Learn how to edit a photo in Photoshop with these five beginner methods and change the look of each photo with just a few clicks and a few tweaks.
Edit a photo, You take a picture that captures the moment exactly as you want it to, but the colors are different. Or another common scenario is that you find a photo with a great theme, but it just doesn’t fit your brand style.
Knowing how to edit a photo is useful for more than just photo designers or editors – it can be useful for marketers, social media executives, small business owners or anyone looking to embellish.
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In this article, we will show you five quick ways in Adobe Photoshop so you can instantly adjust, improve or change the whole image.
- Brightness and contrast
- Blend Mode layers
- Dehaze in Camera Raw filter
See the photo below. We used these methods to reduce contrast and depth and give it a completely different look.
1- Change the brightness and contrast
One of the simplest and most effective ways to increase the dynamics or improve the overall image is to use the Brightness / Contrast Adjustment Layer. Use this method to brighten or darken the image and reduce or increase the contrast between brightness and darkness.
To use the Brightness / Contrast Adjustment Layer, simply click on the icon at the bottom of the layer palette that says Create a new fill or adjustment layer, then select Brightness / Contrast from the drop-down list.
You can change the settings for the settings layer in the Properties window, which opens automatically. Simply adjust the sliders. The good thing about using adjustment layers instead of changing the brightness / contrast through the Image> Adjustments menu is that you can save the original image when saving as .psd or another file type that saves the layers. This feature applies to any setting layer mode.
As you can see here, we reduced the brightness by 16. and increased the contrast to 65, creating a much more luxurious image.
Note: When you create the configuration layers, Photoshop automatically attaches a mask to the layer (the white box next to the icon in the layer). You can select the area you want to change, add the settings layer, and then the changes you make to the controls will only affect that pre-selected area. You can also use the black brush to cover the area and adjust the affected areas with the settings layer.
2- Adjusting the curves to look nostalgic
Adjusting the curves in an image can change the overall tone or the values of each color channel individually.
To change separate RGB channels, we use curves in this image that achieve a washed, old image while increasing contrast at the same time. This creates a cooler tone.
Note: The image does not look interesting during the setup process. Do not judge the results until after completing these steps. You can go back to any channel if you need to adjust.
As above, select Curves from the settings menu and go to the Properties window. Find the RGB drop-down menu at the top of the Properties window. Click on it and select the red channel. Move the dark slider slightly to the bottom right of the chart. This reduces the amount of red in the dark areas of the image.
Another tip: If you are working with a CMYK image, the same steps are done. Only replace the RGB channels (red, green, blue) with the CMYK channels (cyan, magenta, yellow, k = black.)
Now create an S-curve in the Green and Blue channels. Select green from the channel drop-down list. In the chart, click on the green diagonal line in the middle left and drag it down a bit. Click again in the middle right and pull it up a bit.
Select the channel drop-down menu again, then repeat for the blue channel. Eventually you will encounter an older image that conveys a more romantic or nostalgic tone.
3- Using a vignette to create focus
By creating a vignette, you can define the boundaries of the image from its environment and increase your focus on the subject. You can also use a vignette at the same time as the curve settings to adjust the nostalgic effect.
For a quick and easy vignette, press Command + Shift + N and press Enter / Return to add a new layer.
In the main menu, go to Edit and select Fill. Select Black in the drop-down list. Now click the Add layer mask button at the bottom of the Layers window to add a layer of mask that should be filled with white. If not, select the mask layer by clicking on it and select Fill from the top by selecting White.
Tap B on your keyboard or select the Brush tool from the Tools menu. Right-click to bring up the Brush Options window.
Adjust the Size slider to make the brush larger, about the size of the image, or slightly larger or smaller.
Take the hardness to the end because it gives us the soft edges needed to paint the veneer in the mask.
Select black as the background for the brush by selecting the mask layer. Then simply click in the middle of the image to highlight the original image. You may need to click a few times to adjust the cover. If you spoil it, jump black again.
Now decrease the layer Opacity in the Layers window. The image below shows the settings for the mask layer we used. Multiply is better for some images than others – not mandatory.
4- Add Blend Mode layers
Accumulating layers of solid colors using Blend Modes can completely change an image that is exposed to dull or lacking in dynamic light. Here we add a saturation layer, then increase the warmth and highlights in several steps.
We will first add saturation:
1. Press Command + Shift + N for a new layer, then fill the layer with black.
2. Set the Blend mode to Color Burn.
3- Reduce the Fill percentage to 15%.
This is a great trick to inject dynamics into the image, but we can go further by adding layers of different colors and using another type of blend mode.
To add warmth to the image:
1- Add a new layer and fill it with orange.
2. Set the blend mode to Color Burn again.
3- Set the Fill to 15..
Add some color in the highlights:
1- Add a new layer, fill it with blue.
2. Then set the blend mode to Color Dodge.
3- Set the Fill to 10..
5- Dehaze with Camera Raw filter
We are going to use a function in the Camera Raw Filter that is usually used for processing when importing RAW images from a camera into Photoshop. We will not worry about this trend here.
This adds selective saturation to the image. Some kind of alchemy happens, where the program finds and pulls out low-contrast clouds that merged into a dull winter sky. The sky is getting bluer, the clouds are deeper and. . .. We also use it for non-cloud images.
To access it, press Command + Shift + A on the keyboard or go to Filter> Camera Raw Filter from the main menu. This will open a new window. At the bottom right you will see a slider called Dehaze.
For this image, drag it to +42 because it increases the contrast and saturation, while not too much.
Work with this control a bit to improve the state of a blurry image. You can also get very attractive unnatural effects. It just depends on how you use the images.
Note: Note that you must use this filter in JPEG. You can use it in other file formats as well, but if the image is layered, the filter will only show the currently selected layer you are setting.