125+ Ways to Edit a Photograph – Part 1

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Stuck in a rut when it comes to editing your photos? Looking for some fresh ideas? Then this is the article for you. 1 photograph, 125+ different edits. The majority of these looks can be created with any photo editing software. More than anything, this article is meant to inspire you to try different editing techniques. Unless stated otherwise, each edit was done in Photoshop.

Ready? Here we go!

01 Natural

01 Natural

01 – Natural – Straight from the camera. Untouched as nature intended.

02 Black & White

02 Black & White

02 – Black & White – Go to Image->Adjustments->Black & White.

03 Black & White Fantasy

03 Black & White Fantasy

03 – Black & White Fantasy – Go to Image->Adjustments->Black & White. Play with the sliders to exaggerate and/or change the look of the photo. The red & yellow sliders often yield the most interesting results.

04 Monotone

04 Monotone

04 – Monotone – Go to Image->Mode->Grayscale. Once your image has been converted, go to Image->Mode->Duotone… . In the Type menu, choose Monotone. Pick the color you would like to use.

05 Duotone

05 Duotone

05 – Duotone – Go to Image->Mode->Grayscale. Once your image has been converted, go to Image->Mode->Duotone… . In the Type menu, choose Duotone. Pick the two colors you would like to use.

06 Tritone

06 Tritone

06 – Tritone – Go to Image->Mode->Grayscale. Once your image has been converted, go to Image->Mode->Duotone… . In the Type menu, choose Tritone. Pick the three colors you would like to use.

07 Quadtone

07 Quadtone

07 – Quadtone – Go to Image->Mode->Grayscale. Once your image has been converted, go to Image->Mode->Duotone… . In the Type menu, choose Quadtone. Pick the four colors you would like to use.

08 Sepia

08 Sepia

08 – Sepia Tone – This is a default Action in Photoshop. With your image layer selected, go to the Actions menu, select the “Sepia Toning” action, and click play. Alternatively, convert your image to Black & White (Image->Adjustments->Desaturate) . Next, go to Layer->New Adjustment Layer->Hue/Saturation. With Colorize selected, change the values to the following: Hue 30, Saturation 25, Lightness 0

09 Selective Sepia

09 Selective Sepia

09 – Selective Sepia – Duplicate your image layer. Apply the Sepia Tone effect to the top layer (described in the step above). Create a layer mask for the top layer, and use a black brush to reveal the parts of the image you would like to see in color.

10 Selective Saturation

10 Selective Saturation

10 – Selective Saturation – Duplicate your image layer. Apply the Black & White filter to the top layer. Create a layer mask for the top layer and use a black brush to reveal the main subject in color.

11 Selective Desaturation

11 Selective Desaturation

11 – Selective Desaturation – Duplicate your image layer. Apply the Black & White filter to the top layer. Create a layer mask for the top layer and use a black brush to reveal the background in color, and leaving the main subject in black & white.

12 Auto Tone

12 Auto Tone

12 – Auto Tone – Go to Image->Auto Tone. Photoshop will automatically adjust the tonal range of your photograph. Depending on the settings of your original photo, the change can be minor or substantial.

13 Auto Contrast

13 Auto Contrast

13 – Auto Contrast – Go to Image->Auto Contrast. Photoshop will automatically adjust the overall contrast of your photograph. Depending on the settings of your original photo, the change can be minor or substantial.

14 Auto Color

14 Auto Color

14. Auto Color – Go to Image->Auto Color. Photoshop will automatically adjust the color of your photograph. Depending on the settings of your original photo, the change can be minor or substantial.

15 Brightness/Contrast

15 Brightness/Contrast

15 – Brightness/Contrast – Go to Layer->New Adjustment Layer->Brightness/Contrast. Adjust the sliders to get the desired results.

16 Levels

16 Levels

16 – Levels – Go to Layer->New Adjustment Layer->Levels. Adjust the sliders to get the desired results.

17 Curves

17 Curves

17 – Curves – Go to Layer->New Adjustment Layer->Curves. Use your mouse to change the curve to get the desired effect.

