Photo #2

Note: This tutorial is being revised

Before Left Image
After Right Image

As you think about editing your photo, think about what's wrong with the photo. In the photo to the left, several issues are noted.

  1. The photo needs to be cropped
  2. There is a "greenish-yellow color cast" to the photo
  3. The photo is dark
  4. The photo is a bit blurry

Congratulations you have completed all of the steps successfully
    Crop The Image

    Let's go through some steps in editing this photo. There is no "one way" to do it, but there are some general tips to think about.

    1. Select the "Crop Tool" (2nd one down…looks like a square with overlapping corners). There are now crop handles around the photo. Click and hold and move the handles so that only the photo is showing. Click on the arrow to the left of the Crop title to return to the menu.

    Adjust the Color Tone

    1. Click on the "Adjust Tool" (4th tool down). The lighting for the photo is pretty good so we won't have to make much of an adjustment here.
    2. Move the Hue slider a little to the left until the face colors look good to about -15
    3. Move the Tint slider to the left to about -2
    4. Move the Temperature slider to the left to about -30
    5. Move the Saturation slider to the right to about 8
    6. Move the Vibrance slider to the right to about the same. Vibrance takes the darker colors and increases the color saturation, while the saturation slider just increases ALL the colors at the same time.
    7. Bring up the Exposure slider to about 20. This is sort of like adding flash to a photo.
    8. The photo is looking pretty good (depending on how your monitor is calibrated). The only other adjustment that I would make would be to sharpen the photo.
    9. Before we do this however, play with the other sliders to see how they affect your photo.
    10. Brightness will add more overall light to the photo
    11. Contrast increases the difference between the bright and darker colors
    12. Black will add or remove black color depth to the photo. Moving to the left reduces black and to the right adds more black. This is helpful when the photo appears to be "washed out"
    13. White will add or remove white color depth to the photo. Moving to the left reduces white and to the right adds white .
    14. Highlight is more specific to the lighter colors. Moving to the left will reduce the lighter color intensity, while leaving the blacker colors about the same.
    15. Shadows can increase the brightness of the darker colors, such as those things that are in the shadows.

    Apply Sharpening

    When you have completed your editing, click on the "Save" button at the lower right. Select "JPG" as the saved file type. Select the High Quality option, although even then, notice that it is still going to compress to about 90%. I would move that to 100%, so there is not much compression of the photo. The file will save to your browser Downloads folder.

    1. Try adjusting the Sharpen slider. As you move past about 10, you will start to see pixelations. We don't want to see that.
    2. Play with the other filters to see how they affect this photo.
    3. If you decide to learn more about photo editing, you will find that we can apply filters to only parts of a photo, rather than the whole photo, such as eyes for example.
    4. There is a small icon just left of the zoom bar, located in a small menu bar at the bottom area of the photo. Hover over it. It is called the Compare Changes icon. Click and hold your mouse button down. It will show you your original photo and compare it to all the changes that you have made.

    I am working on a tutorial to correct "Lighting" such as with the dark photo to the right.

    Come back soon and I will have this completed.