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Adobe Photoshop - Photo-editing Techniques

This tutorial will assist you through some frequently used techniques to crop, adjust lighting, add effects and sharpen in order to create the best photo possible.

1. Crop and straighten

Using the Crop tool, you can trim edges, change the shape and size of a photo, and even straighten a crooked shoreline or horizon.

Open a file (0:41); Crop (0:57); Straighten (2:04), Save (2:50)

2. Improve lighting and color

Brighten a photo and make its colors pop using adjustment layers.    

Brightness/Contrast (0:18); Hue/Saturation (1:20); Edit an adjustment (04:19)

3. Remove unwanted content

Easily eliminate distracting elements with the Spot Healing Brush tool and the Patch tool.    

Spot Healing Brush tool (00:53); Patch tool (3:00)

4. Add creative effects

Convert color to black and white, add an old-fashioned tinted look, and play with focus using the Tilt-Shift Blur filter.    

Smart Filters (0:16); Tilt-Shift Blur filter (0:57); Black and white (02:26); Color tint (02:56)

5. Sharpen and save

Apply a sharpen filter to give your photo a finishing touch. Then save your edited file in PSD format to preserve your layers for future editing. To share your photo online or by email, save a copy as a JPEG. 

Sharpen (0:10); Save (2:50); Photoshop with Lightroom and mobile apps (4:14)

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Keywords:help how to adobe photoshop edit photo picture layer technique edit   Doc ID:76404
Owner:John B.Group:New Mexico State University
Created:2017-09-07 14:04 MDTUpdated:2017-09-18 11:53 MDT
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