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The Art of Selfies

At some point in your life, there will be a time when you lift a phone up, direct the camera at your face and press the snap button. Ta-da! The very first selfie of you was born. You might have deleted it – unless you’re extremely photogenic, most people tend to take over a thousand selfies (only kidding, but that number doesn’t stagger me) before settling on one they’re satisfied with (as in, one that doesn’t go straight into the Delete pile).

But what if I told you Pixlr X can help you with avoiding your selfies from getting wiped? Most people tend to delete their photos because of simple flaws that can be easily fixed. And best of all – for free, and quickly, and did I mention easily?

Here are a few of the factors that make people delete their selfies:

  • Lighting
  • Adjust Angles
  • Backgrounds

Lighting

Truthfully, lighting plays a big influence on photos – not just selfies, all photos. Can’t take a good photo without proper lighting anyway. If things turn out grainy, sometimes it can highlight even more facial flaws than we think we have. And don’t even get me started on having too much exposure, or too little exposure in your photo. By the way, sometimes if you need to use flash – USE IT. There is only so much editing you can do. If the lighting makes you look like a serial killer emerging from the shadows, please use flash. Okay?

If all else fails, you can always try editing the levels of exposure, shadows, and highlights in Pixlr X. Experiment and adjust accordingly!

Photo by Alejandro on Unsplash

Adjust Thy Angles

How do I look slimmer?!!?!?! You holler as you swipe delete on the 57 selfies you’ve just taken. It’s really all about the angles. I think I look good on my left side. My friends tell me I look better on my right. But the way I see it, my right side has some flaws, like a pimple on my cheek that needs more concealer, or y’know, I just don’t like my right side in photos.

Well, the obvious thing to do is to figure out which angle makes you look – and feel – better and more confident about your selfie. Then take the selfie.

  • Figure out the Rule of Thirds (where the eye naturally follows the flow of a photo)
  • Use two hands and snap from the top angling down
  • Stand up straight, shoulders back – like mom has been telling you all your life
  • If you want to smile, think about something funny and smile so that it looks genuine, not forced
Photo by Bruno Gomiero on Unsplash

Backgrounds… That Are Bad

Ever taken a selfie – in, I don’t know, say, a park? – and it turned out bomb af? Juuuuuuuuust one thing though – there’s half a leg of some dude who’s been trying to walk quickly behind you so that he doesn’t end up in the shot. Well, guess what? As nice as he was trying to be, he ended up in the shot. And you REALLY want to make that half-leg vanish from the side of your ear, or hair, or shoulder, or whatever. It’s the only selfie of yourself that you really like in that point of time.

Go for our Cutout tool. If you’re unsure how to use it, check out this handy guide right here that explains what each tool does in the Cutout sidebar.

Photo by Sherman Yang on Unsplash

Anyway, try to have fun and just be frivolous about your selfies. Over-editing will take away your real self… in your selfie. Besides, everyone will know how much time you’ve spent on a face that was originally yours, but isn’t natural anymore. 😉

Happy National Selfie Day!!!

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