Whether you want to create razor sharp photos for money or for pleasure, you need photo editing software. In fact, it is a MUST. Editing an image after the fact allows the photographer to cover any mistakes, as well as to improve an already quality image. It is all about unleashing the power of the editing software at your disposal, and that’s exactly why these tips are important.
Improve The Composition
In photography circles, the term ‘composition’ means the combination of all the elements in the picture. In simple terms, the composition affects everything in the image and can make it better or worse. The good news is it’s easy to tweak the composition in post editing. Just open up the program, go to ‘file,’ click on ‘edit artboards’ and make the relevant changes. Of course, these instructions won’t be the same for every program but they are very similar.
Use The Shortcuts
Using a photo editing tool isn’t always easy because they have many sophisticated features. It isn’t hard to feel like a bit of a clown groping around in the dark if you have never used one before. Don’t fear, though, because there is a simple solution. Almost every program has shortcuts that simplify the process so you don’t have to waste time figuring out how they work. All you have to do is consult the Illustrator shortcut guide or Photoshop shortcut guide to learn how they work. After you have studied the guide, you will be able to use these programs like a pro.
Set Up The Crop
The crop tool will be one of your most important features. It is easy to say that without fear of reprisal because all pictures need cropping. It doesn’t matter whether the lighting and composition are perfect because something will get in the way. And when it does, you can use your trusty tool to remove it and put it on the cutting room floor. The crop tool is so easy to use that a child could do it, as long as it is set up in the first place. Go to the ‘options’ section and play with the crop tool to find the best setup.
Reduce The Contrast
Contrast is a word that is synonymous with photographers of all levels. The only difference is that good photographers understand it can be dangerous. Contrast can be dangerous because you are bound to add more editing techniques when you open Photoshop or Illustrator. The result will be an image with far too much contrast that looks tacky and over edited. By removing it from the start, the photo looks more natural and well balanced when you have the final edit. It is important to remember you can have too much of a good thing.
Now that you understand these tools, it is time you used them to your advantage. What are you waiting for? The quality images don’t create themselves!