Photoshop Tips&Tricks | How I Edit My Photos

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

A few weeks back, I asked in a twitter chat if any of you would be interested in seeing a post with a few tips on how to use Photoshop more effectively and a lot of you actually said yes. I'm by no means an expert but after two years of studying photography at A-Level, I've picked up a few tips along the way. I've finally settled into a little routine which works perfectly if you want to give your photos are crystal white background, without further adieu.. behold my Photoshop routine.

First off, insert your picture into Photoshop. Today I'll be using a photograph I taken on a white bedding of a few products I purchased at MAC recently. Initially I like to up the exposure to gain the crystal white background I typically have in all of my photos, to do this just select 'Image' then 'Adjustments' and lastly 'Exposure'. 

Increase the exposure until the majority of the background is a crystal white. In this case, I upped the exposure to +1.73. 

As you can see, this has made the products fade quite dramatically. In order to solve this issue, return to 'Image' then 'Adjustments' until you find 'Levels'. I then click 'Auto' - this shall darken the products slightly whilst keeping your background at your desired white.

Then, to further enhance the products I like to do the same thing but with the brightness/contrast. Once again go to 'Image' then 'Adjustments' then 'Brightness/Contrast' and click 'Auto' once more. If you're not satisfied with the way Photoshop has adjusted your photo then just play around with the settings yourself. In this instance I have turned the brightness down to '-48' and placed the contrast up to '+100'. 

Now we're moving onto the saturation. Just follow the same method again 'Image' - 'Adjustments' then 'Hue/Saturation' and I usually like to up this very slightly, in this case just to 10. Although you're trying to add a bit of extra colour into the photo you still want it to look as natural as possible.

If you're still not too happy with the depth of colour to your products in comparison to the white background, then I like to use 'Curves'. We're always following the same and easy method so remember 'Image' - 'Adjustments' then 'Curves'. I like to click 'Auto' on this once again, you can mess around with this and drag the wave around until you reach your desired look if you wish.

If your photo, like mine above has any darker lines onto the white background which could be due to a number of reasons - faulty lighting, a crease in the bedding etc..  then I like to remove this through using the paint brush tool. 

The diagram above should help you. Ensure you have white selected as your paintbrush tool and just use as though it were an eraser. Problem solved - it really is that simple. 

And there you have it! That was the lazy girls guide to editing with Photoshop. Our photo has gone from flat and dull to bright and fabulous, don't you think? This method is honestly so simple and really helps to give any photo a bit of lift. I do have another 'How I edit my photos' post here if you would like to check that out! That post focuses more on how I like to edit my Instagram photos with a few other Photoshop tips that I've left out of this post. Until next time,

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