Instagram filter and how they work

At first, Instagram filters were one of the components of its success. A simple kit of presets was so neatly combined that it conquered millions of users’ eyes and minds. All the filters are perceived differently, all of them have their own fans. Some are used more, some – less frequently, we’ll examine this matter later.

As it was already said, the filters are just presets, applying some specific settings to the photo. Let’s take a look at what aspects every filter alters or what effect it produces.


  • Normal – No filter applied
  • Lark – Desaturates reds and increases blues and greens
  • Reyes – Adds a dusty, vintage look
  • Juno – Tints cool tones green, amps up warm tones, makes whites glow
  • Slumber – Desaturates the image, adds a haze, emphasis on blacks and blues
  • Crema – Adds a creamy look that both warms and cools the image
  • Ludwig – Slight desaturation that also enhances light
  • Aden – Adds a blue/green natural look
  • Perpetua – Adds a pastel look
  • Amaro – Adds light to an image, with the focus on the centre
  • Mayfair – Adds a warm pink tone, subtle vignetting, brightens at the center
  • Rise – Adds a glow to the image
  • Hudson – Adds an “icy” illusion, heightened shadows, cool tint, dodged center
  • Valencia – Fades the image, increases exposure, warms the colors
  • X-Pro II – Increases colour vibrance with a golden tint, high contrast, slight vignette
  • Sierra – Adds a faded, softer look
  • Willow – Adds a monochromatic look, subtle purple tones, translucent white border
  • Lo-Fi – Enriches color, adds strong shadows, warms the the temperature
  • Earlybird – Gives an older look with a sepia tint and warm temperature
  • Brannan – Increases contrast and exposure and adds a metallic tint
  • Inkwell – Goes straight to black and white
  • Hefe – High contrast and saturation, similar to Lo-Fi
  • Nashville – Warms temperature, lowers contrast, increases exposure, adds pink tint
  • Sutro – Burns edges, increases highlights/shadows, focus on purple and brown
  • Toaster – Ages the image by “burning” the centre and adds a dramatic vignette
  • Walden – Increases exposure and adds a yellow tint
  • 1977 – Increases exposure, adds a red tint and faded look
  • Kelvin – Increases saturation and temperature to give it a radiant glow

And the last thing, which is more of an overall setting than a filter, but it’s still one of the most helpful things to be found in the app:

  • Lux – Transforms photos that are underexposed or lack contrast

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