Photoshop 101 - 10 easy steps to better looking photos

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Hello, well I thought as I edit all of my own pictures on my blog and after reading that pictures are a key point to any blog post, I thought why don't I show everyone else how I edit my own photos and maybe some people could learn, first of all this is not the only way to make pictures look better, this is just the way that I have learnt. So without further ado lets learn Photoshop (if you don't have Photoshop check the bottom of this post for alternatives) !!

Today I'll show you how to make your images brighter and more vibrant through making a selection and editing that selection. (instructions are under the pictures)

1.  Open up your photo editing software (alternatives at the bottom of the page)

2. Open up the image by going to File - Open then select the image you wish to edit

3. Select the "Quick Selection Tool" by pressing "W" or selecting it on the left

4. Drag your cursor on the selection you want to make/edit (for mine its the peppers) and the tool will automatically adjust to the pixels and give you the outline. If you accidentally add something into the selection that isn't meant to be selected then press "Alt" and drag your mouse across the parts you don't want. The part inside the dotted lines are now in the selection.

5. Now the next part really relies on what you want to edit, for me I want the colours to be more vibrant, there are a variety of different things you can do. With your selection selected click on Image - Adjustments - Vibrance

6. Adjust the sliders for desired effect, I tend to add alot of Vibrance and a tiny bit of Saturation, this does depend on your original image though, but add as much or as little as you like, make sure preview is ticked as well as this will allow you to see the changes in real-time, then hit OK

7. So now the foreground selection is done its time to do stuff in the background, I make my backgrounds lighter, to do this while the selection is still on the main things hit "Ctrl + Shift + I" this shortcut is really handy as it inverts the selection and selects everything but what you've just edited before

8. Now head back to Image - Adjustments - brightness/Contrast (you can also use "Curves" and "Exposure", these have more sliders, so there's more to mess around with), for basic light settings use Brightness/Contrast

9. Adjust slider for desired effect ( I have a white background so you cant really tell, but you'll be able to see the difference when you do it) remember to mess around with the sliders you'll find out what you like. Once you've messed around enough hit Ok.

10. Now just Deselect the selection by pressing "Ctrl + D" and you are done! Save your Image as a .PSD (so you can further edit later) and as a .PNG/JPEG, after i've  finished I always like to compare the original to the edited one. Remember this is only one of probably hundreds of ways to make photos look better. The trick with Photoshop is to mess around and eventually you'll find out different little tricks that help your photos. If you get stuck feel free to comment and I'll help as best I can.

Heres the original (Top) and the edited (bottom) version so you can see the difference, yes its harder to see as it is a white background but there is a difference if you look closely enough!

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1 comment:

  1. I use these exact edits myself, woop Photoshop nerds ;) Although I did forget you could select parts instead of doing the whole image, so thankyou!