Is Instagram’s Android photo app as good as the original iOS app? The new Instagram for Android has better performance, more advanced photo-editing options (like double-tapping on filters to adjust strength), and easier video sharing.
Kindles passion for photography: Instagram for Android strikes us as the most engaging photo app/social network for amateur and professional photographers on Google Play. It has a gorgeous design, an easy-to-use camera with autostraightening, professional-looking filters, a beautiful photo feed, graceful navigation, and effortless social sharing, Even if you don’t see yourself as a photographer, Instagram’s unlimited image storage and timeline-based feed is still useful for storage and backup purposes.
Streamlined design: Whether you’re swiping between tabs to access the photo feed, camera, or your profile page, snapping photos on the go, applying filters to images, or exploring your feed, you’ll be impressed with this app’s gracefulness. The UI not only looks good, but it also moves fluidly, with smooth scrolling and transitions, and intuitive and responsive controls.
Fantastic content and vibrant community: The sheer amount of high-quality images snapped every day by the Instagram community is astonishing, as is user engagement. Interacting with users through comments is great fun.
Relatively slow image processing: While the app itself moves smoothly, processing an image after adding a filter does take a while. It isn’t a big issue, but may be annoying now and then, when you want to quickly edit images on the go.
Startup crashes: The app crashed twice immediately after launch while we tried to create a new account using our email address. We eventually managed to register on our third attempt.
Instagram stands out as a spectacular photography app for both novices and pros. Even if you don’t want to share your photos with the world, you should still download this app because of the humongous number of gorgeous images taken by other users, which you can like, share, and save to your favorites. Overall, this app is almost as good as the iOS one, save for the slower image-processing speed.
There are many different ways and many different apps that allow you to censor a racy photo and then share it to Instagram or Facebook. If you’re in a time crunch and don’t have the time or the patience to deal with something like Photoshop, then Snapseed is a great and easy app that will blur out your raunchy images in a quickie.
For instance, if you are a female and want to post a topless photo to Instagram but can’t because of Instagram’s anti-nipple policy, then Snapseed provides you with a “Lens Blur” filter to blur out the area that is “too sensitive” for the IG community.
If you don’t have it already, download and install Snapseed for Android or iOS — you won’t regret it, it’s one of the best photo editing apps out there. Once the app is installed, go ahead and open it to access the main menu. From here, I’ll walk you through how to use Snapseed’s blur filter to ensure that your photos are safe to share on social media.
Step 1: Choose Your Content
From Snapseed’s main home screen, tap anywhere to open up a photo. If you need help doing this, then check out our guide below where we show you how to choose content to import for editing on an iPhone or Android device:
Step 2: Apply Snapseed’s ‘Lens Blur’ Filter
Once you’ve picked out your content, you are now ready to start blurring out the sensitive area. Tap on the editing icon at the bottom-right corner. This will show all of the editing tools and filters available, so tap on “Lens Blur” under the Filters section.
Once there, at the bottom left-hand corner of the tool bar, you’ll find a circular icon. Tap on it to toggle between a linear or elliptical focus. Depending on what area you want to blur out, choose the focus that fits your image the best. Pinch the screen to alter its size, shape, and placement on your content.
Step 3: Make Some Blur Adjustments
Once you have your linear or elliptical blur filter set how you want, you’ll want to adjust the blur properties. There are three aspects you can change — Blur Strength, Transition, and Vignette Strength. By default, these options are set to +30, +70, and +30, respectively.
When entering the “Lens Blur” filter, “Blur Strength” will be available to adjust right away. So swipe to the right or left to increase or decrease the amount of blur. I highly recommend blurring out sensitive areas as much as you can to ensure your content does not get reported.
To increase or decrease the distance of fade between the area in-focus and the area you would like to blur, swipe vertically on the screen and select “Transition.” You can access the same menu by tapping on the adjustments icon on the bottom tool bar next to the circular/linear focus icon. Swipe to the right to increase the amount of fade.