18 Overexpose

18 Overexpose

18 – Overexpose – Go to Layer->New Adjustment Layer->Exposure. To overexpose, give the exposure slider a positive value (ex: +3.0)

19 Underexpose

19 Underexpose

19 – Underexpose – Go to Layer->New Adjustment Layer->Exposure. To underexpose, give the exposure slider a negative value (ex: – 3.0)

20 Vibrance - Decrease

20 Vibrance - Decrease

20- Vibrance (decrease) – Go to Layer->New Adjustment Layer->Vibrance. Use the slider to decrease vibrance.

21 Vibrance - Increase

21 Vibrance - Increase

21- Vibrance (increase) – Go to Layer->New Adjustment Layer->Vibrance. Use the slider to increase vibrance.

22 Hue/Saturation

22 Hue/Saturation

22 – Hue/Saturation – Go to Layer->New Adjustment Layer->Hue/Saturation. Adjust the sliders to get the desired results.

23  Oversaturate

23 Oversaturate

23 – Oversaturate – Go to Layer->New Adjustment Layer->Hue/Saturation. Increase the Saturation.

24 Undersaturate

24 Undersaturate

24 – Undersaturate – Go to Layer->New Adjustment Layer->Hue/Saturation. Decrease the Saturation.

25 Color Balance

25 Color Balance

25 – Color Balance – Go to Layer->New Adjustment Layer->Color Balance. Adjust the sliders to get the desired results.

26 Warming Filter

26 Warming Filter

26 – Warming Filter – Go to Layer->New Adjustment Layer->Photo Filter. Choose one of the warming filters from the filters menu.

27 Cooling Filter

27 Cooling Filter

27 – Cooling Filter – Go to Layer->New Adjustment Layer->Photo Filter. Choose one of the cooling filters from the filters menu.

28 Channel Mixer

28 Channel Mixer

28 – Channel Mixer – Go to Layer->New Adjustment Layer->Channel Mixer. Adjust the Red, Green and Blue sliders to get the desired results.

29 Negative (B&W)

29 Negative (B&W)

29 – Negative (B&W) – First, make sure your image in Black & White. Then, go to Layer->New Adjustment Layer->Invert. This will give your image the appearance of being a Black & White negative.

30 Negative (Color)

30 Negative (Color)

30 – Negative (Color) – First, make sure your image is in Color. Then, go to Layer->New Adjustment Layer->Invert. This will give your image the appearance of being a color negative.

31 Posterize

31 Posterize

31 – Posterize – Go to Layer->New Adjustment Layer->Posterize. Adjust the settings to get the desired results.

32 Threshold

32 Threshold

32 – Threshold – Go to Layer->New Adjustment Layer->Threshold. Adjust the settings to get the desired results.

33 Gradient Map

33 Gradient Map

33 – Gradient Map – Go to Layer->New Adjustment Layer->Gradient Map. Choose a gradient. Feel free to choose the colors and adjust the sliders to get better results.

34 Selective Color

34 Selective Color

34 – Selective Color – Go to Layer->New Adjustment Layer->Selective Color. Use the sliders to affect an individual color.

35 Flip Horizontal

35 Flip Horizontal

35 – Flip Horizontal – Go to Image->Image Rotation->Flip Horizontal.

36 Flip Vertical

36 Flip Vertical

36 – Flip Vertical – Go to Image->Image Rotation->Flip Vertical.

37 Rotate

37 Rotate

37 – Rotate – Go to Image->Image Rotation->Arbitrary. Rotate as you see fit. Crop your image afterward if desired.

38 Crop

38 Crop

38 – Crop – Use the Crop or Marquee tool to change what the viewers sees. In our example, we have cropped in tighter.

39 Multiply

39 Multiply

39 – Multiply – Duplicate your image layer. Change the Blend Options for the top layer to Multiply. Adjust the opacity as needed.

40 Color Burn

40 Color Burn

40 – Color Burn – Duplicate your image layer. Change the Blend Options for the top layer to Color Burn. Adjust the opacity as needed.

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