Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Photo editing tips and tricks

Many think that people use Photoshop to make their bad photos look good. While Photoshop does make anything possible if you put enough work into it, I believe that it rarely makes a bad photo good but it can make any photo better. I have been taking portraits for a few years now and have been using Photoshop for a few years more and I have learned a few techniques that I use on almost every photo to enhance the raw image.

Here is an example of a photo that I took on my cell phone.



The first thing I do to every photo is make a duplicate layer and apply an unsharp mask.
I keep the threshold at 0 and depending on the resolution of the image, keep the radius between 1 and 3 pixels. The amount is entirely up to you.



Next, I adjust the curves and usually increase the contrast by applying what is called an "S Curve". Youll have to play with it a little bit to get used to how the curve works but it is a powerful tool for adjusting the light in a photo.



Lastly you can make a new layer and fill it with the color of your choice. set the blend mode to overlay and drop the opacity until it looks the way you want. This is a nice, simple way to give a warm or cool feel to an entire photo.




And that's it! those are three easy ways to enhance any photo! be sure to play around with settings and experiment to find a look you like.


21 comments:

  1. Wow, nice tips, I've never messed with photoshop, felt that it was overwhelming, but i might be able to wing it with these tips!

    Thanks!

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  2. Thanks bro, never been much of a photoshop genius but with these tips I think I could get some great photos made up.

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  3. Great tip for photo editing.

    Why are you wearing only one shoe?

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  4. great tips, i'll remember that next time I have to edit a photo. thanks for sharing!

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  5. Friggin Photoshop can make anything look amazing. Thanks for the tips!

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  6. Keep up the content, glad your posting oc. :)

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  7. Damn this helped lots thanks bro ! +follow

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  8. i'm horrible at Photoshop! Thanks a lot! Looking forward to more Photoshop posts!

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  9. Nice tip, looks a bit weird tho o_O

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  10. That actually looks considerably more like a professional photograph now. Nice job.

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  11. Man, photoshop really can be used for more than making funny pictures for the internet.

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  12. I work in photoshop all the time, as I do digital art work, the possibilities are endless in that program.

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  13. Now can you Photoshop his left shoe back on?

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  14. Some great tips! I'm terrible at photoshop though lol. Followed

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