Today, I’ll be sharing with you 5 unique post processing tips that you should know. You’ll learn helpful tips to improve your post processing skills and also tips about ethics and protecting people’s privacy. There are a lot of post processing tips but I picked the ones that aren’t talked about a lot or is something that more people need to know about.
In this quick-tip Photoshop tutorial, you’ll learn how to intensify the colors in sunset photos using just one adjustment layer. And that adjustment layer is the Channel Mixer. The Channel Mixer is very a powerful tool especially if you’re trying to make your photos more vivid and vibrant. It’s also one of the most underrated adjustments simply because people don’t know how to use it. In this video, you’ll learn how to use the channel mixer in Photoshop to make your sunset or sunrise photos look super intense without the artifacts that you’d with the saturation adjustment. This is a quick tutorial and if you’re interested in learning about this magic, then keep watching and you’ll see how it works.
This link will explain how layer masks work in Photoshop. I would recommend using layer masks as they can be very useful in many ways within your photo editing projects.
Take a look at this fantastic tutorial from PSD Stack. It helps you learn about light direction, using masks and adding hair to a portrait and also some nice touch-ups to the eyes and lips.
One of the most important tools within photography and photo editing is the Histogram, yet it is one of the most misunderstood, what do all those peaks and lines mean?
Well, this set of resources are very useful and have helped me learn more about the Histogram and get the most out of it:
Start with this video:
As the video mentioned, the histogram helps display the tonal values in your image and can help you recognise when an image is underexposed, overexposed or somewhere in between. This next video shows how to use the histogram to get perfect exposure:
Next give these web resources a read, they explain how to read the histogram and use it when taking your photos:
- The Histogram Explained
- Photography Histogram Explained
- Histogram Explain in 60 seconds
- How to Use a Histogram to adjust your Photography
Do not worry if you are still struggling with the histograms, this video will also help you further:
Doing some practical exercises with your camera will help you learn more about the histogram. Take a few practice shots and load them into Photoshop or similar and look carefully at the histogram for each image. If you own a camera that displays a histogram while you are taking the photo, use it to expose the photo.
Happy shooting 🙂