shoot with a camera and then edit on your smartphone and upload will often give you the best quality photos.
You don’t have to be a photoshop witch or wizard to do this.
When it comes to photo editing, all of these apps and platforms have one thing in common: they want to make this easier for you. Compared to even just a few years ago, photo editing has become so simple and easy - anyone can do it! You don’t have to have a ton of photography or editing knowledge to make your photos look great - many of the apps do this for you with just a few taps.
Remember...this is supposed to be fun!
Setting up the shoot, taking photos, trying to look sexy, trying to get the right angles, importing photos, editing, trying to get the right filters...the process from snapping the photo to uploading it to OnlyFans can be long and exhausting. But remember - this is supposed to be fun! While OnlyFans may be anything from a fun game to an actual way to earn an income, it also should be something you do for fun and to connect with people. Don’t lose sight of that!