12 Jul 2014

photoshop rookies // color correction


hello!
I'm so sorry for such a delay in the posts, I've had some technical issues involving blogger deleting stuff as well not enough sun in Auckland. But I'm here with a new photoshop post

Before we start, thanks so much for the amazing survey responses (q+a post is coming soon) and I've got so many ideas for new posts. Also I'm pleased to announce that I will be releasing an e-course called simple code (look out for it end of August).

so today is a photoshop post that covers fixing your colours in your blog which is what makes your photos brighter or lighter - something that you guys request all the time. As well as good lighting, I generally always edit my photos.



1 // Histogram

This is step 1 for finding what needs editing on your image
Find your histogram by going to menu > window > histogram

This will break it down for you...
The left side represents the shadows and the right represents the highlights
All the mid tones are in the middle (making sense??)
If a colour is dominating the photo you will see a lot of it in one part of the histogram



2 // Levels

Levels is like curves (see below) but easier for beginners. There is three main sliders, on the left is the shadows slider just like on histogram. Moving it to the right will increase the shadows intensity. On the right is the highlights and moving to the left with increase highlights

In the middle is the mid tones, to the left will brighten photo and to the right will darken the photo.
This is contrast adjustment and the output levels below the original slider will affect the brightness.

Find this window // Menu > Image > Adjustments > Levels



3 // Curves

Curves is very like levels but you make your own points. You click on the line and drag it in a direction of your choice.
Towards the top left corner will brighten things up
Pulling down towards bottom right will darken it

The bottom of the line is the shadows and the top of the line is the highlights
and once again, the middle is the mid tones (all quite simple really)

Find this window // Menu > Image > Adjustments > Levels

So curves is kind of confusing so I thought I would make you a printable sheet that you can use bedside your computer to help you work edits. This should really help you if you are like me and like see things visually not just read or hear them. Download it here on google drive.

keep inspired and have a great day
x harri

P.S. do you guys have anything photoshop related that you want to learn. I've got GIF making in the works xx


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26 comments:

  1. Its very helpful, thanks for sharing Harri! I always love reading ur post xx

    Hallo Horo

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  2. Hi Harri! This is a great post. I've learned so much already just from these tips and the other post you did! Thanks so much.
    Bridget xxx

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    1. Yay! I'm so happy about that. Look out for more xx

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  3. Thanks for sharing this Harri, it's been really helpful! I was just wondering if you would be able to share a post on how to create images with transparent backgrounds? x

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion sophie. I'll see what I can do xx

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  4. I love how you always put so much effort in the posts you write. I've been following you for a while now but this is the first time I comment.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Sapphire

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    1. Wow thanks. Thanks for commenting xx

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  5. This is so cute and helpful for my blog too! I would also love to know how to make headers using transparent backgrounds for a blog?

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    1. Aww thanks xx I'll definitely try and do a header tutorial

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  6. Great tutorial. :)

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  7. Hi Harri! Just found your blog today and I really loved it. Everything in this blog is so pretty and cute. Anyway, these are really great tips. So helpful!

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    1. Aww thank you. Welcome, I hope you continue to enjoy xx

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  8. Great tutorial! I will most definitely use this for future editing.

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  9. This is super duper helpful, I'll keep this in mind when editing in the future! So glad I found your blog.:)
    Btw, can you make a tutorial on how to take good pictures in low light? Because finding that right moment to take pictures is really hard. Thanks!:)

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    1. Thanks. If you have a read of this post, it shows you how to adjust your manual modes for your camera

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  10. Love your blog! I just clicked over here from Kate's latest post on Clover + Dot (which I think I found on Pinterest this afternoon). Isn't the internet great? Got yourself a new follower. :-)

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    1. Thanks a lot elly! Kate's blog is gorgeous

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  11. Love this post, it has helped me a lot.

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    1. That's great!! Glad to be of use xx

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  12. awesome tutorial! i feel like these ps functions are so helpful, I'm glad someone has shared them!

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  13. Thanks, Very helpful xx

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  14. You are really such an inspiration for everybody! I can't stop scrolling through your posts, they are all so perfect and pretty and lovely <3
    -Linda

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Thank you for taking the time to write a comment. I read everyone and try to reply as soon as possible so check back. Hope you enjoyed this post x Harri