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How to create candy-coloured photos

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This is such a fun technique! You might have admired the candy-coloured photos spotted all over Instagram, but didn't quite know how to achieve it. This step-by-step tutorial will have you creating candy photos in no time!

How to create candy-coloured photosPhoto credit: Matt Crump

In the week before Christmas and New Year I fell in love, and it wasn’t with my husband. Well, I love him and always will but I also fell in love with another guy. Well his creativity and photo skills, to be truthful.

The guy; Matt Crump.

I don’t even know how I stumbled across his Instagram feed but it’s INSANE. You know how every now and then you discover who has so much talent that it pretty much blows your mind? Yeah, that happened.

Check out a few photos from his Instagram feed.

How to create candy-coloured photos

Matt uses two techniques really well; minimalism and great editing.

Minimalism is quite easy to do. It just means clearing out any clutter from your shots, and leaving lots of negative space. You can read a lesson I wrote on negative space here. A great way to get more space around your photos, like Matt has above, is to shot from below and crop out any distractions when you’re editing. Let’s take the top left {the palm tree shot} for example. There’s probably people all at the bottom of the shot, maybe cars driving by, it could be anything… but if you tilt your phone up a little and get rid of the ‘busy stuff’ below you end up with a minimalist photo. It’s also best if your sky is clear {no clouds}, but you can work with whatever you have, of course.

Now let’s talk about the editing side of things…


How to create candy-coloured photos

There’s not one way to create candy-coloured photos. I read Matt’s guide to taking candy minimal photos and have been tinkering around with his advice.

The Apps I use are Diptic, Pic-Tap-Go, Afterlight and Little Moments. But others happily use BeFunky and VSCOcam. Honestly, you can just grab the Diptic App, and then edit it with whatever App you like best for editing your photos.


Open up the Diptic App and upload your photo. You’ll see Diptic is essentially a collage app, so you’ll want to pic the ‘collage’ that has just one square photo. Click inside the frame to add your photo. Click BORDERS to remove your border {if you want to}.

How to create candy-coloured photos

Play around with the slides and change the colours. The colours will seem very bright at this stage, and that’s OK because when you’re editing your photo in which App you choose, you can alter them to suit the effect that you want.


How to create candy-coloured photos Edit your photo by adding a filter, or two. I’ve been playing around in PicTapGo, because that’s what Matt recommends, but you can do whatever you like. Find what style best suits you. Some photos I edited further in Little Moments to get the effect I wanted. In PicTapGo I like the ‘flirt’ filter.

Here’s some photos I’ve created so far. SO MUCH FUN. I’m patiently {or not so patiently} waiting for clouds to clear and get a cloudless sky to head out and take photos.

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Lastly, you’ll notice when using the Diptic that you have to have your photo cropped to a square. I’m not a huge fan of squares for my photos at the moment. So my workaround was uploading my photo to Afterlight, adding the white border strips to make it into a square, and then editing, and then uploading to Little Moments, cropping back to it’s original format and then publishing again with the white strips. That won’t make any sense to a lot of people, but I thought I’d put it out there.

Have fun taking candy-coloured pics. Matt has a tag #candyminimalism that you can add to your pics. Feel free to add #FMScandy so I can see what you create too.

If you really like Matt Crump’s photos, you can buy them here. I think I’m going to do just that. It’s LOVE.

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  • Thank you so much for this! Can’t wait to try it out on my pics.

  • Thanks for this tutorial, it’s like you read my mind (again)! xx

  • Hmmmm. I’ve never been forced to crop my photos into a square when using PicTapGo. I can even opt to post to Instagram in its full size from PicTapGo, so that Instagram doesn’t crop it down as it it does.

  • Love this! Going to have so much more fun with my Instagram pictures now!

  • BectheOwlQueen

    Has anyone found any free android apps that does this please ?

