post processing tutorial

before and after Lightroom edit using the HSL panel by Danielle Hatcher

How to use the HSL Panel in Lightroom to get good skin tones

If you’ve never played with the HSL panel in Lightroom, you are missing out on quite a powerful tool!

Jennifer Dell has already written a great article on the power of the HSL and Color panel, but today I wanted to talk about using the HSL panel just in reference to skin tones. This video will show you my basic edit, plus you will learn how to tweak the HSL panel to get glowing skin and get rid of pesky green shadows in just a couple of clicks. Watch the video to learn more, and let me know if you have any questions!(…)

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acr and photoshop video tutorial: a before & after clean edit

acr and photoshop video tutorial: a before & after clean edit

If you are an ACR and Photoshop user, then this video is for you! And if you’re a Lightroom user feel free to watch, because many things in ACR are also things you can do in Lightroom such as split toning, hsl panel, and the tone curve.

This is an example of a clean, color edit on a picture taken outdoors.  I used a Canon 5D Mark III and a Lensbaby Composer Pro with the Double Glass Optic.  I will show(…)

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before and after edit by Marissa Gifford

Before and After: a photoshop edit by Marissa Gifford

When culling images from a session, I always encourage people to go through them with an open mind. I have found that sometimes an image that initially seems like a failure, destined to be deleted, can be transformed into something magical with a little creative thinking and processing.

This was the case for me recently during a self portrait session. I was using my Lensbaby Edge 80 (my lens soulmate 😉 ) and had placed myself in the wrong part of(…)

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editing a photo in black and white by Celeste Pavlik

creating a black and white photo

When taking a photo, I often visualize it in black and white.  Before I even click that shutter, in my mind I already know that particular photograph will be displayed in black and white.  I love hand editing each of my images and always start with a clean edit in ACR (Adobe Camera Raw).  There are many ways to create a black and white conversion but today I will show you how I converted this photo starting in ACR and(…)

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How to use curves in Photoshop

Darkening the background of an image can really create depth and draw attention to the subject. I will show you a quick and easy way to darken the background of an image using curves in Photoshop.

Here is the original image with all my usual edits except the darkening of the background:

Now I will create a curves layer and bring down the midtones by grabbing the very middle of the curve and pulling down to the right bottom corner until I(…)

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editing with textures

editing with textures

I have always loved playing with textures. Textures are a tool box of resources for taking your images in new directions. We all love a nice, clean edit, but sometimes it is fun to try new things and the Escapism Textures really help me to create dreamy, pastel images. I love to blur the line between photo realism and painting in my images, and the Escapism Textures help me to do that. They help to fill blank areas with interest(…)

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Rebecca Spencer

editing with levels

by Rebecca Spencer
For my own images, my personal style is a simple clean edit with a nice pop of vibrant colour. There are lots of ways you can use post processing to achieve this and here I will show you what works for me.  I have found the easiest way to do this is through using level adjustment layers within Adobe Photoshop – levels are a simple way of making a big difference to your photo.

Before Image:

Here is the SOOC(…)

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backlit photo of girl sitting on bed by Melissa Gibson

4 Photoshop Elements tools I can’t live without

I know I’ve mentioned this before and I’m certain you all know this by now, but  I really dig Adobe Photoshop Elements.

If you are a beginner looking for editing software, this is the one for you.  On the other hand, if you are more advanced in your photography journey, this may also be the software for you.  In fact, I know loads of extremely talented photographers who use Elements.  It is an editing program that is highly underrated and definitely(…)

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How to use the HSL Lightroom panel

The HSL/Color/BW tab in Adobe Lightroom can be used for lots of reasons when editing. One of my favorite ways to start a clean edit in Lightroom is with the Color tab. It can be used for a variety of things including brightening skin tone, adjust specific colors and their saturation as well as increasing or decreasing the luminosity of specific colors.

