Learning how to mirror the background in Photoshop is a great way to quickly and easily remove large distractions from an image, and otherwise tidy up the frame and make a neater image. And the best news? It's super quick and easy to do! It's definitely waaay easier than cloning or patching out distractions, so it's another great trick to have in your editing back pocket.
Time is without a doubt our most precious resource - because no matter how much we might want or need it, we can't fit more than 24 hours into our day!
And I for one don't have time to spend a couple of those precious hours sitting at my computer desk trying to manage, edit, and otherwise keep on top on my images.
So if you feel like you are drowning trying to get everything done, have a quick read of these 5 simple tips that will have you spending less time at your computer desk editing AND creating better images as well.
For any images you want to put online, you are probably going to want to add a watermark to your images. The good news is you can easily create a watermark in Photoshop, and just in a matter of minutes, and that’s what I’m going to show you today!
A watermark helps protect your images, to make it difficult for anyone to use them without your permission (and also so that everyone knows who took that gorgeous photograph!) so it’s worth taking the time to do it if you post your images publicly.
(And If you are in business, a watermark can also be a great way to help market your business for free!)
Read on for your step by step guide on how to create a watermark in Photoshop...
Tell me, are your photos all over the place when it comes to how you edit them? Do you like a soft and airy edit one day, and then a dark and moody one the next, and then maybe vintage with a touch of matte? When you view your images all together does it look as though they have been edited by around 30 people or someone with a serious multiple personality disorder (😁)?
Then a) don’t worry about it too much as it happens to us all, and b) this is the blog post for you!
Editing your images is a skill to be learnt, just like when you learnt how to use your camera to take great pictures. It is far, far more than just slapping on a preset and calling it a day (which let’s face it, is just like using AUTO on your camera!) and it is even more than simply following a tutorial for a certain look you found on Pinterest.
The other difference between pro photographers, and new photographers, is how consistent they are when editing their images. Pro photographers understand how to edit their images by looking at what each one needs, and then still being able to do the same thing each time, so that even though the settings and location might be different, they have a group of images that have the same look and feel the others in their website or portfolio.
New photographers on the other hand, may not yet understand how to edit their images, or they don’t have a workflow in place, or perhaps just don’t have a strong enough editing style and therefore can get a bit carried away by all they can do with their editing program 😁
So in this blog post, I’m going to give you some tips that can help you remain consistent when editing, so that your images look more professional.
Let’s dive in!
One of the most common questions I hear about Lightroom is "When should I take my images into Photoshop when I've been working in Lightroom?"
Following closely on it's heels is this question: "I'm not getting the images I want in Lightroom, do I need to learn Photoshop?"
The good news is I can answer both questions in one blog post!
So if you are currently using LIghtroom, and are wondering about when and why you should sometimes use Photoshop, OR if you feel like you are not getting the images you want in Lightroom, and are wondering if doing more in Photoshop is the answer to your prayers. then this is the blog post for you :)
Sound good? Then read on...
If you are reading this then you have probably come to the realisation that the taking of the image is just ONE part of the photography process.
The OTHER part is post processing your images in an editing program such as Lightroom or Photoshop.
Most photographers will edit their images, even just a bit, because no matter how good a shot is straight out of camera, it can be made to look even better in editing :)
When you start out, it can be hard to know which photography editing program or software you should be using. There is a wide array of programs on the market, but I am going to keep it super simple here and tell you about two - Lightroom and Photoshop Elements.
Today I thought I'd so something a bit different and give you a first-hand, "behind the scenes" look at just one image, from start to finish. I will show you how the image looked straight out of camera, the lens used, which settings I chose and why, and even how I edited it! Hopefully by looking at some "real life" examples of images you'll be able to see some of the things that go into making an image - and also the mistakes too! This is not a perfect image - there are many things I could have / should have done differently, and I'll talk about them too.
The Curves Tool must be one of the most versatile tools in Photoshop, and you can do so much with it! It's also looks seriously scary with all those grids, lines, and points - so much so that many people shy away from using it. That is all going to change today my friend! You and I are going for a little walk through the curves tool, and finding out some of the things we can do with it.