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Thumbs Up Thursday: Celebrating Pride

In light of recent events, our heavy hearts are grateful to see so many of you are still celebrating Pride this month. The attack on Pulse in Orlando struck a chord with us all, and our sincerest condolences, love and gratitude go out to all who suffered. Within all of the sadness and hurt, let us not forget that there’s still much to celebrate, this month and all year long.

Scroll down to see how this week’s Thumbs Up Thursday winners like to live loud and proud.

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Alissa C. hits it home with temporary tattoos that sit right on a pulse point. The symbolism is strong with this one, and we’re feelin’ it.

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HOW TO: Add Character with Photo Filters

Do you ever find yourself thinking about the early days of photography?

We’re not talking about the grainy photos you once snapped with your flip phones, or even the not-so-great ones you took with one of the first digital cameras you owned (which you insisted on taking with you to every single function imaginable, remember?).  No, we’re talking about the very beginning, when developing just a single photograph required chemical concoctions and glass plates and copper sheets, when posing for a single photo was a grueling test of staying absolutely still for thirty minutes. Those days.

As tedious and as time consuming as that process was, it resulted in images that were fraught with meaning. How could they not be? They were layered with time and process and effort, and the result was, many times, otherworldly.

The reason we bring this up is because we’re here to talk about photo filters, and when we talk about photo filters what we’re really talking about is making our crisp, unmarred images into something much more layered, into a photo with a story.

What exactly is a photo filter anyway? In our modern world, when we talk about the photo filters, like the ones we see on Instagram for example, we’re simply talking about a photography effect which enhances an image we’ve taken. It does this by dynamically diversifying the color spectrum of a photo. How it diversifies the spectrum depends on the type of filter you choose.

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Thumbs Up Thursday: Best Friends Forever

There’s no one better than your BFF. Last Wednesday, June 8th, was National Best Friends Day, a time to celebrate the people who stand by you through thick and thin, giggle with you for no real reason, and understand you to the core.

In last week’s mission, we asked you to share a photo – recent or throwback – of you and your bestie, mentioning in the caption what makes them so special. The submissions were awesome – you Tappers have a lot of love for your buds!

The five winners we selected show a range of pairs. Take a peek, then call up your best friend and say you love ’em!

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This adorable shot, care of mama Aaliyah H., serves up a sweet moment between mother and son BFFs. We can’t get over the sweet smiles, the sunny framing, and the happiness this photo is full of. Mom truly is your BFFL, little man – don’t forget it!


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HOW TO: Make Your Own GIFs with Giphy

GIF, which stands for Graphic Interchange Format, is an animated file type originally invented in the late 80s and catapulted into popularity in the mid-90s through the then-ubiquitous Dancing Baby.

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The format allows for a short moving sequence to be played on loop and, if you’ve spent any time around internet forums, walls, or listicles lately, you’ve probably noticed that it’s having quite a renaissance.

Instead of words, abbreviations, or even emojis, people are increasingly turning to  carefully selected gifs to convey their reactions. Here are a few of our favorite ones illustrating how we feel about you guys:

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To communicate with Gifs, people either build up personal libraries by saving interesting ones they come across, search for relevant ones on an as-needed basis, or create their own from photos or video clips. We trust you Tappers to master the first two options on your own, so today’s tutorial is going to be focused on Option 3: Creating Gifs.

In this case, we’ll be discussing how to do so using Giphy, a popular online gif creator.

Let’s dive in…

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Thumbs Up Thursday: Mouthwatering Memorial Day BBQs

What are we to do when our jobs involve asking Tappers for photos we know are going to send our afternoon hunger levels into an infinite abyss of delectable daydreams, but have to ask for these photos anyway? We stay strong and carry on, of course, clicking through photo after photo of beautiful, beautiful meals as we count down the hours till dinner.

From perfectly seared burgers to juicy brisket, it’s clear from your entries into last week’s Thumbs Up Thursday contest that you guys are seasoned (ha!) throwers of Memorial Day BBQs. Below, we’ve somehow held off the drooling long enough to assemble five of our favorite photos.

original (18)We’re loving this indulgent smorgasbord of a meal from Darlene F! Between hearty steak, beans, and cheese and sour cream covered potatoes, she’s got the best BBQ superstars all on one plate.

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HOW TO: Take Your Snapchat Game to the Next Level

In last week’s tutorial, we introduced you to Gen Z’s favorite app, Snapchat, sharing the basic what, why and how of the app – but that only scratched the surface.

