How I Edit My Instagram Photos for a Minimal, Desaturated Feed

Let’s admit it: Instagram is all the rage.

I personally love Instagram because it allows me to curate my own personal brand and aesthetic. (Check it out below and follow me here!)

I like to edit my photos in a very specific way, and frequently get questions about how I edit my photos. Keep in mind: I spend quite a lot of time on editing my photos because I want them to represent my own unique style. (In other words: I realize not everyone edits a photo to the extent I do!)

Nevertheless, I’m very open to sharing my creative process with you all and letting you into my little world of Instagram photo editing.

How I Edit My Instagram Photos for a Minimal, Desaturated Feed

1. Make Basic Edits

Not every picture is perfectly framed/cropped when it’s shot, so I like to start my editing process off by making some basic edits. I use my iPhone for this step.

Before Basic Edits

How I Edit Instagram Photos

The image you see above is a photo I received from a photographer. It was shot on a DSLR camera, and sent to me via Dropbox.

I love this photo, but don’t like some of the tones in the background (which I will fix later), and I also don’t like the parked cars, either.

To fix this, I will use my iPhone to make some basic edits (cropping, straightening.)

After Basic Edits

How I Edit Instagram Photos

2. Desaturate Harsh Tones

This step is crucial in my photo-editing process. I like my photos to have a monochromatic, neutral feel, but sometimes; the surroundings aren’t always perfect.

No worries! That’s what Photoshop is for 😊

I learned how to desaturate my photos from one of my favorite bloggers, Fashionlush. She has an awesome post up about how she desaturates her photos, which includes a follow-through YouTube video. Instead of trying to recreate the tutorial, I decided it would probably be best to link you to hers! (Click here to see how to desaturate photos in Photoshop.)

After Desaturating

How I Edit Instagram Photos

As you can see, I took out some of the green tones from the trees in the background, and also the blue undertones in the street/pavement. The end result is a more cohesive and less busy photo.

3. Apply Filters and Add Finishing Touches

The last things I like to do before uploading a photo to my Instagram feed is to apply a filter and make finishing touches.

I like to use VSCO Cam for applying filters to my photos, because it allows me to fine-tune how heavy I want the filter to be. *Secret: My go-to Instagram filter in VSCO Cam is called “S3”

After Filter

It’s in the VSCO Cam that you can also fix things like Contrast, Brightness, Grain, and more. A lot of these settings depend on the photo and personal preference.

And now, it’s time to upload to Instagram!

If you follow these steps, you will be left with a beautiful, desaturated + natural-looking photo.

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram here to keep up with my life (and let me know your Instagram handle in the comments.)

How to Edit Instagram Photos

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  • linee

    Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂
    I tried to maintain a minimalistic Instagram feed for quite some time but gave up 😛
    Def. gonna work on my Instagram asthetic again tho!

    And I totally LOVE VSCO Cam as well 🙂 A must-have for every blogger!
    xo Laura