Photoshop is one of the most popular photo enhancement tools to date and if you’re a photographer, you know just how important it is to use this application properly. With so many Photoshop tools out there, we’ve listed the most popular tools for all looking to touch up their photos.
Begin using these Photoshop tools to turn good photos into great ones and incorporate them into your Mimeo Photos photobook!
1. Hue & Saturation
What? The Hue & Saturation tool refers to the richness of the colors in your photo.
Where? Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation.
Photo Tip: If used appropriately, the saturation tool enriches your photo with a dramatic quality while not drastically altering the colors of your photo. It is best to saturate reds and yellows in your image rather than the blues to make photos look more natural.
What? Vibrance works to improve the color intensity of your photo.
Where? Image > Adjustments > Vibrance.
Photo Tip: It is important to keep in mind that the vibrance tool adds color to all dull parts of the photo whereas saturation does the complete opposite. The vibrance tool also intensifies all color tones in your image except for skin colors.
What? Levels is best used in adjusting tones and color balance through a visual histogram with different intensity levels including the photo’s shadows, highlights and midtones.
Where? Image > Adjustments > Levels.
Photo Tip: The left side of the histogram within the levels tool represents darker tones whereas the right side represents brighter tones. Making slow adjustments in the histogram of the levels tool will go a long way in helping you notice the changing effect on your photo.
What? Commonly utilized as a highlighting tool to increase visibility of smaller features of your photo.
Where? Filter > Sharpen > Smart Sharpen.
Photo Tip: By touching up all the lines and increasing their contrast with the sharpening tool, the smaller parts of the photo stand out. Using the auto-sharpen tool will save you some time and will help you avoid over-sharpening your photo, making it look too unrealistic.
5. Healing Brush
What? For all those perfectionists, this tool helps to remove all those imperfections on your photo that you may notice.
Where? Photoshop Toolbox on the left side > Brush Icon.
Photo Tip: Sampling around the surrounding area of your scratch or blemish, the healing brush will blend those imperfections, making nothing look out of place. Note there are various kinds of brush sizes and blending modes to work with so choose carefully based on how large the blemish is.