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Learn How to Edit Using Only Your Phone + Create a Cohesive Instagram Feed

Hi loves!

I’m so excited to show you how to create a beautiful, cohesive Instagram feed and edit gorgeous photos just using your phone! Let’s get started!

Apps you’ll need:

  • Lightroom
  • Snapseed
  • Facetune
  • VSCO
  • Snug or Planoly

Are you ready?!


1. Crop the image

Straighten any crooked lines

2. Fix the light!

Time to increase…

  1. The exposure
  2. The contrast
  3. The whites
  4. Now, fix the curve with a nice, subtle ‘S’ shape. This makes the photo POP! The top controls the whites and light tones and the bottom controls the dark tones. Capture2
3. Head over to the color section!
  1. Here, you can play with the color tones that are in the image. I like to reduce some of the orange saturation so the skin tone doesn’t look too saturated.
  2. Next, I increase the luminance just a bit.
  3. Finally, I decrease most of the yellow to fully remove it from the image. Follow it with increasing the luminance on the yellow tones!

Now save the image! Let’s head over to Snapseed.


This is one of the best apps and features three great tools: the Healing brush, the Selective tool and the Expand tool! Let’s see how to use them.

  1. Use the Healing brush to remove any unwanted objects.
  2. Next, use the Selective tool to brighten any spots where you can see dark shadows. This brightens certain areas only, which prevents the whole image from being over exposed! It creates a crisp, white photo. Capture 3
  3. Finally, head over to the Expand tool and you can expand the background. This works best if you’re against a solid colored wall.
    1. If you notice a difference between the expanded area, just use the Healing brush to blend the two together.

Time to save it!

These next steps are just extra but I’ve found that they really makes a difference.


Sometimes, phone photos tend to pixelate our skin which is why I like adding this extra step in!

  1. Use the skin smoother to run over any spots of pixelated skin. Think face, arms, legs, etc.
  2. Using the Details tool, I like to bring out any little details in the photo. I usually use this on clothing details or eyelashes!

Save and move on to VSCO cam.


I like to keep all of my photos looking pretty consistent to create that beautiful, cohesive feed.

  1. To do that, I try to stick to a few of my favorite filters. In this case, I used the A5 filter!
  2. Finally, I use VSCO to sharpen the image and make some final adjustments.

Voila! We’re finally finished and you’ve successfully completed fixing your first phone-edit photo!

The last and final step is to insert it into a planning app to see how it’ll look on your feed. I use Snug or Planoly; both of which let me rearrange the photos to see where they fit best!IMG_1052

If you’d like to see this in action, be sure to watch my Youtube video. And please leave a comment or subscribe if you found it useful!! xo Thank you for your support as always!!!

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  • Reply Adam

    Thank you so much for this! Keep it up with the patiently explained tutorials and don’t get discouraged by no comments on your posts.

    July 16, 2018 at 8:53 am
  • Reply Kevin

    I really enjoyed your blog Thanks for sharing such an informative post.

    September 30, 2019 at 11:10 am
  • Reply Clipping Path Agent

    Its was really nice post! Best of luck for your next post!

    December 21, 2022 at 12:32 pm
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