How to Enhance Your Pictures with Photo-Editing Software
Sometimes cameras lack the ability to capture the real essence of an image. This is when we have to find alternative ways to fix this and using a photo-editing software is the perfect solution. Photo-editing software is great when it comes to adding a personal touch to your image or to add special effects that cannot be reproduced in the real world. Also, photo-editing software can be extremely helpful when it comes to fixing images that don’t meet your expectations.
Here are a few functions that your photo-editing software can perform to improve the overall look and feel of your images.
Red eye reduction
Probably the most common problem that every amateur photographer faces and occasionally, even professional photographers have to deal with the curse of the red eye. Red eye usually occurs when the flash is reflected in the eyes of the subject being photographed. This can be fixed by zooming the area using Photoshop and coloring over the affected pixels using a shade that matches the eye color of the subject. Using a standard color such as black or brown can work too.
Modern DSLR cameras do a fantastic job of keeping all elements in a scene focused. But, there are times when you don’t need everything to be focused in an image. There may be particular elements in a photo that need more emphasis than others. Using the blur tool, which is available in most of the major photo-editing applications, you can blur out the elements that distract the viewer from the point of interest. At the same time, it is necessary to make the blur look natural. Too much blurring can result in a distorted look.
Eliminate unwanted elements using the cloning feature
The ideal picture would be one with no oddities or distractions to ruin the overall image. But in reality, this is rarely the case, as most of the time we are forced to deal with an unwanted element being present in the photo. Fortunately, there is a solution and it’s called cloning. The cloning feature found in most photo-editing applications allows you to clone one area of the image over another. So, if there is a distracting element in your picture, you can erase it by cloning another area of the picture over the distractive element. However, it takes a lot of effort and concentration to blend the cloned area over the original area, but with practice, it is definitely achievable.
Exposure and levels
You can also adjust the levels and exposure of your images. Most photo-editing software come with this option built into the features. For instance, choosing the ‘Adjustments’ option in Photoshop will provide you with a histogram that can be used to adjust the exposure levels. You can choose what areas become lighter or which ones need to become darker. You can also adjust the mid-tones of the image to get better results.
You can also adjust how colorful your image looks with the photo-editing software. By choosing the ‘Saturation’ option, you can decide how plain or bright the image looks. However, you need to be careful, as the temptation to make everything look colorful can result in noisy and poor quality images. You can also open the gray-scale option to change your image to ‘Black & white’.
The Contrast feature helps you manage the balance between the light and dark areas of your image. Experimenting with this option can help you achieve the right balance in contrast for your images