Gone are the days of staining paper with black tea or scratching printed photos to apply cool effects to our images.
Today, photo filters are so accessible and easy to use that it takes very little effort at all to apply a stunning monochromatic, over-saturated or vignette effect to graphics at the toggle of a toolbar.
Give your food blog or social media posts extra bite by applying filters that will enhance the color, texture and flavour of your images. We’ve picked out custom filters for different food, try applying them to your own photos to make the most of your incredible #foodporn!
01. Banging Blueberries
Bring your fruit to life using filters to enhance their brilliant hues.
Choose images with crisp, clean lines. To emphasize the primary color, play with the tint sliders (see the blue has been enhanced to make the berries pop off the green leaf).
If you have water or dew drops on your fruit, play with the contrast and brightness to help accent the freshness.
02. Ridiculously Rich
Although it may seem obvious how to capture the decadence of a darker food, there are tricks to create a super-pro effect.
Applying a dark or rich filter is a clever idea for desserts, or to intensify an already dark item of food in your image. Adding a blue tint will help pronounce a rich tone in your image.
Enhance contrast by subtly decreasing saturation, this will make the darker colors more consistent in tone. The gleam on the chocolate in this image has been altered nicely by this effect.
03. Pretty Pastels
Sweet sweetness! These morsels can be easily mistreated by applying the wrong tonal effect.
Remember you are applying a filter to help the colors and textures in your image sing, so keeping your effects relevant to the product is imperative.
To tone down the brightness of the colors, desaturate your image and see how the colors change from vibrant to pastel. Macarons are light and fluffy – capture this by increasing the brightness and decreasing the contrast.
04. Very Vibrant
The division of tones isn’t always easy to achieve visually, but is often imperative when your image is a feast of color.
Italian sauces and vegetables deserve celebrating in vibrant color! Up the saturation to help enhance the separation between bright colors, creating optimum vibrancy.
A subtle application of x-process will help create strong contrast and make the colors pop a little more, but be careful not to overdo it as this will result in a very unnatural effect.
05. Grainy Goodness
Texture is a key player in the culinary experience, therefore it’s vital this element transpires through your imagery.
The main visual asset of breads and other natural ingredients is their texture – apply filters that will help accentuate this feature. The best way to enhance the texture of your food is to sharpen your image. By moving the blur slider in the advanced panel to the left, you’ll notice the appearance become more defined.
Decreasing the contrast and desaturating the image slightly, will ensure the optimum natural or grainy consistency is achieved.
Tailor your filters to the flavors of your food with these mouth watering design tips! Use one of our food photos and try it in Canva today.