How to Edit and Tweak Your Photos for Instagr.am

A simple guide to help Instagramers do some neat stuff, and to protect their creative efforts against unwanted use.

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How to Edit and Tweak Your Photos for Instagr.am
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Instagr.am is a social photo service, now part of FB. Basic uploads are easy but this guide will show you how to use simple apps to get great effects. It will also show you how to protect your pics.

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Select a picture from your camera roll. While you can upload/edit on the fly I like to shoot first and edit later.

Select a picture from your camera roll. While you can upload/edit on the fly I like to shoot first and edit later.

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We'll start with setting up our picture using Snapseed. The app has a whole range of tools but this example shows the Crop and Frame functions.

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This is the opening screen for Snapseed. Tap the icon in the top left to load a picture.

This is the opening screen for Snapseed. Tap the icon in the top left to load a picture.

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Now our picture is loaded. Across the bottom are some of the available tools. Swipe the toolbar to view all tools.

Now our picture is loaded. Across the bottom are some of the available tools. Swipe the toolbar to view all tools.

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We used the Crop function to grab a 16:9 slice of this photo. Be sure to tap the right arrow at the bottom to apply the change.

We used the Crop function to grab a 16:9 slice of this photo. Be sure to tap the right arrow at the bottom to apply the change.

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The indicator up top shows you that you're done. You can save the picture from here or keep going with other edits.

The indicator up top shows you that you're done. You can save the picture from here or keep going with other edits.

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With cropping complete you can play with the Frame function. There are a number of different basic frames available and you can configure the width and strength of the frame.

With cropping complete you can play with the Frame function. There are a number of different basic frames available and you can configure the width and strength of the frame.

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Once finished, save the image to your Photo Album and ensure you use the highest resolution possible.

Once finished, save the image to your Photo Album and ensure you use the highest resolution possible.

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The next tool we use is SquareReady Pro. The free SquareReady app will also do what is shown here, so you don't have to buy it right away.

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This is the opening screen for SquareReady. Tap the indicates icon at top left to open your picture from the photo album.

This is the opening screen for SquareReady. Tap the indicates icon at top left to open your picture from the photo album.

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While you can play with different background colors and patterns, this example will use the default white. You can also adjust the relative position of the image if needed.

While you can play with different background colors and patterns, this example will use the default white. You can also adjust the relative position of the image if needed.

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Again, save when you are finished and ensure that you use the highest resolution possible. Note that this tool also lets you send to other applications, like Instagr.am.

Again, save when you are finished and ensure that you use the highest resolution possible. Note that this tool also lets you send to other applications, like Instagr.am.

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This stage is complete. Tap OK to proceed.

This stage is complete. Tap OK to proceed.

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The final stage is adding a signature to your picture. It's important that you assert your inherent copyright to anything you produce and share, otherwise someone could snag your image and use it.

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This is the opening screen for A+ Signature. This is a free app for iOS. Not sure if it is available for other platforms. Tap the Load Photo option to retrieve your pic from the Photo Album.

This is the opening screen for A+ Signature. This is a free app for iOS. Not sure if it is available for other platforms. Tap the Load Photo option to retrieve your pic from the Photo Album.

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The bottom toolbar shows all available options. Because there are signatures in my "catalog" I'll tap the file cabinet icon to load them.

The bottom toolbar shows all available options. Because there are signatures in my "catalog" I'll tap the file cabinet icon to load them.

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The nice thing about this app is that more than one watermark or signature can be applied to an image. So, your options are limitless. The first choice is the image title at the top.

The nice thing about this app is that more than one watermark or signature can be applied to an image. So, your options are limitless. The first choice is the image title at the top.

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All characteristics can be edited here. In his example, the text will be slightly modified.

All characteristics can be edited here. In his example, the text will be slightly modified.

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The text is now edited appropriately. You have the option of saving this example as a new catalog entry, but for now we will just apply it as-is.

The text is now edited appropriately. You have the option of saving this example as a new catalog entry, but for now we will just apply it as-is.

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If another signature is needed, return to the catalog and select it. In this case, I will grab a "hand-written" signature as well.

If another signature is needed, return to the catalog and select it. In this case, I will grab a "hand-written" signature as well.

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The default positioning is always in the centre, so just tap and drag it where you want it.

The default positioning is always in the centre, so just tap and drag it where you want it.

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The border will allow for resizing using a pinch gesture and you can also rotate the signature if desired. A handy feature is that it will snap to vertical or horizontal orientations.

The border will allow for resizing using a pinch gesture and you can also rotate the signature if desired. A handy feature is that it will snap to vertical or horizontal orientations.

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The signature is now reduced in size and tucked away at the bottom.

The signature is now reduced in size and tucked away at the bottom.

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Once the marked-up image is saved in A+ Signature, now it's time to share it in Instagr.am.

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I admit, this is one of the cooler communities out there. Message to Mark Zuckerberg. Don't screw this up!

I admit, this is one of the cooler communities out there. Message to Mark Zuckerberg. Don't screw this up!

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Tap the middle button at the bottom to start sharing.

Tap the middle button at the bottom to start sharing.

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Select the appropriate album and find the image with the border and signature.

Select the appropriate album and find the image with the border and signature.

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Position it the way you want it on the preview screen.

Position it the way you want it on the preview screen.

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Instagr.am does also offer its own filters, effects, and frames, but they won't do what was demonstrated in this guide. Just click the checkmark to accept the picture.

Instagr.am does also offer its own filters, effects, and frames, but they won't do what was demonstrated in this guide. Just click the checkmark to accept the picture.

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Add a title and location, if desired. You can also share to other social services like Twitter and Facebook.

Add a title and location, if desired. You can also share to other social services like Twitter and Facebook.

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You're done!! All comments and feedback welcome. If you found this guide helpful, tag me on Instagr.am @cdnguy68 and show your creations!

You're done!! All comments and feedback welcome. If you found this guide helpful, tag me on Instagr.am @cdnguy68 and show your creations!

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