How to Easily Add “Instagram Style” Effects to Your Photos

August 24th 2015 | Photography

Amateur photographers of the millennial age owe the rapid improvement in the quality of their photos to Instagram’s filters. With a simple click of a button, Instagram can add a whole new vibe and a healthy dose of style to the pics that we take on our mobile devices.

The only problem with this system is that Instagram filters are available solely on the app itself, so what do you do if you want to recreate that particular look and feel outside of Instagram?

For your convenience, we put together a list of alternative methods for adding Instagram-style effects to your photos. These options offer a way to beautify your images by adding the famous Instagram touch without going through the app itself.

1. The Wix Image Editor

Don’t settle for simply uploading your images to your Wix site when you can actually use Wix to make them even more stunning. The built-in image editor feature gives you the freedom to edit and enhance your images on the spot – directly while working on your site. It’s by far the simplest way to add Instagram-style photos to your Wix site, with a large selection of effects and looks.

Check out just some of the cool filters the Wix image editor is capable of:

The Wix Image Editor

2. DIYing It on Photoshop

Using Photoshop to manually achieve the desired Instagram look may not be the fastest and easiest way to do so, but it’s certainly the one that will give you the most freedom when editing.

If you are familiar with the software and enjoy its detailed functions, you’ll definitely get a kick out of fine-tuning your images, as shown by the Photoshop master in this video:

But if you prefer something simpler, you might want to turn to Photoshop Actions, which are automated design tasks that can save some time and effort. Here’s a list of 28 Actions that you can download and add to Photoshop for quickly recreating Instagram effects.

3. The Photo Editor App for Wix Users

In addition to the Wix Image Editor mentioned above, another option for built-in photo enhancement is available for Wix users through the Wix App Market: the Photo Editor app. After activating this app, users can choose a variety of edits, effects and styles to apply to their site photos.

One of the greatest advantages of this app is the straightforward and simple editing process, which suits even users with the most basic understanding of graphics and photography.

The Photo Editor App for Wix Users

4. Online Photo Editing Tools

There is no shortage of quality web tools for editing images out there. All you have to do is choose the one that best suits your needs and your technical skills. These tools are extremely convenient because they don’t require that you download any software, nor, in some cases, that you sign up for their services.

Online image editors offer manual editing tools that gives you more control over the final product, but most also offer pre-made styles that you can immediately apply to your images. Once you are pleased with the result, a simple Save click saves the image directly to your computer.

befunky, Canva and Ribbet are only three options for reliable photo editors available online, and a quick search will find you many more options.

 

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