“Vignette Strength” allows you to increase or decrease the amount of shadow around your image. So access the menu again to choose that adjustment option, then swipe to the right to darken the edges of your image.
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Step 4: Change the Blur Shape (Optional)
Lastly, there is an option to change the shape of specular highlights in your blurred area. The shapes option is located at your tool bar on the bottom next to the menu icon (it looks like a bunch of tags).
If you’d like to change the shape of an area within the blur, you can choose between things like circles, pentagons, octagons, stars, and even hearts. You might not see a dramatic difference, like a very clear outline of a heart, but it is something to play around with depending on the type of content you are looking to post.
When you are finished editing your image, tap on the check mark at the bottom-right-corner. Then, if you’re using an iPhone, tap on “Save” at the top to save it to your device. If you’re using an Android, tap on the “save” icon at the top. From here, choose the option that suits your purposes.
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Once you’ve edited and saved the image, you are now free to share it to social media without fear of it being taken down for breaking the rules.
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“People come to Instagram today to post their photos but haven’t come back to edit their photos” Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom tells me. So today Instagram is adding sliders to control 9 new photo effects and the intensity of its existing filters. These give everyone the power of desktop editing suites and photo apps like Camera+ and Photoshop Express for free, which Systrom says “creates a nice level playing field for the Instagram community.”
The Instagram 6.0 update is rolling out today to iOS and Android (Ice Cream Sandwich and above).
Until now, the Instagram user base was divided. There were casual mobile photographers who snapped pics with their default camera or Instagram and then posted them to the app. And then there were more serious creators who might fiddle with their photos on desktop software like Lightroom or spin them through a series of third-party editing apps before taking advantage of the Instagram network. This gave their photos a truly unique look unattainable through Instagram’s more cookie-cutter, overplayed filters.
Systrom admits “There’s an appetite for more advanced tools to let people be more creative on top of their photos”, but says they’re not totally accessible. “I wish there were apps that are free and do this well but they’re either expensive, or $1.99 and not that great. Now instead of using multiple apps to get your photos looking the way you want, you can just come to Instagram.” Systrom notes. Those are clearly jabs at the $1.99 Camera+, and Photoshop Express’ pricey in-app purchases.
Instagram is taking these apps head-on with these new features in its free app.
- Filter Strength: Tap on a filter to adjust the filter strength. (Border is now within Filter Strength; tap on a filter to add a border)
- Adjust: crop and straighten your photo at the same time
- Brightness: makes your photo brighter or darker
- Contrast: makes the bright areas of your photo brighter, and the dark areas darker
- Warmth: shifts the colors of your photo towards either warmer orange tones or cooler blue tones
- Saturation: increases or decreases the color intensity of the image (e.g. red becomes redder)
- Highlights: adjust the brightness focusing on the bright areas of the image
- Shadows: adjust the brightness focusing on the dark areas of the image
- Vignette: darkens the edges of the photo and directs the attention away from the edges towards the center of the photo
- Sharpen: adds a subtle crispness to your photo and makes photo clearer
These features are conjured with the new wrench buttoned and applied with sliders featuring plus and minus counts for maximum control. Instagram users can tap their photo preview to compare it before and after effects. You can see this process in action in the video below, provided by Instagram:
The most important feature is surely the adjustable filters, which Systrom says came because “We’ve noticed a trend towards more subtle filtering.” So now if you want to add just a touch of sepia with the Valencia filter, you don’t have go overboard with the hipster sheen. The old Lux auto-magic lighting tool will still be available from the main composition flow if users want an easy way to simultaneously reduce overexposed sections and brighten shadows.
If the new effects feel a bit buried in the editing flow, that’s the point. Systrom tells me “I believe that flexibility and simplicity are often at odds.” So instead of cramming the features into the main composition flow, they’re hidden behind the wrench so hardcore users can dig them out, but they don’t complicate things for casual users.
