Here's the secret when it comes to Instagram and the aesthetics of my art feed. Wait for it...
Okay, it's PicsArt. And Snapseed. And not in that order. I only mentioned PicsArt first because it's the application I use to add a solid background and drop shadow to the images of my artwork which has been highly requested information from Instagram users. But, to be honest, the secret lies within the Snapseed app as to how I get my images looking so clean around the edges. It's the crop tool. There, I said it. Crazy right?
On a serious note, I realize that a million applications can crop an image including PicsArt, but that's not the only thing I do to prepare my images. I have to correct the image first. Although phone cameras today take extremely beautiful photos, the accuracy of exposure, colors, contrast, shadows, highlights, etc. in a picture
almost always tend to differ from the actual tangible item that you are photographing. With that said, I use Snapseed as my editing tool to correct these specific attributes to best reflect what I am seeing. That way, there is no misrepresentation of my art. This is especially important if you are selling online and people are relying on only photos to make decisions on whether to invest in your art.
So, after I correct my image, I crop it to size. Now it's ready to be imported into PicsArt. If you don't have the PicsArt app, please click here for Android users. If you have an iPhone you can download it from the app store. Please click here to view it.
If you have an Instagram account, feel free to watch the IGTV video tutorial I posted to my Instagram feed HERE. Alternatively, I have included instructions below:
Instructions for PicsArt:
1. Choose the Plus symbol to add (bottom center of the app).
2. Scroll to Drawings.
3. Choose Pick Canvas.
4. Choose the size of your canvas from the menu at the top. The ones I would recommend for Instagram posts would be 2560 x 2560 or the 3246 x 2448. A rotating symbol should appear when you tap/select the canvas. Rotate the 4:3 to 3:4 so it is portrait to accommodate your image.
5. Tap the arrow at the top right-hand corner of the app to move to the next screen. My arrow points right and is white on a dark pink background.
6. Tap the next arrow you see at the top right-hand corner of your screen (this time the arrow is black on a white background). When you do this, a message will appear. Choose Edit Image. This will take you to the final screen.
7. Once here, you should see the main menu at the bottom of your screen.
8. Scroll to Add photo. Select the photo of your choice and click on Add at the top right-hand corner of the screen. The app will insert it on the canvas for you.
9. Resize the image to your desired size. (there are guidelines to help you center your image).
10. While the image is still selected choose Shadow on the menu.
11. From the Shadow menu, I chose Position first and moved both the horizontal and vertical sliders down to around 8 and 7 (but this is a personal preference). Once finished, I go to the Adjust option to decrease the opacity to around 50. You can also change the color of the shadow to gray, but I leave it on black.
12. Once complete, tap/select the Apply button.
13. Finally, select the Next button (top right-hand corner of the screen) and press save to download or add to your photo gallery.
Once finished, you should have an image that looks like this depending on what type of background you chose in PicsArt:
Well, I hope this was helpful. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment. Also, this work of art, titled "Stepping Stones", is available on my website under Shop/Original Art. For the latest updates, follow me on Instagram. Happy Friday, and have a great weekend!