Having an instagram theme is becoming more and more popular.
It was less than a month ago that I first decided to give sticking to an Instagram theme a go, and gave mine a complete overhaul – which involved deleting all of my old photos, and attempting to stick to one kind of look.
It definitely takes a while to get used to – not being able to just post any ol’ photo you may take… but if you’re pedantic like I am, you’ll have a newfound appreciation for Instagram and might even find yourself scrolling through your feed and feeling deep affection for what you see. (Or is that just me?)
Today I want to share with you the 3 apps that I use to maintain my Instagram theme. In my opinion, or at least for me, these are the only ones you need – they do the job and they do it well.
(Note that I have an iPhone – but there are alternatives for each app.)
The first of these apps I only use on occasion, when deemed necessary. Let me elaborate: for an Instagram theme to work, all of your pictures should be in the same format – you don’t want to have one square picture with a white border, only for your next picture to be rectangle using a white fill in. For example…
See the difference? Both use the same pictures, but the example on the left sticks to the same format: white border, squared photos. Meanwhile the example on the right looks disorganised and messy – which is completely fine for a standard Instagram, but not so much if you’re trying to stick to a theme.
Of course, some photos just look better when they’re not square. Such as a selfie you’ve taken vertically – if you crop it to be square shaped, it’s going to end up being an extreme close up off your face. So to combat this, I use Lidow. It’s a lot easier to show you than to explain, so let me zoom up on that selfie used in the previous examples (it’s not my best, forgive me.)
See how it forms a square using the edge of your photo? It looks much better than just the plain white edges when you’re creating an Instagram theme.
Unlike the last app, I use Rookie Cam with every photo I post onto Instagram. Sometimes I use it to brighten the photo or adjust the contrast (but the next app lets you do this as well so it’s not vital!). I also occasionally will adjust the hue of the photo to work better with the other pictures already uploaded.
It’s really simple to use. And, though I don’t use them personally, Rookie Cam also offers a tonne of fun and pretty filters and other effects.
However, what I mainly use Rookie Cam for is framing my pictures:
There are a lot to choose from. I personally just choose the basic, white square frame and don’t change any of the sliders – but have a play around and see what one you like best!
This app is actually ridiculously awesome. It’s all well and good to decide you want an Instagram theme, but it’s a lot harder to maintain it when you can’t picture how all your photos will look together until they’re uploaded – and then there’s a lot of deleting and messing around, and it’s all just too time consuming.
That’s where Unum comes in: it’s absolutely perfect for planning your Instagram feed, and rearranging/making changes where necessary.
Unum connects to your Instagram account, and displays all the photos you already have – and then gives you blank spaces to play around with. As you can see in the example, I’ve put a photo of plates of food (now that was a great morning) on the top left side. I had originally tried it on the right (so it would be the next photo I posted) but found I didn’t like the look of it. You can also pre-write captions, adjust the photo (lighting, colour, effects, etc). There’s also a feature to turn your one photo into a 3-by-3 grid – which I haven’t used and won’t as it doesn’t go with my theme, but some of you may find useful!
Unum also offers analytics, so you can see your top post, best time to post, best hashtags to use, etc – which is super helpful if you’re trying to grow your follower count!
I really hope you found this post useful – I’d love to see photos of your Instagram themes – or just link me to your Instagram!
Have you tried any of these apps?