Along those same lines, Instagram is simplifying its video posting flow. A year ago at the Instagram video launch, Systrom touted the ability to choose a cover frame preview to entice friends to slow down and watch. But now selecting a cover frame will be optional, as Systrom says “Our data shows most people just use the first frame.” By speeding up the video sharing flow, Instagram might be able to get more motion pictures into its feed.
There’s some chance that the update could backfire if it makes users feel like they have to do all sorts of fine tuning or their photos will be inferior. But since there’s no way to tell exactly what someone did to a shot before sharing it, the native tools might keep people from going elsewhere and then bragging in the comments “well I ran it through this app, then that app…”
This update doesn’t see Instagram stray into drastic, overlaid photo modifications like adding text with Studio Design or multi-photo mosaics with PicStitch. That might be smart, as natively integrating those kind of tools could overwhelm the feed with too much jazz.
Systrom concludes that “I believe that we have done a really good job building the network. We were solely focused on not being a photography company but also being a network.” Now with 200 million plus users, it’s time to return its focus to the art of photography. Still there’s plenty to do on the social side. The ability to see nearby photos would be exciting, while a Facebook News Feed-esque highlight reel of the most liked photos in your network could keep infrequent users clued in.
For now, though, Systrom beams that the new features “will create more opportunities for posting, just like filters did originally. In some ways it democratizes the way to create cool photos even more.”
Instagram is probably the most popular camera application out there for both Android and iPhones. Even though there are not too many options, some people are still a little confused on how to use Instagram for Android. Below is run-through on the features and the filters. After reading this, you should be pretty darn comfortable with Instagram and be proud of your photographic genius.
Setting up an Instagram account
To set up your new Instagram account, you will need to download Instagram for Android and open it.
Once you are in the application, you will need to press the Sign Up tab. Here you will need to add an email address, username and a password to continue. Optionally, you can add in your phone number and a profile picture.
Adding Friends to Instagram
After entering in that info to create the account, you can search for your friends who already use Instagram. You are given the option of either looking in your phone’s address book or searching your Facebook friends. If you choose the Facebook option, you will need to sign into your Facebook account and authorize Instagram.
If you want to skip the friend search, you can always choose a couple of people to follow from the suggestions Instagram gives you. You can always go back and add more people from the suggested user list if your real life friends are boring.
Instagram Main Screen Icons
There is a row of icons at the bottom of the screen and a stream of pictures and comments taking up the rest of the main screen. This is where you will see the pictures from the people you follow. You can double tap an image to Heart it. Basically the same as liking it on Facebook. You also have the option to comment on the image.
The icons along the bottom are:
Home – Brings you back to the stream of images from people you are following.
Explore – Shows a bunch of popular (and usually pretty cool) images from random users.
Camera – Press this to initiate taking a picture or use it to select an image from your phone’s photo gallery.
Bubble with a heart– This is your News tab. You can see what images the people you follow like. In the You tab is where information about who wants to follow you and who likes your images will be displayed.
Taking a picture with Instagram
Pressing the Camera icon in the bottom row will activate the Android’s camera. You may be asked to choose the camera or photo gallery. If you would like to add filters to an image previously stored on your phone, select photo gallery. Otherwise select camera and capture the image.
Using Instagram Filters
The screen directly after you take your picture is where all of the fun takes place. There are a lot of different adjustments and filters to use.
The icons across the top of this screen are:
Top left icon – Removes the border some filters use.
Droplet icon – Adds different blur shapes, either a circle or a line. You can also move the center point with your finger to focus in on a certain part of the image.
Sun icon – Use this to lighten and darken the image.
Tilted square icon – Rotates the image clockwise.
>> icon – Takes you to the next screen.
The Filters are along the bottom of the screen are:
Normal – No change to the image. Amaro – Lower quality looking image.
Rise – No boarder with a slightly cloudy look.
