How to Edit Instagram Posts Like a Pro Whether you are a small agency or a big brand, you know making your Instagram content stand out is crucial. All the best brands are making the most of what they’ve got by editing their posts to fit their aesthetic. In this blog post, we will show you how to edit Instagram posts and photos like a pro with Sked’s photo editor. We will explore the different editing options available, and show you how to use them. Here’s what you will learn: Make sure your imagery is strong to start with Upload your image Crop and chop Choose your filter Personalise even more – add stickers, frames and annotations Add in your caption and ‘first comment’ hashtags Preview – see what your post will look like, before you post it Schedule your content Make Sure Your Instagram Post Is Strong Editing your Instagram photos will take them to the next level, but you need to make sure your starting point is strong. If the original concept lacks imagination, the finished product could be ineffective. These days on Instagram, the hashtag #NoFilter has become something of a humble brag. 1. How To Edit Instagram Posts: Upload your image Choose your image and upload on the ‘Upload Post’ section of the Sked app. Make sure your image is bigger than 1080×1080 pixels – otherwise it will pixelate when posted. Sked Social can handle large image files, so there is no need to hold back. 2. How To Edit Instagram Posts: Crop and chop Once your image has processed on the ‘Upload Post’ section, click the blue crop logo. This is below the image preview. You can crop it to your exacting specifications. Getting a good crop is a vital part of learning how to edit your Instagram posts. Work the angles and see if you can play around with cropping the image. Do this even if you did not think of cropping at first. You could highlight a bit of the image where the most interesting things are happening. You could also make more than one post out of a single image by cropping it. The Sked photo editor has handy features that allow you to get the perfect crop. You can choose the standard square Instagram ratio and the Instagram story ratio. You can also use the largest “tall” ratio and the largest “wide” ratio. Meet Sked - The most powerful Instagram scheduling platform A place to plan & schedule your Instagram posts, Stories, videos and more. Tag locations, users and products and manage all your hashtags in one place to save 5+ hours every week. You can zoom in and out, and rotate your image clockwise and counterclockwise. If you are unhappy with the result, you can hit the red ‘Reset’ button. The image will restore to how it was before you cropped it and you can start again. 3. How To Edit Instagram Posts: Choose your filter Choosing your Instagram filter can take time because there are many options. This is the case when it comes to Sked’s photo editor – there are over 60 filters to choose from. Deciding which filter you are going to run with can be one of the most exciting parts of the process. To dive deep into editing your photo, the ‘Adjust’ feature lets you tweak parameters. Brightness, saturation, contrast – it is all there. It is everything you would find on the Instagram app, and more. You may want to think about which filter you are using. It is a good idea that once you go with a particular filter, you should stick with it and own it. This will make your content look consistent when someone lands on your feed. This is why it pays to spend time making sure you get your filter on point. With Sked’s editing features for filters, you can create a filter that is unique to your brand. 4. How To Edit Instagram Posts: Personalise To add a more personal touch to your post, add things like text, stickers, frames and overlays. There is also the brush tool option, meaning you can paint onto the image you are about to post. Check the overlays feature, which has cool templates like ‘Bokeh’ and ‘Light Leak’. These add a new edge, especially for those working with creative imagery. 5. How To Edit Instagram Posts: Add in your Caption Once you are happy with your image, it is time to think about the copy you want to include. You can add in a first comment hashtag and location. Read our blog post on why Instagram locations actually matter. We use the first comment to add a link to our website. 6. How To Edit Instagram Posts: Preview Once you are happy with your image and caption, hit the green submit button in the top right-hand corner of the page. You will now be able to find it in the ‘Upcoming Posts’ section of the Sked app. To the right of the image thumbnail, you will see a couple of options. These include ‘Edit Post’, ‘Show Preview’, ‘Send To Draft’ and ‘Trash’. Hit ‘Show Preview’. ‘Show Preview’ will show you how your post is going to look on mobile. It will also show you how it will appear in your feed alongside your other posts. This is super important when it comes to keeping your feed consistent. 7. How To Edit Instagram Posts: Schedule Your Posts After checking the preview of your post, hit ‘Edit Post’ on the ‘Upcoming Posts’ page. Scroll to the bottom of the pop-up menu and you will see ‘Leave in queue’ toggled. Untoggle this. That will give you the option to schedule your posts for when you want, or you can choose to ‘Post Now’. ‘Post Now’ will send out the post immediately. Over to you! Now that you’ve learned how to edit Instagram posts with Sked, you can start editing your Instagram photos like a pro by signing up for a 7-day free trial. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to get in touch with us.