Adobe Photoshop Tricks and Tips Every Photographer Needs to Know
“There’s 3 key things for good photography; the camera, lighting, and Photoshop” – Tyra Banks
Adobe Photoshop has completely revolutionized photography. Seen as an embellishment by some and an absolutely necessity by others, there’s no denying the importance of Adobe Photoshop in modern photography!
Often the most telling difference between a good and a great picture is Photoshop tweaking.
This is where new and aspiring photographers find themselves in trouble as expert photographers never impart the tips and tricks they use on the software.
So if you’re just getting into photography, don’t worry, we have you covered! Here are three tips you need to master in Photoshop to give your pictures some extra flair!
The most useful feature of Adobe Photoshop has to be the ability to add layers. Layers are nothing new in photo editing software, but no product on the market offers the same degree of customization as Photoshop.
Every layer on Photoshop represents new data. When giving your picture a digital facelift, it’s best to use as many layers as you can. You can add brightness and saturations layers, color adjustment layers, filter layers, and so much more!
Moreover, you can view and hide layers by clicking the eye icon next to each layer to see the effect of each individual layer, so if you ever feel like you’ve gone overboard with editing, just hide the layer and see the difference. If you don’t like a layer, simply delete it. The possibilities are virtually limitless! Add as many layers as you want by simply pressing Ctrl + Shift + N.
We’ve all had beautiful pictures ruined by photobombing friends or strangers. Make sure that no important moment in your life suffers that fate by using the blur tool in Photoshop!
Found in the Filter menu, Blur is one of the most powerful tools at your disposal as far as photo editing is concerned. Moreover, there are plenty of blur variations to choose from so you can keep trying until you get the desired result.
A personal favorite is the Gaussian Blur tool. After selecting a portion of the picture (for example the background) click on the Gaussian Blur option. As soon as you do, a small dialog box with an option and slider will pop up. By adjusting the master diameter option, you can blur as heavily as you want, which makes blurring out unwanted things in the background a piece of cake!
An effective and easy way of normalizing colors on a picture is to make use of adjustment curves. You can increase the brightness of the shadows or decrease the exposure of the highlights until you have an evenly lit picture!
Adjustment curves can be accessed by clicking on the curves option on the adjustment panel. Once done, a popup with a grey/black graph will appear. Play with the slider located just below the graph until your picture looks perfect!
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