We’ve been hearing for a while now that our customers wanted a new photo editor. It had to be faster, provide more nuanced editing choices (like adjustable filters), and generally be easier to use.
Great news – our new photo editor launched today!
Now when you go to edit a photo, you’ll see the new editor window:
You can choose from the different actions along the bottom based on what you’d like to do with your image.
This is a new editor, and so the options have of course changed, but you will always be able to get the same effect by one or a combination of options. We recommend having a play around to discover a style that you like. If there was a particular filter or style in the old editor that you like, you will be able to re-create it with one or a combination of filters and adjustments in the new editor. Read about how to get an effect similar to ‘fade’ from the old editor here.
The new editor has a ton more filters, and you can adjust how ‘intensely’ they are applied:
If you’re finished editing after one change, you can click “save” in the top right. If you want to make more changes, click the back arrow in the bottom left and then choose the next action you’d like to apply or test. It’s slightly different to the old editor (where you’d click ‘apply’ then ‘save’).
You’ll also find the ability to do frames around the outside, ranging from fancy to just plain bars of adjustable widths:
Finally, you can use the focus option to get a simulated Bokeh effect:
A couple of customers have asked about why there isn’t a ‘resize’ option in the new editor. They’ve told us that they used to use the resize editor to increase the size of an image when they saw a warning saying that it was low resolution.
The bad news is that you were wasting your time resizing the image like that (resizing really only goes one direction: bigger to smaller) – there is no magical way of “adding pixels” where there were none before, and you end up with the same ‘quality’ image regardless.
Let’s look at a quick but extreme example. Here is a picture of some cookies, sized at 200 by 200 pixels (small!):
I’ll put that into the old image editor, and resize it to 1080 by 1080 pixels (Instagram size) – that’s about a 5X increase in size. This is the result, shown full size (1080 pixels):
That’s obviously an extreme example, but as you can see, while the ‘new’ image is 1080 pixels, it certainly doesn’t have any kind of higher image quality than before we resized it. For reference, here’s the original image (which is high resolution) sized at 1080 pixels:
That’s why we always recommend uploading high quality images. We resize them down automatically if that’s required to get them to Instagram’s maximum resolution, but we don’t change the size of lower resolution images (up or down) to maximise the image quality when posted as much as we can.
If you don’t have a high quality image (and can’t get one), then you will just have to “make do”, because no amount of magic will create a higher resolution image from a smaller one. And that’s why there isn’t a ‘resize’ option in the new editor!
Check out the editor, and let us know what you think.