Instagram rolls out new features, advanced editing tools

By Staff Writer

Jun 05, 2014 11:04 PM EDT

Instagram announced on Tuesday the roll out of 10 new editing tools for both iOS and Android. The app added a slide bar for users to be able to adjust contrast, brightness, saturation and warmth and an option that allows users to adjust the intensity of filters.  

"Inspiring creativity is incredibly important to us-and as the Instagram community grows, we've been excited to hear requests for more ways to creatively take hold of how your photos look and feel", says Instagram in a message posted on its blog.

Filter Strength: Double tap on filters to adjust the filter strength.  

Adjust: Crops out unnecessary elements in the photo to give additional focus to the object.

Brightness: Makes the photo brighter or darker.

Contrast: Makes bright areas of the photo become brighter and the dark areas darker.

Warmth: Enriches colors of your photo.

Saturation: Controls the color intensity of the image.

Highlights: Adjusts the brightness focusing on the bright areas of the image.

Shadows: Adjusts the brightness focusing on the dark areas of the image.

Vignette: Darkens the edges of the photo and directs the attention away from the edges towards the center of the photo.

Sharpen: Makes photos crisp and clear.

Instagram version 6.0 is has also simplified the video sharing experience. Users can only be able to import a single video clip at a time which makes it easier to upload and share videos on Instagram.

It will take a while to see if these improvements on Instagram would lead to users abandoning third-party apps to enhance their photos. Third party photo editing apps like Camera+ or iPhoto offers advanced editing controls and are commonly used by users before they finally share photos on Instagram.  

Instagram promises to add even more editing features to the app in the coming months so users can expect an even higher level of control of their photos in future updates.

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