Super Easy Photoshop Editing Trick for Bloggers

I’m basically self-taught when it comes to my editing skills in Photoshop, so whenever I figure out something  new that’s going to streamline my photo-editing process, I get giddy. If you’ve ever taken photos in good (but not great) lighting and wanted to know how to brighten them w/o having too much contrast, this super easy editing trick is for YOU.

Regardless of what version of Photoshop you have (I have CS3) this will work:

  • Open your image  in Photoshop.
  • Duplicate the layer (from background copy is fine).
  • Once you duplicate the layer, in that same box in the panel on the right side (it has Layers/Channels/Paths),  there is a box next to the “Opacity” adjustment that says “Normal”. Click on it, and a drop-down menu will appear. Select “Screen” and then BOOM! Your photo will instantly brighten!

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On some photos the brightening effect will be even, but on others you may have to adjust the Opacity a bit. I upped the Saturation a smidge (+3) but that was IT. I took this photo in natural light about 45 minutes before sunset in early Fall. I played around with different settings but still couldn’t get what I wanted until I did this trick. The change is sublte enough to not lose any detail, and makes my $1 dishes look mad expensive,  lol. Granted, I have a DSLR but even if you’re using a  point and shoot, if you at least have decent lighting for your photos, this little trick will help you get the bright, clean shots that readers love.

Happy editing!

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