Where to Find the Most Instagram Worthy (and Affordable) Photo Presets & Filters

Hey everyone! As you can probably imagine from my posts, I’ve been thinking about Instagram a lot lately and how I can help you guys grow and better your themes. I genuinely enjoy giving out tips and you guys seem to like them as well! Today I wanted to focus specifically on the editing process and photo presets. Having a cohesive theme is becoming increasingly more important on Insta and can actually make posting very fun! I know personally I love building a theme and watching it grow with every post! So for today I’m spilling all my editing secrets along with some new tricks I’ve found recently! Keep reading for before and after photos!


Created using the “Golden” preset

Normally when it comes to editing my photos, I use Adobe Bridge. It is a part of the Adobe Creative Suite which also includes Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator which I use everyday at my job. I always keep my photos very low on saturation, with high levels of white and low levels of black. This guarantees I maintain the edgy and at times dark theme that I really love. I’ll also use a variety of different apps, for example Facetune to smooth things out and Afterlight to add dusty filters. This was quite a process and I would have to be at my computer in order to edit and ultimately post a photo.

After a little while of that process, I tried to find different apps that could provide me with filters that would take the pain out of my editing process and would allow me to edit on my phone. I downloaded Adobe Lightroom, which again is part of the Creative Suite. Ultimately, I wasn’t sure how it could help me filter wise, so I deleted the app. I also stumbled upon some great presets and filters through bloggers on Instagram. However, they were quite expensive. Some being priced at $60 or $70 and that was just a bit much for me. Today I really decided to dive into some preset research and find what I really wanted in a theme (as well as something in my price range). I’m happy to say my search was successful and I want to share some of what I found with you guys!

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I ended up finding A TON of cheap presets on Etsy. I didn’t even know Etsy offered presets! Seriously, you guys have to check this out. Etsy offers tons of filter sets and individual presets, all at very cheap prices. I ended up trying out both an individual filter and a full set. The set came with six filters in it, three of which I’m sharing with you guys today. If you’ve been looking for a specific filter, odds are Etsy sellers will have it. As you can see above, they have rows and rows of different color themes and vibes that you’re looking for. They all range from under $5 to about $10, which I think is fairly reasonable for something you’re going to repeatedly use.


“Golden” preset

You can find this new filter as my new Instagram theme! It isn’t far off from my old theme, but I love what it does to blue tones. It’s dark but somehow still vibrant? Totally my vibe. It’s called “Golden” and it’s a part of one of the sets I purchased for $5. I’ve been looking for a preset like this for so long, so I’m stoked to keep trying it out! The one hiccup I will say with downloading these filters is that you must have Lightroom, meaning you must have an Adobe Creative Suite account. As a graphic designer, that’s no problem for me but I understand most people probably don’t have the Creative Suite. It was also a bit of a process to figure out how to install the filters, even though the sellers include step by step instructions. Some filters even required other app downloads in order to install, so be aware of that. Aside from those two bumps in the road, getting these filters was totally worth it!


“Brunch” preset

This filter is great if you love your colors bright and vibrant! It definitely changes the tone of your hair I will say, but some may like that! A lot of these presets are used as a base for your editing, so you can make changes to the saturation, exposure, etc. in Lightroom if a color or hue is too intense for you. However, there are lots of themes dedicated to extra saturation and heaps of color. This is definitely the filter for you. It brings out the orange tones in your photos, which might actually be a great asset to your Instagram for the new fall season! Very autumnal!


“Gloss” preset

This is another great filter if you like the darker themes. “Gloss” has a slight blue hue while also deepening any orange or pink tones. Themes with this preset are always so fun and I think it’d be great for music festival photos. I love how the shadows and dark colors are intensified and I think once this filter is built up over time, your theme would look sick. If you’re interested in purchasing any of these gorgeous filters, I will link the Etsy account I bought them from here. Go show them some love and try out some of their filters! I hope this post was useful to you guys and that you’ll take advantage of these awesome deals. Being creative doesn’t have to be hard, and all these filters can be personalized to what YOU enjoy! Let me know down in the comments if you tried these out and what you thought of them! Talk to you all very soon! xx


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  1. October 4, 2018 / 5:26 am

    This is such an awesome post; I had no idea Etsy did presets either! Thank you so much for sharing! xo

    • October 4, 2018 / 7:33 pm

      thank you!! and same! such a great place to find presets!

  2. October 4, 2018 / 2:25 pm

    Wow Etsy is amazing! i didn’t know you could find so many things! 😍 Thank you for sharing! 😄

    • October 4, 2018 / 7:33 pm

      it really is! i didn’t know either until after my research!

  3. October 4, 2018 / 7:38 pm

    ooooh love this, that filter is so pretty! i had no idea etsy had presets 🙌🏻

    • October 4, 2018 / 9:50 pm

      girl same its so crazy! they’re so cheap too!

    • October 9, 2018 / 8:28 pm

      no problem! and me either until recently!

  4. October 8, 2018 / 12:25 pm

    Thank you for sharing!! I had no idea that Etsy offered presets xx

    • October 9, 2018 / 8:27 pm

      honestly I had no idea either until I did some research on cheap presets!

  5. October 13, 2018 / 6:16 am

    I love all of these presets as well as your Instagram – you are killing it at the moment! I personally use VSCO cam still, although I am currently playing around with the filter I am currently using as I am ready to shake it up again on my Instagram feed. xx

    • October 14, 2018 / 1:46 pm

      thank you!! I’ve really been putting effort into my photos and having so much fun with editing now! i started off with vsco too, that’s a great place to start off. xx

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