How To Remove Instagram Filters From Photos: with & without Photoshop

Before posting a picture, Instagram offers you to add filters and change the brightness or contrast of a photo or group of photos. It has various retro-filters. You clicked an image, added filters, and posted it. However, now you are regretting editing the perfect photo? Wondering Whether you can restore a photo to its original form or could remove Instagram filters from photos? Well, yes you can!

You can either use third-party app Normalize to restore an image to the original form. Or if you are hands-on with Adobe Photoshop Elements, then you can use it to get back the original image.

In this post, we have listed both the ways to remove Instagram filters from saved photos.

Remove Instagram Filters From Photos Using Normalize App

Normalize app for iOS can remove all the filters applied on Instagram and get your original image back. First, you need to understand how filters are applied to an image. It is not a layer applied to an image, it is more. When a filter is applied, the original image changes. So, when you use Normalize to revert the changes, you need to be careful so that you don’t make it worse.

Normalize can also be used to create balance in an image. Normalize is an app is easy to use and also comes with a simple interface.

Let’s take a look at the features of the app:

  • It lets you see the output of an image without uploading or saving the photo.
  • It allows you to preview Before/After with a tap.
  • It allows you to paste images into the app directly.
  • The app supports loading and saving images to the Photo library.
  • It can remove color casts, immoderate contrast, neutralize white balance and other filters applied.


Normalize is a surely a paid application. You can get it for a nominal price which is $1. The app comes with advanced automatic color correction. The app is specifically designed for photos with filters added to it or raw images.

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How Does It Work?

Step 1: Normalize is a simple app can access your photos from Photo library or you can paste the image from the album to the app.

Step 2: Once an image is opened in the app, tap on Edit.

Step 3: You will get a slider between two values Original & Aggressive.

Step 4: Slide the slider somewhere in between to make the image look “Normal” before you applied filters on Instagram.

Note: If you slide it towards Aggressive, will increase Instagram filters effect more.

Step 5:  When you are satisfied with the outcome, you can tap the Save button to save it to Photos.

Remove Instagram Filters from Photos Using Adobe Photoshop Elements

You can also remove Instagram filters from Photos with the help of Adobe Photoshop Elements as well. Follow these steps to do so:

Step 1: Launch Adobe Photoshop Elements on your computer. Open the image on it.

Step 2: Now we will try to use some of the settings to get back the image to the original.

Step 3: Go to Enhance->Adjust Color->Adjust Color to Skin Tone

Step 4: Once selected, click on the photo to let the changes effect.

Step 5: If it is not the outcome, that you are looking at, then move forward. Go to Enhance->Adjust Color->Remove Color Cast.

Step 6: Click on the photo with the cursor on the image and see the changes.

Step 7: After using this tool, you need to go back to Enhance->Adjust Color->Adjust Hue/Saturation. Decrease the saturation levels for the image to give it a natural look.

These steps will help you revert the filters or other editing done on the photo.

So, these are some of the ways to remove Instagram filters from Photo. Try any of these methods and get your image in an original form.

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