Shoot, Edit and Share From Your Iphone (Part 2)

7/26/2012 3:22:54 PM

Edit! Enhance your shots using the Photoshop Express app

Step 7 - Download the app

Download the free Photoshop Express app from the App Store then access it from the Home screen. Load your photo by tapping on Select Photo and choose the shot from your albums. Now tap the pencil icon at the bottom to go to the editing screen.

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Step 8 - Tidy the composition

The first icon at the top has options for Crop, Straighten, Rotate or Flip. They work in similar ways – move your fingers to adjust then press OK. To cut into the photo, tap Crop, then drag the corners of the box. Tap the lock icon for a set size, then tap OK.

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Step 9 - Adjust the exposure

The second icon has an option for Exposure, which lets you brighten up the image or tone down any harsh highlights. Simply slide your finger to the right to increase the exposure or the left to decrease it until you are happy with the balance.

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Step 10 - Sharpen up

Under the third icon is the option to Sharpen. This is helpful if your image needs a bit more definition. As with Exposure, just swipe to the right to increase. Don’t take this too far, though, as it can result is an over-processed look. Tap OK when you’re done.

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Step 11 - Add effects

The last icon has options for Effects and Borders. A row of thumbnails appear at the top which you can swipe through with your finger. Tap on a thumbnail to preview how it will change your photo then tap OK to apply, or Cancel if you’ve changed your mind.

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Step 12 - Save your photo

When you’re happy, tap the envelope icon to save to your Camera Roll. You can then import this edited photo into another program to share, or simply select the photo in this app, tap the arrow in a box icon and share to, Facebook or Twitter.

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Step 12

Edit using the in-built Photos app

You don’t need to download another app to be able to enhance your iPhone shots, as you can use the Photos app that comes with your device. Just select an image from the Photos app and tap Edit to begin.

Step 1 – rotate

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Step 1 - Rotate

To turn an image around to a different orientation, you just need to tap the arrow icon. It will rotate the photo 90 degrees anticlockwise with each tap.

Step 2 - auto enhance

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Step 2 - Auto enhance

Apple has kept things simple by including a one-tap button to improve things like brightness and contrast. Just tap the wand icon to switch on auto enhance.

Step 3 – crop

To cut into your shot, press the last icon on the right and move the edges of the box with your fingers. Tap Constrain to set dimensions, then tap Crop.

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Step 3 - Crop

Share! Use instagram to share to multiple sources at once

Step 13 - Set up an account

Download the instagram app from the App Store then tap on the icon on your Home screen. You will need to set up an account by using an existing email address and then creating a username and password – just follow the on-screen instructions.

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Step 14 - Add friends

Now add friends to share your photos with. Go to the profile icon (far right) and select ‘Find friends’. You can search your contacts, connect to Facebook and Twitter, or search for their name. When you find a person to share with, tap Follow next to their name.

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Step 15 - Upload a photo

Now you need to upload your image. Tap the centre camera icon and either take a shot here, or tap the two squares bottom-left to go to your albums. Select your photo, move and scale, then tap Choose. You can now add filters if you want to.

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Step 16 - Assess the options

The next screen lets you add a caption and location, and shows your sharing options. Once you’ve configured Instagram to work alongside each app (see step 17) just move the sliders to On or Off to share this photo on them as well.

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Step 17 - Configure

If an app isn’t configured, it will say Configure next to it. Tap here and you will be taken to a new screen where you’ll need to enter your login details for that program. Do this for each, you will have the option to share to Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Tumblr and more.

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Step 18 - Share

When you’ve configured and switched on the apps you want to share to, tap Done. Your photo will now appear in the Feed (bottom left icon), and it will also be posted to any app you had selected. People can now comment on or ‘Like’ your photo.

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3 of the best alternative apps for sharing shots

Flickr (Free)

Description: Flickr


You can upload iPhone shots straight to this well-used sharing service via the app, and it syncs them automatically to the main site. You can set privacy levels, tag and organise photos

Snapr (Free)

Description: Snapr


Snapr is location-based, letting you browse all the uploads from a certain place, or see your friend’s photos plotted on a map. You can also link to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Foursquare.


Description: Streamzoo


Add a competitive edge to your sharing, as Streamzoo allows you to earn points and badges for various uploads and interactions. There’s also integration with Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.

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