Once you start sending snaps, you’re ready to dive into the rabbit hole of extra features that Snapchat has to offer, from animated lenses to location-based overlays, creating content on Snapchat comes with a host of awesome possibilities. Let’s review how to take a snap (or a story) and then jump into a few key enhancements that’ll make your Snapchat shots into masterpieces.


First up, sending a basic photo or video snap: this part’s easy! Just open up the Snapchat app and then, in the app, navigate to the camera screen.

Once the camera opens, you can tap on the circle in the lower half of the frame to take a photo or hold your finger down on it to record a video. When you let go, Snapchat will show you the content you just created. Not satisfied? Click the X in the upper left corner to delete the content and try again. Happy with what you’ve captured? Great! Then it’s time to share with your friends! Click on the arrow icon in the lower right corner of the screen to take you to your sharing options.

Now it’s time to decide whether you want to send the snap privately to a select few friends or to share it with everyone following you by making it part of your Story (for a refresher, check out last week’s tutorial.) To send privately, just check off the name or names of the people you’d like to send it to. To share with your social world, check off My Story. Confirm your selection and…Voilà! Shared!

Now, let’s move on to the good stuff…

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Thumbs Up Thursday: Serious Prom Throwbacks

Though we may be in the minority, there are those of us who exist in a somewhat permanent state of nostalgia. Sights, sounds, and even smells sometimes carry us right out of the present moment, and into a stirring memory.

It’s no surprise then, that the month of May, with all its celebrations and graduations and holidays, has hit us with all the nostalgia feels, particularly in the prom department. (Tis the season!) When you reflect back on your prom night, what comes to mind first? Perhaps it’s a kiss you weren’t expecting, or one that you were. Maybe you remember getting dolled up with your girlfriends, everyone bursting into random fits of giggles thinking about what the night could bring.

All of these memories got us thinking about how much fun it would be to take a peek into your past lives, Tappers, and see some of your prom photos. Full of big bangs, sequined shoulder pads, and lipstick-lined smiles, the submissions were incredible all around, whether the photos were from 2004 or 1984! Below, we’ve chosen five of our favorites.

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It was love at first sight when we came across this photo, submitted to us by Dianne L of her and her best friend Joel in 1986. Everything about their prom look is classy with a capital C, from Joel’s pristine white gloves to Dianne’s absolutely striking dress! We’ve got a hunch that this was an evening to remember.

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HOW TO: Snapchat Like You’re Generation Z

More so than most other apps we discuss here, Snapchat seems to have some definitively age-divisive characteristics. While most people under 25 seem to intuitively understand the app, some sort of dark magic instantaneously turns its functions and icons to gibberish as soon as that calendar ticks past someone’s quarter-century mark.

Fear not though, Tappers. If you’re not yet among the face Snap-swapping masses, we’re here to help you change that. This week’s tutorial will be giving you a general overview of Snapchat, while next week’s edition will focus on diving deeper into the app’s functionality.

Let’s begin!

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Thumbs Up Thursday: Magnificent Memes

In 2007, a famous cat once asked the internet, “I can haz cheezburger?” helping to shape the world of memes as we know them.

Just last week, we taught you a little something about what a meme is and how to create your own using Imgur’s meme generator. Tappers, you really delivered; there were so many adorably cute pets, excellent photos, and hilarious memes sent our way!

Let’s take a look at our top five:


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With the interesting angle and funny caption, we couldn’t help but want to share this meme all over the web.  First things first, this little kitten is adorable. Second, we know as soon as that can starts to crack open, this little one is all over her human, William S.  Read More

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HOW TO: Dive into Photo Editing with Snapseed

As you’ve probably noticed from our past few tutorials, in the world of photo editing apps, there are many, many… many options to consider. How do you narrow it down? Prettiest app icon? Highest reviews? Highest review rate in ratio to the number of reviewers…? Hmm. Maybe you read the Top 100 Photo Editing Apps in All the Land and then realize all the articles you’ve found are from 2012, and are therefore severely outdated, considering how quickly technology evolves?

Sigh. So you go back to the drawing board, the Google search, or maybe just bite the bullet and trust someone who raved about using a particular app even though their Instagram uploads are mediocre at best. Luckily, we have a better option: Our app overviews!

Keep reading for a dive into our latest obsession: Google’s Snapseed.

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