It's time for more tips on how I edit my Instagram pictures! In the first part, I walked you through how to make an edit. If you missed it, you can read it here. In this second part, I wanted to talk about different filters and apps I use to edit pictures I take (no words!), whether they be for my personal account or my story. I'll also give some [amateur] tips on how to take better pictures and talk about inspiration for edits. Hope you enjoy!
Disclaimer: I do NOT know everything, and you may not even like the filters I do haha. I just thought it would be fun to give you some tips on what I know!
Apps & Filters
First off, you have to use some good apps. My favorites are VSCO and ColorStory. On both of them, you can purchase filters but I just use the free ones. I also use some filters on Instagram. Below I've listed my favorites from each of the apps.
- Essentials: Sharp
- Good vibes: Mimosa & Palm Springs
I thought it would be fun to show you a before and after filter comparison! This uses the Clarendon filter on Instagram.
Another awesome thing to do is play with the brightness, contrast, and other fun elements. I'll give you another before and after comparison. It was darker in the room where we took this, so I wanted to brighten it up. (VSCO: A6 & Exposure +0.4 )
Note: Filters are just for fun! They should only be used for that, and not to make yourself "prettier". If you don't feel like a filter makes you look like you, don't use it. Be yourself. You are BEAUTIFUL just the way you are :)
How to take better pictures
I am totally not a pro, but I've learned some tricks on how to take pictures I personally like. These tips are for pictures of artwork, your Bible, etc.
1. Find good lighting. Maybe go outside, or adjust it on your phone or camera. Light makes a world of difference, and you can always brighten the picture later.
2. Find a white background. I personally use the corner of my white desk that is right next to my window, giving it light, or the sheets on my bed. Below is a picture of one of my set-ups haha!
3. Find a good angle. I personally like flat-lay pictures that are taken from above. Find what you like!
I think everybody goes through times where they can't decide what to take pictures of, what to draw or write, or what to make an edit or devotion about. I wanted to give you some tips on how I find inspiration, since in my last post I talked about making edits.
1. Music. Christian music is a huge inspiration for me. Listening to the radio almost always gives me ideas! Need some song recommendations? Check out my playlist here!
2. Bible reading. Reading my Bible gives me the best ideas for devos! Psalms is a great place to start when you're stuck.
3. Pinterest. Quotes on Pinterest are great inspiration!! Make sure if it has the "author" of the quote that you give them credit :)
4. Sermons/Podcasts. I've gotten great ideas from listening to my pastor on Sunday mornings. You can also find awesome sermons online! I like to listen to Annie Down's That Sounds Fun podcast as well.
5. Prayer. ALWAYS pray about and ask God what HE wants you to post. He'll lead you to the right thing.
Well, that's a wrap! I hope you enjoyed these fun tips on how I edit my pictures. I hope it helped you some haha! Leave a comment with your editing tips. I'd LOVE to hear from you!
Today I wanted to show you all step by step how I edit my Instagram pictures. I am by no means perfect at it, but I thought I could share what I know! I'm taking you through the process of editing one of my pictures. I made it super detailed, so if you are a seasoned editor, you may want to skim through the second part haha!
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask in the comments!
Where I find my pictures
I get most of my background pictures on Pinterest! I love how versatile and usually good quality they are. In the search bar, I usually type in things like "coffee and Bible photography", "girls and flowers photography", etc. Pretty much anything you're interested in with photography at the end haha! It takes a lot of digging to find good pictures, but remember that underneath each photo you can find pictures similar to it. So if you find a picture you love, that's a great resource! I keep a secret board with my pictures on it.
Sometimes I also use pictures on Instagram photography accounts. Remember, ALWAYS give credit to the photographer.
(I used Weheartit but I thought a lot of the pics were too inappropriate to continue using the app.)
How to edit the pictures
Now you have a picture. Yay! Let's edit it.
I always use the app Phonto to edit my pictures with words. In my opinion, it yields the best results and quality. And its free! So once you open the app, tap the little camera in the bottom center. The choices shown below will pop up. Choose "photo albums". (if you want a plain colored background choose "plain image" and if you want to fix an edit you just made, tap "restore previous state")
I like for all of my edits to be square sized, so once I've selected the picture I want to edit, I tap the little square with the diagonal line through it, pictured below, and crop it. When you have done that, if you wanted to, select "done".
Now tap on the picture. A little black bubble will appear that says "add text". Tap on it and type out what you want to write (pictured below). Choose your font by selecting "font" in the lower left corner (font suggestions later on in this post!). Select done.
Next, you can play around with the text. When you tap on the text, you can change the size, and also the color. To change the color, select "style". You can choose the color, then tap "stroke" if you desire to make it thicker. If you do, select the color (you can choose a different color and it will be outlined!) and then the width, as pictured below.
You can also change the spacing if you would like. Under the tab "style", select "style" at the top and you can change it, as picture below.
To make the text more visible, if needed, you can change the shadowing. Go to "style" and select "style", then change the alpha. You can see the difference! For this particular picture, I did not need the alpha.
Now you can have some fun and add a little something to the edit, if you want! On the right hand side at the bottom, tap the 3 bars, and choose "add item" as pictured below.
I chose the first heart! You can also find some little frames for your words, or little banners to put the words on. Tip: lower the alpha for a see-through look, under color!
By tapping on your shape, you can change the size, color, or, as shown below, you can tilt it, like I did.
And here is my finished product! As you can see, I added another text for the verse reference on here. Also, I added my watermark (username), just in case anybody re-posted it.
To save it, tap the box with the arrow in the lower right corner and choose "save image". You're done! Great job!
(If you want to add a white border around the picture Squaregram is a pretty good app.)
Here are some examples of other edits I've made! You can get creative and use different colors and fonts. I love to choose a specific, important word and make it different. You can see the banner I was talking about in the second row, first picture. The last picture uses a white background.
Fonts make the edit super fun! I always get my fonts from Dafont.com. Search any of the names in the picture below, choose "download", choose "open in Phonto", and then choose "install". That's it!
I listed my favorite fonts below. You can save it to your phone or computer for easy access. ALSO, do any of y'all have any font suggestions?? I'd love some new ones!!
Well that's all for this part! In the next part, I'll talk about different filters and apps I use to edit pictures I take (no words!), whether they be for my personal account or my story. I'll also give some [amateur] tips on how to take better pictures and talk about inspiration for edits!
How do YOU edit your pictures? Have any questions or comments? Made an edit? I'd LOVE to hear from you below! Or you can send me a pic of the edit on Instagram!
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