Photoshop Tutorial

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I was rummaging through some photos I took this summer while I was playing with my new camera and lens. I stumbled upon this picture of one of my friends and wanted to master the picture for fun! This brings me to creating a small tutorial on how to photoshop pictures and master them.

People who hear the word photoshop sometimes cringe at the fact that the software is so hard to use and navigate that they are completely turned off by it. I understand that feeling especially when you fire up a software and you are introduced to a gauge of clusters and buttons that you have no idea what they do.

I created this small tutorial to show you some basics of photoshop to get your images looking clean and professional. This is just a basics as of now, where we touch on general ideas to get you to understand the fundamentals of photoshop and how a little knowledge and application can make your photos from wow to absolutely stunning.

I’m using Adobe Lightroom Classic, once you import the picture you want to edit, look on the right side, you will see your histogram and all the tools to manipulate your photos. For the sake of this photo itself, I increased the contrast. If you look at the original image, the original image looks over exposed and washed out.

By increasing the contrast, you are making the colored colors brighter and the darker colors, dark, it’s almost like HDR, minus the array of pictures taken. Next since this picture was washed out with color, I wanted to enhance the colors that are not in the darker spectrum such as the red sign on the left, and his muted skin tone.

To do that we need to play with the HSL/Color section, there we can manipulate specific colors one at a time rather then enhancing the picture as a whole. This can be useful because, sometimes we only want to enhance specific areas, such as the skin and the sign, why enhance the whole picture?

I went ahead with the red for the sign and the orange for the skin tone. I chose orange because it is the closest color to brown, which is his skin tone. By using the saturation slide, you can intensify the specific color you choose. In this case, the sign is now more red, and the skin is actually brown.

To finish it, I made the picture look more sharp by increasing the grain. The sharpness tool is great for any pictures that have a heavy front face to it. The details in the face can really bring the picture to life and give it that realistic viewing photo effect as if the person is right in front of you!

Stay tuned for part 2!