If you’re anything like me, you love the photos you take but they could use a little extra brightness or enhancement. I used to never edit my pictures because it sounded too intimidating or hard but I soon learned that editing is only as hard as you make it. Below I share a quick and easy tutorial for how to edit pictures that will have you editing yours in no time.
About a year ago, I finally decided to really figure out how to edit photos instead of just being satisfied with my dark pictures. I truly thought this would take me hours and hours to figure out but after playing around with a couple different photo editing apps on my phone, I found one I loved that was easy to use and so fun to play around with.
Enter A Color Story App.
This app is available on your smartphone and desktop but I’ve only used the phone version. It has over 100 different pre made filters you can apply to your pictures, 40 different effects, and over 20 different tools to bring the perfect amount of light, contrast, and more to your pictures.
I have certain go-to filters that I use on my phone to make my photos flow together to tell a story but there are truly so many different ways you can go with this. The following are the first few steps in the tools I take when I open a picture before I even begin to play with the filters.
1. The first thing I do when I open a picture is to open the tools and turn up the brightness. Most of my pictures, especially ones that are taken indoors need more light to actually see how the picture turned out in its entirety.
2. I then turn up the contrast a little. Sometimes if you add to much brightness, the color of the actual image can get washed out so you want to bring that back.
3. Depending on how I want the picture to look, I will either turn the temperature up a little or down a little. If I want the image to have a cooler look (blue tones), I will turn the temperature down. If I want the image to have a warmer look (oranges and pinks), I will turn the temperature up.
4. I like to add a little texture into my pictures so I almost always use the grain tool at least a little bit.
5. Then I move on to filters.
Once I go through the above mentioned tools and apply those to my pictures, I then open the filters. This is hands down my favorite part of editing. What I didn’t know up until about a month ago was that you can layer your filters. This means you can apply one filter to a photo, save it, and then apply another filter on top of the first one you used to really enhance the picture. So fun!
My favorite filters I use from A Color Story are from both the Golden pack and the Flashes of Delight pack. A Color Story has the basic packs that come with the app and they also have a ton of other packs you can purchase for a very small fee.
Some of my favorites from the Golden pack:
My favorite filters to use from the Flashes of Delight pack are:
Below I include to short videos if you’re more of a visual learner (like I am) on how to edit pictures.
I almost never use 100% on the filters. When applying a filter I always move the percentage to about 50% or lower depending on how it looks. I don’t want my photos to look too edited or make it look distorted. Plus the lower percentage amount of filter you use, it’s easier to stack filters on top of each other!
Hopefully this is a helpful tutorial! I am by no means an expert on this and am still constantly learning and playing around with this but it’s something I really enjoy doing and maybe it can help a few of you out there!
If you have any questions or have any tips I didn’t mention above, I’d love for you to leave it in the comments and we can start a fun discussion about photo editing!