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My (Current) Top 3 Photo-Editing Apps

It’s no secret that we live in a very visual era, where sharing even life’s smallest moments through pictures has become common practice by almost anyone who’s active on social.

Twitter’s late-2012 split with Instagram was termed “the biggest social breakup of 2012”. You can read the full story here, if you’d like a refresher. The buzz around the Twitter-Instagram breakup illustrates how closely linked social media and photo-sharing are today. You may have noticed, as well, Facebook’s recent News Feed redesign, designed to bring visual content front and center.

Want to dress up the images you share on the social web? Here are my three favorite photo-editing apps (aside from the ever-popular Instagram, of course); and be sure to check out my Insta feed for a special behind-the-scenes look at my life.

1. Pic Stitch (free)
Pic Stitch bills itself as the No. 1 collage app – and once you’ve started using it, you can see why it’s so popular. The app pulls images from your photo album or your Facebook account to make collages. The collage images it produces can then be exported to Facebook, shared on Instagram, emailed to friends and family, or even printed at a Walgreens store near you.

Pic Stitch is a great way to repurpose images you’ve already saved on your phone or tablet. It’s also perfect for summarizing an event in a visual way, like I did here with last weekend’s Outside Lands Music Festival here in San Francisco:

picstitch

2. Vintique ($0.99)

Unlike the other two apps on this list, Vintique has a price tag. But at 99 cents, it’s a steal (assuming you like applying filters to your images, that is).

Vintique, as its name hints, is chock-full of “vintage” photo filters. The filter options in Vintique put Instagram to shame: there are more than 50 available, in addition to tweaks like color temperature and hue.

If sharing normal, unfiltered images has gotten too blah – or if you really want to make it look like you live in the late 1800s – Vintique can definitely help.

vintique

3. Overgram (free)
Putting text on images is cool, right? Yes, it is. Especially if you like sharing inspirational content on your website, blog, or social networks.

Here’s an example I made in Overgram – which makes inserting text a snap – in just a few minutes (if you’re an indecisive perfectionist like more, or a few seconds if you know exactly what you want):

overgram

The basic app is free; upgrading to the paid version adds fonts and removes the “Overgram” watermark in the bottom-right corner. Depending on how often you like to share text-optimized images, it may be a worthwhile purchase.

These are my current favorite “pics”; which photo-editing apps do you like?

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How To Add Instagram Images to WordPress

We live in a visual era where people are driven by photos. Majority of marketers understand that photos can make or break a marketing campaign. Case in point, two of the fastest growing social networks today are Pinterest and Instagram, both of which thrive off of the concept of sharing images. Instagram’s growing popularity has made it one of the must-have apps for iOS and Android phones. However, until recently users were not able to embed their Instagram photos into blog posts. Well fret no more savvy social picture enthusiasts because WordPress recently announced that you can now embed your carefully filtered and curated images directly into your blog! Talk about great timing too because just yesterday Entrepreneur magazine announced the top five ways in which Instagram can boost your marketing plan.

Now for the how-to, first what you need to know is that this works best with images you have tweeted out because you need to access the image URL. For anyone familiar with Instagram, you know that it is a strictly phone based app, with very little web presence. So even if you go to intagram.com, and log in to your account, you can not access your photo stream. So, from your Twitter profile page you can see your most recent images, including the ones you shared via Instagram.

Most recent images in Twitter feed.

Next, select the image you wish to embed into your blog post. Your view will now look like the one below.

Image preview in Twitter browser.

Please note you do not want to use the Twitter URL that appears at the top of your web browser — this URL will direct you to Twitter, and not Instagram. Instead you want to click on the photo, and your picture will open in a new window or tab. See the below image;, this URL will now link back to Instagram.

This is the Instagram URL needed to embed the image into WordPress blog post.

Take this URL and copy it into your blog post where you want the Instagram image to appear. Remember to make sure that the URL is on its own line within the post.

Instagram URL inserted into blog post.

I would now highly advise that you click to “Save Draft”. Then hit “Preview”, the image will now appear in you blog post as shown below.

Instagram image embedded into published blog post (on “preview” mode).

If for any reason the image is NOT showing in your “Preview mode” view, and you only see the Instagram URL there (like in the below image), don’t fret because not all hope is lost!

Only URL showing in “Preview mode”, NOT the Instagram image.

You will simply then need to go back to your draft blog post. First, delete the URL from the “Visual” view. Then (while still in draft mode) change your WordPress screen view from “Visual” to “Text” (reference image below).

Switching draft view of your blog post.

Once you are in “Text” view mode, then add the Instagram URL where you wan the image to appear in your blog post. Remember the URL must still be on its own line (as shown above). Again, you will need to “Save Draft” and then press “Preview”. Your image will now appear directly embedded into your blog post “Preview mode” view (as you can clearly see below).

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Oh, and that’s me and Mona (most talented little show dog there ever was)!

Any questions? Or need more clarification? Comment below, and I will get back to you.