Category Archives: Basic Edits

Select Subject tool

Adobe’s select subject tool (and some other applications have similar functionality) is becoming remarkably good, using AI approaches to make sometimes fiddly selections automatically. Here is an example. This is a particularly challenging image – the background is mottled, not … Continue reading

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Up-Scaling images

From time to time you may find you just don’t have enough pixels in your image. For example you may want to make a huge print from your image (or a smaller print from a cropped part of your image). … Continue reading

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Monochrome

A commonly asked question is what subjects are best for monochrome?  I have been casting my mind over this and I cannot give an answer. Thinking back over the last year, I have made monochrome landscapes, cityscapes, seascapes, portraits, photojournalism, … Continue reading

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Creating realistic shadows

When compositing it is not enough to simply paste an object onto a background. If you do, it will look artificial and pasted. Shadows are what link the pasted object to the background. Creating realistic shadows requires some technical skills, … Continue reading

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Local adjustment tools in Lightroom

Lightroom has three local adjustment tools (excluding the red-eye reduction tool), the linear gradient tool, the radial gradient tool and the paintbrush tool. Gradient tool and Radial gradient tool Clicking the gradient or radial adjustment icon brings up the adjustment … Continue reading

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Resize an Image

When you have finished editing your masterpiece, you may want to save a copy with a different size. For example, for WCC competitions, images can be no wider than 1920 pixels and no higher than 1080 pixels. Continue reading

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Basic Edits – Selections

Selections are used to define areas to be selectively adjusted, to cut and paste parts of images, and to limit where edits are applied. Continue reading

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Basic Edits – Layers and Masks

Layers and Masks are an essential part of a non-destructive workflow, allowing you to modify an image, make repairs, and limit adjustments to specific areas of the image. Continue reading

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Basic Edits – Levels and Curves

With Levels and Curves you can fine tune the tonal range and even colours in your images. Levels In Photoshop the Layers dialog has many features. The main ones are labelled below. Try out the AUTO settings – it will … Continue reading

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Basic Edits – Highlights and Shadows

Highlights and Shadows Whilst the exposure controls control the mid-tones, the Highlights and Shadows controls work on these ends of the tone range. In addition the Whites and Blacks controls adjust the upper and lower limits of the brightness range … Continue reading

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