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    Instagram photography

    How to (easily) create a 90s aesthetic filter for your photos

    Hey monamours!

    Today I’ll talk a little bit about the so popular 90s photo filter, that emulate the style of the pictures of that decade. Yes, they were on paper, and yes, they were not great. I remember vividly (who else???) going to the photo shop with my 24 or 32 pics movie roll to get them printed, praying that at least one would’ve come out okayish. The struggle! hahahaha 😅💖😅💖

    New on the shop:

    However, like everything in this life that has to do with aesthetics, the nostalgia of this look is back, and many people, myself included, are loving 90’s style photography again, no matter how grainy, low resolution or distorted.

    Why use a 90s style filter in photos?

    Here’s what I think. We get a little tired of consuming aesthetic perfection. It’s overwhelming. And retro style photos feel more real life.

    For me, when I see a photo with those flaws – lack of focus, grain, not aligned or ordered, it evokes reality so much, that this connection with the emotion of the moment speaks louder. Feels like the image has more soul.

    And as we have a high tendency to romanticize everything from the past, photos that imitate the 90s visuals have this feeling of purity. As if what happened in the past was so much more simple, true, easy… and COOL! Sweet illusion! hehe

    How I do 90s effect on my photos

    I know that there are a million apps that make 90s style photos, some paid, some free. And unfortunately it’s hard to find the time to follow all the apps that come up and test everything. I want to keep updated but it’s a huge challenge.

    That being said, here’s 3 options I use and recommend: Polarr, Huji and, of course, my fav of all time: Meitu 💜😍

    Polarr has a paid version that allows you to travel in the filter possibilities, with many options with this 90s analog photo footprint. But the free version has good enough features in my opinion. You can add glitch, grain, blur, and more. I do it like this:

    90s effect on Polarr app


    On Meitu, there’s two main ways I do 90s effect:

    90s photo filter on Meitu app





    But there are several Meitu filters with a 90s feel. Go ahead and give them a try, and see which one works best for each pic 🌺

    I’m very into the blur effect 90’s filter lately, and Meitu has a few options like that!

    The “movie” filters on Meitu look like this sort of. So I suggest decreasing the contrast and adding a heavy vignette to accomplish this look.

    There’s even an option with a date in the corner! Look at this beautiful example below:

    I used the filter VM4 (movie) which is what makes it blurry, and adds the date. Then I used the VF4 to add the effect of the burnt stripe

    Huji app is also big in the 90’s filter app scene.The super stylish date in the corner became the app’s trademark. The downside of Huji is that it only works for photos taken by the app itself. You can’t use Huji to edit photos saved on the camera roll.

    90s filter with Huji app

    A bonus to give an even more vintage look to everything is to add polaroid frames. I made a whole post here about it!

    You can also work with grain, or noise or whatever you call it on your aesthetic edits. There’s also a post about it here on the blog as well, in fact it’s our third most read blog post of all time. If you’re curious to know which are the first ones, I’ll tell you! This one about selfies, and this one about photo editing apps 😉 [update feb. 2020: this post with Instagram Bios tip took over and is the champion right now!]

    Rather edit your pics with Photoshop? Here’s a .psd date file, for you to download and use at will: Download the photoshop pack with the open file and the font 🧚🏽‍♀️✨

    And here is the png, if you want to use that date (my beautiful birthday haha). It looks weird seeing it like this, but overlaying it on photo it fits and it works.

    Looks like this:

    That’s all my babies.
    I miss the nineties 😫😫

    See you tomo!



    Instagram Wallpapers

    The ULTIMATE collection of aesthetic phone wallpapers (iPhone & Android )💕

    Heyy guys!

    This is the official selection of wallpapers I’ve created for the blog. I used to have them in separate posts, you might have noticed the change. I chose to concentrate all my wallpapers here, so it’s easier for you to find them whenever you need.

    There’s collage wallpapers, aesthetic, retro style, cool illustrations, images, cute designs and so much more 💗✨

    To save the image on your phone, just tap and hold for a second, then select the option to save. I hope you guys enjoy these!

