If you are a photographer, you should know how to use Photoshop. I look at this software as a good tool. Back in the day, darkroom was also an essential tool for manipulating images. Given below are 10 techniques that can help you make your pictures better.
- The Image in Raw
Once you have taken photos, you should edit them in raw format in the camera. Your first step is to adjust the exposure or color temperatures. You can then adjust the highlights. My trick is to adjust the shadows to be a bit flat. Once the pictures have been flattened out, you can import them in Photoshop for further editing.
- Healing Brush
I prefer healing brush instead of the spot healing brush. I do so because I want to opt for certain source points. This tool can be used for removing pimples, distractions in the background and other inconsistencies on the face of the subject. Make sure you pay attention to detail.
- Clone Stamp
My trick is to use the lighten mode for the Clone Stamp tool. You can use this tool on the skin as well as the background. I keep the opacity at 15% and use it on areas of the pictures that don’t have a lot of detail.
- Dodge and Burn
You can dodge and burn in many ways. They can be used to darken or lighten the highlights, mid-tones and shadows. You should try to make the subject pop, even the skin tones, darken or lighten other areas that you see fit.
- Frequency Separation
If you want to smooth out the skin, this is another great technique. However, make sure you use it only when you really need to. I use it on skies, clothes, and backdrops, for instance.
So, if you are just learning how to edit digital photos, the 5 tips given above can help you.