Hudson – Lower contrast image with a black boarder.
Sierra – White boarder with a higher contrast exposure.
X-Pro – Thin black boarder. Adds an almost journalistic look to the image.
Lo-Fi – Slightly degrades the image and adds a thin boarder. The image almost looks like it was set on a piece of paper.
Earlybird – White boarder and adds an early morning light feel.
Sutro – Darkens the image and adds a black boarder.
Toaster – Gives the image a white boarder and adds a slight burned look to a portion of the image.
Brannan – Darkens the image and adds a slight amount of contrast, adds a thin black boarder.
Inkwell – Black and white image with a white boarder.
Walden – Adds a foggy effect and a black boarder.
Hefe – Darkens the image and adds a black square boarder
Valencia – Adds a slight brightness to the image.
Nashville – A blue-ish green-ish color and a black square boarder.
1977 – Faded and vintage looking with a square white boarder.
Kelvin– Kind of a sepia golden color with a boarder of warn edges.
Upload your image to Instagram
After the effects are added, it’s time to upload the image. You have a few choices here. Adding a caption so people know what the picture is. Also you can add a Geotag to show the location where the picture was taken.
The last step is to add your social networks (Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, Tumblr, and Flickr) to also upload to those sites as well. Before you can share your images on your social sites, you will need to log into them.
Instagram is pretty easy to use and can add a lot of flair to your images. Do some playing around and I’m sure you will find out how fun it can be and why so many people take so many random pictures.
Which is your favorite Instagram filter?
Trevor is a freelance writer covering topics ranging from the Android OS to free web and desktop applications. When he is not writing about mobile productivity, He is coaching and playing the world’s greatest game. Soccer.
Instagram is a great place to share the most eye-pleasing visuals and curate them according to your taste. That means you can customize Instagram as you want, and you’ll find a more enjoyable place. However, when you browse the Explore Page, you may want to customize and reset the Instagram Explore Page.
Social media is developing more and more every day. Many applications with innovations appealing to all ages and audiences are in a fierce race in this field. One of the most effective candidates of this race lately is undoubtedly Instagram.
How to Reset Instagram Explore Page
Just as it is a common issue to find the best place to get Instagram followers, there are many issues that Instagram users are interested in. One of them is about how to reset the Instagram Explore Page.
Another problem with Instagram users’ discover section is cleaning the explore history. To provide faster service to Instagram users, it maintains a system that will record your searches and serve as a source for your future searches.
In other words, when you are going to type something in the search bar, Instagram shows you the suggested content by making suggestions by considering your previous searches. However, this situation can sometimes be annoying. So much so that when you press a letter, it is normal to get tired of the old connotations of that letter coming across constantly. For this reason, one of the problems to be solved for users is cleaning Instagram’s search history.
Since Instagram is the leading social media platform, many Instagram users want to buy Instagram likes, followers, and views to…
Easier Than It Seems
It’s pretty easy to do this. When you enter your profile, you can find the clear search history section in the settings by clicking the section in the upper right corner that expresses the options. However, sometimes this transaction is not enough to delete the history.
There are some methods you should apply in the face of this frequently encountered problem. First of all, you should go to the applications section of the phone settings and find the Instagram application. After you choose Instagram, you can clear the cache.
In this way, the problem is solved. If you cannot delete the history with this method, there will be a need to restart the phone. If you are still not sure that the problem has been solved, you can find applications that can solve your problem in application markets.
In that way, you can reset what you see on the Explore Page and open yourself a fresh route where you can only see what you want to see after the clearance.
How to Clear Explore History: Step-By-Step
When users tap explore, they will see content related to their previous searches. Sometimes it may be boring to see something they searched before.
Because they can see the thing they don’t want to see as soon as they type a letter. When they clear history, they can get rid of all these unnecessary things at once.
- When they log in to their profile, they can tap the button in the top-right of the screen and tap on the section that says “Clear Search History.”
