How to Make your Flatlay Photos POP! + Free Checklist Download

• How to Make Flatlay Photos POP! • // Even good lighting isn't enough sometimes... But thank goodness for editing! With tweaks to brightness, saturation and sharpness, you too can make your photos look gorgeous and attractive.

a while back, i wrote a post about styling art prints (or anything else) in flatlays. today’s post is a follow-up!

no matter how good your natural lighting is, it’s always great to be able to do some touch-ups on your photo, such as increasing the brightness, contrast and sharpness of the photo. follow along to see my tips on editing your flatlay photos for the perfect finish, and snag a free checklist filled with tips!

you might have noticed my Instagram theme of dreamy, white-ish photos with soft colours. (feel free to pop by and take a look!) i’ve received many comments before on whether i use a filter on my photos.

actually- no! while it may seem weird to some, i guess i’m just not into filters. it’s just my personal opinion; but i find that filters are kind of like a one-edit-fits-all thing, and often, filters vary in efficiency when i use them on my photos.

hence, i prefer to manually edit all my photos! i have two different styles of editing looks, mainly for my blog and my Instagram posts.

in this post, i’ll be sharing the main edits i do for my blog photos, plus some tips on how to achieve in a similar dreamy Instagram theme.

Blog Photos

When editing my flatlays or other photos for my blog, i generally have the final goal of clear, bright and eye-catching colours.

what you’ll need:

• Instagram app
• lovely flatlay photos
(related: How to Style Flatlays)

how to edit:

1. open your photo in Instagram, and go straight to the editing section.

2. increase the brightness till the photo doesn’t have any noticeable shadows/grey areas. i don’t want to tell you how many points to increase it by, because it’ll differ based on the inherent lighting and your taste. decide upon your own criteria as to how bright you want your photo.

3. adjust the saturation up by a bit so the colours pop. they should be bright enough that the picture doesn’t look washed out, but make sure you don’t go overboard and make the colourful areas burn your eyes. (you know what i mean!)

• How to Make Flatlay Photos POP + Download a FREE Checklist! • // flatlays are so much fun. and one with great lighting and good colours? even better. oh, and you can download a free checklist jam-packed with tips too!

4. next, play around with the shadows and highlights, increasing them till you’re happy. just make sure the shadows aren’t so bright that the items in your flatlay look flat!

• How to Make Flatlay Photos POP + Download a FREE Checklist! • // flatlays are so much fun. and one with great lighting and good colours? even better. oh, and you can download a free checklist jam-packed with tips too!  • How to Make Flatlay Photos POP + Download a FREE Checklist! • // flatlays are so much fun. and one with great lighting and good colours? even better. oh, and you can download a free checklist jam-packed with tips too!

5. finally, bump up the sharpness a bit to increase the photo’s definition.

• How to Make Flatlay Photos POP + Download a FREE Checklist! • // flatlays are so much fun. and one with great lighting and good colours? even better. oh, and you can download a free checklist jam-packed with tips too!

and most of all – do it your way. i don’t see any reason why you should follow this tutorial (or any others) when editing your flatlay photos. it’s your photo, and hence your own style and preference! so edit it however you like.

(don’t forget to download the cheatsheet below! psst, no email list subscription, yo.)

Tips for your Instagram Feed

as mentioned above, my Instagram feed is considerably pale and white. i do this by decreasing the saturation by a lot and increasing the brightness. of course, this is just the way i like it!

i hope that even as you read this tutorial and gain some knowledge on how to edit your flatlay photos to make them pop, that you also remember how important to dare to be different and build your own online identity.

happy editing, and remember to always be you! and don’t be afraid to have a “not perfect” photo here and there.

xx, roxanne

{download the editing checklist here!}


p.s.: don’t forget to read the previous post on flatlay styling right HERE, where you can also download a cheatsheet filled with styling tips! 

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