30 April 2015

How I Edit My Instagram Photos | Vintage/Old Photo Effect


I'm not going to lie, I have become a bit of an instaddict of recent, and I've had a few comments on my Insta Week posts asking how I edit my photos.  I like to try and give them a vintage/old photo effect:

The App In Question: I use Afterlight to edit my Instagram photos.  I know a lot of people use VSCO which is free, but I downloaded it once and it confused my brain.  I think Afterlight is much easier to use, definitely worth that 69p investment.

Brightness & Contrast: I always always brighten and enhance the contrast of my photos.  Some don't need as much brightness and contrast added others, it's really your own judgement of how much you think it needs doing.

Filters: I only ever use either Russ, Leila or Horine (usually Horine) which are all under the Guest section.  Sometimes I use two of these together, and I usually decrease the transparency to make the photo look less edited.

Overlay: Selecting the textures option will bring you to the dust and light overlays.  I like to add a dusty texture, and the only one I ever use is 02, bringing the transparency slider down to around 80.

Grain: Scroll all the way to the end of the brightness and contrast section, and there is an option that lets you add grain.  I always add grain, and I normally slide the transparency slider down to about 75.


And that is pretty much how I edit all of my insta photos.  I think it gives a slight vintage/old photo effect to them, without looking like they've been over edited.



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  1. Afterlight is also my favourite photo editing app. Well worth the 69p.

    Rachel | www.currentlyrachel.com

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  2. This looks amazing :) I don't have Afterlight, I use Fotor, I think it is same. It's my favorite photo editor for blogger and other photos.

    Golden chapter

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  3. I usually use VSCO but Afterlight is pretty badass. xx

    Autumn | A Fabulous Hippie |

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  4. Thanks for sharing! I was wondering about some of the effects you've mentioned, so it's good to know how to achieve them. x

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  5. See, I think VSCO is easier to use than afterlight! Different strokes for different folks, right? I like how your photos turned out.;

    COOCOO FOR COCO

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  6. Great tips, thanks!

    xx,
    Susie

    www.SequinsandStrawberries.com

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  7. Great tips, thanks!

    xx,
    Susie

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  8. Love this ! Really great tips xx
    Lauren | shynature.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. When I did use afterlight, horine was the only one I ever used. But then I found Vsco and I fell in love! There is at least ten I use and that's only from the free ones. I'm sure if I bought some I would like more!
      It's all a matter of learning. It took me a little bit to learn and I'm sure there is still more thing I could still learn!

      Thanks for sharing girl!! How you have a great day :)

      Xoxo
      Keely /// life, love and exploration

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    2. I didn't really give Vsco a chance, I looked at it for about 5 seconds and then deleted it, I think I would probably like it if I actually tried it out aha!

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  9. I use afterlight too! Only the filters from the first category really though, i find the others don't look too good. Lovely photos :D

    ❤ Little Owl's Diary

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  10. This is such a helpful blogpost! I've always wondered how people do this to their instagram pictures, Thank you x

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  11. I love Afterlight, it's so much easier than VSCO cam!
    Jodie xo // JodieLoue

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  12. Ooh I might have a look at after light! Currently using VSCO cam but love to explore new ones! x

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  13. I love Afterlight and A Beautiful Mess to edit my Instagram photos x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness

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  14. i went from using afterlight to vsco and now i use a little of both haha, definitely give vsco another change though, it has some great filters!

    danielle | avec danielle

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  15. Love your phone case, and thanks for sharing x

    Much Love | Trillu.com | Instagram

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  16. One of my new years resolutions was to post on Instagram everyday; just for fun and so that I could have something to look back on but that didn't really work out though haha. I also did not understand VSCO? I could never add anymore photos apart from the first one I uploaded!? ...By the way I love your blog :D I can tell you really like cats haha its so cute!

    -Crystal
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  17. I love the vintage effects on Instagram :) xoxo

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  18. I use vsco cam and was confused with it too first of all! The filters are actually really good but I always feel super lazy just shoving on a random filter. I had no idea about overlays, so helpful! cottonandcandie xx

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  19. God saves filters!!
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  20. I'm currently using VSCOcam, but I'll have to check this one out too!


    xo, Liz
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  21. What a lovely post! It's nice to know how you edit your photos because they always look so lovely ♥
    Amy xx

    Little Moon Dragon

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  22. I love Afterlight! I've heard great things about VSCO but sometimes all you want something that's quick and easy to use. Interesting tip about increasing the grain - I think I always decrease when in fact I want the opposite - oops!

    Ornella x

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  23. VSCO is one of my favourite! Thank you for sharing.

    Stephanie | www.dearstephiiie.com

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  24. Hi Alice!

    These tips are so so good…I should start using Afterlight, so pretty! I, too, am becoming an Insta addict!! It is so much fun!!!

