Photo Editing: Getting the Most out of Photoshop

In the past, photo editing was almost impossible for the layman and needed sophisticated equipment in a studio. The scenario has changed drastically and now a person can edit digital photos like a pro with the help of photo software. One of the most popular and sophisticated software available in the market today is Adobe Photoshop. Photoshop is so vast and equipped with so many features that you can learn a new thing almost every day.

Versatile Software

Photoshop has so many varied capabilities in photo editing that you can do almost anything with your digital photos. You can do the regular editing jobs like changing the contrast, light, depth, sharpness and color cast. You can also crop, retouch, resize, add text, and create effects and a host of other advanced processes.

Workflow Approach

All these varied features can be quite confusing, and it is much better to have a workflow approach that will give you the most out of Photoshop when you need to do a basic photo editing. The best way to start is to save your original work and create a copy for editing. This way, you are sure of having the original image if your attempts at editing go horribly wrong.

What Should be Edited

Before starting your editing process, you should take time in examining your photo and make a note of the different elements that need editing. Here, you will be considering the resolution, lighting, color settings, sharpness and parts of the photo you want to crop.

Cropping and Angle of Photo

You can start by cropping your photo and setting the size you want. Access the crop tool by clicking on its icon or use the C key. Clicking and dragging through your image will create the four sided outline, and you can adjust the area you want in your photo. Here, you can also change the angle of your shot by rotating it as desired.

Exposure and Shadows

Next, you can go on to improving the exposure and setting right the shadows so that all details are brought out. The "Dodge" and "Burn" tools will help you lighten and darken the pixels you have chosen with the "Range".  For handling shadows, Photoshop has a variety of ways by which you can enhance or decrease the effect of various intensities of shadows in your photo. As for color, you need to be careful while changing the color cast, as you might not want an unrealistic element creeping into your shot.

Face Beautification

If you have photos of a person, you would want to retouch the face for beautification. You need to zoom-in on the face as you are working with smaller details in the facial area. Here, you will be working with "Layers," and it is better to name the different layers and keep checking your progress by turning the layers on and off.

Minor Flaws

Next, you can remove all remaining flaws like spots, red-eye and blemishes with the "Rubber Stamp" tool. This tool basically allows you to seamlessly copy and paste a part of your photo on to another part.

Saving Edited Work

Lastly, you need to save your work in the desired format for easy portability and printing requirements.