3 Tips for Getting Started With Photoshop Image Editing Software

Image editing is nothing new, with the first reported case of image manipulation happening in the 1860s. These days almost every image that you see published or printed has been edited in some way.

Photo editing has some negative connotations surrounding it, but at its core, photo editing is a skill that can be used to enhance or change images. So while some people may view image editing as immoral, simply adding a filter or changing the saturation counts as manipulating the original image.

Editing photos can be fun and creative. So, keep reading for three tips to get started with Photoshop image editing today.

1. Crop the Image

Cropping an image not only removes the unwanted background, but it can also enhance your composition. Cropping may seem like a simple skill, but you need to understand design and photography rules to allow the image to shine.

By cropping the image you can draw the eye to the subject and allows you to emphasize your subject’s features without changing too much of the image. By playing around with the crop tool you’ll gain a feel of what works and learn to trust your gut instinct.

2. Correct the Exposure

While exposure is usually something you want to perfect while the photo is being taken, there will be times that no matter what you do you won’t be able to get the exposure correct. Luckily this is an easy fix.

If you’re just starting out it can be helpful to play around with the Brightness/Contrast, Exposure, and Shadows/Highlights of the image. If you have a bit more experience with Photoshop tools, you can always make changes to the HDR Toning, as well as Curves and Levels

3. Remove Backgrounds

Knowing how to remove the background from images can be useful if the background isn’t to your liking or if you want to cut out an object to feature. There are various online tools you can use to help you remove background from an image. Some tools like Adobe Express even allow you to refine and customize the cutout to ensure you get a smooth removal.

Adobe Express also allows you to edit the cutout and even place the cutout on different backgrounds. While Express can’t be compared to Photoshop, they are both parts of the Adobe Suite and compliments each other.

You can also use Photoshop to manually remove the background of an image if you prefer using one tool. Manually removing the background will also allow you to practice using Photoshop more.

Photoshop Image Editing Made Easy

Photoshop image editing may seem daunting when you’re just getting started, but the more you practice and play around with the photo editing software the easier it will become. Once you’ve gotten the hang of the software you’ll be creating exciting pieces of art in no time. So get started on your Photoshop editing journey today!

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