No need to use professional graphic software, the below article will help you create shimmering and beautiful images in the simplest way, with just a few mouse clicks. Today Instagram is one of the hottest applications, however, this application only supports Android and iOS mobile platforms.
No need to own a smartphone or a tablet that can use Instagram to create beautiful effects for the images, but you can also create them with Instagram simulating software for Windows. It is named Pixlr-o-matic.
Especially the visual effects that created by Pixlr-o-matic are so beautiful and sparkling are not as inferior as the effects created by professional graphics software such as Photoshop. Surely it will make you satisfied with your new photos.
Instructions for installation:
Pixlr-o-matic is a software that are built and operated on Adobe Air, so to install and use this software, your computer must install Adobe Air firstly.
Download Adobe Air for free here: http://www.htwares.com/windows/system-utilities/other/adobe-air/
Activate the download file, click the I Agree button from the appearing dialog box to install Adobe Air on your computer.
Finally, click Finish in the appearing dialog box that then to finish the process of installation.
Next, download Pixlr-o-matic for free here: http://soft4all.info/free-software-download/pixlr-o-matic-instagram-look-alike-software-for-windows/
After downloading, extract and activate the Pixlromatic.air file there to install the software. Click the Install button in the appearing dialog box.
Note: You must install Adobe Air before installing Pixlr-o-matic.
Click the Continue button in the next dialog box to start installing software.
After the process of installation is finished, the software is automatically enabled to allow users to start creating unique photo effects from the software.
Instructions for use:
From the main interface, similar to the real Instagram application, the software also allows you to choose to start taking pictures from a webcam on your computer (with a webcam) or choose from an image available on your computers to add effects. From the main interface, select “webcam” if you want to start shooting, or select “Computer” to select any image you have.
The content of the images will be displayed and appeared on the main interface of the software. One of the most familiar features of the images created by the Instagram applications is square size. A ratio of 2 dimensions (length and width) in picture is same.
To create square images in “Instagram style” with Pixlr-o-matic, click the 1:1 icon on the main interface of the software. After pressing the button, Pixlr-o-matic automatically collapses and locates the main areas of the images to form a square image.
Next step is starting the process of adding effects to the images. Pixlr-o-matic offers 3 different effects modes. Firstly, that is simple effect adding feature that will make the images change tone of colors to make difference to the original images.
To use this mode, just use the mouse and drag the effect bar that is below the images, select the effects that you like most. You can use the mouse to drag the toolbar into the left or the right to find and select the effects there.
In case, you want to go back to the original images, drag the toolbar into the left and select “None” on the toolbar to remove the selected effects. The second effects creating mode on Pixlr-o-matic will produce beautiful effects that are similar to the effects that professional photographers make on their photos. To use this feature, click circle measuring icon in the middle of the software interface to let arrow point into the blue part.
Same as above, here you can use the mouse to move the effect bar to find the beautiful effects for images. This section provides a variety of beautiful effects that will make you satisfied, including the twinkling and complex effects that require professional graphic software like Photoshop.
If you want to remove the effects and return to the original images, just drag the effect bar into the left and select None.
The third effect editing function (click the measuring icon in the middle of the software to let arrow point into the yellow) is to make frames for the images. With this function, you can create frames for images in many different styles, or just a picture frame with a simple color.
Same as above, select “None” on the effect bar if you do not want to keep the frames on the images.
Combining all three of the above effects together or using one or two effects can also help you create beautiful images that are not as inferior as the work created by professional graphic software.
Especially, you can click the movie thumbnail icon in the bottom of the Pixlr-o-matic interface, where the software will allow you to add different types of effects to choose. Here, you can click Effect to have the options for the first effect, click Overlays to add the option for the second effect, and Borders for the third effect (corresponding to the order of effects that Dan Tri introduced in above part).
You check in the appearing list to choose kinds of effects that you want to add, or click the icon at the right corner to select all effects. Click OK to save your choices.
Now, the effect that you have just selected will appear corresponding to the function group introduced above. You can use these effects to make your photos look more beautiful.
In case you want to create an image with random effects (the software automatically selects effects at random), you just click the two-arrow icon on the Pixlr-o-matic interface. Immediately the images will be added the effects ( three effects simultaneously) at random.
To return to the original images, you need to select “None” in turn 3 effect creating functions to remove the effects added on the images.
Save the file after creating the effects
After creating desired effects for the selected images, to save the results, click the Save button, the software will bring two options to save the image:
A option to save images directly on imm.io, an online photo sharing service. If you choose image saving mode, the images will be saved and automatically uploaded into the immo.io service, you can copy links of images and share with your friends.
The second option allows you to save images to files on Windows. With this option, you can easily share photos via email or upload them and share them on social networks like Facebook, Google+, Twitter…
Those are the features and how to use Pixlr-o-matic, a simulating software based on the Instagram application that is very hot on mobile devices. With the help of this software, you can easily create beautiful and impressive pictures for yourself or for your friends.
Some beautiful images created by Pixlr-o-matic: