How To Edit Instagram Posts to Create the Perfect Theme

Everyone edits their Instagram photos. But do you know how to edit Instagram posts?

Often times, people edit their photos to make it match with their feed. This is called a “theme.”

It’s nearly impossible to have a consistent theme and not edit your posts. That is because having a theme means that all photos must have a similar color scheme, brightness, or overall feel. Sounds tricky right?

It’s surprisingly easy to keep up with a good Instagram theme if you know how to. Keep reading to learn how to edit Instagram posts to create the perfect theme in just 5 steps.

What an Instagram theme is and why you should make one

It’s likely that you’ve seen an Instagram account that had some sort of theme going before. An Instagram theme is where all of your posts are visually consistent. Usually, the posts all fit into a specific color scheme, which we will talk about later on.

So…why are Instagram themes so important? Why does it matter that all my posts look the s

Use Instagram filters for a cohesive grid.

ame?

While there are so many factors that go into having a popular Instagram page, your theme actually plays a pretty big role.

In fact, more people are likely to follow you and engage with your account if your account is visually pleasing.

 

It can also be very rewarding to see your posts in a cohesive way.

Your Instagram account tells the world a story about your life, or maybe it represents your business. Either way, you want to present this story in the most aesthetically pleasing way possible.

Check out this article: Picking The Perfect First Instagram Post

How to edit Instagram posts

Any Instagram influencer would agree that you can’t have a good theme without knowing how to edit Instagram posts. Fortunately, it’s pretty easy!

There’s no need to be downloading tons of photo editing apps. While they can be useful, the only things you’ll need in this article are some photos and the Instagram app itself!

By following these 5 easy steps, you’ll be well on your way to having your own perfectly curated Instagram theme.

1. Think about what you want your theme to be

First, Before you start anything, take some time to think about your theme. When people see your account, what words do you want them to think of? What emotions do you want them to feel?

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Use those answers to help you in this process. If you’re still stuck, look to Pinterest or other Instagram accounts for some more inspiration.

While it’s great to look at others for inspiration, remember to not copy others! Stay true to yourself by sticking with a theme that you feel best represents you or your business.

Still unsure of your theme? Check out some of these beautiful Instagram accounts that have amazing themes:

Sample themes:

  • Light and airy with neutral tones (@acaciakersey and @serenaandlily)
Neutral tones @acaciakersey
Neutral tones @acaciakersey
light & airy @serenaandlily
light & airy @serenaandlily
  • Bright, happy, and bubbly with vivid colors (@aurelycerise and @unicornsuperfoods)
vivid colors @unicornsuperfoods
vivid colors @unicornsuperfoods
Bright pops of color @aurelycerise
Bright pops of color @aurelycerise
  • One-color themes (@yellow and @pantone)

    Pink-toned theme @pantone
    Pink-toned theme @pantone
Beautiful use of one color @yellow
Beautiful use of one color @yellow
  • The alternating themes-theme (rupikaur_ and @cerebralmist)

    Alternating with contrasting posts @cerebralmist
    Alternating with contrasting posts @cerebralmist
Alternating between poems and photos @rupikaur_
Alternating between poems and photos @rupikaur_

There are so many more themes to choose from! Take some time looking at other Instagram accounts. You’ll be shocked to see how many different themes are out there!

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2. Pick a color scheme

Once you’ve decided on a theme, it’s time to narrow it down to about 3-4 colors. Think about the colors that are most associated with your theme and stick with it.

For example, a pastel theme may include mint green, light pink, and white. On the other hand, a dark theme might include black, white and grey tones.

Editing your color scheme is quite easy. While it’s suggested to take pictures that already match with your theme, follow this hack to make any photo match your theme:

While editing your photo on the Instagram app, tap the “edit” tab. Scroll across to to the “color” tab. Here, you can change the shadows and highlights into different colors.

Using shadows and highlights
Using shadows and highlights

See, this photo from @cerebralmist now matches a green theme.
The “edit” tab on Instagram will become your best friend when figuring out how to edit an Instagram post. Go ahead and play with the different ways to change your photos on the “edit” tab. By figuring out what each feature can do, you’ll be better equipped when it comes to editing.

A few tips:

  • Brightness can really change the way your photo looks. Adding more shadows makes for a more mysterious, darker theme.
  • The Warmth tab can make give your photos either a cool, icy look or a warm, orange-y look.
  • Saturation can make your photos extremely vivid and bright.
  • Fade can make your photos appear foggy and muted.

3. Don’t like editing? Throw a filter on itThe three most popular Instagram filters are Clarendon, Gingham and Juno.

Knowing how to edit Instagram posts are important for creating a theme, but an easier way is to simply use a filter!

Although there are many ways to edit posts by simply using the “edit” tab, the use of filters can also come in handy. Learning how to edit Instagram posts is very simple if you just want to use filters.

Filters are are used to change the look photo, usually by changing its lighting and colors. They’re great because using filters takes away the work of editing a photo on your own. If you like the look of one particular filter, that could easily be your theme!

Tip: You can change the intensity of any filter. To do that, Just tap on the filter twice and a bar will appear where you can change the intensity.

An easy way to edit your posts to create the perfect theme is by using the same filter throughout all of your posts.

According to a study done by Iconosquare, here are the most popular IG filters, in order:

  • Clarendon
  • Juno
  • Ludwig
  • Lark
  • Gingham
  • Lo-Fi
  • Aden
  • Valencia
  • X-Pro II

An easy way to maintain an Instagram theme is by consistently using the same filters. Which Instagram filter is your favorite?

4. Save posts as drafts

Now, you may have a theme in mind and know how to edit Instagram posts. Before you post them, it’s important to get s visual of what you account will look like before the photos go up.

One of the easiest ways to do this is by saving each post as a draft before the photo goes live.

Here’s how to save a post as a draft. Once you’re done editing, hit the back arrow at the top left corner. Then, tap “save as draft.”

Save posts as drafts
Save posts as drafts

Do this with every post that you want to preview, in the order you want to post them. Now, you’ll be able to see each post before they go live. This gives you a chance to perfect you Instagram theme!

Another method of viewing your photo layout without posting them is by using templates. Check out this article, Why You Should Use Instagram Templates and How To Get Started to learn more.

5. Post your photos

Now, you have everything you need to create a great theme for your Instagram account. The only thing left to do is begin to post your photos!

Have Fun!

Now you know how to edit your Instagram posts to create the perfect theme! What kind of theme are you going to use?

For example, do you want to give out dark, ethereal vibes? Go for black and grey tones with subtle pops of color throughout.

Or, want to emphasize your bubble personality? Edit your photos to make them extra bright and colorful!

Lastly, remember to have fun with your Instagram account! Don’t lose sight of the versatility of Instagram themes. Too often, users will compare their accounts to other accounts. All this does is make for a nasty and negative environment.

Instead, use your new-found editing skills to make a perfect theme that showcases your unique self. Our number one tip: Just have fun!

Found this article helpful? You might also want to check out this article, A Beginners Guide to #Awesome Instagram Photos !

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By Kim

My name is Kim Hanna. I am a college student at Monmouth University. Writing has always been a passion of mine. I like writing about current trends that have to do with social media and fashion.

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