No matter where you find yourself on the digital spectrum, knowing how to edit photos is an important skill. We take a look at how to edit an image like a pro.
Even though you may like being a full-time photographer and having others snap your pictures, you still need to learn how to edit an image. Many photos are good but are not award winners. There is a difference between an amateur and an expert’s skills.
It is essential to learn the skills of Adobe Lightroom. Since today there are so many high-quality cameras, the number of photos available is also growing by the second.
But have you ever thought about learning more than taking a picture? How can you change an image? Why is editing necessary?
To find out more about these skills, keep reading to learn more.
Working with Layers
Working in layers allows you to adjust each element of the image without affecting the others. By creating separate layers for each image aspect, you can isolate changes and make sure they are correct and precise.
For example, with a portrait, you can create one layer for the skin tones, one for the eyes, and one for the background. This way, you can make adjustments to each layer without affecting the others. Working on layers lets you keep the original untouched image file, so you can return it if needed.
Ensure Right Background
When working on imagery, it is essential to ensure the right background is used. First and foremost, it is vital to know the size and proportion of the canvas or backdrop to work with the subject in the frame. Both free and paid services are available to help with the choice of backgrounds and ensure the image looks professional.
Once image cropping is done and the proper background has been selected, it is essential to edit the image for brightness, contrast, saturation, and lighting.
Use the Healing Brush
Healing Brush is an incredible tool to master in image editing that helps you seamlessly cover up unwanted elements in an image. It allows you to select a sample area to paint over the unwanted elements in an image.
With a few simple steps, you can quickly learn how to use the Healing Brush tool to remove distracting elements or to blend different textures:
- Select Healing Brush from the drop-down menu, then set the brush size and strength accordingly.
- Choose a source area from the image where you want the healing to come from and paint the unwanted pixels away.
- Adjust the brush settings to refine the subtlety of the edit as desired.
Keep Original Files Safe
It can be a great idea to make a copy of the original image and back it up in the cloud. The image will be preserved in its original format and will be accessible for future edits. It is important to use careful layer management when editing, as this will help keep the file sizes small and allow for a more organized workflow.
How to Edit an Image Like a Pro
Mastering digital skills is critical to taking your image editing skills to the next level. Your journey might be overwhelming, but with time and practice, you will be able to know how to edit an image. Try out your newly acquired digital image editing skills by downloading my free PDF guide to learn how to enhance and manipulate digital photos like a pro.
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