Instagram’s 6.0 Update Finally Brings Real Editing Tools to the Social Networking App

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Instagram hasn’t really been much of a photography app, lately. When it started off, it was a great way for the average smartphone user to give their photos a vintage Polaroid look. But with how popular it’s gotten, especially after its acquisition by Facebook, Instagram’s been keeping more of a focus on social networking than it has on actual photo editing. Today, a new update just released for the app that might change all that.

The latest update, Instagram 6.0, brings improvements to what’s already there – straightening, cropping, rotating – and then it adds on more. This time, the social networking-focused app is coming with tools that have been essential for any photographer up to this point; with 6.0, we get options to adjust brightness, saturation, contrast, and more. No word yet on how those features compare in quality to their counterparts in apps like Snapseed, VSCO, or Afterlight, but considering it’s one of the fastest growing social networking apps out there, it’s great to see Instagram bringing tools like this to mainstream attention.

Check out the full list of specs after the break. You can update to Instagram 6.0 right now on Google Play or the App Store.

Improved tools

    Straighten
    Border
    Blur/Tilt Shift
    Crop
    Lux
    Rotate
    Simplified video uploads on iOS

New tools

    Filter strength
    Adjust
    Brightness
    Contrast
    Warmth
    Saturation
    Highlights
    Shadows
    Vignette
    Sharpen

[Via Instagram Blog]

  • Nicholas Kingston

    I’m on 6.0 but I don’t get the “tools” option, just the plain old roatate, brightness and focus.

  • Nick

    Had to delete and reinstall via App Store to go from 5.13 to 6.0 auto recognition of Instagram to update doesn’t work