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How to Change the Color of Absolutely Anything in Photoshop

How to Change the Color of Absolutely Anything in Photoshop

If you want to change the colour of something in your photo, for example, a t-shirt or a pair of shoes, lip colour or even a background, it's pretty darn easy to do in Photoshop!

The video below (plucked out of my Photoshop Fundamentals course for your viewing pleasure) shows you a simple technique you can use to change an item’s colour.

In the video, I show you how you could change the colour of the background, and use the exact same steps to make her lips pinker, just to show a couple of the different things you could use this for - but remember, you can use this on ANYTHING.

(One caveat though, please note that this works best with solid colours - anything that has a pattern or graduation won’t work nearly as well)

Quick Guide to Photoshop: 3 Must-Use Tools

Quick Guide to Photoshop: 3 Must-Use Tools

Photoshop is seriously filled to the brim with wonderful tools and shortcuts that can make editing our images a breeze, allow us to get more creative with our images, add a little extra magic and sparkle, and make huge fixes that are simply not possible with Lightroom.

But unfortunately, because it can do so much, it’s not exactly easy to learn 😔

That said, there are tools and features that you’ll find yourself using time and time again in Photoshop, so after a while, although it’s still a beast of a program, using it does become so much easier when you have some basics down.

So in this week’s blog post, I’m going to share just 3 must-use tools in Photoshop, especially selected for those that are new to the program, because they are SO simple to use, and because you’ll use them all.the.time.

5 Times You'll Need Photoshop over Lightroom for Editing Your Photos

5 Times You'll Need Photoshop over Lightroom for Editing Your Photos

It’s no secret - I freaking love Lightroom. I love how much you can do in the program, how fast it is for editing your photos, and the whole end to end organisation thing just makes me want to kiss my computer screen.

But that doesn’t mean it can do absolutely everything.

There’s a damn good reason why Adobe bundled both Lightroom Classic CC and Photoshop CC together in their Photography Plan - because when you have access to both programs, you can do absolutely anything you’re little editing heart desires!

That’s why it’s definitely not a choice BETWEEN Lightroom or Photoshop - it’s not an either / or situation, but rather a case of using both for different things.

To give you an idea, although you should probably use Lightroom for around 90- 95% of your edits - because is simply blows Photoshop out of the water when it comes to workflow - there’s definitely times when you’ll want to take an image into Photoshop, either because Lightroom just can’t do the job, or because Photoshop is simply the better program to use for that particular edit.

This generally falls under times when you want to do any PIXEL adjustments - when you want to change the fabric of the photo. There are other times too though - for example, Photoshop’s a far better place to do more targeted or creative adjustments.

So in this post, I’ve come up with 5 main times when I’ll move a photo from Lightroom into Photoshop for editing.

This list is by no means exhaustive - I also use Photoshop for adding text, adding more targeted contrast etc, and others may use it for other things entirely, such as stitching together panoramas or creating composites, but for any child / portrait / lifestyle photographers out there wondering why and when you might want to use BOTH Photoshop and Lightroom, here a few of the most likely contenders!

How to Mirror the Background in Photoshop

How to Mirror the Background in Photoshop

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.

5 Tips for A Faster Editing Workflow

5 Tips for A Faster Editing Workflow

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. 

Hola!

How to Make A Watermark In Photoshop in 5 Simple Steps

How to Make A Watermark In Photoshop in 5 Simple Steps

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...

5 Tips For How to Remain Consistent When Editing

5 Tips For How to Remain Consistent When Editing

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 (😁)?

Yes?

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!

When should I use Photoshop instead of Lightroom?

When should I use Photoshop instead of Lightroom?

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...