Instagram and Facebook: Filtered or unfiltered?


If you use Facebook but haven’t yet joined the 35 million-odd ranks of Instagram users then you may be in for a rough time. Instagram has passed into the arms of Facebook, meaning that there will likely soon be a host of new filters available for Facebook image posts. Whether Facebook opts to keep the Instagram-created names of these effects or not, they will likely remain unchanged on a purely visual level. But how will you tell your sepia from your high-contrast without any Instagram experience?

The Atlantic has compiled a guide to Instagram’s filters that will be supremely useful when the time comes to decipher what on earth those new image options on Facebook are. How you choose to use these options, when they become available, is up to you.

Effect: Also known as “no filter” (or, more popularly, #nofilter), this is Instagram at its purest: filter-free

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Effect: Warm, saturated tones with an emphasis on aquas and greens

Effect: Faded, blurred colors, with an emphasis on yellow and beige

Effect: Dreamy, ever-so-slightly blurry, with saturated yellows and greens

Effect: Sepia-like, with an emphasis on purples and browns

Effect: High exposure, with corner vignetting

Effect: Low-key, with an emphasis on grays and greens

Effect: True-to-life contrast, with slightly gray and brown overtones

Effect: Black-and-white, high-contrast

Effect: Washed-out color with bluish overtones

Effect: Fuzziness, with an emphasis on yellow and golden tones

Effect: Sharp images with a magenta-meets-purple tint, framed by a distinctive film-strip-esque border

Effect: Gloria Gaynor-level ’70s flair

Lord Kelvin
Effect: Super-saturated, supremely retro photos with a distinctive scratchy border

Source: The Atlantic


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