- Then, they can clear the Instagram cache to avoid any confusion that might occur.
- Congratulations! After those steps, your Explore Page should not contain any undesired content you might not like.
FAQs On Customizing Explore Pag
The Explore Page content is selected by the content your friends view and like.
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You can’t delete the explore page because it’s one of the main parts of Instagram.
You can clear your cache by clicking on Security, Clear Search History (iPhone) or Search History (Android), Clear All.
Conclusion – Get Rid of Unrelated Content
As you see, it’s possible to customize your Instagram experience by changing the details of your Explore Page. It’s a featured place that changes to your taste, and you can discover a lot of unnoticed content.
Also, it’s possible to clear your search history if you don’t like what you see on this page as it can turn to a place where everything is messed up real quick. You can enhance your experience that way.
So, do you like what you see on Explore Page? Let us know right down in the comments.
Having Photoshop and Lightroom installed on your laptop is pretty useful as it can help you do more creative stuff on your photo; however, carrying a laptop is a hassle. It’s more convenient to edit the picture you just took with your smartphone, on your smartphone.
We have listed some of the best photo editing apps you can download to give your photos professional-like results, on-the-go. All apps that we will be mentioning are available for both Android and iOS (unless stated otherwise).
Author’s Note: Do note that most of these apps have In-App Purchases, but using the free version will do you just fine.
If you love analog film looks, RNI Films is one of the best apps you can download. It has almost 50 free filters to choose from. You can also adjust settings on your photos manually like exposure and contrast, change the strength of the screen you applied, and add grain — all the tools you need. Now, if you want to have a little bit more filter options, you can buy film packs for PHP 199, or you can unlock all the filters under ‘Slide’ by just sharing on your Facebook.
If you want to be more creative with your photos, PicsArt is the one you need. It has a lot of tools like doodle, clone tool, adjust curves, add effects, add layers of photos, and more. Also, PicsArt has a community inside the app wherein you can share your artwork and also do artworks inspired by others. You can have the ad-free version plus additional tools for PHP 159/month, or you can purchase a 1-year subscription for PHP 1,050.
Enlight by Photofox
If you are on iOS, I highly recommend Enlight. The user interface of this app is pretty straight forward as compared to PicsArt. You get layer functionality, automatic edge detection – which is essential when erasing specific parts of your photo, built-in filters, add doodle, blending options, transform, and more. Although if you want to have more layers to work on and tools to use, you can opt for the paid subscription for PHP 419/month or PHP 3,490 one-time purchase. It is expensive, but this app is worth its price. But from my experience, the free version works fine.
If you need to create pub-mats, posters, or any text-centric materials, Phonto is one of the best apps you can download. It allows you to install fonts from the web for more customization, and you can also manipulate the text, like adding shadows, outlines, and more. In addition to these tools, you can also add multiple images, shapes, and such.
One of the best editing apps when it comes to color manipulation is Lightroom. Just like its desktop version, you can add and create your own presets. You can adjust exposure, contrast, brightness, to more advanced tools such as curves, texture, tones, and more. If you have an Adobe account, you can access photos and preset that you imported to Lightroom using another device. If you find having 100GB cloud storage and extra tools like skew, selective, and healing tools useful, then you can pay PHP 249/month. If you just want to try those features out, you can hop on the 1-week free trial.
VSCO is one of the popular editing apps on this list. It has hundreds of filters to choose from and also has all the necessary controls you need like exposure and such. But the cool thing about this app is that since there are plenty of filters to choose from, VSCO will suggest a filter that it thinks will suit your photo. You can copy and paste your edits from another picture, which is very helpful, especially when you have a theme on your Instagram feed. If you want to have 200+ more filters, add filters to videos, and weekly tutorials, you can pay PHP 87.50/ month.