    Aesthetic Autumn/Fall wallpapers

    Images from Freepic edited by me

    Aesthetic flower wallpapers

    Images from Unsplash and Pexels, edited by me

    Aesthetic clouds wallpapers

    Images from Unsplash and Pexels, edited by me

    Retro tapestry style

    Original from The MET Museum, digitally enhanced by Rawpixel, edited by me

    Collage phone wallpapers (all by be!)

    Pink tumblr wallpapers (from Pinterest, edited by me)

    Delicate feminine phone wallpapers (all by me!)

    Looking for something you didn’t find? Let me know! 💖💖💖



    Graphic Design Instagram

    How to use the shop themes and have your Instagram feed looking exactly like the theme you got


    Some of you have asked me how exactly are you going to be able to make your insta feeds look like the themes you’ve purchased in our design shop. I know there’s a few questions especially from those who are not used to the graphic design universe yet 😌💖

    To make it easy to explain, I am creating this very straight forward educational post. I will clarify point by point how the repagination of your feed will happen, using the products you purchase at the store.

    So let’s get to it!

    Product: VSCO filter preset + 70 images


    The VSCO filter will be described in an image (like the one above), with the exact configuration that you should do on VSCO to give all your images the same aesthetic as the purchased theme.

    How to use it : Download the VSCO app (it’s free!) and follow the instructions on the image. After you make these edits to the first photo, just click on it, go to the bottom right button on VSCO, and hit ‘copy’. Next, select all the other photos that you want to apply that same filter to, and hit “paste edits”.

    Can I change it? Yes. If you want to make any changes to the filter (for example: the filter is more bluish than you would like, it’s kind of dark for your taste, etc.) just make your own adjustments and, in the same way as I mentioned above, copy the filter and paste into the other photos.

    I also recommend reading my posts on organizing and revamping your feed. To fully understand the importance of editing your photos in a very harmonic way before posting.

    70 images

    In the same product, there’s an image kit with 70 generic (and beautiful) high-resolution photos ready to post.

    How to use it: All you need to do is send the photos from your computer to your phone and post each one when you feel like it. You can plan your feed using an app like Unum or Preview, or if you prefer to use Photoshop, you can get this feed planner template from the store the store that is suitable for that.

    Tip: Combine the pics from the themes with your own. Since you’ll use the VSCO filter you’ve purchased, your images will have the same coloring as the images from the pack.

    With the above product (filter + images), you already have everything you need to have the feed of your dreams. Just use the filter correctly and plan your posts nicely 🙂

    Other cool products to complement your feed:

    Product: Breathers

    Breathers are posts containing phrases or illustrations to use from time to time on your feed. They make your feed look beautiful and harmonious, and help to reinforce your aesthetic.

    How to use them: Just like the 70 image pack, the breathers only need to be downloaded and opened on your computer, and then sent to your phone. You can post them when you prefer.

    Product: Collage kit

    The collage kit comes with 100 items including illustrations, short quotes, cut out photos, “tapes” among other cute little things.

    How to use it: Create your collages using Canva (free app, but on the computer is much better), Photoshop or your favorite image editing program. In the video above you can see how easy it is!

    If you have purchased the first product I mentioned in this post (filter + images), you can apply the filter to any image of yours, and include it on the collage, so that all elements have the same color 😉

    In addition to collages, you can also create minimalist posts with this product. Use a solid background color, or a pretty texture, and position an image form the kit centered 🙂

    Product: Instagram Puzzle feed template

    Puzzle feeds are feeds in mosaic style, with the images of the posts connecting with each other forming a complete design.

    How to use it: Puzzle feed templates can only be edited with Photoshop on the computer. So you need to have some basic knowledge of how to use the program to edit it. If you have this familiarity with ps, it’s a piece of cake: just download your product, open it, and insert your images in the sections corresponding to each post using clipping masks, just like in the video above 🙂

    I think that’s it, guys 🌻🌻

    Let me know if you have any questions! You can write here on the comments so that they can help others as well. Instagram DMs may not be answered because it’s hard to keep up with all the messages there. Safer to write to me here, ok?

