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How I Edit My Blog Pictures | A Step-By-Step Tutorial

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Hey Loves! I hope you’re doing well, today I’m going to show how I edit my blog pictures using Photoshop and an alternative option for those who don’t have it at the end of the post. If you’re interested then keep on reading!

Related: How to take good pictures with your iPhone 

 

OPEN THE IMAGE

Once you’ve opened Photoshop, open the image you’re going to edit (File > Open).

 

BRIGHTNESS & CONTRAST

The first thing I do is edit the brightness and contrast level of the picture (Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast), I don’t have a specific number – I just choose something that I think looks the best, I don’t want the picture to look too bright or under exposed.

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LEVELS

This one is optional but for some pictures, it can be a crucial part depending on the tone of the picture, if you’ve a yellowish or blueish picture then editing the levels of the picture (Image > Adjustments > Levels) will make a huge difference.

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SATURATION

Then I edit the saturation of the picture (Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation) to make the colours pop up.

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CREATE A NEW LAYER & FILL IT WHITE

After I’ve edited all the basic settings, I create a new layer (Shift+Ctrl+N) and fill it with white colour using the Paint Bucket tool.

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CHANGE THE BLENDING MODE TO SOFT LIGHT

I change the blending mode to Soft Light and afterwards, you can edit the opacity of the layer depending on your preferences. I like to keep it at a minimum level, less than 20 in general. Then I save the picture!

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BEFORE & AFTER

AND it’s done! As you can see, here is a before and after picture!

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ALTERNATIVES

Photoshop is quite expensive and isn’t accessible for everyone so for those who don’t have it, you can achieve the same effect using some apps on your phone. Here’s a couple of my favourite apps that are similar to Photoshop when it comes to some of the settings:

✘ VSCO CAM

✘ Facetune

✘ Enlight

✘ Lightroom

✘ Photoshop

 

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR READING!

xo N

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83 Comments

    1. I feel like I need to improve my blog photography and up my blogging game as well, all the bloggers are so creative and their contents are amazing! So don’t feel like you’re left behind 🙈😂

  1. Snapseed is also a great option too for everyone who likes editing photos on their phone! It’s made by Google I believe.

    We use similar techniques but I’ll have to try out the Soft Light one. I like to use Curves as well as Brightness & Contrast. Both are really great options, especially if you’re editing a dark photo which we all know is necessary in the UK, haha!

    1. I love Snapseed too! It’s such a great app but I haven’t used it in awhile though, I should try it back 🤔

      Haha exactly! But it’s not really gloomy and foggy anymore here in the UK (knock on wood) so it’s a lot easier to take pictures and to edit them!

    1. Thank you Caroline! To change the levels, drag the black and white sliders (little arrows) and the histogram (graph) will start to move. You can adjust other levels (RGB) as well such as red, green and blue. Just play around with it and you’ll see a difference with the levels! x

  2. Thanks for sharing. I no longer have Photoshop – that was 2 or 3 computers ago when I could write off the cost. But I still miss it. Glad to see some alternatives. Will definitely try them.

  3. Hey – excellent post. Adding a second, white layer is a great tip. Question, what kind of camera do you use? Your phone or something else?

    Because I’m new to the blogging world, I’ve been using my iphone and vsco cam to edit. It’s a very comprehensive app with tons of features (even the free version), I’m pretty impressed. I wonder if it does the layer thing though – that would come in super handy.

    1. Thank you! I only use my iPhone 6 to take my blog pictures. VSCO Cam doesn’t do the layer option but the settings are pretty much very similar to Photoshop!

  4. Loving the tips you’re giving on your blog. I recently just started my own blog and would love if you stopped over there sometime to check it out and give me some feedback if you’d like. In the meantime, I’m following you✨

    1. I don’t have the desktop version of Lightroom, I only have the free app on my phone but I heard a lot of people say it was amazing!

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