Google develops Snapseed. It has over 29 tools and filters, which include Healing, Brush, Structure, HDR, Perspective, and more, plus you can edit RAW photos, which I find useful, especially when you have a camera that can directly send photos to your phone. It doesn’t have any in-app purchases, which is excellent considering the massive selection of tools and filters it offers.
I use some of these apps, and I hope these can help you create stunning photos too. If you use a photo editing app that is not on this list, lets us know in the comments section below.
You don’t necessarily need Photoshop or a desktop computer to employ eye-catching photo editing techniques. You just need your regular smartphone and a well-chosen app to go with it. Here are some of the best tricks you can do with the gadget in your pocket, with no expert training required.
Cut people and objects out of photos
One of the first tricks you learn on Photoshop can be achieved almost as well through several mobile apps, including TouchRetouch ( Android , iOS ), PhotoDirector ( Android , IOS ), and A Better Camera ( Android ), which we’ve featured before on the pages of Field Guide.
Take TouchRetouch, for example. Tap on any object or person you want to remove and the app uses the imagery information in the background to seamlessly paint over the spot. Be careful you’re not using any sub-standard apps, though, otherwise your photo will end up looking funky.
Dazzling sound and active noise canceling, comfort, and integration with Apple devices.
Turn your photos into paintings
The hot app of the moment—Prisma ( Android , iOS )—can do wonders with your images that compare to some of the artistic filters in Photoshop. Choose your picture style, set the strength of the filter, and Prisma’s artificial intelligence does the rest.
Let’s not forget Instagram ( Android , iOS ), the mobile tool that first made photo filters famous, but as good as the effects are they tend to have rather abstract names instead of giving much indication of what they do (you’ll need some trial and error to work that out).
Replace colors in your pictures
Color manipulation is by no means beyond the reach of smartphone apps either, and you can enlist the help of tools including Photo Editor Color Effect Pro ( Android ), Color Effects ( Android , iOS ), Photo Splash ( iOS ) and a bunch of other similar photo editing tools.
In most cases you simply pick your color (or grayscale) brush and then paint using your finger. As with a lot of effects, accuracy depends on the app’s zoom control and how well it can pick out the object you’re trying to paint, but some impressive results are possible.
Cut out backgrounds from photos
Seen something in an image you want to lift out and use somewhere else? You don’t need a desktop application with support for layers and transparency anymore. You need an app such as Magic Eraser ( iOS ) or Background Eraser ( Android ), which can do the same job in just a few taps.
Obviously results can vary depending on just how detailed the background is, but for straightforward images with good contrast between the foreground and background these two apps work well. You can export the results in JPG and PNG format as needed.
Since Instagram launched its face filters last year, many people have been going crazy over the fun features, but which one is the favourite?
- 15:34, 1 Feb 2018
A GREAT way to spice up a photo or video on Instagram is to add a filter to enhance it.
But how do you use filters and what are the most popular ones currently on the app? We’ve got the lowdown…
How do you get the face filters on Instagram?
Instagram now has face filters that are similar to Snapchat, and there are plenty to choose from.
- To take an image or video with a face filter, tap the camera icon in the top left of the screen.
- You can also swipe right to do this in the feed.
- Then tap the “face icon” that pops up in the bottom right.
- Next, select the filter you want from along the bottom.
- Tap to take an image or video. The filters work for both the front or back-facing camera and will select the closest person’s face.
- When you’ve captured your image or video, you then have the option of adding text, a gif, a hashtag and a location to decorate it even further.
- Then you can save your creation to your device, add it to your story or send it to certain Instagram users on their inbox.
Face filters work for Live (except for Android devices), Boomerang, Hands-Free and Rewind camera formats, and some filters work with two faces at once.
What are the most popular face filters on Instagram?
Since the face filters were added to Instagram on May 16, 2017, many people have been comparing them to the Snapchat equivalents.
When Snapchat first launched, people were crazy over the dog filter, and it appears the pooch trend has continued to Instagram.
