Emma Lord
April 08, 2015 10:44 am

Honesty hour: If I had back all the minutes of my life that I spent looking for the perfect filter on Instagram, I probably could have built a boat and rowed into the actual sunset I was taking the picture of. Alas, #noregrets, because getting your filter game on fleek is one of the most satisfying feelings in the world. Filter indecision will feel like even more of a worthy challenge now that Instagram is launching new filters and fade features, effective in the next few days. Basically you have 48-72 hours to go take as many pictures of food and cute things and skylines to prepare, so GET CRACKING EVERYONE.

The new filters Instagram is launching go a step beyond the ones already on the app, because instead of changing the picture as a whole, it lets you manipulate certain colors in the frame to get the balance to your liking. In the example they posted of the new feature, they shared how you might, for instance, alter a picture of a sunset to make the colors in the picture as prominent as they looked in real life. 

They are also rolling out a new “fade” feature, which will give photos a vintage, nostalgic feel. I can think of no better time like the present to use this as an excuse to take pictures of tea cups with reckless abandon.

But wait — that’s not all! Along with the new editing features, Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, is taking a page out of its predecessor’s book on notifications. Now you can use an optional setting that allows you to choose to get notifications every time the specific Instagrammers you love most make a post on the app, so you never miss one of their updates. Basically that means you can more easily stalk all your besties (and that I don’t have to feel disappointment every time I load Taylor Swift’s page and see that there aren’t any updates yet).

The updates are already available on Android, and should be available on iOS in the next few days, so I expect to see some top-notch quality faded sunsets on my dash as soon as possible. Go forth and Instagram.

(Images from here.)

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