Written by Marjorie Dawson

How to Apply a Filter to Your Own Cat Photos

How to Apply a Filter to Your Own Cat Photos

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This week I show off a wonderful smartphone filter and the amazing difference that ‘phone filters can make to your pictures. It’s so easy and you can try so many effects. It’s a lot of fun too.

I use Photo Lab for iPhone but have heard many good things about PiZap. Both have as free and paid options so you can experiment with filters and see if you enjoy using the program. When you decide to pay for the app even more filters are available.

Smartphone Cat Filter

You may remember Sydney from our trips to Neko Ngeru the local cat cafe. He has been adopted since I took my pictures, but this smartphone image is such a wonderful contrast of colour and black and white that I have been tempted to experiment.

Smartphone Filter ‘Cerulean Blue’

The filter I selected was Cerulean Blue in the ‘Masterpiece’ category of Photo Lab. This enhances colour and gives a really interesting textured quality.

As you can see in Sydney’s smartphone transformation, the outlines are simplified and the colours brighter. I did not change the filtered photograph at all.

Cerulean Blue Photo Lab Filter

3 Filter Tips for Smartphone Fans

  1. Save your experiments as you go. You can add different filters to a favourite image and delete the ones you don’t want later.
  2. Have an idea where you might be sharing your filtered image on social media. It’s not essential but Instagram is square while Facebook and Twitter are rectangles. The format of Sydney’s filtered image is squared off after being ‘Instagrammed’.
  3. Try to remember or write down the name of the filters if you use multiples on one image. Trying to replicate a series of three or four filters when you forget one is a frustrating photographic experience. Our friends the Kitties Blue create lovely multilayered images and often share the filters they use.

One Final Filter Thought

Before you delete some of your disappointing cat photographs from your ‘phone, try running them through a filter. What you thought was an underlit, gloomy or overexposed photograph may be transformed into an impressive image by the addition of a shimmer of stars, a delicate frame or a painterly effect.

It’s not going to work for every picture, but filter magic can open your eyes to fun and entertaining image correction that can be eye-catching or eye-opening. Just ask Harvey.

Harvey the Cat Surrounded by stars
Harvey – Photo Lab Star Dust Filter

Does your smartphone have a filter you love, or can you recommend a different app for us to try?

Marjorie Dawson

Marjorie is a motorbike riding blogger and award winning cat photographer who believes that everyone can shoot and edit wonderful pictures they love regardless of the camera they use.

She is a Professional member of the Cat Writers Association, Kuykendall Image Award winner and published photographer at the Guardian newspaper.

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20 thoughts on “How to Apply a Filter to Your Own Cat Photos”

  1. The coloured artsy looking filters are everything and so easy on the eyes. Will be trying these. Thanks.

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  2. Love the cerulean blue filter! And your suggestion to try a filter before deleting the less-than-perfect pics is a great one! Could be a gem in disguise! Pinning to share!

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  3. I love all the filters you use with Harvey’s photos! This one looks great too. I’ve just started experimenting with filters, they’re so fun.
    Love and biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  4. I use filters a lot on the computer but haven’t done so with the phone yet. Something new to try

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  5. Mommy’s eyes are too old to really see stuffs on the fone, so she transfers all our fone fotos to the catputer fur editin’ and stuffs. We couldn’t teel ya’ diddly ’bout the fone filters or apps. MOL Big hugs

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena

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  6. I love those “art” looking photos – I’m rubbish at photography, but these filters make it more fun and accessible. I’m going to check out those apps.

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  7. How gorgeous! This filters look amazing. We tend to stick with VSCO to edit our pics, but these filters make me want to make the switch 😉

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  8. Thanks for sharing these fun filters. I enjoy experimenting with different applications and will give these a try. Yay for Sydney! Congratulations on your adoption! I’m sure you’ll find plenty of other models, Marjorie. I look forward to more tips, soon.

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  9. That is a great suggestion to play around with the bad photos and see if you can’t save them. The Cerulean Blue filter makes the photo look like modern art, it is very cool.

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  10. Filters are a lot of fun! I’m lucky to have Photoshop on my computer so I usually move my smartphone pictures onto my computer and edit them from there.

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  11. I used to delete photos I thought were “not worthy” 😉 but now with the availability of filters it makes it possible to be able to use them and help them look better. Thanks for all you tips and advice for making helping us make our photos better!

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  12. Couldn’t agree more with your statement to try to run less-than-ideal images through filters before tossing them. Particularly with the new smartphones where you can take a pic and change the main focus, etc. I always just tossed bad images, but now play around with them before I do – and when you save one, it’s like an amazing a’ha moment!

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  13. I love the cerulean blue filter, the picture looks amazing. My husband has something similar on his tablet but I’m sure the filter has more options. Before I became interested in taking decent pictures I was awful, and I do mean awful. I have so many terrible pictures that are not usable, although I wonder how they would look if I tried this!!

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  14. I just love your knowledge and photography and I really think and say this all the time LOL that this old bag needs to do something about photography once and for all. Thanks so much for the blog hop of course and for all the cats out there we are having a giveaway for cat treats this time 🙂

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  15. Those sure made us smile! Of course you’re a star Harvey! Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

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