Basic Photo Editing
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In the last post, we taught you how to add a viewfinder image to your pictures as a way of giving it a vintage feel. Today, we’ll teach you how to tweak your colors in Photoshop for stunning pictures.

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Color is one of the best ways to tell a story in your photograph, and captures the eye to make the image memorable. Sometimes, you’ll want the picture’s colors to be more muted, and other times, you’ll want the colors to be strikingly vivid hues. In Photoshop, there are a number of ways you can tweak it according to your vision.

You can decide to go and use the Levels option. To find it, click Image on your menu bar, then go to Adjustments. This will open a new menu list with all the color options at your disposal. You may choose to go with Levels… and tweak the different color channels on your image. You may also wish to play around with the Curves… option for a graphic representation of the color changes in your photo.

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Ability to crop, optimize and save photo or digital images for the web are few things many web design clients want. And it course, in with this, we don’t want to make expensive investment in Photoshop for our digital image editing. There’s an incredibly versatile image editing tool that will allow you to easily do “basic” photo editing and manipulation.
This tool is called ORIENS ENHANCER GOLD. Developed by Bahrur Rahman, it offers basic digital image and photo editing functions needed by amateur web designers. It is an excellent tool in batch processing images or editing large number of pictures automatically. It is capable of creating screen savers and pdf files. It also has a number of useful image filters forexcellent special effects.

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Photo editing in this day and age is somewhat a common knowledge, most especially because we are living in the internet savvy era. There are a lot you can do with photo editing. However, if you want to enhance the lighting, edit the subject or whatever your intention is in editing, you may first want to consider the various applications that are in the market today. One of the most popular is Adobe Photoshop. It is one of the most recommendable photo editing software as it is has various features that can cater to anyone’s photo editing needs. It may seem complicated to operate but can be easily learned overtime. There are other not so complicated applications that provide quality output for your image. Few the most well liked and well known photo editing apps are PicsArt, PicMonkey and Fotor. The mentioned applications are basic photo editors and do not require a large storage.

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Photo editing is one of the trendiest things and is what a lot of people love to do in their spare time. In this day and age from the youngest to the oldest, almost everyone can do basic photo editing. Today, you do need to have a personal computer or a laptop just to edit a picture. Now, you can have your photos edited through your own mobile phone. There are a wide variety of photo editing applications that are user friendly. Most mobile photo editing apps today can be edited and at the same time, can also be shared in your favorite networking sites like Facebook and Instagram. Few of the most well liked photo editing mobile applications are Picsart, Photaf, Photoshop Express and the list goes on. You may choose a photo editor depending on your phone’s specifications. Make sure to check your phone and qualify an app that is just right for your phone’s storage.

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Yes, you read the title right. Those two words can coexist peacefully in the same line.

Photoshop has forever been associated with altering the photographs of celebrities and models to look a certain way, often the way Media thinks is what a woman (or man, because we’re all inclusive here) should look: slim arms and thighs. Clear,fair, unblemished skin. A skinny waistline. Large boobs and bum and cheekbones. Even Celebrities who have explicitly said to not photoshop their images or are plus-size and happy with their bodies still receive the same treatment, because it’s what sells.

I’m here today to tell you that it doesn’t always have to be that way. You can still get great pictures of people looking their best without having to tweak and nip/tuck any particular parts. You can show your subject in their most beautiful without altering the image of their bodies.

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Start off with a great photo. Always remember the Golden Hour rule: the best times to take photos are an hour after sunrise, and an hour before sunset. This provides the best kind of lighting for your subjects.

With that, if you still want to apply some photo-editing wizardry, you can apply certain actions to bring out your desired effect. Try giving the picture a black-and-white treatment to make it dramatic, or apply an Orton-ish glow to the image for a dreamy effect. Focus on a striking or beautiful feature of the subject’s face or figure, and play up those features. Use textures to give the image character.

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Does your subject have freckles, or chubby legs, or a boyish figure? Is he or she trans, or transitioning? Does your subject have stories to tell with his or her body, like unusual tattoos, a particularly unique fashion sense, or maybe even a masectomy? Do not be afraid to photograph these parts of the your subject and feature them as the focus of the picture because in doing so, you are showing that these parts of the person are beautiful, too. There is nothing wrong with bodies, no matter how they are shaped. You will have created a beautiful photo without compromising the bodily integrity of your subject. That’s being body-positive for you.

In these modern days, we can undoubtedly see how people love capturing special moments as much as editing them. Photo editing can make any digital photos look even better than they did when you took them. Photo editing can be done at home using computer and specific software. Here are some easy photo editing tips that you can follow. No need to learn thai or any other language to create a powerful image. Just these easy steps!