    • Oh yes. I meant to write that in the post. If anyone has any idea how to do it in Android, please share. x

      • I have an andRaid and use pixlr express. If you go into adjustment then colour there is a hue option where you can change the colour of your pics.

        • BectheOwlQueen

          Oh thanks so much !

          • I use Aviary, it’s free on Android and iOS and I think it works great. You should really check it out 🙂

    • I use the app Picsart for a long time now and they’ve just introduced a color wheel. It’s awesome for this kind of photo’s! I’ve tried different apps and this one works best for me.

  • Jen

    I was going to leave the same comment as Dawn. One thing I love about PicTapGo is that you DON’T have to crop your pics to a square. You can leave them full-size (or crop them into various rectangles, if you wish) then when you’re at the “go” stage, just choose “Instagram full” and it will let you post to insta in your original size.

    I’m really loving the candy look of these pics! Thanks for the tutorial! I can’t wait to give it a try!!

  • I love that!! How cool! We’re going overseas in a few weeks and this will be perfect for having a play around with some tropical beachy photos!! Thanks 🙂

  • Em

    Pixlr Express for android users. My fave editing app!
    Just select your photo & select adjustment. Then select colour. From there you can change hue, saturation and lightness.
    You can also use the original size photo, no need to crop 🙂

  • Diptic is designed for an Iphone do you know of any that are good for us Android users?

    • Em

      See my comment above Julie 🙂 Works a treat!

      • Hi Em. I’ve download Pixlr express on my Samsung and can’t find any of the options you are referring to – ie “adjustment” am I being silly or is there something I’m missing? Thanks! 🙂

        • There are 2 apps with the same name, sorted it out now. Thanks!

          • Em

            Sorry, just saw this! Hopefully you’ve found it all now! 🙂

  • LOVE!!!!! Can’t wait to go and play. SO MUCH FUN!!!

  • Will try it out! x

  • I have to try this out! How cool. 🙂

  • I use the Diptic desktop app and there you can adapt the ratio of your pictures, so you don’t have to limit yourself to the square options. Almost all the pictures and collages on my blog from before the summer are made with Diptic and you’ll see there are not many square ones…

  • How much fun, I just tried this and I’m hooked already 🙂 Thanks!

  • Awesome!! Thank you! Can’t wait to try this out myself 🙂

  • So fun!
    I actually took a photo yesterday evening that was of the moon in a bright blue sky which I think will be perfect for this!

  • Amber

    I love Aviary on android! ALL their features (effects, overlays, etc.) I think are still free temporarily with an Adobe account.

  • Great tutorial! I made one on my instagram @courtneyvioletbentleyfitness.bkk its the pink dancer one, after this and loved the way it looked! Thank you so much xo C

  • Ingrid IngStyle

    I do love candy! Will try this today x

  • Roxanne

    Diptic app for android only lets you change brightness, contrast & saturation – cant actually change the colouring (unless i am completely using it wrong) 🙁 do you have any recommendations for another app similar to diptic? These pics are amazing…i want to join in :p

  • permanentprocrastination

    Wow those photos are so cool. I love editing my photos, there are some great apps out there.

  • Thanks for the recommendation of Pixlr. Its fantastic. Won’t be using any of those other photo editor apps on my phone. I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Awesome.

  • Tania

    Just playing around with Diptic and I like it a lot. Thanks Chantelle!

  • Just found Squareready app – this lets you put borders round your image very easily so it meets the square format for instagram.

  • omg, love it!

  • Muhammad Isro’ Nazahar

    Can you please do one with Android apps?

  • Christy

    Chantelle, loved this read! I’m in photoshop playing with a palm tree image so I’m so happy to see your blog post come up when searching, much love!

    Christy from Plan Your Gram x

  • Awesome !!!! How can capture that. Really nice and attractive.

  • Picsart is great for creating these effects as well.

  • Gemma

    Do you happen to have the link to Matt’s how to guide by any chance? I’d love to read it