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Hi everyone, I’m Jen from Delightful Designs, and I am so excited to be a new contributor for Lil Luna, and I can’t wait to share all of my Photoshop tips and tricks with you today. I started using Photoshop 8 years ago as a tool to create graphics, but I soon began learning how to edit my family photos and enhance the beauty of the images I was taking. I began to notice that in almost all of my pictures, food was always the one thing that would bring everyone together, but my food images never seemed to turn out that great. It wasn’t until I took a professional photography class that I learned how to edit my photographs properly and the end result was amazing. So today’s tutorial I will walk you thru the process of editing your photos in Photoshop so you can achieve a clean and sharp image every time.
Here is an image of a few white chocolate donut muffins that I baked a couple of weeks ago. As you can see it is a little dark and could be a bit more sharp. What we want is for the center donut muffin to pop, so that your eye is drawn to the focal point of your image. I shot this with my Canon Rebel T3i.
The first thing I am going to is adjust the levels of my image. You can access the levels panel by going to to Image > Adjustments > Levels and adjusting your levels by dragging the left arrow to “0” and the right arrow to”255″, that will adjust the white and dark balance on your photo.
Next we are going to drag the photo down to the new layers panel and make a new layer. On the new layer you are then going to go up to the drop down menu that is set to “NORMAL”, change this to “SCREEN” and set the opacity to 80-85%. Depending on your photo you can play around with this percentage and see what is best for your photo as they are all going to be different. You can already see how your image is starting to look better and we haven’t done that much editing.
Next, I am going to add a smart sharpen filter to my image and it will sharpen my entire image, you can do this by going to filter > sharpen >smart sharpen. The beauty of smart sharpen is that it will remove blur caused from camera shake. Make sure that the preview button is selected, you have basic selected, and settings should be on default as well. Also, make sure that Gaussian Blur is selected on the “Remove” drop down menu before you start to adjust the amount or radius. You can see the setting I chose below, I felt this was appropriate for my image, you will need to play around with the percentage, every image is different.
If you don’t use a tripod when you are photographing food this is a great way to remove blur from any photo. As you can see when you compare the original photo and the photo with the smart sharpen filter, small details in the food begin to pop and have much better definition, very important details when you are dealing with food.
Here is the finished photo, as you can see the difference is huge from the original, it really wasn’t that hard to achieve and didn’t take too much time.
So fun, right!?
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