It’s easy to pick up your smart phone right now and take a dozen photos, but what makes a photo a great image? It can be the way it is shot and the composition of the photograph, but another way is to make it better through editing.

Learn how to retouch photos using Instasize.

You want to use a light touch when retouching your photos. You want it to look its very best, and not something that is completely unrecognizable from the original. Instasize has features that will enhance any photo. Here’s how to use them:

How To Retouch Photos using Instasize Beauty Tools

When retouching photos--selfies, especially--areas of concern are usually skin imperfections and discolored teeth. Usually, fixing these areas, even minimally, can have a maximum effect. Think of these edits as showcasing yourself on your best day, even if your skin isn’t feeling the same way.

Instasize’s beauty tools treat these exact photo issues, enabling you to make your skin look clearer and smoother, and your teeth (and any white part of your photograph) all the more whiter and brighter. Once you tap areas you want treated, use the slider to increase or decrease how it is applied on the photograph. You have complete control over how natural the effect will be on your photo.

When editing, you want the final result of your retouched photo to look like yourself. Editing is great for making photos look a little bit more professional, if that’s your goal, and drawing the eye to what you want to be highlighted. Edit to enhance what you already have, not add what’s not there. You're perfect just the way you are! These tools were made to enhance the beauty that already exists - not modify it in a way that makes it look unreal.

  • Step #1: Upload a photo into the app by tapping the ‘+’ icon. You can also take a photo by tapping the camera icon.

  • Step #2: On the editing screen, tap the face icon and choose the tool you want to apply to your photo.

  • Step #3: Once you’re done retouching your photo, tap the check mark to apply and save changes. Unlock ALL of our beauty tools on Instasize with a free seven day trial of Instasize premium. Click on the banner at the bottom of the page to get started!

Smooth Tool: Softens your skin. Using your two fingers, pinch and zoom into the desired area you wish to smooth. You can increase or decrease the intensity using the slider on the bottom of your photo. Acne/Blemish Tool: Clears blemishes and other imperfections. Just tap the area you want to fix. Want to undo changes? Tap ‘Remove’ and then the area you want to clear of edits. Whiten Tool: Whiten your teeth to make them pop. You can also whiten other areas like the whites of your eyes - sounds weird but trust us, it will give your photo a little something extra.

Tan Tool: Give your skin a sun kissed glow all year long! Using your two fingers, pinch and zoom into the desired area of skin you wish to tan. Use your finger to cover the desired area and increase/decrease the tanning intensity using our adjustment bar. Vibrance Tool: this tool is great for making certain areas of your photo appear sharper. Give the smaller details in your photos some love with our Vibrance tool. Glow Tool: Ever wonder how some of your favorite Instagrammers achieve that perfectly moisturized + dewy glow on their selfies? We have your answer! Our Glow tool will give your skin a rejuvenated look.

Make the Most out of Photo Adjustments

Instasize Photo Adjustments

Sometimes, you might not be taking a photo under the best lighting or circumstances. You can still improve on the shot by making photo adjustments by playing around settings like exposure, contrast, brightness, and more.

Here’s each of the settings you can adjust, and the effect they have on your photo:

  • Exposure and Brightness: Exposure and Brightness increase or decrease the amount of light in a photo. Adjust the levels of both to expose details in your photo and generally make it look brighter, without overexposing areas, making them look too white or washed out.

  • Contrast: It adjusts the different tones in an image, making light elements lighter and dark elements darker. Increase contrast to make images look all the more dramatic, or less if that’s your preference.

  • Sharpness: You want the subject to look sharp and defined, instead of blurry. Adjusting this element can help improve photos with minimal blur lines in case you moved while a photo is being taken.

  • Saturation: This adjusts the intensity of color. If you want colors to pop, this is the setting to adjust. Too much saturation can make an image look garish while too little can make it look dull or even colorless.

  • Tint and Warmth: These settings are usually how filters get their interesting composition. Playing around with levels of tint enhance different colors in a photograph. Warmth adjust how reds an blues are highlighted in an image.

  • Shadows and Highlights: If a photo is too light or too dark, adjusting shadows and highlights can help correct retrieve detail that was lost because of poor or complex lighting conditions.

On Instasize, just tap on a setting and use the slider to increase or decrease its application on your photo. You can even add a vignette to your image to give it a dramatic flair, or increase graininess for an authentic film effect.

Don’t Be Afraid of Filters

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Feeling even more creative? Add a filter! Some filters are perfect for portraits — Bark, Tiki, or any filter from The Valence Collection will brighten your whole image in a single tap. You can even crop your photo to frame it better or just cut away unsightly imperfections on the background.

Sometimes, it’s hard to get the effect you want by playing around with photo adjustments by yourself. Filters just makes that process quicker and easier, giving you ready-made options you can apply or remove in a tap.

Filters are preset adjustments that give your image the feeling or mood you want it to convey. On Instasize, there are dozens of filters you can choose from, and all of them can be adjusted to increase or decrease intensity to look more natural or dramatic.

Looking for other creative content ideas for your Instagram feed? Check out our article, Instagram Content Ideas for A More Creative Feed for some shooting inspiration!

Don’t be afraid of retouching your photos! Keep editing areas small, work slow, and remember that beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. Comparison is the biggest thief of joy! These tools exist to only enhance what's already there :)

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