Photoshop How to

The most typical questions people ask sometime is how to touch up or enhance digital photos? most common mistakes made by photographers are that they lack photoshop editing skills.

Few Easy Photoshop Editing Steps for Beginners

Image cropping to enhance your composition.

A simple crop can make all the difference. Out of all the photo editing tricks at your disposal, basic cropping is the easiest one that can effectively do wonders for your photo’s, it allows you to remove unnecessary elements, put more focus on the subject, and create more drama for maximum impact.

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Cropped

Shadows and Highlights.

Shadows and highlights is another important factor to be considered, it works magic to photos even if the default setting is used.

You can correct the photo’s exposure to bring out more detail.

These tools can be accessed by clicking on Image (on the Menu Bar) and selecting Adjustments from the drop-down menu:

  • Brightness/Contrast
  • Levels
  • Curves
  • Exposure
  • Shadows/Highlights
  • HDR Toning


How to use Colour Balance in Adobe Photoshop:

  • Click on Image in the Menu Bar, then click on Adjustments, then Colour Balance.
  • Select which tones in the image you want to change (shadows, midtones, or highlights).
  • Check the Preserve Luminosity box.
  • Check the Preview box to see your adjustments in real time.
  • Move the sliders to achieve your desired colour balance.


How to use Selective Colour in Adobe Photoshop:

  • Click on Image in the Menu Bar, then click on Adjustments, then Selective Colour.
  • Check the Preview box to see your adjustments in real time.
  • Choose from Relative (a more subtle change) or Absolute.
  • Select the colour from the drop-down menu that you want to adjust.
  • Move the sliders to increase or decrease the colour cast from your chosen colour.

You can also use Vibrance, Hue/Saturation, or Channel Mixer (under Adjustments) for colour correction. If that wasn’t enough, you can also visualise how you want the colours in your image to look like using the Colour Wheel Colour Picker. This update on the Photoshop CC 2021 allows you to see and choose particular colours, from harmonious groups to complementary and analogous colours. You can do this by selecting the Colour Wheel option from the Colour panel fly-out menu.

The Dodge and Burn tools, on the other hand, allow you to highlight or darken specific areas in your photo to give it additional texture or character.


How to use the Dodge and Burn Tools:

  • Create a new layer and set its mode to Overlay.
  • Check the box that says, “fill with overlay-neutral colour (50% gray).” Doing so lets you apply dodge and burn adjustments without manipulating the original image.
  • Select the Dodge Tool and set your brush to a smaller and softer setting.
  • Paint over specific areas you want to brighten using the Dodge Tool and darken areas using the Burn Tool.
  • Remember to use a soft brush setting and do smaller strokes so as not to overdo the effects.

Remove unwanted spots (sensor dust, blemishes, and more).

Now that you’ve corrected the colour of your image, it’s time for some selective corrections. If your sensor is dirty, dust particles will show up in your photos, resulting in small spots that will consistently appear in the same area on every single picture you take. To avoid this problem, make sure to clean your sensor first.

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