Last week, I showed you around VSCO. However, I didn’t show you how I actually edit my photos! I didn’t want to bore you and show you too much in one session, but this week I am back and I hope you are ready to learn! So, first thing is first: import your photo. I’m going to use the photo I took while writing the blog about  how to take iPhone photos, shown below.


Above is the original photo that I took with you in the blog called “How to Take Photos with Your iPhone”. Now, let me show you how I edit my photos with VSCO.

First, select the photo. It will be outlined in yellow when you do. then, at the bottom, press the “edit” button, the one with two sliders. Now you will see your photo and at the bottom will be different presets. Go through these and decide which you like the most. Personally, I like T1, but remember that you can buy other presets as well if you wish (although I’ve never felt the need to buy them). I like to choose a preset before editing. For me, it’s easier to choose and preset, then mess with the parts that I don’t like after. For this photo, I feel that both a color and black and white photo would look nice, so I’ll do both.


Now that you’ve chosen a preset, you can adjust the photo more specifically, like I mentioned in the last paragraph. There are many symbols, so let me explain what them from left to right.

First, there’s exposure. This is represented by a little sun. Typically, I like to increase the exposure in my photos. This brightens them up and makes them a bit clearer to see anyway.


Next, there’s contrast. The easiest way for me to explain contrast is that it makes the dark parts of the photo darker and the light parts of the photo lighter.


The third is a straightening feature. This is really helpful when editing my photos because I frequently take photos in a hurry. Sometimes they are a bit crooked, so this feature has saved me multiple times.

Horizontal/Vertical Perspective are two features on VSCO, but they are very similar. This changes the angle or perspective on the photos. This is also similar to straightening. It can help fix your photo!

Cropping your photos is somewhat common. This happens most frequently for me when I decide to upload a photo to Instagram, since their photos must be square.

Clarity (not sure how to explain this)

I personally don’t like sharpening my photos.

Saturation is when you add more color to the photo.


The setting highlights save is when it adjusts the highlights. It brings the highlights down so it’s closer to the rest of the photo.

Shadows save is similar. It brings up the lighting on the shadows.

The temperature is the coloring of the photo. It adjusts the amount of blue or yellow in the photo.


The tint is similar, except it adjusts the green and purple colors in the photo.

While nobody is in the photo, I’ll explain skin tone. This is pretty self explanatory. It adjust the skin tone to make it more yellow or red. So, if you have a red face, this makes it more balanced.

Vignette mostly affects the outside of your photo. It makes the outer area of your photo darker. I like this because it helps focus on your center of the photo.

I don’t like grain. It makes your photo look less clear and pixilated.

Fade is the same as vignetter, but it makes the outer area of your photos lighter instead of darker.

The shadows and highlights tint puts the color of your choice into the highlights of shadows of your photo.


That’s it! I really like VSCO. Some of its features I don’t use frequently because they’re not what I’m looking for in a photo, but they’re fun to mess around and play with. I recommend that you check them out! Finally, here are the final photos. I hope you like them. I can’t wait until next week, when I show you another app I like, Snapseed by Google! See you then!



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