How to Use En­light Like a Pro

iPhone Life Magazine - - iPhone LIfe - BY RHEANNE TAY­LOR

Ihave 19 photo-edit­ing apps and count­ing on my iPhone. I ad­mit, that num­ber is a bit ex­ces­sive. Of all those apps, En­light con­tin­ues to be one of my fa­vorites. Along with all the ba­sics, it of­fers a ton of cre­ative tools to help you have more fun with your pho­tos. To top it off, En­light of­fers tu­to­ri­als ev­ery Tues­day on its blog, which is where I've learned many of my fa­vorite tech­niques that I'll be sharing with you here.

Cre­ate Vin­tage Pho­to­graphs

Although En­light of­fers a va­ri­ety of film fil­ters to help you recre­ate those vin­tage looks you know and love, you can take that idea a step fur­ther and make the ed­its man­u­ally, giv­ing you greater con­trol over the out­come of the image. To do this, open your photo within En­light and nav­i­gate to Fil­ters > Ana­log > Tools. From here, you can make a va­ri­ety of spe­cial­ized ad­just­ments to your photo. I rec­om­mend start­ing with the Ba­sic op­tion, which al­lows you to raise the Bright­ness and Con­trast to cre­ate that washed out look char­ac­ter­is­tic of vin­tage pho­tos. Next, tap Film and ad­just the set­tings to your lik­ing. Try us­ing Darks Hue to give your photo a red­dish tint, and ad­just­ing Fade and Grain to make the image look more dated. From the Tools tab, you can also se­lect Light Leak and Bor­der to add unique leaks and bor­ders to your image. If all of these steps sound too ex­haust­ing, you can al­ways just tap Fil­ters > Ana­log and choose from En­light's se­lec­tion of beau­ti­ful fil­ters.

Turn Your Pho­tos into Ab­stract Art

This ab­stract ef­fect of­fers a su­per easy way to turn your out­door shots into some­thing new and in­trigu­ing. To cre­ate this ef­fect, sim­ply se­lect your photo within the En­light app and then se­lect Can­vas > Crop > Fixed Ra­tio and se­lect the 1:1 ra­tio (note: land­scape shots work best). Then tap the check­mark and nav­i­gate to Tools > Mixer. Now, se­lect the ex­act same photo again. Ro­tate the photo, place it in the cen­ter, re­size it to be slightly smaller, and then flat­ten the image by se­lect­ing the down­ward fac­ing ar­row in the bot­tom right corner. Re­peat this process over and over again, ro­tat­ing the photo a dif­fer­ent way each time. Once you are sat­is­fied, go to Fil­ters > Duo to re­ally make the image stand out!

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