A Photoshop Picture Enhancement

A Nice Photo Made Even a Bit Nicer

Here’s a quick look at how you can make a nice picture look even better. This artistic shot was made with a Canon point-and-shoot camera using “macro mode.” It’s a nice pic. However, see the subtle differences in the second one? The yummy food is sharper, the background is not as intense, the saturation of the color in the background is calmed down a bit, and the richness of the food enhanced? All easy modifications done through Photoshop. (No, I don’t work for Adobe.) This shot was hard to improve on, but I think the tweaks help.

Original:

Original Image

And Photoshop Tweaked:

Image Photoshop Tweeked

These were put up for a friend as an example. See Lesley’s great foodie blog at The Mija Chronicles.

However, beware of a crummy practice of Adobe: They allow you to have their software on a desktop and a laptop, but NOT cross-platform. In other words, the only way you can have it on your PC desktop and Mac laptop is to buy TWO versions of the same program. With Photoshop costing hundreds of dollars, who wants to do that? Another great option is to buy Adobe’s Photoshop Elements, a somewhat trimmed down version that offers 95% of what you can do in Photoshop, without spending hundreds. (Street price is around $60 – $79.) Easily found using Google. Photoshop Elements even offers some features that are not yet in Photoshop. There are free tutorials by the hundreds and thousands on Photoshop, so you’ll never be without something new you can learn.

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About Les O'Riley

A technical writer by trade, I was laid off during the recession. I am currently finishing my Master's degree in Occupational Safety & Health. I am the Safety Lab Graduate Assistant for Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
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