A Color Story: New Candy-Colored Filters from Teresa Freitas!!

Anybody ready for spring?! (Raising both of my hands over here). While spring is still a few weeks away, we are SO excited to bring a dreamy, pastel look to A Color Story with our newest filter +pack, Palette! Photographer and content creator Teresa Freitas created these AMAZING filters that we can’t wait to share with you. Let’s take a look!!

Photo by Teresa Freitas, edited with Glossy in #AColorStoryPalette

If you follow A Color Story closely, you may remember that last year we launched Desktop presets with Teresa Freitas for Photoshop and Lightroom. Now, we’re so excited to bring her incredible edits to the app!! Palette is inspired by surrealism and coastal living and Teresa’s filters transform photos into a bright, poppy dream.

Photo by Teresa Freitas, edited with Razzle Dazzle in #AColorStoryPalette

Above, you can get a good idea for a lot of the colors in the Palette filter +pack. The sky is cornflower blue, while salmon and a muted mustard show off below. Many of the filters in Palette feature these springy hues we’re loving lately.

Photo by Teresa Freitas, edited with Infrared Pink in #AColorStoryPalette

Two of the filters in Palette are infrared filters, mimicking the look of infrared film. These truly one-of-a-kind edits will shift green toward pink or violet, depending on which you select. The above image was edited with Infrared Pink and the below was captured with Infrared Violet. These give a really fun, unique look to any landscape photos you’ve taken, especially those with a lot of greenery. But we’re also having fun playing with them on portraits, too! Infrared Pink can give blonde hair a blush tone, as seen above. 😍

Photo by Teresa Freitas, edited with Infrared Violet in #AColorStoryPalette

BEYOND beautiful!!! Be sure to tag us in your edits by using the hashtag #AColorStoryPalette. We can’t wait to see all the colors you create!

xo, Team ACS

A Design Kit: New Word Poetry +Pack!

Ummm, amazing!! That’s how we’d describe the newest Collage +pack from A Design Kit. We’re introducing Word Poetry just in time for you to send some digital Valentine’s Day cards—no stamps needed! Let’s take a look at some inspo from the newest +pack.

With over 120 scans, Word Poetry is our largest Collage +pack yet! We’re excited to see all of the ways you put these words together, and we’ve included lots of options for commonly used phrases, as well as numbers and days of the week. This filter +pack is perfect for letting your creativity take the driver’s seat to put together unique + fun word combos!

We love stringing together longer phrases and sentences on backgrounds—the one above was created using one of our speckled textures as a background. Below, we’re using a shorter phrase to add to the photo. Each of these scans are hand-cut for a nostalgic feel, and we hope you love resizing them and adding each one to create a special message.

We hope you love playing with this +pack and can’t wait to see what you make with it! Be sure to tag us in your designs using #adesignkit, so we can repost some of our favorites. Add a little poetry to your week! 😘

xo, Team ACS

A Design Kit: New Word Poetry +Pack!

Ummm, amazing!! That’s how we’d describe the newest Collage +pack from A Design Kit. We’re introducing Word Poetry just in time for you to send some digital Valentine’s Day cards—no stamps needed! Let’s take a look at some inspo from the newest +pack.

With over 120 scans, Word Poetry is our largest Collage +pack yet! We’re excited to see all of the ways you put these words together, and we’ve included lots of options for commonly used phrases, as well as numbers and days of the week. This filter +pack is perfect for letting your creativity take the driver’s seat to put together unique + fun word combos!

We love stringing together longer phrases and sentences on backgrounds—the one above was created using one of our speckled textures as a background. Below, we’re using a shorter phrase to add to the photo. Each of these scans are hand-cut for a nostalgic feel, and we hope you love resizing them and adding each one to create a special message.

