Photoshop Friday: Quick Fix!

Sometimes photos need extensive editing.. and sometimes this quick and dirty method is all you need:

SOOC (straight out of camera)

a little dull, dark and boring don’t you think?

A super quick way to brighten up any image is to duplicate the background layer and change the layer mode from “normal” to “screen”. Then we have:

Much better! My photo was pretty dark so I left the screen layer at 100% opacity. If it makes your image too bright, change the layer opacity to taste.

Now, it’s bright but lacks contrast. So duplicate the background (or the screen) layer again, but this time change the layer mode to “overlay”. The results will be way too contrasy, so bring the opacity back quite a bit, I used 24% here:

And finally, all digital images need some sharpening.. particularly these ones that were a little out of focus to begin with! These settings wouldn’t work for printing a photo, but for viewing on line they worked fine. Flatten your image and go to filter, unsharp mask and set the amount to 150, the radius to 1pixel and the threshold to 10.  That might be too much, so if you want to pull it back, hit control shift F which brings up the fade dialog. Use the opacity slider to dial the sharpening back if it starts to look too “crunchy!” (BTW, the fade dialog can be used on any filter or action.)

So, here is my final, before:

and after:

Have a great weekend!

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