Thursday, July 8, 2010

Easy Peasy Photoshop tips anyone can use!

(My first abstract, hanging in my dad's house--his photo)
So photoshop is pretty complicated and there are all sorts of things you can do with it.But if you don't want to take a class, there is a VERY EASY way to get the most out of your photos. It's very simple.

Using the "image" tab.

With the "image" tab, you can:

1. Brighten your photos
2. Color correct if they are too blue, too yellow, etc.
3. Make a color pic into a black and white photo
4. Saturate your colors so they really popThere are more things you can do with the image tab, but I will just stick with the basics.

Go to adobe photoshop
click "file"
click"open" and choose a pic.

Now you have your pic and it's time to start fixing it.

A. To brighten your pics:

There are two options: "levels" or "auto levels"

1. Click "image' tab
2. Click "adjust"
3. "Click "auto levels". If you don't like the look of it, click" edit" and "undo" (that's how you can always go back a step)
4. If you want to try the manual one, click "levels".A little box will pop up with 3 arrows. Slide the arrow on the right side until your pic is bright enough.

You will see a HUGE difference in your pic.

B. Color correction:

1. Click the "file" tab and "open" and choose a pic.
2. Click the "image" tab.
3. click "adjust"
4. click "color balance"a little box will pop up. If there is too much blue, slide the arrow on the yellow side. Add red and yellow if you want good skin tones.

Red will warm up a pic. Blue will make a pic colder.


C. Make a color pic into black and white:

1. click "file"
2. click "open" and choose your pic
3. click the "image" tab
4. click "adjust"
5. click "desaturate"

That's it! Your pic will now be black and white.


D. Saturate your colors to make them pop!

1. click "file"
2. click "open" and choose a pic
3. click the "image" tab
4. click "adjust"
5. click "hue/ saturation"
6. Slide the middle arrow until your pic is colorful and bright.

-----------------------That's it! You'll have great pics!*don't forget, if there is anything you do not like, click the "edit" tab and click "undo"

Good luck!

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