Post # 1
I recently got my engagement pictures back. We didn’t get prints, just a CD of all the images (large ones for printing and smaller versions for the web). The photographer edited about 35 of them but there are 300+ unedited, raw images. Of those, there are about 70 or so workable shots. I’d like to try my hand at photoshopping them into something really special! I’m not a complete newbie but I’ve never done this kind of thing before. Any tools/actions/effects that you especially like for something like this? Have links to tutorials, textures, etc. that are good for editing e-pics?
I am looking for overall tips and tricks but also, it was an uuuuuugly day that day. Grey and cold. How can I make blue skies or lighten up the pictures?
Post # 3
I use Picasa by google. i downloaded it from downloads.com It’s really easy to use and fix pictures through trial and error. best of all you can edit skin complexion also. They may not end up looking like professional photographs, but they will turn out very very nice.
As for the dark skies, you can edit the “brightness”.
Post # 4
As for the dark and grey, you can mess with the levels on the white balance & to color correct you would use color balancing. The only way you’re gonna really know what to do with the pics is just to play around with the editing options. But I’ve found that those are the 2 basic steps to edit some pictures.
Post # 5
I wound up editing the pictures in iPhoto. So much easier and quicker to figure out! Can’t really do the super cool stuff but seeing as how I’ve got almost 100 to do, it’ll work. I’ve attached examples but they look funny with the size!
Post # 6
I use http://www.picnik.com — it’s pretty easy to use. Most of the stuff is free to use – some of you’ll have to upgrade.
Post # 7
Picasa is nice for simple tweaks such as color saturation, adding a lovely glow or blur to the photo and such… another free photo program is GIMP. But if you already have Photoshop, you don’t need it!
Post # 8
I’ve got Photoshop but it’s just so flinginflangin hard to understand how to do anything super cool and there are too many options to sort through. I’m a simple kinda girl and the Internets wasn’t helping. iPhoto all the way!
Post # 9
omw – I love those pictures! They’re great!!!
Maybe you could post some before and afters, and a tutorial of how to use iPhoto? I know I don’t use it to it’s full extent!
Post # 10
I am a photoshop nerd, and I played with your pics a little. First I adjusted the vibrance, then the hue and saturation, then the curves a little.
Post # 11
Check out http://digital-photography-school.com/
It has a lot of good tips for taking better pictures but there is also a section for post-production using programs like photoshop, etc.
Post # 12
From princessleia’s link I learned how to batch resize in Photoshop. I resized all the images from ridiculously huge to be viewable on the internet. Then I put the images into the library on iPhoto. Here are just a few selections on what iPhoto can do:
That’s the enhance option. It makes pictures a little brighter. For an easy edit, it’s great.
The “Antique” option under Effects.
Sepia and Vignette in Effects
Fade Color in Effects
Of course, you can play with the saturation, contrast, brightness, etc. etc. under “Adjust”. It’s got a crop option but no resize option which is lame.