Editing Images In Photoshop
you are just beginning to use the software package and want to use it
simply to clean up or lightly alter your own photographs there are a
few basic functions that you should take the time to learn and explore.
cameras are set to record their
photographs in the JPG
format, but if you don’t mind a bit of a longer
wait between photographs, setting the record format in or RAW
complete control of your photographic final results. Photoshop software
really loves to work with RAW images as opposed to the JPG and this is
the main reason to save them in that format.
(Beginners Photography - Photoshop Elements users: go to Enhance, Adjust Lighting and finally Brightness/Contrast… - see screenshot below:)
may affect the overall quality of the image, but the
contrast feature can then be adjusted to compensate. This is modified
in the same manner as the brightness.
Beginners Photography - Midtones:
A user simply selects Enhance from the top menu bar, then Adjust Color, and selects the Midtones option on the dialogue screen. The image is previewed throughout the adjustment selection period (Beginners Photography - Photoshop Elements users: there are simpler, more user friendly options. See screenshot below):
A much better result can be had by using the Channel Mixer. Simply open the Layers window, and then select the Channel Mixer. This feature allows the user to apply various filters to impact red, blue and green colorations in the image.
For example adding a blue filter to a bright outdoor scene makes the blue sky even brighter. Each image is different, but using the Channel Mixer to create a black and white picture will allow contrast and depth to remain in the image where a grayscale conversion would remove it completely.
(Beginners Photography - Photoshop Elements users: go to Enhance, then choose Convert to Black and White… - a dialog box like the one below will appear, which will allow similar adjustments to be made):
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