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  • Aaron Nace Learns to Edit on an iPhone! ft. Elise Swopes

  • by Elise Swopes
    May 21, 2019
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Tutorial Description

Join Aaron as he learns the art of mobile compositing from photographer and mobile artist, Elise Swopes! Sit back, relax, and watch as a Photoshop guru steps out of his comfort zone to see how powerful mobile editing apps have become!

Ready to learn more about mobile editing? Check out our PRO tutorial Mobile Editing with Elise Swopes! Learn how to use some of the post powerful editing apps out there to make stunning composites and build a photo business using only your phone.

Meet Elise Swopes

When Elise Swopes first joined Instagram in 2010, she couldn’t have imagined that she’d one day be featured on billboards, in commercials, and on mood boards at agencies across the globe. She just knew that the phone in her hand held an incredible power, one that would allow her to inspire others while showcasing her unique vision. As she heads into the future, she continues to innovate in the increasingly multimedia landscape of digital communication, delving into video production that fits within the format of Instagram Stories to take followers on adventures with brands like Adidas and Pandora.

Check out Elise’s work on Instagram.

Apps You’ll Need

Some apps are great for blending multiple images together. Some are great for making adjustments to exposure. And some are great for coloring and stylistic effects. Elise uses a variety of apps to create her images. Be sure to download the following apps on your phone or tablet so you can follow along with the tutorial!

ArtStudio is not available on the Google Play Store. We recommend trying Adobe Photoshop Mix for any image compositing on an Android device.


Adobe Lightroom CC

Mobile Editing 101

Technology is changing and so is the way we create. You don’t need an expensive computer. You don’t need a top-of-the-line camera. You can start making amazing images today with any mobile device.

Elise Swopes built her brand and her business using only her phone. From capture, to composite, to building her community, all it takes is some motivation, inspiration, and the tiny computer in your pocket.


ArtStudio is a powerful app that has all the usual tools you might find in a more traditional piece of photo editing software like Photoshop. Layers, selections, blending modes–if you’re looking to make realistic composites using a phone or tablet, this is the best place to start.


One of the most popular apps for sharing images with the world, VSCO is also a great tool for editors. Equipped with a massive library of color filters and intuitive tools for making minor adjustments (like exposure, cropping etc), VSCO is a must-have app that can help in a wide variety of situations.

Adobe Lightroom CC

All the power of the Lightroom you’re used to, now in the palm of your hand. Elise turns to Lightroom when she’s ready to put the finishing touches on an image. This could mean fine-tuning the exposure, adding rich color toning, or adding stylistic effects like film grain. Lightroom is as versatile as it is powerful, and is one of the best ways to edit images on a mobile device.

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