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Tips for using Instagram filters like a pro | Social networks

Instagram allows photography lovers to share images produced by cell phones with their followers. But, in addition, the application has a filter system that helps users with little or no knowledge in image editing. The tool offers quick adjustments to scenes with just a touch of the screen. However, this is not enough to create good photographs that draw attention on the photo network. For a more professional look, Instagram also offers advanced options for editing images.

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Knowing the purpose of each of these parameters can help you improve colors, brightness, contrast, color intensity and other important points in a photograph. Check out, in the following guide, how to work with the application's filters and how to use Instagram's advanced settings options. The tips work on the iPhone (iOS) version and Android smartphones.

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1. Produce good photos with your phone

There is no point in using Instagram's editing tools and filters if your image has inconsistent errors. Try to worry about having good lighting, learn a little about focus and composition of the photo before anything else. Simple tips for making good images can be found here at TechTudo.

2. Use Instagram filters

Step 1. Open a cell phone image on Instagram and tap "Next". The next screen displays the application's filter options. Just tap on one of them to apply automatic adjustments to the image. Knowing how to choose a good filter for each photo is an important step to obtain good results throughout the editing process. To continue, touch one of the filters;

When choosing a photo and Instagram filter options Photo: Reproduo / Marvin CostaWhen choosing a photo and Instagram filter options Photo: Reproduo / Marvin Costa

When choosing a photo and Instagram filter options Photo: Reproduo / Marvin Costa

Step 2. You can reset the intensity of the effect. To do this, touch the filter thumbnail again and use the slider to define the effect. When finished, tap "Finish";

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When to define a filter and its intensity on Instagram Photo: Reproduo / Marvin Costa

Step 3. The application does not offer all available filters, leaving some of them hidden. To find them, tap on the "Manage" option at the bottom of the list. In the next window, select some filters that you like and tap "Finish" so that they appear on the home screen.

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When checking other hidden filters on Instagram Photo: Reproduo / Marvin Costa

3. Configure the advanced editing options

Step 1. It is important to know how to use the advanced Instagram settings to get the best possible editing result for your image. Just open an image (optionally add a filter) and tap "Edit". Then, access the "Adjustment" option;

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When to open the Instagram angle settings screen Photo: Reproduo / Marvin Costa

Step 2. If your photo is crooked, select this option to "straighten" the angle. To do this, use the sliding adjustment by dragging your finger to the right or left of the screen and pay attention to the grid in the image so that everything is aligned. Touch "Finish" and access the "Brightness" option;

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When to set the angle of an image using the Instagram editing tool Photo: Reproduo / Marvin Costa

Step 3. Reducing or increasing the brightness is a step that can draw the viewer's attention to points with no evidence in the original image. Note that, in our example image, the sky has more shadows between the clouds when we reduce the brightness. When you're satisfied, tap on finish and go to "Contrast";

When to redefine the brightness of an image using the Instagram editing tool Photo: Reproduo / Marvin CostaWhen to redefine the brightness of an image using the Instagram editing tool Photo: Reproduo / Marvin Costa

When to redefine the brightness of an image using the Instagram editing tool Photo: Reproduo / Marvin Costa

Step 4. Adjusting the contrast can balance the tonal differences between the dark and light areas of the image. An image with little contrast for more opaque tones. For this reason, use sparingly. Go to the option "Structure";

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When to set the contrast of an edited image with the Instagram editing tool Photo: Reproduo / Marvin Costa

Step 5. The ideal structure tool for emphasizing expressions in selfies and seeking tones with little evidence in images. Note that when we increase this setting, the cloudy sky gains more intensity. Go to "Temperature";

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Adjusting the structure of an image in Instagram editing tools Photo: Reproduo / Marvin Costa

Step 6. The temperature setting defines whether the image receives more intensity in warm tones (yellowish) or in cold tones (more bluish). This option is ideal for creating images with a more "winter" climate (cold) and summer scenes (hot) in swimming pools and beaches. Go to "Saturao";

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Temperature adjustment for images in the Instagram editing tool Photo: Reproduo / Marvin Costa