Tip 1. Don’t overdo it.
There are wide ranges of way to edit your photo, but make sure that you can still have the natural look of it. Effects may depend on your personal preferences, just don’t overdo it.

Tip 2. Use the Camera.
With the advent of technology, you can edit photos in your digital camera first before you get the image onto a computer. Some digital cameras have features such as removing red eye, rotate and crop options. However, sometimes editing on such a small screen can be very tricky.

Tip 3. Free Software.
While imaging editing software can cost you some bucks. There are also lots of free version you can find on the internet. Some of these software include Paint.Net and GIMP.

Tip 4. Learn How to Utilize Software Properly
Make sure you fully understand the software you are using, it’s a good idea to sp[end time learning how to use the software by experimenting with the various different features and functions.

Tip 5. Mastering the Basics
To be good, you have to master the basic first as if you are learning Thai or a new language. Learn how photo cropping and photo levels can be adjusted properly in enhancing your photo.

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In the last post, you learned how to adjust the color level in your photos to make your pictures pop. Today, you’ll learn how to add interesting textures to your pictures to give them that unique treatment.

Adding textures to your images can make a world of difference to your pictures. You can give your sky a frosty or ink-brushed look, or even make yourself into a stone or wood elemental. You can even change the way your background looks simply by adding textures! Here’s how to do it.

First, look for a graphic that you would like to use as your texture. You’ll be able to find hundreds of sites that offer high quality textures for free, but not all of them may be exactly what you had in mind, so choose wisely. Once you have the image you want to apply the texture to, follow the same steps to apply the viewfinder frame in one of the previous posts, but use your chosen texture image instead of a viewfinder image. Play around with the Fill gauge until you get the desired amount, and you’re done!

Are there sections of the image you don’t texturized? You can erase the texture effect from those areas with your Erase tool. Remember to go easy and slow with the eraser to get a precise effect on your picture.

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If you want to give your photos some drama and a bit of vintage flavor, why not consider adding a viewfinder frame? The dust, noise, and other elements can turn your photos from boring to statement-maker.

Here’s how to do it:

1) Open your background image on Photoshop. Here, I decided to use a picture I took of a cookie shop sign.

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2) Look for a viewfinder image you want to use. I used this one, which also happens to be part of a great collection of other viewfinder frames. [Read: save the link for reference.]

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3) Download and open the viewfinder image on Photoshop.

4) Go back to your background image, and check its image size. How do you do this? Go to Menu >> Image >> Image Size… See those two values encircled in orange below? Remember those; you’re going to need them for our next step.

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5) Go to your viewfinder image, and go to its Image Size window. If the Constrain Proportions box is checked, uncheck this first. Remember those values you saw? Put those in the boxes they below, and click OK. If the resulting image size looks too large for you, don’t panic,. Just Press Cntrl and the Minus sign to make it fit your screen.

6) Choose the Move tool on your palette (It’s the uppermost-right button on the left side of your screen, and looks like a arrowhead with a directional cross beside it.) Click on your viewfinder image, and drag it onto your background image. Move it around so the two images are aligned.

7) You can’t see the background image, you say? Here’s where the fun begins. Go to your Layers window on the right. Highlight the viewfinder image layer. Look at the drop-down menu under the Layers tab. Click on it and choose Multiply.

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Ta-daa! Now you have a great viewfinderized image. Enjoy!

If you’re a crafter, fashion blogger, or designer, chances are you gravitate toward pretty and quirky things. Kittens, foreign fabrics, vintage photographs, stylish magazine layouts, — pretty things. If you run a blog, you also will most likely want to learn how to prettify your posts, and maybe even the blog itself. You arm yourself with a good photo-editing program, your own prettily perky ideas, and… what now?

If the Photoshop tutorials you find on Youtube and elsewhere on the Internet just isn’t enough, why not start out on familiar ground? You may feel more comfortable working with cute and lovely images, or clear step-by-step instructions that come with visual aids. Or maybe there’s a particular effect you want to learn how to execute for your pictures?

If so, Pugly Pixel just might be the site for you. It has very clear, pretty, and easy-to-follow tutorials to execute particular effects often seen on hip magazines, catalogues, and blogs. Katrina, the brilliant mind behind Pugly Pixel, also creates great clipart and layoutsto download and use, either for free or by subscription.

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If you only want your photos to be simple with no frills such as color effects and so on and so forth, you might want to try Microsoft’s Office Picture Manager. Perhaps it is the simplest program for photo editing and it is not as complicated as Ulead or Adobe and you can edit your picture using the basic tools in the program. Of course, you don’t have to worry about your output since the basics of photo editing are present in Office Picture Manager. The features of the said program include cropping, resizing, rotating, color management, brightness and contrast of the image. As mentioned, it has very limited techniques however, it has automatic editing modes like auto correct and auto brightness.

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