Today, Instagram added 10 new photo-editing tools to make those pictures of your food, pets, and shoes even more attractive than before. You’ll be able to reduce filter strength, adjust brightness and contrast, and sharpen up those lines. What you won’t be able to do is use the official app on the iPad without the 2X zoom.
Just like before, in version 6.0, users will be able to take a photo or upload one from their camera roll and add one of the existing filters. However, now users will be able to adjust the filter for more or less effect. If you want to combine Nashville and Rise, but they look too overproduced in the final mix, you can adjust one or both filters for a more subtle effect.
Additionally, the app includes a list of basic photo-editing tools to help perfect your picture. You will be able to straighten and crop, brighten a scene, and shift colors to add warmth or coolness. The tools give users more control over what they can do with their photo before uploading it to the Instagram feed.
The editing tools include the following [via: TechCrunch]:
- Filter Strength: Tap on a filter to adjust the filter strength. (Border is now within Filter Strength; tap on a filter to add a border)
- Adjust: crop and straighten your photo at the same time
- Brightness: makes your photo brighter or darker
- Contrast: makes the bright areas of your photo brighter, and the dark areas darker
- Warmth: shifts the colors of your photo towards either warmer orange tones or cooler blue tones
- Saturation: increases or decreases the color intensity of the image (e.g. red becomes redder)
- Highlights: adjust the brightness focusing on the bright areas of the image
- Shadows: adjust the brightness focusing on the dark areas of the image
- Vignette: darkens the edges of the photo and directs the attention away from the edges towards the center of the photo
- Sharpen: adds a subtle crispness to your photo and makes photo clearer
Users can access the editing tools using the new wrench icon. Instead of listing them on the filter page, they’ve been tucked away so as not to overburden users with too many options. Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom told TechCrunch in an interview that the editing tools are intentionally buried. “I believe that flexibility and simplicity are often at odds.” Instead of bombarding users with the numerous features, an Instagram poster can choose to keep it simple, or maximize the features at their disposal.
These new tools are designed to give Instagram fans a chance to fine-tune their images without having to go through a third-party app first.
What remains a mystery is why the app has not yet been optimized for the iPad. There is a lot of mumbling that using the iPad as a camera is a faux pas, that taking pictures should be relegated to smartphone devices. However, whenever I am in a tourist location, I see just as many people using tablets to take pictures and videos as I do smartphones. Plus, you don’t have to use your tablet to upload pictures to Instagram. If you have Photo Stream turned on, the images are shared on both devices, so users could take a picture with their iPhone and edit it on their iPad. Come on, Instagram. Get with the program.
Instagram is available on the iPhone for free. You can download it in the App Store today.