Hey girl hey! I absolutely love editing pictures. I’m not talking about making myself look unrecognizable, but fixing colors and shadows. I have friends who text me pictures of themselves to edit backgrounds and colors. It is one of my favorite things to do! In today’s post, I’m talking all about apps and editing so that your Instagram pics can go from “Yes” to “Yaaaaaaassssss.” If you’re interested, keep on reading!
Apps I Use
Finding really good apps is crucial! I have a core set of apps that I find to be user friendly and make your pictures standout. I keep all of mine organized in a Photography folder on my phone so that they’re easy to find on my phone. Each of them does something different or has an aspect of it that I like better than others.
- Snapseed: Snapseed is Google’s version of Photoshop! It has AMAZING editing tools that help with brightening your pictures, fixing shadows, and even adding filters. I rarely ever use the filters, but I always run my pictures through Snapseed to help edit the brightness, contrast, and sharpening of my pictures.
- ColorStory: ColorStory has my favorite filters. It automatically comes with a few free packs of filters, however, I bought their popular Flashes of Delight package. Within the app, you can add effects (like sunbursts or photo leaks) and you can also do basic brightness/contrast and sharpening things as well.
- Facetune: I do not use Facetune for it’s intended purpose–which is typically editing facial and body features to make them look more appealing. This is one of the apps that I use to change colors of things. Usually, I’ll use Photoshop to edit colors of pictures, but if I’m on the go, this is my favorite app to edit colors.
Typically, I try to only edit high quality pictures. Whether they’re taken on my iPhone, or my camera, I don’t want any fuzzy pictures. To show the process of how I edit, I’m starting off with the picture below!
With this picture, my main goal was to brighten up the picture, keep my skin tone relatively tan, and edit the wall so that it isn’t brown.
- First, I open up the picture in Snapseed. I first click on Tools, and then Tune Image. I bumped the brightness and contrast up, lowered the ambiance a little bit, kicked up the highlights, lowered the shadows, and put the warmth up a little bit. After that, I will go to the Details button and up the structure and sharpening of the picture. Once it’s done, it looks like this: (Note: my blogging platform slightly ruined the quality of my picture)
- Next, I take my edited photo to ColorStory and pick a filter. Like I said, I always use the Flashes of Delight package. I go through all of the filters before I decide on which one I like the best. I typically will go with a bright one if I can! What’s nice about ColorStory is that you can use multiple filters over each other, and you can lower the opacity of the filter as well! After I added a slight filter, this is what it looks like:
That’s it for the editing process! Really, what’s important is that you find filters you love. The key to having a cohesive Instagram layout and aesthetic is using similar filters and colors. Now for the how-to on how to change colors of things!
- First, open up Facetune and open your picture up.
- On the bottom of the screen, hit the Paint tool. It has a paintbrush above it!
- Next, hit the Tone button and choose your color. At this point, you can color in the area that you want to edit. In my case, I’m editing the wall and coloring it pink.
- Next, you can change the opacity of your colorizing and erase any mistakes with the eraser tool. This is the final look for my picture:
What are some of your favorite editing apps, and what are some tips and trick you have? Share them with me down below and be sure to add me on social media!