We hope you love playing with this +pack and can’t wait to see what you make with it! Be sure to tag us in your designs using #adesignkit, so we can repost some of our favorites. Add a little poetry to your week! 😘

xo, Team ACS

Photography Tips from A Color Story

Did you know that A Color Story has a huge section of photography tips and tutorials on its website? It’s pretty rad, so I wanted to highlight a few for you here in case you hadn’t seen them yet. I don’t know about you, but this time of year I’ll take any extra creative inspiration I can get!

Love this post about great filters to use for food photography. I also just love looking at pretty food photos. Anyone else? 🙂

Here is a tutorial on how to get vibrant blue skies in your photos. Pretty!

Tips for taking photos in direct sunlight. Always such a challenge—love the perspective the author, Katie, shares.

Really love this post about being present while holding a camera. We want to MAKE memories in addition to capturing them with our cameras. Love it!

And if you’re a fan of our design app, A Design Kit, then you might like this tutorial for five ways to use the collage feature. Plus tips for creating clean designs and choosing a color palette.

For so many +packs of filters or effects we have tutorials on how to use them (often written by the creators of the pack) and so much more! And did you know that A Color Story has a marketplace of Lightroom presets and Photoshop actions created by some of our favorite photographers as well as the ACS team? You can also submit to sell your own presets/actions by emailing us at: hello@acolorstory.com.

If you’re looking to up your photo skills (from your smartphone OR a DSLR), check out our website as we’re always looking for ways to add more value. Thanks for letting me share! xo. Emma

#AColorStory: New Filter +Pack with Kesha!!

If the party don’t start ’til we collaborate with Kesha, then drop the confetti + pop the champagne! We’re excited to announce our newest FREE filter +pack, High Road, to celebrate Kesha’s newest album.

Photo courtesy of Kesha, edited with Chasing Thunder in #HighRoad
Photo courtesy of Kesha, edited with High Road in #HighRoad

Chasing Thunder, High Road, and Tonight all feature custom light leaks. The light leak from Chasing Thunder grazes both the left and right hand sides of the frame, giving a rainbow effect. High Road gives a distinct orangey-pink leak—dreamy, like a jet stream at sunset! ✨Tonight is for the bold, with an orange light leak featuring hard lines.

Photo courtesy of Kesha, edited with Tonight in #HighRoad
Photo courtesy of Kesha, edited with Cowboy Blues in #HighRoad

Cowboy Blues (pictured directly above) features a stunning combination of rust and teal, giving us all the nostalgic vibes from this unplugged track by the same name. Finally, BFF (below) is one of the most unique filters, not only from the High Road filter +pack, but from our whole app! BFF is a one-tap edit that turns beige toward lilac and blue toward a neon yellow. The intricacies of this filter make it look completely different depending on the photo you use it on, which is really fun!

Photo courtesy of Kesha, edited with BFF in #HighRoad

We can’t wait to see your photos using the filters from #HighRoad. Be sure to use the hashtag on your edits, and we’ll share a few of our favorites!

xo, Team ACS

A Design Kit: New Abstract Design +Pack!

Today, we’re excited to announce some fresh designs in A Design Kit! We love innovating +packs for A Design Kit, and the new Abstract design +pack is certainly a favorite. Abstract contains 34 designs—the +pack is full of fun shapes, speckles, and blobs that you can layer on top of one another or use individually. We love the look and extra adore this terrazzo vibe from the burnt orange above! Let’s take a look at some more inspo from this +pack.

As you can see, these designs are cute to add over photos or to use by themselves over a colored background. In case it’s been a bit since you’ve explored the Design section of the app, the designs will be applied in white, and then you can use the color picker to make them any color you’d like! You can even apply designs using our in-app textures and the different background options like holographic and speckled.

We can also see you having a lot of fun using the Abstract design +pack on your quotes and graphics created in A Design Kit! We’re so excited to get this +pack into your hands, and we hope you love it as much as we’ve loved making it for you! Be sure to tag us in your edits using #adesignkit, so we can see your imagination at work. 🧡

xo! -Team ACS