The Fantastic 5: Picture-Perfecting Adjustments You Can Make On Your Phone

The Fantastic 5: Picture-Perfecting Adjustments You Can Make On Your Phone

Sometimes photos come out less than perfect—a touch blurry, with a weird color tint, too dark, too bright—and it’s tempting to tap that trashcan icon, thereby banishing your images to the cyber dump. But there’s no need to throw the baby (or, rather, slightly imperfect pictures of said baby) out with the bathwater. If you’re armed with the brand new PicMonkey mobile app, you have five powerful photo edits right in your pocket. They’re hanging out under Adjust, waiting for your pointer finger to put them to work. Take a look at each one below, and then start making better pictures wherever you roam.

Brightness

Simple photo edits (like adjusting the brightness of an image) can make a big difference. Learn how to make better pictures on the go with the PicMonkey mobile app.

Adjusting the Brightness slider in the PicMonkey mobile app is kinda like playing with a dimmer switch—it’s easy to make things lighter or darker, and way more fun than you ever thought it’d be. When you tap Brightness, the slider will appear at zero. If your pic is looking a little dark, move it right. If it’s a touch overexposed, slide it left.

Contrast

Simple photo edits (like adjusting the contrast of an image) can make a big difference. Learn how to make better pictures on the go with the PicMonkey mobile app.

Contrast is all about the difference between light and dark elements in your image. When you adjust the contrast of an image, you’re pushing dark tones toward black and light tones toward white, making the difference between them greater.

Adjusting the contrast can help cure images of the blahs—which is why it’s one of four edits you should make to almost every photo. Move the contrast slider to the left to tone it down a bit, and to the right to ramp it up. If you wanna get a good idea of what adjusting the contrast does, apply black and white to your pic and then play with the contrast slider.

Saturation

Simple photo edits (like adjusting the saturation of an image) can make a big difference. Learn how to make better pictures on the go with the PicMonkey mobile app.

Adjusting the saturation of an image can make the colors look extra rich and vivid, or give them more of a subtle, washed-out effect. Swing the Saturation slider all the way to the left to go grey, and swing it to the far right for colors richer than molten lava cake slathered in melted butter.

Temperature

Simple photo edits (like adjusting the temperature of an image) can make a big difference. Learn how to make better pictures on the go with the PicMonkey mobile app.

Conversations about temperature and photography can get a little complicated, with words like “white balance” and “degrees Kelvin” popping up all over the place. Here’s the basic gist: different light sources produce different tints—think of the reddish light of candle flames, and the bluish light from a sunny day outside.

Sometimes these different light sources can make your image feel a little on the warm side or the cool side. If your pic looks a bit off, move the temperature slider to the left to cool it down, or warm things up by sliding it to the right.

Blur

Simple photo edits can make a big difference. Learn how to use the Blur feature of the PicMonkey mobile app and start making better pictures on the go.

Blur is the photo editing equivalent of the people on the tarmac at airports with wands and earmuffs—it tells eyeballs exactly where to go. If your photo has a busy background or you just want to add extra emphasis to your subject, Blur can help by making everything else, well, blurry.

When you tap Blur, the focal target automatically appears on your image and the slider adjusts to 30. Move the focal target to the area you don’t want blurred, and pinch and spread your fingers to adjust its size. Move the slider to the right to make things hazier, and to the left to clear ‘em up.

 

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This article was written by PicMonkey Staff, a multicellular organism of hive-minded sub-parts who just wanna get you the ideas and information you crave, so you can make good pictures and take over the world.