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Photoshop Elements Simple enhancement

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Photoshop Elements Simple Enhancement

Adjusting Levels

Sometimes all it needs is a simple adjustment in Photoshop Elements to make a “good picture” to a “nice photo”. As digital photographers we all know the importance of ¬†“Histogram” in capturing the correct exposure. Did you know that in Photoshop Elements “Histogram” and understanding “Levels” can save us lots of time?

Here is an example of how by understanding Histogram and Levels you can make a simple enhancement which changes your photos from “Ah” to “What a nice picture! Did you take it?!”

I took this picture in one of our outdoor photography workshop.

Open image in Photoshop elements

Open image in Photoshop elements

As you can see it is not a great photo, it is washed out and faded. First thing first. I open the “Adjustment Layer” and checked the “Histogram”.

Adjustment Layer in Photoshop

Adjustment Layer in Photoshop

I noticed that the image does not have enough “Black Point”

Not enough "Black Point" in Histogram

Not enough “Black Point” in Histogram

Then I started to adjust the Shadow and Mid tone till the colour and contrast popped out

A simple Shadow and Mid tone adjustment

A simple Shadow and Mid tone adjustment

Here is the “Before”

Before

Before

And here is the “After”

After

After

As you can see understanding the tools in Photoshop Elements helps you to apply a simple enhancement and get the result in no time.

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Ted and Omnilargess Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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