Easy Photo Editing Strategies With Big Results

When it comes to editing in Photoshop there's an endless array of ways to improve your photographic image. This article will present easy photo editing strategies anyone can use for maximum results. One of the most overlooked but effective tools in the effects library is the Photo Filter--which is probably due to the fact that it's not listed under the filters menu, but the adjustment layer menu. This tool is useful in creating dramatic color adjustments.

Let's say you have an image that would look great with a sepia tone effect. Achieving this effect is easy in Photoshop CS because of its built-in sepia tone setting. If you don't have CS you can still achieve the effect with alternative methods


Step 1: Let's start with the color image above and choose Image> Adjustments > Desaturate. This will bring the image into grayscale without converting it, so we can still add color.


This leaves the image in the same color mode. Values in red, green, and blue are assigned equal pixels in the image. The lightness value of each pixel remains the same.


Note: In a multi-layer image, desaturate only works on the current layer.


Step 2: Next, select the pre-packaged sepia filter. You can do this by choosing Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Photo Filter. This will bring up the New Layer dialog box. Do not adjust the settings. Choose OK.


Step 3: The Photo Filter dialog box will appear. Click on the Filter drop menu and select Sepia. Adjust color and density accordingly (a density over 50 will create a warmer toned image) and choose OK. Viola!


Note:  Everyone has their own idea of much brownish red should be in sepia, so experimentation is highly recommended. But following these quick and easy steps will ensure your image has that timeless feel.

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