How I Edit My Instagram Photos | White Theme

Monday, February 1, 2016

Besides writing, photography is one of my favourite pastimes. Within the past month I decided to change up my Instagram theme to a white one, as my blog is black, white and grey I felt this would help to represent my blog a bit better. 

Some people may interpret a white theme as being too narrow, featuring very bland and minimal colouring. An Instagram theme is meant to be a way of expressing your personality through such a creative outlet, I love colour but I also love white and simplicity and I love marble too. Whatever you love, it is bound to fall in place ultimately as a theme anyway and it definitely isn't something to stress about. I've been experimenting with Photoshop a lot more lately and have picked up a couple of useful tips which may help you in your journey to perfecting the ultimate white theme or maybe you just generally want to know about a couple of extra features on Photoshop. 

I have included a couple how I edit my photos posts before, which you may check out here and here if you wish.

As you can probably tell, the above photograph was pretty dull to start off with; even when photographing this on a white bedding. Continue reading to discover some super easy tips for getting your photos from dull to darling in no time!

To begin with, I like to automatically adjust the brightness and contrast of the photograph. To do this click 'Image', 'Adjustments' 'Brightness/Contrast'. This shall open up a new tab, you may wish to manually adjust the brightness and contrast but I usually just let Photoshop do its magic and click 'Auto'. From this however, you can see my photograph still isn't as bright as I would like it. And so that's where the 'Dodge' tool comes into play. 

As you can see from the above, the 'Dodge' tool icon looks quite like a magnifying glass. Don't be fooled by this, the dodge too isn't to magnify or enlarge your image; it simply allows you to brighten certain areas of your photograph. The more times you click, the brighter your photo shall become; as my photograph was quite dark it needed quite a bit of clicking to get it looking pristine white. Try not to go overboard though, you don't want the image to look too over exposed either. As this photograph was taken on a white bedding, keeping some areas of the photograph slightly darker to enhance the creasing can make the photo look slightly more 'naturally edited'. 

On the other hand, you may wish to darken some areas of your photo. The 'Burn' tool is what you will need to do this, as you can see above the symbol looks like a cupped hand. Similarly to the 'Dodge' tool, simply click on the areas of the photo you wish to darken slightly in colour. In the above photograph I have done this to the coffee itself to enhance it's colouring. 

Rather than saturating your entire photo, you may wish to do this to selected areas only. For example, the red striping on my mug was looking a little dull so I was able to make this appear more vividly red using the 'Sponge' tool. Yep, you guessed it.. The icon for this is simply a sponge. 
TOP TIP - Make sure you have your flow (See photo above) marked quite low, I kept mine at a steady 24%, if too high your photograph shall become too intensely saturated and nobody likes the colour of an orange coffee!! 

And last but not least, the 'Sharpen' tool. Just because sharpening up those coffee bubbles makes that brew look a touch more yummy, you know?! Just like with the other tools featured above, the same rules apply; simply click over the area you wish to enhance until your happy with the outcome. It really is that simple!

Please note, the first photograph featured of the edited coffee (and the coffee picture on my Instagram) may appear slightly paler than the final image at the end of the tutorial. I wanted to share with you all a couple of extra tips (sponge tool, burn tool) that you can use to enhance your photos which I didn't specifically add to this photograph originally. These are tools I use regularly within my Instagram photos, mainly the 'dodge' tool! The 'Blur' tool also comes in super handy if your camera isn't able to alter the subject in focus (aperture settings). 

I hope you found this post somewhat useful! You may follow me on Instagram here if you wish and remember that a theme is supposed to be fun and a way to express your inner creativity. It could be black, pink, purple, white or completely multicoloured if that's your thing, just make it 'you'. 
Until next time lovelies,

How do you edit your Instagram photos?!

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