    Kiss kiss

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    -Lauren
    adorn la femme

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  25. I always assumed everyone just used the Instagram built in filters.... clearly I need to up my Instagram game!! Thanks for the pointers xx
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  26. Afterlight is my favorite app! I love Russ, Leila, and Finn :)

    whitnibble.blogspot.com

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  27. I actually have the opposite case! I thought Afterlight was a little difficult to use and I found VSCOcam soooo much more easier once I downloaded it! Haha

    xx Bash | Bash Says Hey | bloglovin'

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  28. I love Afterlight, my favourite editing app for Instagram :) I always use the lightness/brightness settings and contrast. The borders are good too! x

    Hannah x | hannatalks

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  29. I really enjoyed reading this, I love hearing how other people edit their photos. So far I've just been using the built in Instagram filters and more often than not not using any filters, but I haven't had it for very long.

    Kristy | thevioletblonde.com

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  30. Thank you so much for sharing your tips. I'm seriously struggling with Instagram so any advice is always helpful and appreciated x


    Caz | Style Lingua

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  31. Thanks for sharing, I haven't tried Afterlight yet, but it sounds really good.

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  32. Thanks for the helpful tips!!
    Xoxo

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  33. How interesting, I've only ever heard other bloggers talk about Afterlight and VSCO and never knew what they meant, so thanks for that haha! I always brighten my images on Instagram too, it makes them so much more appealing :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

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  34. love this

    check out my newest post
    xx
    Tyana
    cityofglitter.com

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  35. Hiya babe, lovely post very unique
    thanks for sharing this with us.

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    Have a lovely week!
    Stay in touch.
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  36. Great tip, just installed it for Android :)

    Cadaea xoxo

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  37. I use VSCO because I didn't know what to expect from Afterlight, though I've heard plenty of good reviews! Maybe I'll shell out the $1 that it costs over here! (big spender right here!)

    Awesome overview of your edits, they look great! :)

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  38. Afterlight looks really good, I tend to use VSCO but afterlight looks so much easier so I think I'll try it! Your photos are amazing by the way!x

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  39. I tried VSCO as well, just wasn't for me!

    www.daisyperson.blogspot.com

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  40. nice post :)

    www.maireem.blogspot.com

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  41. Great post your pictures always look great I use vsco cam for my Instagram pictures
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  42. I'll have to try this!


    http://thehomeofkate.blogspot.com/

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  43. i love the softness of the changes on afterlight
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  44. Your editing is different from how I edit my photo on instagram but I love your vintage photo, though :) I also use afterlight in editing my photos :)

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  45. I love vintage effects! :)

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  46. Oh! I like this! I almost always don't like the instagram filters!
    And thanks for stopping by My blog the other day ^^ hope You follow on Bloglovin and stay in touch :D!
    SJay // The Chronic Dreamer | A Lifestyle Blog

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  47. Love your insta photos!
    littlecoffeebreak.com

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  48. Afterlight is my favourite editing it app too! We use all the same filters
    www.norawears.com

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  49. lovely post :) have a nice weekend :)

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  50. great idea honey! cool post.
    Big kiss
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  51. Lovely to see how you edit your photos xx

    www.susannahzabelle.com

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  52. I loved Afterlight when I had an iPhone! I haven't bought it yet since switching to Android though! I've been using VSCO.. I tend to just adjust the brightness and contrast of my photos anyways so any ole photography app will do!! I love the vintage effect you give your photos though!

    Chrissy x
    www.chrissylilly.com

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  53. Might just give this app a try now! Yay, what a great post!

    May x • The MaydenBloglovin'

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  54. This is full of really great ideas for photo editing! I followed you on Insta :) Thanks for sharing these tips!
    xo Kiki
    https://colormekiki.wordpress.com/

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  55. I really should get afterlight! All of my other editing apps are kinda crap haha,
    Peace xo
    www.waitwhatok.blogspot.com

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  56. Afterlight is my favourite editing app atm, so many filters!
    Great guide, love your blog, followed!
    ♥ Fran - www.frannymac.com xx

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  57. Really interesting!
    It's great to get some editing tips from other bloggers :)

    Caro x

    http://nilooorac.blogspot.de

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  58. Ohhh.. thanks for sharing your pretty little secrets. (: Adore your IG feed.

    ♥ | http://www.connect-the-cloths.com | xoxo
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  59. Ooo will have to try this app out! I'm pretty insta obsessed already so always love finding out about apps I haven't tried :)

    Gabby xo

    Blog - What She Buys / Instagram / Twitter

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  60. This effect looks great! It really does look quite authentic and not too overdone/fake like some others tend to do ^.^

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  61. Wow, such an amazing post! I definetly need to get afterlight :D I'm your new follower, xoxo

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  62. ooo i need to get onto afterlight!
    thanks for the tips
    x
    http://anoddgirl.blogspot.com.au

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  63. great tip, will definitely need to download this app! Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog XX

    The Fashion Road

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  64. I'm using PicArt but this app sounds good :) I'll definetely have a look at it! Thanks for sharing :)
    http://lovelyattitude.com

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  65. Fabulous tips, thanks for sharing! I have afterlight on my phone, but find it has too many options. Perhaps I just need some time playing with it :)

    www.lucylovestoeat.com

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  66. Afterlight is the best ever! I seriously never used my moneys worth so fast, I use that app multiple times a day.
    Tegan xx - Permanent Procrastination

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  67. Haha I'm the exact opposite when it comes to photo editing, I try and put a lot of color and saturation in them.
    xx,
    India
    http://bows-and-buttons.blogspot.com/

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