Image editing and color correction are used in many different areas of photography, from taking pictures to creating videos. In this article, we will discuss how to edit images using Photoshop.
KNOW YOUR TOOLS
There are many tools available for image editing and color correction. However, not every tool works the same way. It’s important to understand what each tool does before you use it. This will help you make better decisions when choosing an image editor.
UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RGB and CMYK COLORSPACE
There are two main ways to represent colors in an image: RGB and CMYK. Each has advantages and disadvantages.
RGB is the most common method used in graphic design today. It's based on three primary colors—red, green, and blue—which make up every other color in the spectrum. This means that each pixel in an image can only use one of these three colors at a time.
CMYK is another option. It uses four colors: cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. These four colors cover the entire range of visible light, so each pixel can use all four colors simultaneously.
The advantage of using RGB is that it's very easy to manipulate images with software like Photoshop. However, because it relies on just three colors, it's not possible to reproduce certain colors accurately.
MASTER THE BASICS OF ADJUSTMENT LAYERS
In order to edit an image, you need to first open it in a program like Photoshop. Once opened, you'll see a blank canvas where you can add layers. A layer is simply a collection of pixels that makes up an object in the photo. You can add as many layers as you'd like to any given image.
To adjust the brightness, contrast, and saturation of an image, you'll need to apply adjustment layers. An adjustment layer allows you to control how much of each color (or gray) is present in the image.
You can also add filters to your image. Filters allow you to alter the appearance of the image by adding effects such as blurring, sharpening, or vignetting.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT CURVES
If you're looking for ways to improve your images, then you should definitely check out curves. This feature allows you to manipulate the brightness, contrast, saturation, and hue of an image. It's perfect for correcting exposure issues, brightening dark areas, and making colors pop.
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