JUNE 21, 2017:
Who better than some of our favorite beauty creators – and ipsyOS members – to talk us through their tips and tricks for editing photos and planning their Instagram feeds? Here’s our round up…
Marianna Hewitt @marianna_hewitt
Fave apps: Facetune for selfies; VSCO for filters; PicFrame for creating YouTube featured images; WordSwag for placing words over images.
Editing process: Check Marianna’s YouTube video in which she talks through using Snapseed to sharpen pictures, adjust brightness and contrast, and for its Brush or Selective tools to desaturate certain areas of the photo. In Darkroom, she changes the hue, saturation and luminance of different shades, and sometimes goes to Retouch if she needs to remove unwanted items in the background.
Top filters: S2, A6, HB1 and HB2 in VSCO.
Special hint: In VSCO, if you want all your filters to be the same for a bunch of similar photos, hit the three dots, select Copy Edits, then tap the next picture, hit the three dots again, and select Paste Edits, and the same filter will apply to all your pictures.
Planning her feed: She uploads all her pictures into Planoly to play around with the order, ensure everything is flowing together, and the colors are cohesive. You have to pay for this app, but it also offers analytics.
Maddi Bragg @maddibragg
Fave apps: VSCO for filters and planning; Facetune for color adjustments; PicFrame if you want to put your pictures in a frame; Glitch to mess up the photos with cool, unusual settings like Channels.
Editing process: In this YouTube video, Maddi talks us through how in Facetune she whitens areas of a photo by simply going over it with her finger, then tidying up after using the Eraser tool where the whitening effect has been applied unnecessarily. Often she’ll adjust other photo settings – such as the temperature or saturation, as well as cropping – within VSCO before posting to Instagram.
Top filters: HB2 and G1 in VSCO.
Special hint: Once she’s arranged her edited photos within VSCO, she’ll take a screenshot and text it to her friend for a second opinion. ‘This is a huge part of my life,’ she says, ‘because [my friend @Drumaq] his Instagram feed looks so great.’
Planning her feed: She also uses VSCO to plan out her feed, as it’s set out in the same 3×3 style as Instagram.
Suede Brooks @suedebrooks
Fave apps: Facetune to edit selfies and check details; VSCO for filters.
Editing process: In her YouTube video tutorial, Suede explains how she uses Facetune every day, mostly to touch up small imperfections – she’ll zoom in on her eye, for example, and whiten it, or use Detail to highlight parts of her face, like the nose, to make them pop more, then go into her lips, her jawline, and so on. She’ll go in with Reshape and refine her eyebrow arch if they ever look uneven. VSCO is the place to go if she wants to adjust saturation and other color-correct settings.
Top filters: J3 on VSCO and Aden in Instagram.
Special hint: For the cool, vintage photo effect on her Instagram, she uses the Grain tool on VSCO. She also puts her phone on airplane mode when she posts her pictures to Instagram so that they save to her Camera Roll.
Planning her feed: She immediately uploads her pics to Instagram, and crops within the app before posting.
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