I’ve finally went and pulled a bunch of Instagrams off my phone. It’s always a bit of fun looking at them in full resolution and not as a 2 x 2 inch square. Truthfully, I never thought I’d like Instagram. Convenience won out in the end though. More to come in the next few days.
P.S. I realize I can just post photos straight to Tumblr through Instagram, but this method insures that I actually show up and write something.
Instagram is a hugely successful iPhone App. If you own an iPhone, you probably have it or a similar app like Hipstamatic. Either option combines the instant satisfaction of Polariods with the look and feel of a Holga camera.
Not everyone owns an iPod though. However, if you do have a camera and access to Photoshop you can “instagram” your own photos. It’s a much lengthier process, but you will have the added benefit of more control over the results. In the following tutorial, I will take a photograph of mine and “instagram” it. While Instagram allows you to choose filters for varying looks, I will only be demonstrating one process. You should be able to modify these basic concepts to achieve whatever look you like though. A quick note. Photoshop is a wonderfully complex tool and many of these steps can be achieved in any number of ways. I make no claims about doing this the “right” way. Many of these steps have also been simplified to make the process more accessible.
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