The most used ‘grammed face filter is the puppy filter, according to Instagram user data.
Other popular options include the bunny and koala filters.
How do you use the image filters for Instagram?
Once you have captured or uploaded image or video on Snapchat, you can add filters to alter the colour.
- Tap next, and the select the filter you want to use.
- If you tap the filter again you can alter the strength using the slider.
Alternatively you can tweak the filter using the edit button, which allows you to adjust the brightness and contrast among other things.
Select next to add a caption and location and then share your image.
WHAT ARE THE MOST POPULAR FILTERS ON INSTAGRAM?
2017's Most-used Instagram Stories Face Filters :
What are the most popular image filters on Instagram?
The most popular way to upload an image or video is without any filter at all.
But for those who do like to use them, Clarendon is the most popular option.
This is followed by Gingham, Juno and Lark.
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Can I save Instagram photos without posting?
Many people want to jazz up their photos using Instagram’s filters, but they might not want to post it straight away.
Sadly, while you can save images taken within the app before posting, but currently you can’t save any images you have uploaded and edited.
However, there might be a sneaky way to get round the restriction.
Put your phone to Airplane Mode and then upload, edit and share the image to your feed.
Posting an image requires the internet, so the download won’t work and you’ll see a “failed” message on the feed.
Take the delete icon to remove the picture before anyone sees it, but a copy of the image will appear in your Camera Roll on your phone with the filtered version. Voila!
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here are only so many ways you can spice up your social media feed in a time of total social lockdown. Luckily, here’s one: the Polaroid affect.
Clever customisation allows you frame the same old pictures of your kitchen and your cat in a brand new way, so you can stay home and stay “safe” (in both senses of the word).
There are several apps and sites you can use. We’ve laid out the most convenient options, as well as the free ones.
1. Instagram’s own – filters and white borders
You can get a pretty nice white border on Instagram itself. If you look at your profile, you’ll see a white line separating each photo automatically. You have the option to thicken this on every image you upload. The outcome isn’t explicitly Polaroid, but it’s an easy-to-reach halfway point.
When you upload a photo, double-tap on any filter (even if you don’t want to add one). If this is the case, drag the filter strength to zero, and tap the square icon to the right of it. This is your white border: you can maximise thickness by dragging the cursor to the far-right of the scale.
2. Afterlight – editing and Polaroid borders
Available on iOS and Android, After Light is an app that allows you to make precise adjustments to your photos and add various Polaroid frames. You can do this all in one place, as well as exporting the final product directly to Instagram (or any social platform). But while the download is free, you need the paid option to achieve what we’re looking for here.
First, edit the image itself. For the dated, analog effect, try altering the RGB curve to fade the colour, decreasing shadows, and increasing grain.
Then you can move on to frame options, before saving or sharing directly.
Alternatively, if you don’t want to splash out, you can download a couple of apps that will collectively do what Afterlight does alone. A little more effort, but free of charge.
3. InstaLab – filters and Polaroid borders
A limited version of InstaLab, available for free on iOS and Android, can get you the Polaroid effect very quickly and easily Just download the app, import or capture an image, and scroll through the available free templates. You’ve even got a #stayathome caption.
It doesn’t offer the same level of editing control or sophistication as Afterlight, but comes with various filters that can help give your photo an aged effect.
4. Polarr – editing
Polarr is a photo editing app with all the tools of Afterlight, but it comes for free. Available on iOS and Android, it offers a wide range of playthings you can add to your toolbar, including curves, shadows, effects, vignettes and more. You can also add a simple border.
A useful trick is that it allows you to save the final effect as an instant filter – so you only have to fiddle once.
And finally, if it’s storage where you’re broke, there’s one option that requires no downloading at all.
5. Kapwing – Polaroid border and caption
Kapwing is an online studio that you can access on any browser and device. It’s simple to use, includes a caption, and processes video as well as stills, making it great for Stories.
The final product
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