Tutorial – Instagram Photo Editing; DARK TONES (EP.2)

It’s the second time I share my dark photo tone tutorial. Never get bored, right? If you haven’t seen the first episode, you can check here or if you like more to have a bright tone one, you can check it right here & please kindly need your feedback. So, here we go:

*Please note that you can skip step 1-2 if you already have the apps and you think your photo is not as bright as mine on this post

STEP 1 – APPS TO INSTALL

To create this tone, you need to install: Snapseed, Lightroom Mobile, and VSCO. That is mandatory. You can get them for free except VSCO (purchase additional filters).

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Editing Apps

You can also read this, if you need a reference to install 12 best photo editing apps for your Instagram feeds.

STEP 2 – SNAPSEED EDITING PROCESS

Snapseed 1

Snapseed 2

**Always use snapseed as the first editing process and use only these features: Healing, Transform, Brush, Selective, and Expand.

You can use my photo sample for your practice, click here to download.

  1. Open Snapseed and choose the photo you want to edit by clicking “Open”
  2. Start editing by clinking pen logo in the bottom of right corner, then choose “Brush”
  3. In the brush section, please select “Exposure”, set it to -0.3 then start brushing to over-brighted area (in this photo, all area is looking too bright so brush it all), to show the area that you have brushed, tap on “eye” symbol beside the exposure
  4. After you brush, go to editing menu and choose “Transform”, swipe right or left to adjust the angle of the photo. Here I adjust Vertical perspective to -40, Horizontal perspective to +10, Rotation +0.45
  5. This photo is way too portrait and I think I need to crop some part of it. Go to editing menu then choose “Crop”, adjust the border so you crop only undesired part
  6. It’s done, save the photo and choose “Export”

STEP 3 – LIGHTROOM EDITING PROCESS

Lightroom

Lightroom is only used to adjust or strengthen the color composition of the photo.

  1. Open Lightroom Mobile, select the photo that you have edited with Snapseed
  2. Go to “Color” on the menu bar below, then tap on rainbow circle (mix) at the right top corner***
  3. Done, so you can tap export then save photo to camera roll

***Color composition (Hue, Saturation, Luminance):

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(The number above can be adjusted as you desire)

STEP 4 – VSCO EDITING PROCESS

VSCO

VSCO is a final editing process for me. I didn’t use many filter but only 3 filters that become my favorite, they are C7, L3, and J2.

  1. Open the photo that you want to edit (result from lightroom) by clinking plus (+) at the top right corner
  2. Apply C7 filter for this photo, tap on the filter then set the opacity to +9.5
  3. Go to edit section then we can configure some elements****
  4. Done, save to camera roll!

****Elements that I have configured for this photo:

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(The number above can be adjusted as you desire)

STEP 5 – SPREAD THE NEWS!

You got my seconf dark tone now, it’s time for you guys to show it off!

  1. Upload your edited photo or sample of my photo onto Instagram (sample here)
  2. Mention me (@donilaksono) with hashtag #donilaksono_tone because I wanna see your editing result! 😀

BEFORE

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Before Edit

AFTER

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After Edit

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Do I need to post the Episode 3? Please feel free to comment! 🙂

12 Photo Editing Apps You Must Install For Perfect Instagram Feeds

On my Instagram, I used to post both photos and instastory with various style of photo editing or video editing. And you, as one of my loyal audiences are sometimes wondering of how I edit those good photos/videos and what apps that I use to create them all. Right now and here, I  will share my 12 editing apps that you must install for perfect Instagram feeds:

*Please note that some of these apps are in-app purchases & only available on iOS devices

1. SNAPSEED

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A subsidiary of Google, this app is very simple yet powerful. I use Snapseed as first editing process because it has complete basic editing tools.

Use this to: Adjust point of view from your photos, darken/lighten specific area, removes unwanted objects from photos–this is the most important feature of all!

2. LIGHTROOM MOBILE

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Developed from Adobe, Lightroom mobile version is no much different from PC version. At least, it is still useful to make your photo looks adorable and it’s so user-friendly.

Use this to: Change the colors (hue, luminance) for each of your photos, adjust color saturation, and lights (black & white composition).

3. VSCO

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This is one of the most simple and powerful editing apps in the market. I use this app as the final process of my editing after I use Snapseed and/or Lightroom mobile.

Use this to: Giving desired tones to your photos. My favorite presets are C7, L3, J2

4. LENS DISTORTION (LD)

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Sorry to say that this app is only for iOS users. This app is useful to create new ambience into your photos by adding natural effects.

Use this to: Add dramatic effects like fogs, bokeh, sunrays, lights, etc.

5. PLOTOGRAPH

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This is not a free app and not too useful for you who likes to post selfies, foods or OOTD photos because it turns your photo into magical video. Best applied on landscape photos.

Use this to: Create your photo into a moving picture (video) in a specific area.

6. ENLIGHT

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This app is so cool for those who like art and surrealistic photo, because we can edit many photos and blend them all into one good-looking art picture.

Use this to: Blend-in several photos, double exposure photos, photo masking, create logo or iconic profile picture.

7. PERFECT365

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For selfie lovers, please admit that your face is not flawless and such a beautiful-looking in every time. This app can beautify your whole face and of course it can increase your confidence.

Use this to: Soften your face skin, remove acnes and blemishes, change your hair color, and photo-make-up your appearence.

8. PICSART

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A conventional editing app, but it’s clear and simple enough for editing.

Use this to: Collage photos, resize photos before you decide where to post (instastory, IG feeds, facebook, etc.), add funny and fancy stickers into your photos.

9. TYPORAMA

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If you see my instastory sometimes is full of iconic and elegant fonts, yes I use this! This app is so easy, free, sleek, and useful. It also doesn’t consume many RAM on your phone.

Use this to: Add texts with elegant fonts into your photos or picture.

10. INSHOT

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Sometimes, photo or video resolution that you have taken doesn’t fit with Instagram and it’s automatically cropped when you upload, so this app can help you to make everything fits as you desire. I use this mostly for my instastory.

Use this to: Edit videos/photos, and fit it with desired screen ratio or resolution.

11. FLIPAGRAM

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Simple and free video editing app for your instastory guys, but unfortunately you need to purchase this app if you want to remove Flipagram watermark on your video.

Use this to: Edit videos and photos for your instastory to make unusual effects and add some musics.

12. VIVAVIDEO

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The most reliable video editing app on the planet. It is so easy to use, perfectly complete feature and it gives you many options to edit your videos or photos by adding various kind of filters, templates, and fancy effects.

Use this to: Create or edit video and photo on your smartphone for vlogging.

So, have you intalled those apps and experienced some? What do you think? Or if you guys have other better editing apps in mind, please do not hesitate to comment below 🙂