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    Fashion Instagram photography

    Creative pose ideas for your outfit of the day pics

    Hey guys! Today’s post goes for all the fashionistas out there. I know you’re so excited to be able to finally go out again and rock your awesome outfit of the day for the whole world to see 💃🏽💖✨

    But first, a cute pic for the gram, of course!

    Here’s a gallery with 70+ ideas to inspire your poses so guys, there are NO excuses to take boring photos anymore, alright? Alright then! 😂

    ps. if you’re looking for more photo inspiration, take a look at this post with poses for couples, family, tumblr style pics, Christmas and photos to take at the beach 💎💗

    Outfit of the day pose ideas




    Breathers: what they are and how to use them on your Instagram feed

    Hey guys! 🌼✨

    By now we’re all pretty familiar with cute instagram posts with illustrations, quotes, nice generic images, or anything that is not an actual photo of ours or a commercial design. So time has come to learn what that type of post is called, and how to correctly use it to up your insta feed game. Shall we? 🙂

    They’re called breathers, and I guess it’s easy to understand why. One of the goals of posts like that are to give the feed some breathing space from all the information that comes from photography.

    Here’s how I used quotes as breathers on my old feed, combining them with other primarily white images that I published on every other post.

    If you haven’t checked my series of 5 posts about creating a pretty and organized Instagram feed, here it is! Go! Go! Go!! 😜💞

    Why should I use breathers on my insta feed?

    Because these areas with less information, as I mentioned above, help to define spaces, organize the design logics and pattern, and bring a general lightness.

    Even in the most polluted feeds, in one way or another, the breather has its function. That’s because a breath photo is not necessarily a minimalist image with a white background. The breather just needs to bring the feeling of simplicity, without excess information, preferably something objective and clear. It also helps the feed breathers to follow some kind of pattern. Example:

    On this feed I used quotes as breathers. Their background is not white, but they follow the color pattern of the design, besides having harmony and simplicity that make the feed look super light.

    How to use breather posts on your feed?

    The breather itself may not make any difference randomly lost in the middle of a feed. For it to have a larger effect, you should create a pattern. In this way, the distribution of the breathers around the grid of posts will help to standardize the whole layout in a way that everything seems more harmonious.

    It’s crazy how, just by using the right breathers, you can make your instagram feed look so much prettier 💗💫



    Graphic Design Instagram

    3 ways to give new life to old travel photos ⛵✨

    Everyday is throwback day during quarantine, I’m I right?

    I’ve been seeing more travel pics on my feed lately than back when people were actually allowed to take trips haha!

    So let’s think of creative ways to post old travel photos and make them special, shall we?

    Here are 3 ideas I came up with. They work for new photos too, of course, and not only from trips, but any other special moment or theme you chose 💖💖

    I love the kodak film strip frames and the retro cool effect it gives to my pics. I’ve even uploaded a tiny pack of them on the store (after so many of you’ve requested it) so you can get this one for yourself right now 🙂

    This is just so easy to create and is guaranteed to impress your followers and get you tons of likes. And what’s more important, it’s a super cute and fun way to show the vibe of your trip. My advice is to pick from 20 to 30 images and set each frame to 0.1 second. I know it’s fast, but it’s supposed to be an exciting summary of your adventure, not a lame slideshow.. haha! I hope you know what I mean…

    Here’s a video with the step by step:

    This idea might look obvious, but the secret is selecting the right images and doing a careful cropping/editing. A collage like this using obvious boring photos might not look so interesting. But choosing special, unusual images full of emotions and soul (read more about those here) will make your collage look AMAZING!

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    Hope this helps! Here’s the instagram post I made if you want to save it for later 😉



    Graphic Design Instagram

    How I create my feeds using Photoshop

    Finally, I know! 🙏🏽🌻

    Here is the post many of you have asked for, and I’ve been meaning to write for so long!

