Some Simple Advices On Photo Editing For Beginners

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We are happy that you consider yourself to be ready to try your hand in photo editing. All the best to that. While there are millions of tutorials and guides available on the internet on the software, tools and techniques to be used, this article is to give some simple advices on certain issues that many beginners overlook when they start out. These may sound quite obvious to some but are sure to come in handy for all.

Make a copy of the original file and work on it

Many people instinctively open the original file and start working on it right away. They use the “Save As” command when saving the work in progress for the first time. Professional photo editors who are used to the habit may not forget to hit save as at the first instance but for beginners, this could be a problem. So, it is always better to be on the safe side by making a copy of the file first and then opening the copy and working on it. This way, no matter whatever happens, you will have the original file intact. Even if you do not need the original for future use, it will be useful for the purpose of comparison. You may even want to start over from scratch once again and if you don’t have the original file intact, the only alternative will be to keep undoing all that you have done, to revert to the original image.

Use only minimum effects

In photo editing, the best edits are those that no one can make out. Beginners have a tendency to play with effects and overdo the photograph. This is unnecessary and often produce bizarre results. Retouch only what is essential for your subject to be in the focus without any distractions. If the original photo is reasonably well shot, use only subtle effects like blurring of some edges, adjusting the hue and saturation, and fixing the lighting with the dodge and burn tools etc.


Learn the fundamentals thoroughly rather than learning more tools and effects

Any photo editor with reasonable experience will agree that the most repeated tasks in image editing are simply adjusting the contrast, hue and saturation. A majority of photographs will look brand new once these adjustments are made. Sometimes you may have to change the colour depth a bit and get rid of a few blemishes. Before jumping up to advanced tools and effects, you need to master these fundamental editing tasks first. It takes the experience of working on numerous photos with diverse colour compositions and lighting conditions to gain expertise with these fundamental tools of any photo editing software.

When you first start to learn software, you might feel small because you only know a few commands. Never mind, after all you are here to improve your photos, not your intellectual capacity. Moreover, once you are thorough with the working of colours and lights, learning the special effects and advanced tools will be a piece of cake.

Jisha Thomas

Computer literate since 1988 and internet literate since 1995. Tool maker by qualification and computer professional by choice. Proficient in CAD. Peripheral knowledge of Product Design, Tool Design and Interior Design. Jack of all trades, in short!

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