Touching up an Aerial Photo in Photoshop

There are a lot of people who love to take an aerial photo when they are on a plane. The problem with taking an aerial photo is that it will always looks foggy because of the clouds, which will make it less colorful and less beautiful. With Adobe Photoshop, you can bring out the rich colors of the aerial photo you took. Here's how to make your aerial photo look more beautiful.

Step 1: Taking Care of the Fog

As mentioned, your original photo will be foggy. Through Auto Level, you will be able to take care of this and at the same time make your photo more colorful. You can use auto level by clicking on “image,” then “adjustments” and finally “auto level.” Adobe Photoshop will automatically clean up the fog for you.

Step 2: Brightening Your Midtone

After you have finished with auto level, you have to assess your photo. In most cases, its midtone will be too dark. You can fix this by pressing “CTRL-L,” which will open up the “levels” tab. Once here, you will see a diagram that represents the level of your current photo along with three cursors on the bottom of the diagram. Move the middle cursor to the area where you can see the highest level. Click “ok” and you will have taken care of the dark midtones.

Step 3: Making Use of the Gradient Tool

Once you have edited the levels, you will be left with a photo that is a little foggy in some areas. If not, then proceed to the next step. You can access the gradient tool by right clicking on the paintbucket tool and selecting the gradient. Once there, you will be able to choose the gradient on the top left portion of your screen. Make sure that you select a black color to white color as your gradient.

On the same area, select the left side to right side gradient set-up, change the mode of the gradient to “color burn,” and then change the opacity up or down to “25%.” Also, make sure that “transparency,” “reverse” and “dither” are unchecked. Finally, draw a straight line from the area with the most fog to the area opposite to it.

Step 4: Edge Enhancements

Whether you go through the gradient tool is up to you. The edge enhancement is a much more important aspect in editing your photo. There are two ways for you to do this. If you are going to publish it on the web, then you can just click on “effects” then click on “sharpen.” However, if you are trying to work on a huge photo, then you will want to have more definition in it. To do so, go to “effects” then “unsharp masking.” Set a high value, such as 70%, then set the radius where it will give the most increase in detail. Once done, set down the percentage to a lower value.

Step 5: Color Enhancement

Take a good look at your picture and see if it has low saturation and color balance. If so, go to “image,” then “color,” then “hue and saturation”. Set it all a little bit higher. You will also want to increase the color balance. You can find this by clicking on the “color balance” instead of the “hue and saturation.”