• August 31, 2015

How I Edit My Instagram Photos


Having a pretty Instagram ‘Theme’ seems to be all the rage these days, and whenever you see someone try a new background, overlay or even filter we all scream and shout to know how the bloomin’ heck they did it.

I’ve recently had an influx of people asking how i edit my instagram photos, mainly the white background behind the images. So i thought I’d share the not so big secret with you. If you haven’t seen my Instagram account before, check it out here @thefashionablyfit

how to edit instagram photos

I only use 3 editing apps, and each photo i upload i take these exact steps:

1. Take the photo – I use an iPhone 5S, and use the standard camera on the ‘square’ option. This means the photo is the correct shape for Instagram.

2. FACETUNE – I mainly use this app for ‘selfies’ and use the ‘smooth’ option to reduce any un-wanted imperfections (yep, I admit it) I will also use this for layouts too if there is marks in the background i want to get rid of. With layout photos i use the ‘whiten’ option to, funnily enough, whiten up the background. I believe this option is intended for teeth, but it works a treat with backgrounds that need a refresh. And that’s all i use this app for. *This app isn’t free, but it’s so worth it!*

3VSCO CAM: You’ve probably heard everyone chatting about this app. But it honestly is great. If there’s one i mostly use it would definitely be this one! I upload the photo i’ve just edited on Facetune, and pick a filter first. C1, F2 and T1 are my favourites. You can edit the strength of the filter by pressing it and moving the level down. Once i have chosen the filter, i then click the ‘spanner’ and edit the brightness, contrast and saturation to my acquired taste. Each photo varies depending on the lighting. But typically i put the brightness quite high. I save the photo to my camera roll.

4. INSTASIZE: This is the one that brings the whole thing together. I upload the photo previously edited on VSCO cam. As the photo was taken as a square, it will fill the whole screen. I then, ‘pinch’ the photo with both my thumbs and shrink it. You will see at this point that a border then surrounds the photo. (This appears on instagram as the white edge). To make sure all my photos have the same size border i use the ‘X’ in the top left hand corner as a guide of where to top shrinking the image. I’ll admit, it’s a bit of a guessing game, but it’s the quickest, easiest way i’ve found so far to create the border, and my photos are pretty much exactly the same (border-size-wise). I then save the photo, and upload on instagram.

Collage & Mirrored Photo’s …….

LAYOUTI don’t often use this, but on some photo’s recently I have mirrored the photo. Layout, is the app i use for this. Simply choose your photo, click the layout that creates 2 photos side by side, and click ‘mirror’. That’s it. I’ll then save it, and upload to Instasize to creat the border and then off it goes to Instragram!

This may seem like a long process, but after a bit of practise with knowing the filters you like & size you want your border etc.. it only takes a few minutes from start-to-finish. Promise.

I really hope this post has helped some of you. If you use any different apps or have any instagram secrets i’d love you to leave them in the comments. To find the apps above just search them in the app store. xox


  1. Hi Jidy! I really like your feed, I also use vsco cam and my favourite filter is HB1 (sometimes I also use HB2. Those apps were very helpful, pity that you have to pay to have face tune for an android 🙁

    xx Cecil // http://www.wednesday19th.blogspot.com

    1. Hi Cecil,

      I’m so glad you like my feed! 🙂 Oooh i’ll have to try those filters too!

      Yes, it’s a shame you have to pay but i promise it’s so worth it! I’m still on the hunt for a free alternative…

      Jidy xox

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