Instagram, the very popular mobile app that allows people to upload photos has a new update. The site normally gives people the freedom to share photos without having to Photoshop them, but they’ve decided to change that. The way it will work now is that, when someone takes a picture, they can customize it using various filters.
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According to Tech Times, an example would be using the Valencia filter to give an antique faded look to some photos, but this filter can also wash out colors.
The update allows users to change the strength of the Valencia filter, and other filters on Instagram.
Another part of the update besides the filter strength, is that the updated app has more editing tools which offer more than Photos on iOS, but less than someone would have from a complete photo editing software like Adobe Photoshop.
Instagram now lets users tweak photo brightness, contrast, warmth, saturation, shadows, highlights and sharpness and darken the photo’s edges for a more vintage feel.
The users can also view their photos in before-and-after mode to see what kind of changes they have made.
“When you go to select a filter, you’ll now see a new wrench icon, says Instagram in a blog post. “Tap it and you’ll find a tray of photo editing tools ready for you to explore.”
The new update seems like a good idea for people that want to add some professionalism to their photos, but only time will tell if people like the update.
The new Instagram app is now available for iOS, Android and Windows Phone.
[H/T: Tech Times]