For this example, I decided to use an image of my daughter from this summer. Here in Texas we(…)

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5 things i love to do in adobe lightroom by Jean Rhim

5 things I love to do in Adobe Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom is an amazing tool that can help you make your images better, your workflow faster, and the whole photo editing process more fun. I feel fortunate that I was introduced to it early, months before I even touched Photoshop, because it became the center of my workflow. Not only do I do a great deal of my editing through Lightroom, but Lightroom is also where I organize, sort, and prepare my images for print.  Lightroom is not a(…)

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how to use the liquify tool in photoshop tutorial by Jennifer Dell

How to use the liquify tool in Photoshop

Sometimes liquifying an image in a subtle way can make a big difference and may help if you accidentally catch the wrong angle when photographing your subject.  The secret to liquifying successfully is to use it in moderation and not to alter how a person looks.  Here’s a quick look on how to use this powerful Photoshop tool!

Jennifer Dell, Texas
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Armed with a Nikon D4 and an assortment of prime lenses,(…)

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A Video Photoshop Tutorial: before and after in CS6

So are you still undecided about making the jump to Adobe Photoshop CS6? Go for it!  You’ll love it! If you’re familiar with CS4 or CS5, you really won’t have much of a learning curve at all. The main thing that is different is how the adjustment panel works. You still have an adjustment panel but you now have a Properties Panel where you make changes to your chosen adjustment. You still choose your adjustments from the adjustment panel but(…)

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How to perform a head swap in Photoshop Elements by Melissa Gibson

How to perform a head swap in Photoshop Elements

Oftentimes, during a session, someone is either not looking at the camera or is making a goofy face.  With my little ones?  It’s more than likely a goofy face.  However, no worries!  If you have a good handle on how to swap heads in Photoshop Elements (aka PSE) you’ll have a little less stress when you’re editing a session.  This is a really handy editing tip that you’ll love to use.

Keep in mind, this isn’t just used for head swaps.(…)

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A before and after processing tutorial using Photoshop

Every photographer has their own unique style as well as their own way of processing images.  There are so many different ways to achieve certain looks whether it be in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR), Lightroom, Photoshop or a combination of these.  I don’t claim to be a Photoshop genius by any means.  A lot of what I have learned has been from trial and error, tutorials from other photographers just like this one (there are TONS right here on the CMblog and(…)

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converting images to black and white in photoshop

by Ann Westerman
Lately I have been loving to shoot images specifically for processing in black and white.  I love my black and whites to have good tonal range and a lot of contrast.  What I mean by good tonal range is I want my image to have deep shadows, a range of mid-tones and some bright highlights and I usually want those bright highlights to fall on my subject.  I love for my subject’s face to have shadows, mid-tones and(…)

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How to create collage templates in Photoshop Elements

Have you searched and searched for the perfect storyboard for your blog? I know I have. I remember looking for just the right template for my images and always ended up making purchases that I didn’t really need. In the end, I’d only use one template out of the ten that came in the bundle.

How frustrating!

Did you know that you can make custom collage templates in PSE?

Here’s how you can create your own storyboards for use in printing or blogging.(…)

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How to get rich colors and tones when editing

This is a little effect that I love to use on some of my images if I feel they are a little flat.  It is similar to The Orton Effect, but I’ve changed a few of the blending modes to switch it up a little bit.  I like rich colors and tones and this helps me bring my style out more.  It works on some images better than others, but when it works, it’s magical!

1. After doing my basic editing(…)

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black and white edit in photoshop elements by Melissa Gibson

converting to black and white in photoshop elements

There are several factors that go into creating a lovely black and white image.  Of course, there is one very important factor that we all know about, lighting.  No matter how hard you try, you aren’t going to get a beautiful black and white if you haven’t used the light well.  Personally, I love conversions that are hazy and backlit but I also love side light and contrast.

Today, I’m going to show you how I convert an image that I(…)

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the crop tool exposed

The crop tool exposed

Thank you Lisa for sharing with us!  Have you upgraded to CS6 yet?  Tell us in the comments why you have or have not upgraded yet!

Lisa Harrison, Vermont
Click Photo School Instructor
As CM’s Photoshop expert, it’s only fitting that Lisa is the instructor for the Intro to Natural Light and Photoshop Fundamentals for Photographers workshops. With her Canon 5d mark III and various lenses, mostly primes, she enjoys lifestyle photography with bright clean processing and natural skin tones but equally loves(…)

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