In one of my episodes of Scrapbook Soup that will be coming soon to PBS (more on that tomorrow!), I promised that I would share here on Scrapbook Update how I get my Instagrams off of my phone and into print form.
So let’s get started! With the right tools, it is surprisingly easy and fast. (After I show you my process, I’ll discuss a few alternatives).
Method 1: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
I use Adobe’s Photoshop Lightroom software for managing and editing all of my photos, and my iPhone and Instagram photos are no different. The current version is Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5, but I am using version 3 at the moment. There is an initial investment in purchasing the software (currently priced at about $149) but it is not necessary to upgrade very often and upgrades are much more affordable (about $79). Unlike programs like Photoshop Elements, Lightroom is designed specifically for managing, editing and printing photos, so the workflow is much smoother than in PSE. I’m on a Mac but Lightroom is available on both Windows or Mac machines.
To get my photos off of my phone, I just plug my phone into my computer and then open Lightroom.
The next step is to select “Import Photos” from the “File” menu.