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How to edit your Instagram photos like a pro.

I love editing photos. I love feeling like I have accomplished something when I compare the before and after. I am by no means a professional and I shoot and edit my photos purely for fun as a creative outlet, but I thought I would share some of the process, because 'fake it til you make it', right? I use Lightroom to edit all my photos but I also use a few others for different bits and bobs.


Lightroom:

I love Lightroom so much. Lightroom is part of the Adobe suite and I use the free version, I haven't had a need for the paid version. You can use it on mobile and desktop, I haven't used it on desktop but I use it for absolutely all of my photos on my phone. What I like most about this app is that once you've edited a photo, you can save the settings as your own presets! Super easy for re-using and creating a theme on your Instagram feed, if that's something you're in to.


Facetune:

Facetune, of course, can be used for tweaking the appearance of blemishes or shaping up a figure, but I don't believe in altering your appearance. I use Facetune to whiten background and other white items with the "teeth whitening" tool. I also use the "glow" tool to enhance the colours of my photos. You can also you the "vibrance" tool to do this. There are a number of other tools which can be used for multiple purposes within the app.




Picsart:

Picsart is so much fun. I started using this app way more when quarantine started to add some extra excitement to my Instagram feed. Within the app, you can create 'stickers' from your photos and add them to other photos to create false backgrounds or a green-screen effect, you can add text to your images along with a thousand other special effects. You could create anything at all with Picsart and there are so many free images and settings to just from. I love just playing around with the app and seeing what I can create!



Prequel: Prequel is sort of like Picsart but it does the work for you. So it has all these cool filters that can give you photos a vintage flair or give the appearance of an older camera or a magazine cover. I like this app for adding sparkle to my photos and I tend to turn down the 'filter' and use my own presets in Lightroom. Some of the filters can make your photos appear blurred and I prefer sharper images.



Eraser: I use this app mostly for my stories on Instagram. With the Eraser app, you can pull a background from Pinterest and erase a space in the centre to place your Instagram post that you want to share. It's kind of tricky to explain so I've made a screen recording to show you how to use it.



Canva: Canva is a great app that I use both on my phone and on my laptop. You can use it for so many things, from Pinterest Pins to Resumes to Instagram story highlights and templates. This app is super easy to use, it's free and there are hundreds of design templates to choose from. I prefer using this app on my laptop as I find it easier to navigate on the bigger screen.



Are there any apps you would recommend? Should I sell my presets?

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