Editing using Photoshop

Editing using Photoshop

Editing in photoshop

Coupled with processing your images in Bridge/ACR, the next step is editing using photoshop. When you have finished processing in bridge click the open image button.

When the image opens in photoshop it does so on a background locked layer. Before doing any editing you must make a duplicate of the background layer. Once you have done this delete the original background layer. As a result, this helps preserve the original image.

Screenshot of background image Editing using photoshop
Screenshot of background image and duplicated image Editing using photoshop

Level Adjustment Layer

Screenshot of copy background image and levels layer Editing using photoshop

In the first place, my first task in editing using photoshop is to add a levels adjustment layer.

Screenshot of levels layer Editing using photoshop
Screenshot of levels layer adjusting left point Editing using photoshop
Screenshot of levels layer adjusting mid point Editing using photoshop

In this case, the adjustments made by moving the left and right triangles under the histogram. For this reason, move both of the triangles only to where the histogram starts to climb on the graph. By the same token, for accurate measurement hold the option/alt key and move the triangle. In addition, as you start to see something in the image you have gone far enough. Then move the middle triangle to a setting of 1.2, you will notice that the image lightens.

Curves Adjustment Layer

In addition, the curves layer is a graph that defines the image through contrast.

In this case, the histogram shows the brightness of every pixel in the image.  Consequently, it’s an indication of the image‚Äôs tonal range.

Screenshot of background copy, levels layer and curves layer
Screenshot of properties curves layer  Editing using photoshop

In this case, those pixels on the left are the dark and on the right the light.

Screenshot of properties curves layer showing adjustment line

In the first place, looking at the chart you have a straight line running from bottom left to top right. For this reason, adjustments made by moving the straight line.

Screenshot of properties curves layer with down and up adjustment Editing using photoshop
Screenshot of properties curves layer with up and down adjustment

This image demonstrates how the image’s lightened when moving the points like this image.

Screenshot of properties curves layer with down and up adjustment original Editing using photoshop

My preferred way to adjust is by moving the line either up or down. As a matter of fact, normally two places on the line require moving in order to form an S curve. Consequently, moving the curve adjusts contrast in the mid-tones. 

Screenshot of properties curves layer showing S curve

Equally important, when dragging the line take care, you want to create a shallow S-curve.

Further Editing using photoshop

Once you have the image adjusted through levels and curves you can then merge the visible layers into one. Now you can perform further editing of the image as required.

Furthermore, if this blog’s raised questions about the process, please feel free to contact Martin.

Related Posts

error: Content is protected !!