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Just because many of our photos are of ordinary events doesn’t mean we can’t make them extraordinary! Using a few key tips in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements can give your photos the pop they need to look spectacular on your layouts and in your albums. And to make this even easier, I have made a FREE photo action for you to load! With merely a click of a button you can transform your photo from ordinary to extraordinary! I even leave it with the layers in tact, so you can adjust each one as needed!
If you want to try this out from scratch, here are the different steps I use:
One of my favorite things to play with, when editing my photos is, the adjustment panel. Here is what it looks like in Photoshop:
Each of those icons will add a layer to your photo and let you adjust things. I love this because you can go back and forth with them until you get the look you want. The one that looks like a sun is for brightness. The next one is levels and then curves. The upside down triangle is vibrance and so on. When you hover over them, it will tell you the name. And as you can see from the image below, I had several layers of tweaks for the photo that I edited.
- Always duplicate (edit>>duplicate) your photo so that your original is untouched.
- Duplicate your layer and add the high pass filter to the top. Then change it to soft pass and adjust the opacity as needed. This is a great way to sharpen your photo.
- Don’t overdo any of the effects. Keep them simple and subtle.
If you haven’t used an action before but would like to see how to add one to Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, you can check out this video. And then you can download it from my Resource Library and load it! The video is showing the process for an action that rounds corners, but the concept for adding is the same. Once it is added, you can find it in your Actions menu and then you simply open your photo and click the play button:
Here is what you’ll need to change your own photo to something amazing!
Action: Download the Action from the Resource Library and load it.
I’d love to see what you do with this! Give it a try and post your layout in the comments. Feel free to ask any questions you may have, as well!