A couple of months ago, my husband graduated with his doctorate.  It was a day that we had worked towards for so long and I had so many plans in my head for the perfect photos to document it.  Did any of those photos happen?  Nope.  In fact, I spent the entire time trying to figure out the best setting for taking inside, far away photos that I MISSED HIM GETTING HOODED AND WALKING ACROSS THE STAGE!  I can't even explain how angry that made me.  I only got one fuzzy photo of him when I freaked out and realized that his name was the one called.  I was so focused on taking the perfect photo that I missed what I really wanted to see and experience.  I've decided that from now on I'm ditching the perfect photo idea.  I even got a smartphone and take most of my pictures on it.   They are fuzzy and have bad lighting, but the important thing is the moment and not the picture.

However, Photoshop can be a miracle saver when it comes to photo editing.  After all, that's what it was created for.  Your pictures will never look like professional photos, but that's ok. Today I will share my tips on editing photos in PSE.

spot remover.

This is your new best friend.  Sometimes I feel guilty that generations that follow me won't see the 'real' me, but then I look at that pimple again and have no more guilt.
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brightness contrast.

Brightness/contrast and hue/saturation are my go-to tools for quick fixes. I usually do brightness/contrast first because if you do it last, the photos tend to look over processed.

select the tool

adjust the sliders

click ok


The colors of the photo are still not as vibrant as they were in person.  Adjusting the saturation will help with that.  Be careful not to over-saturate!

choose the tool

adjust the sliders

click ok



8/8/2012 11:18:31 pm

Good tips! I'm glad you taught me how to use the spot remover. I am very sure I will be using it.


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