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How to add effects to your photos on your iPhone?

Apple products are known for their exceptional quality, we all know that iPhones are known for their exceptional camera quality. They have top-quality cameras made by Sony and they have great picture quality. We can make the photos taken on iPhone more appealing by adding some effects to it. We can do it either by using the edit options present in the camera roll or by downloading some third-party application from the App store.

We can also edit photos that are sent over the messages using the camera roll option in the message application. There is an option of taking live photos using the iPhone camera and we can add effects to them also. Let us see some of the effects and what kind of changes they bring when we apply them to the photos. We can also see the editing options for the videos too.

Selecting the photos on iPhone for the editing effects

  • When we click pictures using the iPhone camera they will be available in the gallery.
  • Select the photo you want to edit and click on the “Edit” option present in the top-right corner of your screen.
  • You will be presented with different kinds of editing tools to improve color and light, adjustment, and filters.
  • You can also see the features to flip or tilt the photos.

The first editing option is an automatic one, if we click on that the algorithm automatically adjusts itself by adding some effects and presents you with an edited photo after adding some effects on it. I do not recommend the automatic one, since it does not really edit the photo how you want, so try doing it by yourself to get better results.

How to add effects to your photos on your iPhone
How to add effects to your photos on your iPhone?

Adjust the color and light of the photos and effects on iPhone

  1. In the gallery, select the photo or video you want to edit.
  2. After tapping on the edit button, we can see some basic effects to change the light and color of the image.
  3. The options to change color and light include Exposure, Brilliance, Highlights, Shadows, Contrast, Black points, Saturation, Vibrance, Warmth, Tint, Sharpness, Definition, Noise Reduction, and Vignette.
  4. All these features come with a slider starting from Zero and ending with Hundred, adjust the slider as you please and edit the photos.
  5. Move the slider to adjust the effect. If you want to see the changes between the original and edited photo, just long press on the photo to get the original photo without any edits and compare the two.

Do not forget to click on done to save the changes, if you wish to discard the changes, tap Cancel and then discard the changes.

Crop, Rotate, or Flip a Photo

In the editing options, you can see all these options too. Just tap on the crop options to get these effects.

  1. The first thing we can do is to crop manually and drag the corners of the rectangle box present around the photo.
  2. If you wish to have a standard ratio for your photo, you will have some screen ratios like 1:1, 16:9, 4:3, etc.
  3. You will also have some standard figures like squares, rectangles, etc. If we select any of them the pictures will get cropped out like that.
  4. The photo can be rotated by using the icon present at the top-right corner of the screen. It will rotate the photo by 90 degrees.
  5. To flip the photo, tap on the flip icon present at the top-left of the screen adjacent to the rotate icon. The photo gets flipped horizontally.

Do not forget to click on done to save the changes, if you wish to discard the changes, tap Cancel and then discard the changes.

Straighten or Adjust Perspective

Some photos require some adjustments when it comes to straightening or tilting. They need to be changed to get a better photo and view.

  1. If we swipe left under the cropping options, we can see effects like Straighten, Vertical, Horizontal, and Skew.
  2. All these effects come with a slider below them, tap on the effect you want.
  3. The slider shows the level of adjustment you are making on the photo, drag the slider to adjust the precise effect on the photo.
  4. Tap the toggle button to compare or switch between the original and the edited photo.
  5. Click on done to save the changes, and Cancel to undo the effects edited on the photo, this will discard the changes.

Apply Filter Effects on photos on iPhone.

  1. Tap on the edit button, you will see three overlapping circles icon, which indicates the filters.
  2. The filters present in the iPhone are Original, Vivid, Vivid Warm, Vivid Cool, Dramatic, Dramatic Warm, Dramatic Cool, Monochromatic, Silvertone, and Noir.
  3. These filters also have a slider below them, indicating the strength from Zero to Hundred, change the strength to adjust the filter.
  4. To compare the edited photo with the original, tap and hold the photo to see the original and compare them both.
  5. Click on done to save the changes, and Cancel to undo the effects edited on the photo, this will discard the changes.

Write or Draw on the Photo

We can write or draw on the photos to mark any important portions of the photo. To add some text to the photo while sending it to other people.

  1. In the Edit options, you can see a marker symbol, click on it and you will see different writing and coloring options.
  2. Select the marker, write on the photo, and tap on the plus sign to magnify the photo.
  3. We can write or add a caption, text, shape, or signature. We can also adjust the thickness of the marker.

Do not forget to click on done to save the changes, if you wish to discard the changes, tap Cancel and then discard the changes.

Read Also: How to Change the Default Camera Settings on Your iPhone?

Revert or Undo the effects

After completing the editing, if ever you wish to get back the original picture you can use the revert option to remove all the effects and get the photo back.

  1. Open the edited image from the gallery.
  2. Click on the Edit in the top-right corner of the screen.
  3. Tap on Revert to undo the effects applied to the photo.

This will get your original photo back and save it to the gallery.

Adding the effects to the live photos

Live photos are a special kind of photo that gives life to the photos. A normal picture is a still photo whereas a live photo captures a 3-second movement of the image. It just adds the situation to the photo by capturing the photo from 1.5 seconds before you press the camera button to 1,5 seconds after the photo is clicked. It also captures the audio and video of the 3-second footage. We can observe these details when we play it back. We can also edit these live photos and add effects like bounce and loop. We can trim them, mute the audio or change the key photo.

  1. Go to the live photos and select a photo you wish to edit. Tap on the edit button.
  2. To select a key photo, move the white frame on the frame viewer, select a part of the live photo, and tap on “Make Key Photo” and done.
  3. To trim a live photo, move either end of the frame viewer and edit the part you want.
  4. To make a still photo from a live photo, click on turn off the live photo feature at the top of the screen to get the still of its key photo.
  5. To mute the audio, click on the Mute button at the top of the screen.
  6. To add effects like Loop (repeats the action like a Boomerang), Bounce (This effect rewinds the movement forward and backward), and Long Exposure (It stimulates a blurring motion like a DSLR camera) swipe up on the screen after opening the Live photo.

If you wish to add effects to your photos while you are sending them over the message application, tap on the camera icon present beside the text area on the keyboard. All these edit options will be available there, just as mentioned above make the desired changes and send them.

We can also use third-party editing apps like Adobe Photoshop, Snapseed, Adobe Fix, LensLight, etc. They offer a wide and varied range of effects to your photos and videos. Just make sure you are downloading these from the app store or else you might be vulnerable to external software since you have to give access to those apps to your gallery. Some apps also offer premium services with even more effects. For more iPhone tips and tricks. Search BasicKnowledgeHub.

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