Filter stacking

By: Rosie Clayton

Hey guys! Rosie here, and I’m so excited to share some tips and tricks for filter stacking in A Color Story. Layering filters in ACS is a great way to bring your photos to life and create an aesthetic uniquely your own. I find filter stacking useful since I shoot around so many different backdrops, conditions, and colors; using multiple filters allows me to pull out different tones and create a rich, dynamic image while remaining cohesive on social media.

The order in which I apply my filters makes a difference in the final edit since each filter is working off the previous, filtered, layer/image. The ACS app encourages you to play with filters and it’s super easy to test different options in each pack. My advice would be to tap through a bunch of filters within a pack (or packs) you love- click on Shop/All Packs for a quick refresh on the theme for each pack if you need a reminder. I always tap on several filters to see the effect at 100%and play with the opacity slider for a quick second. When I know which 2, 3, or even 4 filters bring out what outcome I’m hoping to achieve, then I apply the min the order and opacity I think looks best. It’s really easy once you get the hang of it and I actually find it hard to use just one filter now. That said, less is more, so don’t overdo it just for the sake of layering filters. I tend to use 3 filters on average with each set around 15-45% opacity so that also makes a difference when stacking.

Check out some before + after examples below, listed in filter order!


29% Everyday, 53% Brilliant, 17% Pop {All from Essentials}


40% Pop Song {Good Vibes} + 25% Pop {Essentials}


56% Everyday, 25% Sharp, 10% Pop {All from Essentials}


34% Ice Ice, 25% Everyday {Essentials} + 17% Valerie {Flashes of Delight}


23% Punch {Blush}, 24% Everyday {Essentials}, + 33% Regent Street {On the Road}


33% Oxford {On the Road} + 30% Everyday {Essentials}


31% Regent Street {On the Road}, 12% Punch {Blush}, + 14% On Lock {Essentials}

You will most likely gravitate towards a few specific filters or packs as go-tos but the combination of filters and opacity is where the fun begins! Don’t forget to add the final touch using Tools after you apply filters. I brighten, add vibrance, play with temperature, and exposure, and sharpen.

I hope you found this information useful and I can’t wait to see what you create with A Color Story! Have fun!! -Rosie

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