There are an array of tools available in the mobile apps to quickly take and edit photos and videos for posting on Tumblr.
From the dashboard, swipe right or tap the camera icon to access these tools. Within a post, just tap the camera icon.
Using the different modes
When you open the Tumblr camera, you’ll see a button at the top of your screen. You can tap this button to cycle through three different modes of content creation:
- In ‘Normal’ mode, just tap the shutter button to take a photo in this mode, or hold the button to take a video. To edit and post photos or videos from your camera roll, tap the thumbnail to open your phone’s camera roll, find the photo or video you want to edit, and then just tap again.
- ‘Stitch’ mode allows you to take and string together a series of pictures or videos into one video file. When you’re in Stitch mode and you want to line up consecutive shots for a seamless transition, just tap the ghost overlay icon to display a ghostly frame over your camera’s current view. The icon will be on the left side of your screen.
- ‘Loop’ mode creates a moving image that plays backward and forward in a, well, you know...a loop.
Editing your photo and video content
Once you’ve captured some content, there are a few different tools you can use to edit, alter, or markup your masterpiece.
To use the drawing tools: Tap the squiggle at the bottom of your screen to access the drawing tools. You can tap the color wheel to choose a color; press and hold on the color bar to bring up more detailed options.
Tap and hold that little dot all the way on the bottom left side of your screen to change the width of your lines. There’s also an eraser tool and three different types of drawing tips. Just tap ‘em to select and use.
To apply filters: Tap the disco ball to overlay a filter on your photo or video. Tap again to add another!
To add text: Tap the Aa to add text. Use the icons above the keyboard to change your text’s font, justification, color, or highlighting. Once you’re ready, tap the checkmark to approve your text. You can also move and resize your text by dragging and pinching.
To add stickers: Tap the smiley icon to access the sticker drawer. Tap to add a sticker, and drag and pinch to move or resize the sticker. Repeat the process to add as many stickers as you can handle.
Posting your content
After you’ve added and edited your content, tap the arrow in the lower right corner.
On this screen, you can do things like: add relevant tags; pick which blog to post to; schedule or queue your post; save your post as a draft; and add source info for your content.
Once you’re ready to post, just tap ‘Post now,’ and voila–sweet posting success.