Editing my blog photos is something that I actually enjoy doing. Many of you probably find it quite dull, but for me, taking something that’s not perfect and making it blog-worthy is actually quite rewarding. When I first started blogging I didn’t edit my photos much, but now I’ve learnt a few Photoshop tricks that make them look a lot prettier. I am not an expert in Photoshop, but hopefully the tips I share with you in this post will help you in some way.
Below is the original photo.
Brightness & Contrast – The first thing that I do when I put my photo into Photoshop is to tweak the brightness and contrast settings. When I take photos on my camera, they seem to look really bright and clear, but when at the editing stage they are always dull. To correct this, I put the brightness up by 40 and the contrast by 20. I base the contrast figure off the edited brightness setting. Whatever the amount, I always half it for contrast. This gives the photo a natural look and keeps it looking balanced. As you can see from the photo below, this makes a huge difference.
Colour Balance/Photo Filter – The colour balancing stage usually depends on what light I’ve taken the photo in that day. If taken in sunlight, it may have a yellow appearance and if taken on a dull, grey afternoon, the image tends to have blue undertones. The aim of colour balancing is to bring the colour back to white. Depending on the image, I achieve this by cooling down or warming up the photo. This photo was taken in sunlight which is great for bringing out details, but unfortunately makes it look very warm. I corrected the colour by moving the sliders towards cooler tones. I also added a cooling filter to the photo. I don’t usually take the setting higher than 10.
Levels/Curves – If the photo I’m working on is still not bright enough in some areas, I use either curves or levels to alter the image. By selecting a particular part of the photo, it means that I’m not going to affect the rest (a trick I recently learnt). Once I’ve selected the parts of the photo I want to change using the quick selection tool, it’s just a case of moving the sliders until I’m happy with how it looks. In this photo, I brightened a few of the darker areas and deepened the look of the darker colours. This gives the image a more striking and bolder effect.
Healing Brush/Clone Stamp – The last step of the editing process is to fix any marks on the photo. If there is a mark on my image, like a lipstick smudge or crease on my background, I will erase it using Photoshop’s healing brush. I select a small area of the photo that I want to cover the mark with and then left-click over the affected area. It can easily be removed in seconds using this tool. If larger areas need correcting or you want to re-create a part of the image, the clone stamp is a great tool to use. In the above photo, I’m sure you can see a crease in the background. This stage helps me to remove that and create an image worthy of being used on my blog.
The final image.
How do you edit your blog photos? Do you use any of the same techniques? Please leave comments below.
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