Picture this: You’ve snapped the perfect picture and when you go to post it online you realize it’s missing a little je ne sais quoi.
As a proud Mom I love taking pictures of my boys. I also love apps that allow you easily enhance your photos.
Instagram has great editing features, but they’re quite limited and who are we kidding, it’s time to play with the big kids and step it up a notch. If only there was an app that could take your photos from good to GREAT! Well folks, I’m about to share one of my favourite apps with you. Drum roll please!
Well hello there, VSCO!
Don’t let the acronym scare you. VSCO stands for Visual Supply Company. It’s is a snazzy little camera, photo-editing and sharing app that will change the way you edit and enhance your photos. The features will blow your mind. From filters to advanced editing, once you go VSCO there’s no turning back. The edits are natural and gorgeous! Check out my Instagram account here and see for yourself!
Let’s keep things simple and focus on a few cool features that you can easily start using today. Sound good? Ok! Put on some comfy pants and let’s get started.
OPEN UP VSCO AND SELECT ‘LIBRARY’ ON THE LEFT SIDE PANEL.
SELECT THE ‘+’ ICON LOCATED ON THE TOP BAR.
This will take you to the camera roll on your phone.
Once you have selected your photo it will appear in the top left corner of your grid. Now you’re ready to start editing!
We have to click through a few screens to get to the editing tools but stick with me! Once you’ve done it a few times you’ll be able to do it with your eyes closed. Well, almost!
SELECT THE SYMBOL TO THE RIGHT OF THE ‘X’ ON THE BOTTOM BAR. IT RESEMBLES AN EQUALS SIGN.
It will take you to the first screen where you can go crazy with filter options. I mentioned I was going to keep this post easy and simple so lets skip the filters and move straight to a few of my quick and favourite tools.
SELECT THE SMALL BLACK TRIANGLE ON THE BOTTOM BAR.
SELECT THE WRENCH TOOL.
This will take you to a toolbar similar to the one you see in Instagram, only better!
The first thing I do is adjust the exposure. I like my photos to be light and bright.
INCREASE THE EXPOSURE TO +2.
This adds lots of light without washing out my adorable 9 month old.
SELECT THE CHECK MARK IN THE LOWER RIGHT HAND CORNER TO MOVE TO THE NEXT EDITING TOOL.
SELECT THE CLARITY TOOL.
The Clarity tool enhances the detail in your photo by increasing the contrast.
INCREASE THE CLARITY TO +1.
Slide the bottom bar to the left until you see the ‘Sharpen’ tool.
SELECT THE SHARPEN TOOL.
INCREASE THE SHARPEN TOOL TO +1.
SELECT THE SHADOWS SAVE TOOL.
This brightens the shadows and brings out the details in the darker areas of your picture.
INCREASE THE SHADOWS SAVE TO +1.
Any more and your photo will start to look a little blah.
You’re almost done!
SELECT THE BLACK TRIANGLE ON THE BOTTOM BAR TO RETURN TO THE MAIN GRID.
SELECT THE ICON THAT LOOKS LIKE THREE DOTS FOUND ON THE LOWER RIGHT CORNER OF THE BOTTOM BAR.
SELECT SAVE TO CAMERA ROLL.
You will be prompted to choose a size.
SELECT ACTUAL SIZE.
That’s it! You’ve successfully edited your photo using the amazing VSCO.
Below is a glimpse of the before and after. What a difference, am I right? Once you’ve edited a few photos it will become second nature for you.
If you’re new to VSCO leave a comment and let me know what you think of the app! I love hearing from my readers and feel free to share anything else that you discover while editing away!
Sincerely Nikki, xo