Lightroom presets can be a handy tool for learning how to edit. However, it’s easy to fall into a trap of thinking that they’re a quick fix for all of your images. In this video, Mark Denney explains why buying presets isn’t such a good idea. Instead of investing money, it’s much better to invest some time and create your own presets, and here are three big reasons why.
There are several ways to convert your images to black and white in Photoshop and Lightroom, and to edit their final look. But Colin Smith of photoshopCAFE suggests a method that you may not have tried before. In this quick tutorial, he’ll show you how to use the Color Temperature slider to edit your black and white photos.
When you are taking a photo, it’s always good to achieve as much as you can in-camera. However, we’re not always in the position to do it, and sour photos often call for at least a little enhancement in post. In this video, Jamie Windsor suggests six things that will raise this post-processing part to a higher level and help you make the best of your photos.
When editing your photos, one of the important things to know is when to stop. But while you know that too much editing will ruin your images rather than enhance them, the question remains: when do you know that you’ve gone overboard? In this video, Mark Denney talks about editing landscape photos and shares with you five signs that will tell you when editing has become over-editing.
Please note that this tutorial is meant for advanced users of Photoshop who are well familiar with layers, masks and luminosity masks.
Occasionally when examining a raw file I get a reasonably clear idea on how I would like the end result to be. In this instance I had an inner picture of trees glowing from the sun, rather dark shadows and a sky with nice color contrast.
In order to achieve this I opted to create two virtual copies in Lightroom from the original raw file. I could alternatively have achieved what I was looking for using Smart Objects, but envisioned that Virtual Copies would be the better option for the image I had in mind.
If you spend lots of time and effort retouching your images, here is an interesting product that could make it faster and more efficient. Palitra is an affordable, compact, configurable retouching module that fits nicely along your graphic tablet and you can use it no matter if you’re a professional or a hobbyist photographer.
Some photographers are intimidated by the Curves tool at the beginning, but this is one of the essential and most versatile tools in photo editing. In this video, Denny of Denny’s Tips shows you four applications of Curves, and why it beats the other tools you can use for the same purpose.
When editing a portrait, you will surely use different tools in Photoshop. But can you edit a portrait using only the Brush tool? Aaron Nace of PHLEARN took this challenge and used only the Brush tool for blemish removal, dodge and burn, even color correcting. This tutorial will show you just how much you can do with a single tool, but also help you learn everything there is to learn about the Brush tool.
Dodging is a good way to draw attention to the subject in your image. However, it comes with certain drawbacks, and sometimes alternative methods are a better solution. In this video, Jonathan Lee Martin gives you five alternatives to dodging that will make your subject pop without harming your image.