Photoshop How To

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Ron Leach  |  Mar 22, 2024  |  0 comments

It' a shame that many Photoshop users ignore the Eyedropper tool when editing their images to achieve precise colors with a natural look. After all, accurate tones are a critical element in  just about every photo whether it's captured indoors or put.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 05, 2023  |  0 comments

Today's tutorial from the PHLOG Photography YouTube channel demonstrates a powerful editing technique for precisely color-grading landscape images with Photoshop's Gradient Map tool. The technique is simple to accomplish and will work wonders for just about any photos you shoot in the great outdoors.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 08, 2023  |  0 comments

We constantly preach the importance of experimenting with new techniques that enable you to create a style all your own and make your images stand out from the rest. There are a variety of ways to achieve these goals—either in the camera or during the editing process,

Ron Leach  |  Jun 27, 2017  |  0 comments

If you’ve never used Photoshop’s Calculations Tool you’re not alone. Many photographers ignore this option when editing their images, but after watching the tutorial below you won’t make that mistake again.

Ron Leach  |  Aug 10, 2022  |  0 comments

Are you familiar with Photoshop’s powerful Blend If tool and how easily it enables you to create outdoor photos with maximum impact? If not, you’re in for a treat.

Ron Leach  |  Oct 25, 2021  |  0 comments

Arriving at perfect exposures by combining multiple images can be a rather complicated task. But today you’ll learn how to use Photoshop’s relatively unknown Apply Image Tool to get the job done fast with great results.

Ron Leach  |  Oct 27, 2021  |  0 comments

According to the calendar it’s still 2021, but Adobe just released Photoshop 2022 and it includes a bunch of really cool new features. As you’ll see in today’s quick tutorial, one of the most interesting and easy-to-use tools will instantly and automatically make precise selections.

Ron Leach  |  Aug 19, 2021  |  0 comments

When it comes to shooting outdoors we’re all at the mercy of Mother Nature, no matter the level of our skills or the beauty of a scene. And sometimes that means arriving at a great location, only to confront boring, dull skies.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 09, 2023  |  0 comments

Photographers experienced with Photoshop know that using the best tools for a task is only part of the equation when editing their images. Another very important consideration for achieving optimum results is making adjustments in the correct order.

Ron Leach  |  Mar 16, 2023  |  0 comments

A lot goes into making landscape images that look as spectacular on the computer as they did through the viewfinder, and one common challenge is capturing foliage with realistic, vibrant colors.

Ron Leach  |  Apr 12, 2023  |  0 comments

Hot spots and highlight blowouts are the bane of portrait photographers and others. They can occur with images shot in the studio under artificial illumination, as well as those captured with natural light outdoors. Fortunately there’s a simple and effective Photoshop fix, as you’ll see in the quick tutorial below.

Ron Leach  |  May 30, 2023  |  0 comments

If your landscape photos lack the impact, color and drama you envision—and you're not sure what to do—the tutorial below from the PHLOG Photography YouTube channel is just what you need. In this quick video you'll learn a straightforward Lightroom technique for transforming good images into great ones.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 13, 2024  |  0 comments

This 10-minute Lightroom lesson from the PHLOG Photography YouTube channel explains the importance of proper tonal adjustments when editing landscape photographs that appear boring and dull—an uninspiring look you want to avoid at all costs.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 27, 2023  |  0 comments

One variable that can make or break a photo is how the color in your scene is represented. Typically, the goal is natural-looking tones (unless a special effect is what you're after). And that's OK too.

One variable that can make or break a photo is how the color in your scene is represented. Typically, the goal is natural-looking tones (unless a special effect is what you're after). And that's OK too.


When making color adjustments in post-processing, Saturation plays a big role, whether you're after a realistic representation or something more unusual. We have some good news for those of you who use the Curves Adjustment tool to refine Saturation: Earlier this month Adobe added a very small adjustment that can pay big dividends by tackling a common problem with this approach.


Instructor Matt Kloskowski is a specialist in all things Adobe, who says his goal is "to provide straightforward tutorials to help photographers get the results they've always wanted," and this episode fits the bill. He jumps right in to Lightroom's Tone Curve panel and demonstrates how the new capability works.


Kloskowski begins by demonstrating the most common approach, that involves boosting the highlights and mid-tones a bit and then dropping the shadows by grabbing the relevant points on the Curve. This method, unfortunately, often results in oversaturation.


But here's the trick, now you'll find a simple Refine Saturation slider beneath the Curves graph that simplifies the fix because it's no longer necessary to employ Blend modes to get Saturation right. Kloskowski uses a tight shot of a vibrant hummingbird against a green background to demonstrate how easy this is to do.


This quick trick works with all sorts of photos, and Kloskowski pulls up a pretty seascape scene to prove this point. As you'll see, in this case he's able to retain the desired amount of contrast, without oversaturating the shot—simply by moving the slider. Whether you prefer light pastel colors, or a more vibrant look, the new tool gets the job done in a hurry.


After watching the video how about pulling up a few images you've already processed and see what you can create by using Kloskowski's advice. We think you may be surprised at how simple and effective this is to do.


You can find a wide range of editing tips and tricks on Kloskowski's instructional YouTube channel, so be sure to take a look.


We also recommend watching the tutorial we posted from another accomplished pro, with an in-camera technique for using complimentary colors to capture eye-popping photographs.


Ron Leach  |  Aug 23, 2017  |  0 comments

OK, so you did your homework, picked up some eclipse glasses, bought a solar filter to protect you camera, and shot a bunch of photos of the epic event that look pretty much like those captured by millions of other photographers. Now what?