As a follow-up to last week’s Project PL post about giving a cohesive look to your pages with photo treatments, I’ve asked my CT to share some of their favorite photo tips and tricks. These aren’t anything fancy – just a quick resource for scrappers who want to bring their photos up a notch without having to feel like you have a degree in photography. 😉
Lightroom: 3 Steps to Great Photos | by Jewelle (mrspotts)
Editing pictures in Lightroom is a breeze. The program is certainly capable of doing more in depth editing but I like this quick three step process. Also, as a beginner I love that I can get a nice wow factor from my photos without much effort. Here is my process:
1. Open your picture in Develop mode. Go to the Preset panel on the left side of the work surface. Under the preset panel open the Lightroom General Presets drop down menu. Then click on Auto Tone. This preset does most of the editing work for you adjusting such things as Exposure, Temperature, and Tint. It is a great starting point to making pictures pop!
2. We are now going to work on customizing our white balance. Open the Basic editing drop down menu (it’s on the right side of the work surface). Grab the eyedropper tool and select a neutral color on your picture. Some people suggest selecting a spot in the white of the eyes. This doesn’t always work for me. I just pay attention to my picture preview as I move the tool and select somewhere that adjusts my white balance to my liking.
3. The Last step is to add a bit of punch to our picture. Go back to the Preset panel, Lightroom General Presets, and then click on Punch. This evens out the clarity, vibrancy and saturation of your picture.
After applying these three easy steps to your pictures, they are sure to pop right off your pages.
RabLab is Your Friend | by Jenn (jk703)
RadLab is a Photoshop plug-in (with a FREE 14 day trial!) and it’s my favorite editing tool! I rarely use actions anymore. It’s so much faster to do 75 at one time, and then customize as I need it. Here are 3 of my favorite recipes with a download at the end for you to use.
Brighten, Saturate & Darken Edges
Brighten, Add Warmth & Blur Edges
Here’s a shot of the option available when working in RadLab.
This is a great look to add a vintage flair to your photos.
Here are recipes for the three photos above. Just use the import button in RadLab to install them. If you aren’t sure how to do that, there’s a great video tutorial on the RadLab website.
I hope you’ve enjoyed these quick tips and maybe gained some exposure to editing tools you weren’t already familiar with.. I’ll be back with more of these periodically, so stay tuned…