What is the story behind the perfect images posted by Instagram influencers? How could we possibly take such pics ourselves? How to edit them before posting? What applications are the best to assist us?
The biggest secret lies in edition. We will show you a few tricks to make your photographs more attractive. This is going to take you just a few minutes!
1. Profile design
The basic principle that all Instagrammers follow is consistency of photos. Generally try to follow the same style whenever you photograph something. Of course vary them in terms of topic or angle, so that you don’t publish too many images of the same kind.
It is also important to have a desired color scheme. For instance, Adobe capture will give you a hint on what color combination should be selected for future posts.
To do it, you need to upload a screenshot of your profile and see the color scheme. To check if the next photo matches it, upload it and check if there is a color scheme match.
2. Hand-drawn avatar
As you can guess, some bloggers have their profile pictures drawn by professional artists. However, thanks to Zmoji (available for iOS/Android) you can have your portrait painted within a few minutes.
The application offers a few options of hairstyle, face shapes, mouth, eyebrows and so on. If you take a representative photo and use it as a model, you can get a face drawn looking like yours. You can also create animated stickers with your face and send them to your friends instead of emoji.
3. Body shape correction
A lot of bloggers use FaceTune2. Contrary to several similar apps, it’s much easier to use. Even if you are a complete beginner. One of the most interesting options is changing shapes of objects in the pictures, even if this is a stomach, filled during a lavish meal.
You can also use the Shape tool to increase or decrease the size of a given item in the picture. In this picture the girl has flattened her belly while her buttocks got a bit rounder. The key thing here is checking the objects in the background in case they got re-shaped, too. That is why you’d better avoid any straight lines in the background if your photo is to be edited this way.
4. Unbelievable hair volume
There are two applications to help you create the image of perfect hairstyle. At first use the SHAPE tool in FaceTune 2 so that your hair looks ‘bigger’. It is important that the face and the background look normal. That is why you should start drawing your hair from the center outwards, not from the edge. Even if some deformations crop up, you can fix them in next step.
Use Snapseed (iOS. Android) to create an original photo. Go to TOOLS, select DOUBLE EXPOSURE and upload the image you created with Facetune 2. Adjust the transparency to the maximum level and move on to TWO LAYERS. Click SEE CHANGES, DOUBLE EXPOSURE and EDIT. Using the brush correct hair and face, to remove any deformations.
You can use the same applications do make your hair more shiny. Select BRUSH, DODGE&BURN +5 and, if necessary, apply it on the hair.
5. Perfect skin and beautiful smile
Don’t call off your photo session because of a pimple! Any skin imperfections can be hidden with appropriate edition.
Here, for example, shiny Angelina Jolie’s skin was airbrushed to look perfect with four applications.
Use Snapseed (iOS/ Android) and select U POINT tool to cover any skin problems or excessively shiny areas. Use PORTRAIT to balance colors of skin and eyes. You can adjust brightness, contrast and light balance in any desired way.
Now move on to Facetune 2 and select SOFTNESS to edit the entire face, excluding face. Use BLEACH to brighten eyes and teeth.
You can use YouCam Makeup (iOS/ Android) to edit eyebrows, highlight eyelashes, magnify eyes or change the face contour.
6. Adding tattoos
PicsArt offers a number of photo edition options. For example, you can surprise your followers with an extraordinary tattoo.
Go to STICKERS, and type in TATTOO in the search bar. You can choose any tattoo that you like and simply put it on a selected part of your body. Use ‘ERASER’ to remove the part of tattoo that you don’t like and that’s it!
The best pictures are available in the premium version that be downloaded for free to use for 3 days. Don’t forget to cancel your subscription before the free period expires!
7. Adding something unusual to your photo
If you haven’t found the right sticker in the PicsArt gallery, you can create your own. To do it, click PHOTO and add an object that you want. Use CUT to remove the background from the object and choose the right size and position. If you are precise, the effect will be stunning and your photo will look genuine!
8. Correcting a dark photo
It is not always possible to make a dark photo look better than its original copy. To have a try, use Lightroom. In this application the parameters have to be adjusted to individual image. Pay attention to such options as LIGHT, DETAIL and COLOR. Finally you can correct deformations. If you want the effect to be even clearer, try using VSCO filters.
9. Blurring the background
If you love the way you look in the picture, but your image is ruined by the background, use FaceTune2. Download your photo and use BLEACH (the same option you went for to whiten your teeth) and apply to selected background areas.
Next use DEFOCUS and apply it to the part of the photograph you want to blur. If you make a mistake, use ERASER to correct it.
10. Turquoise water
The color of water in the picture can ruin the whole image making it look grey and matt. To fix it, use PicsArt to make the water look more beautiful and brighter. First set the brightness, contrast and saturation. If necessary, correct the horizon line and brighten the shades.
Then find a picture with the sea color you are looking for and place it on your photo. The secret here lies in blending the original photo with the new one. You have to adjust the brush transparency: the nearer the shore, the more transparent it’s got to be. Then use the brush to paint and choose the right color of water. The brush should be semi-transparent and it should paint water until it takes the desired color.
11. A wonderful photo of coffee
To take a beautiful picture of a cup of cappuccino, you don’t need to have a coffee machine at home. Just take a picture of the mug and edit it in Snapseed (iOS/ Android).
Open the file and go to TOOLS to select DOUBLE EXPOSURE. Send another picture of cappuccino (to be found anywhere online for example) and put it onto the cup. Then choose the maximum level of transparency and save the changes.
Go to FINAL CHANGES and select DOUBLE EXPOSURE – EDIT. Draw a cappuccino using 100 BRUSHES. If you go beyond the contour lines, remove it with 0-BRUSH.
Here we are! Your beautiful coffee pic is ready!