Basic Photo Editing Tips and Tricks

How many times did you take photos with your phone only to discover, after viewing them on your computer, that the colors look strange or the image is too blurry? Don’t give up or rely solely on filters; there are ways you can improve the quality of your photo with Content Creator’s simple image enhancing tools such as brightness, contrast, saturation and sharpness. You may be familiar with these terms, as they have been around as long as the color TV, but are not sure how or when to apply them for a maximum impact? Here are a few tips to prove that you can create beautiful looking images easily:

1. Let there be Light
Brightness refers to the overall lightness or darkness of the image. If your photo appears too dark all you need to do is “let more light in” by increasing the brightness slider and creating brighter tones. In the same way decreasing the brightness level will leave you with an image that is dominated by darker tones. However you decide to use it make sure to use it in moderation as it can make your images look washed-out or too gloomy.

2. Use the Impact of Contrast
Contrast is a difference between darkest and brightest areas of the image. If you increase contrast you will increase separation between dark and bright, making shadows darker and highlights brighter. The colors will “pop” and the image will look more vibrant and eye catching. On the other hand if you decrease contrast you will bring shadows up and the highlights down so be careful as it can make image looking dull.

3. Find the Point of Saturation
Saturation is similar to contrast, but instead of increasing separation between shadows and highlights you increase and intensify separation between colors. Use saturation if you want objects with powerful colors to have that extra zing and look brighter or more vibrant. Similarly, remember that the decrease in the saturation will make colors in your image look more subtle and low-key.

4. Be Sharp
Sharpness is also called edge contrast, which means that it provides contrast along the edges of the photo leaving smooth areas of the image alone. It’s a great tool for images with lots of detail or the ones that capture movement as it improves clarity and emphasizes textures.

Hope you feel inspired to try some of these simple tips and techniques in your next photo post. Let us know how it goes and make sure to share your before & after images with us!