Photoshop tips

Photoshop tip – easy effect for more punch

Here is a well-known Photoshop technique – one that I like and use on occasion. It desaturates the photograph, while also compressing the tonal range. It creates a modern look that also looks quite trendy. It is also quite easy to apply, by dragging the layers from a reference image once you’ve set it up.

Starting with the original image, I add these two layers:

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Photoshop tips – making your images pop – soft-light layer

As much as I am a firm believer in getting it as close as possible in camera, by using proper exposure and proper camera settings, and good light .. most often an image can be enhanced in Photoshop with a few simple techniques.

There is an entire industry built around software and plug-ins and add-ons and action sets for Photoshop to enhance and manipulate images in Photoshop.  However, I’d first like to go over some of the simpler ones that you can use in Photoshop without additional software.

These Photoshop techniques are well-known to the more experienced digital photographer, but I thought this might make a great on-going series on simple Photoshop techniques.  As always, I’d love to hear everyone’s input, especially since my own Photoshop skills can’t quite be regarded as skillz yet.  ; )

The first technique that I’d like to cover, is quite simple:
– you add an adjustment layer (such as Levels) to your image;
change the blending mode to Soft Light, and then
– adjust the opacity to taste.
– erase the layer mask of any areas you want to bring back (or close) to the original.

Here it is in a bit more detail.  Starting with this image ..

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