Photo Editing Tips and Tricks!
Photo editing is now so easy to do with the advent of digital technology and dslr's being able to take shots that can be transferred directly to a computer, and then simply using image editing software such as Photoshop and Photoshop plugins, to alter it.
The effects that can be now achieved by the average photographer editing a shot, is astounding bearing in mind the flexibility offered with Photoshop elements and Photoshop plugins, not to mention some other kinds of free photo editing software out there.
I remember years ago having to spend ages printing a picture from a negative, and still not being sure until I had the final result in my hands that it would have the desired effect. But not anymore. What often took me hours to achieve, now takes me a couple of minutes!
The Beauty of Digital Photo Editing
Got any pictures that are too dark/too light, or washed out? Took a great shot but then noticed one annoying little element in the corner of the frame that spoils the whole thing? Want to use
digital photography editing
for cropping to adjust the frame of the picture to add emphasis?
No problem. With today's editing solutions all of the above, and much, much more are possible.
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Photo Editing Made Easy
Take a look at the photo I took on the left. The shot was originally under-exposed and the natural lighting that day certainly didn't help matters much.
I had expected it to be a nice sunny day, but instead was greeted by an overcast and gray sky.
I was aiming for spontaneous shots, and so didn't want to be bogged down with apertures and meter readings, and so wasn't paying too much attention to the things I should have been.
Most of the shots still came out well. But this shot would have been close to perfect had the lighting been right. So now for a bit of Photo Editing.
In Photoshop all I needed to do was alter the the color range with curves tool in the color drop-down. An exceptionally simple process doable in pretty much three clicks, what with the live preview tool also being available. You can see the results for yourself below. It made a huge difference as I'm sure you'll agree.
Photo Correction and Airbrushing
Although I'm not the biggest fan of what used to be called airbrushing, and what today is simply a tool on Photoshop, there are times where it does come in useful.
Take the same photo again for example. As you can see, on the cheek there are a couple of skin blemishes. To be honest, they are not too bad really, but they do detract from the overall aesthetics of the picture, due to their positioning and coloration.
So let's see what we can do by using the 'customize brush tool' when editing it.
Choosing the customize brush tool in Photoshop I then created a very diffused brush, with a fairly small radius.
Taking the color dropper from the tool bar, I then took a sample of the color from her cheek beside the blemishes, the color I would be changing the blemishes to.
Going back to my customized brush, I then made a couple of clicks around the blemished area with the pre-selected color.
The blemishes are gone, but the skin still looks natural, which is the effect I was looking for.
As you can see, the end result is much more striking and balanced, and I've turned what was a flawed shot into a really nice one, and it only took me three minutes (if even that).
Hopefully this will have given you a small taster as to what's truly possible with photo editing these days, and how easy it can be. To enhance one of your photos today and learn some easy to follow Photo editing tutorials, click a link below:
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