Editing Live Photos on iPhone: How to Apply Effects, Remove Audio and Crop


Only with the arrival of iOS 11 did the Live Photos function migrate from the category of useless advertising marketing to the really necessary tool with which you can get high-quality bright and impressive pictures.

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What are Live Photos?

For those not in the know, Live Photos adds a few seconds of video (with sound) to the photo before and after the moment of shooting. Such files weigh more, and until the release of iOS 11, you could only view such animated images and no more.

To activate Live Photos, open the camera and click the appropriate icon (see screenshot below). Depending on the iOS version, the Live Photos icon may be placed in a different location.

How do I take pictures in Live Photos?

After pressing the shutter button, Live should appear at the top of the screen.

How do I take pictures in Live Photos?

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How to choose a title shot for Live Photos

Live Photos lets you choose a title shot from your entire footage. This can mean that in most cases there is no need to take a series of photos, then choose the most successful one, and then delete unused photos.

Just take a live photo (make sure the photo is marked LIVE in the upper left corner) and press the button “Edit“. Click the Live Photos icon in the toolbar to activate edit mode “Live photos”

How to edit Live Photos

At the bottom of the display, move the slider on the timeline to select the best frame (after releasing your finger, the message “Make a cover photo“, Click on it) and confirm your intention by pressing the button”Done“.

How to choose a title shot for Live Photos

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How to Apply Effects to Live Photos

In order to start editing, open a live photo and swipe it up, after which the page will scroll to an additional menu.

How to Apply Effects to Live Photos

There are currently four effects available:

  • Live – standard live photography without effects (a kind of reset to the original settings after applying the following effects);
  • A loop – allows you to loop the animation. Unlike the standard solution, when you need to hold your finger with the 3D Touch gesture on the picture to view a video, with the effect A loop the image will be constantly in motion;
  • Pendulum – play the clip in reverse order. For example, people jumping out of a pool look much more spectacular than those who jump there;
  • Long exposure – simulates long shutter speed as on DSLR cameras. Moving objects will get a nice blur. Beautiful long exposure photographs are obtained when capturing rivers or car lights at night. In this case, you do not need to buy an SLR camera, set it on a tripod and take an exposure for several tens of minutes.

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How to crop Live Photos

Open the application “Photo“And select”Live photo“You want to crop. Click the button “Edit”… Click the Live Photos icon in the toolbar to activate edit mode “Live photos”

How to edit Live Photos

On the timeline that appears at the bottom of the screen, slide the left and right arrows. This action will change the start and end points of your Live Photos. When finished, press the button “Done”

How to crop Live Photos

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How to mute Live Photos

Switch to edit mode for the photo marked LIVE by pressing the button “Edit” in the upper right corner. Click the Live Photos icon in the toolbar to activate edit mode “Live photos”

How to edit Live Photos

Click on the icon with the image of the loudspeaker (speaker) to mute the sound in Live Photo and confirm the action by pressing the button Done

How to mute Live Photos

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