For particular power users of Instagram, it’s not uncommon to flip between multiple editing apps before uploading and sharing photos with the community. But the latest app update for iOS and Android, available Tuesday, will help those users stay in one place by offering 10 new editing tools that tweak the color and composition of photos.
The new tools found within Instagram 6.0 include “Adjust,” which automatically crops and straightens a photo, and varying color and contrast tools to adjust the overall look. Each tool’s strength and saturation is controled by a slider, so users can adjust very finely for the look that they want. In addition to editing photos, there is also a new “Filter Strength” tool, which incorporates a slider to adjust the intensity of any of Instagram’s preset features and now houses the “photo frame” option. Before the final share, users can toggle between the “Before” and “After” by tapping the photo.
Check it out in the video below:
The new tools are practical and straightforward enough to be regularly employed by the average Instagram user, especially when it means avoiding the hassle of using two or more apps. However, popular Instagram editing trends like circle photo crops or the opportunity to create multi-photo collages have yet to make it onto the platform, meaning that the app has yet to become a singular stop for all editing needs.
This is Instagram’s biggest update since the release of Instagram 5.0 — which included Instagram Direct, a feature that lets users send photos and videos to a private group – late last year. The company reported breaking the 200 million user mark in March, noting a steady growth of roughly 50 million users in just the previous six months. There has also been significant exploration into the world of native advertising, as the company seeks to open up a steady revenue stream.