BLOGGER TIPS: How to use Photoshop to enhance pictures? Tips and tricks here!

by Emma Mathews from England.

How to use Photoshop? Here are 5 tips and tricks to help you. With the blogging world becoming more and more competitive, the stress on visuals and having flattering photography has become even more important. For most bloggers gone are the days where unedited photos taken on a iPhone are acceptable. Instead many of us are investing in expensive buys like SLRS and  Photoshop.

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Before I get started with this post, which is about hints and tips which can improve the quality of your photos, I’d just like to point out that I’ve been using Photoshop for years but I didn’t buy it specifically for my blog.  I invested in it for University and graphic design purposes.

Equally, just because I’m offering advice about Photoshop, I don’t think every blogger needs it or has to edit their photos via it. I believe it’s personal preference and if you’re happy with your photos being unedited, or taken on digital camera rather than a more expensive one, it’s your choice and you shouldn’t give into pressure or let people pull you down because of that. Now let’s begin.

 

BRIGHTNESS & CONTRAST

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Image – Adjustments – Brightness & Contrast
Tone-and-Contrast
Changing the brightness of an image is one of the easiest and most crucial ways of improving it. No one likes to see a dark, grainy picture where you can barely make out the product or person being featured. Equally contrast plays an important part and can either make an edited photo look harder or softer than the original. Although it’s easy to do, be carefully you don’t over do it, as photos that are too bright often end up pixelated, with a high, artificial looking contrast.
 
COLOUR BALANCE
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Image – Adjustments – Colour Balance
Colour-Balance 
My next tip is colour balance. Colour balance plays with the tones of a photo and allows you to add a subtle, or not so subtle, coloured filter on an image. For example, in the photo above I’ve added a off-blue hue to the mid tones which has made the picture look cooler and less yellow.

 

SELECTIVE COLOURS

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Image – Adjustments – Selective Colours
selective-colours
Similar to colour balance, selective colours also allows you to play with the tones in a photo. However unlike the previous adjustment, which adds a colour filter to a photo, selective colours allows you to pull individual hues out and change the appearance of them. In the edited image above, I’ve pulled out the yellows of the image and made them more stark and vibrant, which you can see via objects such as the body brush and bottle of oil. Also I’ve added to the magenta and made the colour more pink, which makes the background standout and again look less warm than the original photo.

 

VIBRANCE

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Image – Adjustments – Vibrance
Vibrance 
Depending on the style of your blog and the type of photography you plan on showcasing, you may want your photos to look warmer or cooler. You can do this through the vibrance tab which does exactly what the name states.

 

SHARPEN

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Filter – Sharpen – Sharpen

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Finally there’s sharpen: the ideal tool to use if your photo is slightly blurred or out of focus. The filter makes details in photos stand out – particularly wording, which you can see in the example above. However, use the filter with caution as occasionally, when overused or used on a small image, it create grains and a scratchy affect which is harsh and hard to look at.

WORDS: Emma Matthews
PHOTOS: Emma Matthews

 

ABOUT THE WRITER

Emma Matthews is a Fashion Journalism student, currently living in the South of England. A self professed beauty and fashion obsessive, she started Beauty and Rags as a hobby, with the sole intention of it being a personal blog to document her pastimes and interests. Since then Beauty and Rags has grown and grown, with it now being thriving online platform that embraces a keen readership of students. Visit Beauty and Rags here.

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