I firstly used Adobe Photoshop when I was taking photography lessons and we discussed about image editing. I find Photoshop a very useful tool and super fun and when my time allows me to, I try to learn and discover more of its functions.
In today`s post, I share how you can edit your photos in 4 basic steps, quick and easy.
Before I start describing the steps, allow me to say that, I suppose there are many ways to do so, but in this post I just share the 4 basic steps that I follow in order to process my photos in relation to the brightness and contrast that I wish to create.
That is the picture taken from my camera and how it is its final form after the editing process by using those 4 steps.
Something very important in the whole editing process is to work on a duplicate and never work on the original photograph. So, before anything else, I choose Image, Duplicate and create the copy that I want to edit with the new name of it, without touching at all my original.
- 1. I always start the editing process by adjusting the Levels, in order to work on the brightness of the picture. I choose Image, Adjustments and then Levels, (alternatively, by pressing cntl and the L button, the Levels board shows up immediately). The left box will fix the dark tones, the middle one will fix the midtones and the right box the lighter ones. Even if I don`t move at all the middle button, I always move a bit inside the left and right boxes. Before I save any changes, I always check the preview button to compare the improvements that I made and to avoid any exaggerations.
2. In order to adjust the colors of the photograph, I choose again Image, Adjustments and then Levels. The following board shows up and I move the arrows of those colors I wish to darken or to soften.
3. In order to adjust the brightness and the contrast of the photo I choose again, Image, Adjustments, Brightness/Contrast and with the assistance of the preview button I control the changes of those levels.
4. The final editing steps is all about the net of the picture. I choose Filter, Sharpen, Unsharp Mask, and adjust the rate on the board. I usually choose 10 on the Amount box and leave the other two as they appear, 2 on Radius and 1 on Threshold.
These are the editing steps I use in Photoshop, quick and easy adjustments on the pictures, in order to get the result, I imagine. My initial photograph has now transformed to the one appearing below.