Instagram 6.0 lets you control photo filters and nine new effects, using sliders

Instagram 6.0 lets you control photo filters and nine new effects, using sliders
The update to Instagram 6.0 adds sliders to help you control the intensity of the filters on the app, along with nine new photo effects. This means that those who fancy themselves serious photographers on Instagram, won't have to turn to third party apps for their editing. Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom says the idea is to keep Instagram subscribers from having to spend so much money on multiple apps. "Now instead of using multiple apps to get your photos looking the way you want, you can just come to Instagram," says Systrom.

After the update, you will be able to adjust the strength of a filter by tapping on it. With Adjust, you can crop and straighten your picture at the same time. Brightness makes your picture lighter or darker, and Contrast makes bright areas on your photo brighter. It also allows dark areas to look darker. The Warmth setting makes your picture look warmer with more orange tones, or cooler by adding blue tones.

Other settings added to Instagram by the update include Saturation. For example, you can make the colors more saturated with reds becoming redder. The Highlights setting adjusts the brightness on bright areas of your photograph. Shadows allows you to make similar adjustments, but on the dark area of your images. You can move your viewer's attention from the corners of a picture to the middle, by using the Vignette setting. This darkens the corners to move the viewer's eyes to the center of a photo. And Sharpen makes your picture crisp and clear. Using sliders with +/- settings allow users to be precise with their editing. Instagram is also making it optional for video contributors to select a cover frame. Systrom points out that most people use the first frame anyway. 

Systrom also said that after building a network of 200 million users, it was time for Instagram to move back to photography. He also adds that the app has plenty of work to do on the social side. Perhaps that is something we will see on a future Instagram update. For now, this update is available from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

source: Instagram (iOS|/Android) via TechCrunch


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