    Creating Instagram feeds using photoshop

    1. I do all my feed planning on Photoshop. Being a designer, I strongly believe that it’s the best way to place and edit each and every element of the feed design having them all visible and editable on one big file, having Photoshop’s super advanced tools at hand.

    2. The files I use are 4000X8111 px (feed + highlights) or 4000X6690 (feed only). The file is filled with squares reproducing an Instagram grid, where I place my images. I also create lines above the rectangles dividing the posts,

    3. When I’m creating puzzle feeds I don’t use the squares, I just place the elements all around the canvas, and the dividing lines on top of them help me visualize de edges defining each post.

    4. I usually apply the edits after all the images are placed. Sometimes I use actions, sometimes I edit them manually step by step to get a nice unified aesthetic to the whole feed.

    5. Once the design is ready, I crop and export each post. I do that by duplicating the whole file (Image / Duplicate), flattening it, and cropping square by square 🙂

    6. I’ve uploaded a Photoshop template on the store for just $2 so you can have a good starting point, and only worry about designing your awesome feed! Here you go:

    Checkout these videos I’ve made of the process. They’re timelapses, not tutorials, but following the tutorial I described above it’s easy to follow:

    Get this feed here!

    Get this feed here!

    I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions 😉💕〰



    Graphic Design Instagram Social media

    Instagram Highlight covers design ideas

    Hello there! 🦔💕

    If you’re working to improve your Instagram’s design in a cohesive and unique way, you’ve probably considered matching the highlight covers to your whole aesthetic. They’re perfect to accentuate even more the style you’re going for, no doubt about it!

    So here’s a few design ideas I came up with, that I think you should consider. There are so many cute options!

    Instagram highlight cover design ideas

    Icons are the most common highlight cover images out there, but still a great option. My suggestion here is to combine them with custom fonts on the highlight’s names, to give it more of a personal touch!

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    This is the design I chose for my own Insta! Instead of an image, I use a custom text on the cover. In the name, since the highlight is already described above, I use a decorative symbol. So cool 🙂

    Get these highlights: ⟡

    I know how you guys love cute minimalistic sparkly things haha! So this is def gonna be a fav, I’m sure. You can use your favorite texture, just placing it in different positions in each cover. As for the name, a single emoji is enough. If you use a nice combination of colors or any pattern you like between emojis and texture, it’ll look fabulous!

    💖 These textures will be available in the shop soon 🙂

    Last but not least, you can use beautiful photos in the covers as well. Even better if the photos are super minimal, very bright and with the same filter/aesthetic as the rest of your feed!

    Get these photos: ⟡



    Instagram Photo editing Social media

    White background photos for Instagram: how to take and edit them

    Hello my loves, how are you all doing?? 🌻🌻

    I see a lot of people dreaming about a white background Instagram feed. Is it your case? There’s a good chance that’s why you ended up here!

    I understand the appeal of the white background feed very well. I had one myself for a while…

    I prioritized photos with a very clear background. It looked super clean and professional, and well organized too. There’s no doubt it can be really elegant. But I stopped doing it because it was soooo much work, so many pics I couldn’t post because it didn’t match the aesthetic… and it took hours to edit each simples post :/

    I wrote a whole post about hard to maintain insta feeds, where I elaborate on this subject. We’re not here to discuss that today! Our focus are the tips on how to achieve a beautiful white background Insta feed.

    Just an FYI, I highly suggest you take a look at my special 5 posts on Instagram feed organization for general tips on Insta feed designs. There is a lot of useful information there, so that could be an excelent starting point ✨✨

    In one of the posts for the special, I spoke briefly about white feeds, and about the fact that the most important thing if you want one, is to take and pick the photos you’ll post with the feed in mind. The selection of the image is key here. You should use clear images, with as few colors as possible, or with the colors that match your palette. The edits are important too, but this first part is crucial.

