Have you ever come across an Instagram profile and were just in awe over the feed? How do those IG profiles get their style? How do they get that consistent, cohesive feed that’s visually pleasing and makes you want to hit that follow button?
One of the biggest things people strive for on Instagram is creating beautiful content that draws in new followers, but it can be confusing trying to navigate through Instagram’s filters or trying to create your own. Posting pictures every day is just the tip of the ice berg. In order to create a truly beautiful feed that your followers can connect with, you need to find your theme and stick with it!
You should be using the same filter on all your photos, or at the very least a slight variation of that filter to keep things consistent. My favorite way to stick to the same filter, or preset is to use the VSCO app. It’s free to download and there are free filters you can use to create beautiful photos.
VSCO also has a paid membership that gives you access to so many different filters available once you’ve upgraded. However, I’m going to show you my favorite hack to creating beautiful photos perfectly themed for fall, and it doesn’t cost anything.
These are some of the photos that I’ve used the preset on so I can post to my Instagram (I like to plan my content in advance!) I wanted to stick with a theme that’s better suited for fall since I live in the Upper Peninsula and right now is the perfect time of year to get gorgeous nature shots full of fall colors. The color scheme is consistent with every photo because I’m using the preset I created.
I’m going to take you step by step through my process to creating this preset so you can have your own fall IG theme!
The first thing you need to do is download the VSCO app on your phone. Like I mentioned earlier, it’s free to download, so you don’t need to worry about spending any money.
Once you’re in the app, you need to upload the photos you plan on posting to your Instagram. It’s much easier and goes a lot faster if you upload multiple photos, that way you can quickly edit them and your content is planned in advance.
On the bottom of the screen are 4 icons. Click on the 3rd icon (going from left to right) and it will say studio at the top. This is where all your uploaded photos will be and where you will go to add new photos.
Click the add button (+) on the top right of the screen to upload your photos. Scroll through your phone’s photo gallery to pick the photos you would like to upload. Once you’ve selected all the photos you want to upload, you will click import at the bottom of your screen.
It may take some time to upload your photos, depending on how many you’ve selected, but once they are finished you will see theme on your screen. To edit a photo and create your preset, tap on a photo. Your photo will be highlighted with a box around it. When you’ve selected a photo, the bottom of the screen will show 4 new icons:
Click the second icon to start editing your photo. On default you’ll see all the available filters. The free ones are:
There are a lot more filters available, but they are locked and can only be accessed if you upgrade to VSCO X. The filter we’re going to be using to create the fall themed preset is M5.
Select M5 and you’ll see that your picture has changed. Don’t worry, it’s not going to stay this way because we are going to continue editing the photo. There are still going to be 4 icons at the bottom of your screen and only the second icon is the same as shown above. You’ll click on this again to continue editing your photo.
When you’ve clicked on the edit button, you’ll see exposure, contrast, adjust, sharpen, clarity, etc show up on your screen. This is where we are going to edit the photo to create a preset. VCSO allows you to save one preset for free, but to create and save more you’ll have to upgrade.
Exposure, Saturation, and Fade are easy to find and adjust, but to find the temperature, you’ll have to click on White Balance. This will show the temperature and the tint levels. ONLY adjust the temperature to negative 3. Don’t change the tint. When you’ve changed all the settings, your photo should now have the fall preset.
To save your preset, click the fourth icon on the bottom of the screen. It will save this as a “recipe” so you can easily edit the next photo by using the recipe, or the preset you created without needing to go back through all the steps again.
To access your recipe or your preset the next time you want to edit a photo, you’ll select your photo, click edit, and then click the third icon on the bottom of the screen. You’ll see your saved recipe and all you have to do it click on it to apply it to your current photo. Then you’ll hit save and voila!
It’s actually much easier to do than you would think and once you know how to navigate the app and edit photos, it’s extremely easy. Another awesome thing about VSCO is that you can purchase presets to use on your photos without having to create them yourself. This is great for those who don’t know how to edit photos on their own and just want an easy preset to use without putting in any extra work.
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