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4 Essential Photoshop Techniques to Make Your Photo Pop!

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Learn how to make your photo amazing with 4 important Photoshop effects.

A picture portrays a thousand and in order for users to understand the message it is conveying, certain aspects of it need to be clear. When a photo is blurred, it is difficult to understand what the photo is portraying and Photoshop techniques are applicable in this fact. When taking a photo, professionals usually ensure certain factors are made to be perfect. The first factor is light and this can be sourced from natural light such as the sun or artificial photo studio lights. Another factor is object placement that is, if the object will be located in the foreground, the middle ground or the background. Will he or she or it be standing, sitting or lying down. These and other factors need to be considered before taking a photo.

Thanks to modern technology, photos that have a few defects can finally be corrected therefore projecting a beautiful image. Photoshop is an amazing tool that has become handy both for professional and novice photographers. Its many effects and tools can allow one to eliminate defects from the subject therefore finally achieving that perfect image.

Background removal

Natural shadow

Photo retouching

Color correction

Below is a step-by-step guide on these 4 important Photoshop techniques that will help you to edit a photo using effects and tools from Photoshop.

Open your photo in Photoshop

In order to interact with your photo on Photoshop, you need to open it in the application. Launch the application from the desktop icon by double clicking on it.

Open photoshop CS6 from desktop

Once it’s up and running, proceed to the navigation bar, click on file and select open.

Click on the file and select open

Navigate with the window’s explorer to the location in your computer where the photo is located. Click on the photo to select and then click on open.

Select the location in your computer where the photo is located

Depending on your computer processor and RAM, the file should open in seconds.

1. Start with background removal

In order to have your desired perfect image, you need to start with the background removal tool. The pen tool will allow you to make an image cut out and place it on a new background you desire. In order to achieve this in the best professional way, do not use the Magic Wand tool use your hand instead.

Start by selecting the Pen tool in the tool bar and you will get to see other important tools that will be used in this process. They include the add anchor point tool, the delete anchor point tool and the convert point tool.

Select pen tool from toolbar

Once you have selected the right tool, use it to outline the image carefully. You need to control this using the computer mouse. Once you have outlined the image, make selection of the path and remove the background. Use background eraser tool to remove the background behind hair. Then choose you desired color as background.

Remove the background from image using pen tool and background eraser tool

 2. Add natural shadow

Image shading is a visual effect that allows the user to place a shadow of an object finally giving the impression that the object is raised. To add natural shadow, you need to work on the original image layer so as to ensure that you are making a natural shadow like that particular object. Proceed by duplicating the image layer and then separate the original shadow from its background.

Original shadow in the image

To do it some of the tools will include hue/saturation, level, curves etc. In order to achieve the perfect shadow effects, you can try different settings. Once you get the shadow place it behind the image.

Placed natural shadow behind the image

3. Engage photo retouching

As discussed above, there are instances where one will take a much-cherished photo and the resulting picture will not be perfect. Getting that perfect scene together again may be a long shot therefore thanks to Photoshop; you can retouch or airbrush your photo therefore making it perfect.

Remove spots using retouching tools

The process requires to retouch the above spots use several retouching tools such as the spot healing brush tool, healing brush tool, patch tool, clone stamp tool, the brush tool, filter specifically the noise tool and high pass among others.

Remember, every person wants a different result on their image therefore it is wise to play around with settings finally having what you want in the end.

4. Finalize with color correction and saving of the image

A photo is composed of thousands of colors, which blend together to create a fantastic image. There are times where the tone of an image will not be pleasing. It may be a bit dark or a little bright therefore making a poor photo.

Thanks to color correction, you can finally correct color problems on your photo. As usual, to get the best results, it all depends on the settings you use. Some of the tools that will help you color correct your photo include levels, curves, exposure, Hue/Saturation, color balance and so on.

Color correction tools

Final Image:

Final image after removing background, applying natural shadow and color correction

Want to learn more related techniques? Check out the tutorial category of popular Photoshop techniques.

About the auther 

Rokaiya is a creative graphic designer, Internet marketer, and a blogger. She joined the team of clippingpathspecialist.com is a brand of Outsource Experts Ltd on 2010 as a head of it’s marketing department, and she's been working with the tool ever since! She likes to share tips and tricks on photo editing and graphic design!

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