    However, there are other ways to lighten the feed without necessarily having only super bright pics. If you have design skills, you can make collages where the base is all white, and the photos, whatever color they are, are placed on top. Some called these “infinite background”. You can also use polaroid frames [post here] or white borders around the photo [post here] 🙂

    💡 A cool feature to use in your designs are high resolution white textured backgrounds. Here’s 4 options that can be used as a background for quotes, collages, and designs of all sorts. I got these from Unsplash:

    White backgrounds for download

    How to have a white instagram feed

    If your goal is a feed composed only by photos -no collages, no borders, nothing like that- then the photos you take (or look for online) have to be super bright, like I mentioned above. In that case, the production of the pics must be done carefully, taking into account shadows, light, and everything that can affect the quality and sharpness of the photo ✨

    I posted here about flatlays that I think can be very useful. With the phones we have access to nowadays, even if they’re not the newest most advanced one, it became easy to take great photos without major productions.


    How to edit white background images

    Some tips to remember always:

    • The VSCO app is my favorite photo edit app among the free options. There’s a whole post about it here.
    • Be careful when taking white background photos not to over burst the light in a way that the contours and shape of the image are lost.
    • In addition to increasing the lighting, I recommend regulating the temperature of the image. Cool the photo down might be a good way to lighten it up. But it’s up to you, and your prefered aesthetic.
    • If you prefer, you can apply a premade filter. Just be aware that they affect each image differently. So use the edit tools to adjust them afterwards, if necessary.

    I created 5 feed ideas especially for this post, aiming to show the possibilities within the clear background spectrum so you can observe the differences between them, and help you choose the option that best fits your goals.

    White background Instagram feed ideas:

    1. Abundant brightness

    On this feed, all the photos are super bright and with clear backgrounds. In the video I made showing the development, you’ll notice that I made the backgrounds more bluish on purpose. I think that makes all the photos look more similar to each other, and gives adds character for the feed.

    2. White background + solid color

    Here’s a second example with a light background, but the feed is not entirely white. In fact, I believe that when people say they want a feed with a white background, they often refer to this. They are photos with a clear background, basically. Pure white is very artificial and almost impossible to achieve.

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    3. White background + minimalism

    This white feed on the other hand is much more extreme. Super hard to keep something like this up in real life, right? Hahah! But I couldn’t help including it.

    Still, the backgrounds of the photos are not really white. As I mentioned above, it looks way too fake. So here I tried to standardize the tone of the backgrounds of all the photos, which was not identical (it would take hours to be hahah), but it got closer!

    This is one of the types of feeds that some people call “infinite background”. I’ll write a post on that subject soon, with more details.

    4. White borders

    They’re not really borders, but empty spaces in each post, showing the background. In the video below you can understand what I mean. This example looks more like a collage than a bordered feed, actually. You can also fit inside the “infinite background” category, I guess, that I’ll post about soon.

    See how the white background seems to lighten up the whole feed?

    But, as I always say, I don’t think these designs work for any feed, and I don’t find it easy to maintain. In my opinion, only artistic feeds look so beautiful, as long as the design is done professionally, and the photos have a lot of quality. But it’s just a personal opinion!

    5. White background + warm tones

    Finally, a blogger style Instagram feed, with clear backgrounds and neutral shades. It goes from almost pure white to a different shades of gray. But at first glance what you see is a super bright feed with predominantly white backgrounds. Right?

    It’s also interesting to notice that, for example, the photo with the cup of coffee at the top row has no light background. But it still blended well, because a large portion of the image is white. In addition, it is very symmetrical and centralized, giving an incredible sense of harmony and order. All of this, added to the fact that it matches the aesthetics of the rest of the feed, made it work greatly.

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    I hope the feeds are inspiring and the information helps. If any clarification is missing in the post, just leave a comment here, which I will probably answer in a few minutes. Instagram messages take days, and sometimes I forget! 😅

    I’ll leave some images down here for you to practice, or use on your feeds. Everything via Unsplash, as always …

    White background images for Instagram