Instagram 2.1 Update Out Now With New Filter, Interface, and Lux

Instagram’s new Sierra filter and Lux tool

Instagram 2.1 was just released today. After a slew of minor updates, this new update adds a few great new features to this popular app. In this update, Instagram gets Lux, its version of “Clarity.” There’s also a new filter in here. Oh, and the interface gets prettified.

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Instagram 2.1’s new interface

This is a very good Instagram update. Lux is probably the biggest new feature added to Instagram since its implementation of tiltshift many updates ago. Bascially, Lux adds a little iPhone-HDR to photos. It bumps the color saturation a little. It increases the contrast. And, it helps balance the dynamic range of the image that increases the details in the darker areas but not at the expense of the brighter areas. With one button, Lux adds pop to Instagram pics. Although more apps are now adding a similar tool, for Instagram to have it built in is still pretty bitchin’!

The new Sierra filter won’t appease lovers of the deleted Gotham and Poprocket filters. Sierra adds aging and fading to the image and I think a little bit of noise as well. There’s also an age-discolored frame that can be toggled off and on.

Instagram’s new interface is pretty sweet. The icons have been bolded and modernized. They’re also a little different which communicates the functions a little more clearly. It’s very iconic which is great given the global success of the app. Now that Instagram has this new interface, the rash of copycat clones in the App Store will look even more like last year’s Instagram.

Instagram is free. Still no ads in the app — yay! And, it still works on any iPhone ever made.

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Raw image (left) and with Lux applied (right)


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Marty is a self-employed graphic designer in the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex. He is an avid Rangers baseball, Chicago Cubs, Packers and Highbury Arsenal fan. In addition to capturing random moments with whatever camera is close by (usually his iPhone), his other interests include coffee, film, music, and traveling in seats 5E and 5F with his fiancé.
  • kangaroo

    The icons are horrible looking, they look unfinished. I prefer the old Instagram interface.

    I wish a developer would create something similar to the now dead Photovine, though I guess there is the less beautiful looking interface of Piictu.

  • Miege

    Lux? Hmm, heard of that used before…in Virtual Light?

  • Blippo

    If there's no way to save photos before posting and until they not bring back the old textures, i'll continue to use 1.19.9 version. The romantic taste of old instagram is gone.

  • Trond

    Yeah, preferred those sneakers. And I still don’t get why Gotham and Poprocket had to go – and why Instagram doesn’t bother to bring them back.

  • Larissa

    I’m loving Lux! I didn’t even notice that new function in the update so thanks for bringing it up. Are you on Instagram? Can’t find you.