Step 7. Saturation defines the intensity of all colors in the image. The ideal setting to enhance an image that has opaque and lifeless colors. In addition, the feature can be used to further highlight the colors of a scene. Go to the "Color" option;

Saturation adjustment of the Instagram image editing tool Photo: Reproduo / Marvin CostaSaturation adjustment of the Instagram image editing tool Photo: Reproduo / Marvin Costa

Saturation adjustment of the Instagram image editing tool Photo: Reproduo / Marvin Costa

Step 8. Inserting specific shades for shadows and highlighting the image is an interesting way to create patterns similar to filters. Go to "Fade";

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Color options for shadows and highlights of a photo in the Instagram editing tool Photo: Reproduo / Marvin Costa

Step 9. The fade adjustment increases the brightness of shadows so that the image receives more shades of white. The interesting option for selfies and indoor photos. Go to "Highlight";

When to set the option to fade shadows in an Instagram image Photo: Reproduo / Marvin CostaWhen to set the option to fade shadows in an Instagram image Photo: Reproduo / Marvin Costa

When to set the option to fade shadows in an Instagram image Photo: Reproduo / Marvin Costa

Step 10. The "Highlight" option is a quick adjustment for lights in the image. It is an interesting action to draw more attention to poorly lit photos or to reduce excess flash light or scenes with lots of white tones. Proceed to the option "Sombras";

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Adjusting an image's highlights in the Instagram editing tool Photo: Reproduo / Marvin Costa

Step 11. Adjusting shadows is able to reduce or increase the intensity of dark tones at specific points in the image. The ideal resource to use in backlit scenes and to make shaded places in an image more evident. Go to the option "Vinheta";

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Ao para redefinir a intensidade de sombras em uma imagem editada pelo Instagram Foto: Reproduo/Marvin Costa

Passo 12. O ajuste de vinheta permite tonar mais escuros os quatros cantos da imagem. Ideal para fotos de paisagens e selfies, esse recurso pode deixar fotos com aspecto mais sombrio nas extremidades, chamando mais ateno para o ponto central da imagem. Siga para "Tilt shift";

Ajuste para vinheta em fotos na ferramenta de edio do Instagram  Foto: Reproduo/Marvin CostaAjuste para vinheta em fotos na ferramenta de edio do Instagram  Foto: Reproduo/Marvin Costa

Ajuste para vinheta em fotos na ferramenta de edio do Instagram Foto: Reproduo/Marvin Costa

Passo 13. Tilt shift o efeito em que o usurio define uma rea de foco na imagem. A opo ideal para ofuscar pessoas e fundos. Voc pode escolher o efeito radial (seleo de foco em forma de crculo) e linear, como mostra a imagem abaixo. Siga para a opo "Nitidez";

Ajuste para o efeito tilt shift nas ferramentas de edio do Instagram  Foto: Reproduo/Marvin CostaAjuste para o efeito tilt shift nas ferramentas de edio do Instagram  Foto: Reproduo/Marvin Costa

Ajuste para o efeito tilt shift nas ferramentas de edio do Instagram Foto: Reproduo/Marvin Costa

Passo 14. O recurso nitidez melhora a resoluo das arestas da imagem, o que faz a cena ficar mais viva. O recurso indicado para acentuar expresses em selfies.

Opo para definir a nitidez de uma imagem na ferramenta de edio do Instagram  Foto: Reproduo/Marvin CostaOpo para definir a nitidez de uma imagem na ferramenta de edio do Instagram  Foto: Reproduo/Marvin Costa

Opo para definir a nitidez de uma imagem na ferramenta de edio do Instagram Foto: Reproduo/Marvin Costa

Confira abaixo o antes e o depois da imagem que usamos como exemplo nesta matria.

Antes e depois de uma imagem editada usando todas as opes oferecidas pelo Instagram  Foto: Reproduo/Marvin CostaAntes e depois de uma imagem editada usando todas as opes oferecidas pelo Instagram  Foto: Reproduo/Marvin Costa

Antes e depois de uma imagem editada usando todas as opes oferecidas pelo Instagram Foto: Reproduo/Marvin Costa