125+ Ways to Edit a Photograph – Part 3

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. Here is Part 3.

81 Halftone

81 Halftone

81 – Halftone Black & White – Go to Filter->Pixelate->Color Halftone. (A Max Radius of 4 works well for an image that is 800 pixels wide. Adjust this setting according to your image size). Once this is done, change your image to Black & White by going to Layer->New Adjustment Layer->Black & White.

82 Glowing Edges

82 Glowing Edges

82 – Glowing Edges – Go to Filter->Stylize->Glowing Edges. Adjust the settings as necessary.

83 Mosaic

83 Mosaic Tiles

83 – Mosaic Tiles- Go to Filter->Texture->Mosaic Tiles. Adjust the settings as necessary.

84 Patchwork

84 Patchwork

84 – Patchwork – Go to Filters->Texture->Patchwork. Adjust the settings as necessary.

85 Stained Glass

85 Stained Glass

85 – Stained Glass – Go to Filter->Texture->Stained Glass. Adjust the settings to get your desired results.

86 Lens Flare

86 Lens Flare

86 – Lens Flare – Go to Filter->Render->Lens Flare. Adjust the settings as necessary.

87 Gaussian Blur

87 Gaussian Blur

87 – Gaussian Blur – Go to Filter->Blur->Gaussian Blur. Adjust the settings as necessary.

88 Selective Focus

88 Selective Focus

88 – Selective Focus – Use the lasso to select the area that you wish to have in focus. Adding a “Feather” value will help smooth the transition. Invert your selection by going to Select->Inverse. Now create a blur for the other areas by going to Filter->Blur->Gaussian Blur…. Adjust the settings as necessary.

89 Motion Blur

89 Motion Blur

89 – Motion Blur – Go to Filter->Blur->Motion Blur. Adjust the settings as necessary.

90 Tilt Shift

90 Tilt Shift

90 – Tilt Shift – This can make the photo look like a miniaturized scene. It works best on high angle photographs. Enter a Quick Mask by hitting the “Q” key on your keyboard. With Black as your foreground colour and white as your background colour, use the Reflected” Gradient Tool to draw a mask starting at the center of the image, and finishing at the top of the image. Exit the Quick Mask by hitting the “Q” key on your keyboard. Now go to Filter->Blur->Lens Blur and adjust the settings as you see fit. Click OK. Lastly, go to Image->Adjustment Layer->Hue/Saturation. Increasing the saturation of the photograph will give it that “toy” look.

91 Unsharp Mask

91 Unsharp Mask

91 – Unsharp Mask – Go to Filter->Sharpen->Unsharp Mask. Adjust the settings as necessary.

92 Dust & Scratches

92 Dust & Scratches

92 – Dust & Scratches – Go to Filter->Noise->Dust & Scratches. Adjust the settings as necessary.

93 Hand Tinted

93 Hand Tinted

93 – Hand Tinted – Change your image to Black & White by going to Layer->New Adjustment Layer->Black & White. Feel free to give your photo a slightly warm tint to give it that old fashioned feel. Next, create a new empty layer so that it is above your image layer. With this top layer selected, use the paintbrush tool (100% opacity) to hand paint your image. Once you have painted all the areas in colour, change the Blending Mode of the hand painted layer to “Color“. Also, adjust the Opacity to somewhere around 40%.

94 Star Diffusion

94 – Star Diffusion – Start by Duplicating your image layer twice. You should now have 3 identical layers. **Change the Blending Mode of the Top Layer to Screen. With the Top Layer selected, go to Filter->Blur->Motion Blur. Choose an Angle of 45 degrees. Click OK. With the Top Layer selected, go to Filter->Sharpen->Unsharp Mask. Adjust the settings until you can see the lines in your image. With the Top Layer selected, create a Layer Mask by going to Layer->Layer Mask->Reveal All. Now with a black brush, mask out the area of your main subject. Now repeat all of the steps (starting where the two ** are) with the Middle Layer, EXCEPT the Angle of degrees for the Motion Blur will be Negative (-45 degrees)

95 Texture Overlay

95 Texture Overlay

95 – Texture Overlay – Find a texture. Paste it so that it is the top layer in your document. Change the Blending Mode (ex: Overlay or Soft light) so that you can see both the original image and the texture. Feel free to adjust the Opacity of the texture layer as well. Depending on the texture, you can get very different results.

96 Frame

96 Frame

96 – Frame – Go to Edit->Stroke… and select a width and colour for your frame. Make sure for the Location you select “Inside“. You will probably want to keep the Blending Mode to Normal.

97 Diptych

97 Diptych

97 – Diptych – Divide your photograph into 2 panels using a frame.

98 Triptych

98 Triptych

98 – Triptych – Divide your photograph into 3 panels using a frame.

99 Triptych (3 Images)

99 Triptych (3 Images)

99 – Triptych (3 images) – Create 3 separate panels using various parts of your original photograph.

100 Photo Corners

100 Photo Corners

100 – Photo Corners – Use our Photo Corners template or create your own.

101 Polaroid

101 Polaroid

101 – Polaroid – Use our Polaroid template or create your own.

102 Photo booth

102 – Photo Booth – Use our Photo Booth template, or create your own.

103 Filmstrip

103 – Film Strip – Use our Filmstrip template, or create your own.

104 35mm slide

104 – 35mm Slide – Use our 35mm Slide template, or create your own.

105 Camera Viewfinder

105 Camera Viewfinder

105 – Viewfinder – Use our viewfinder template to make it appear you are looking through a camera.

106 Stamp

106 Stamp

106 – Stamp – Use our stamp template or create your own.

107 Post Card

107 Post Card

107 – Postcard – Add a thick white border to your image. Add some text. Add a stamp, just for fun.

108 Comic Book

108 Comic Book

108 – Comic Book – Go to Filter->Pixelate->Color Halftone. (A Max Radius of 4 works well for an image that is 800 pixels wide. Adjust this setting according to your image size). Once you have finished the first step, increase the saturation by going to Layer->New Adjustment Layer->Hue/Saturation. Adjust the settings to get the look you want.

109 Puzzle

109 – Puzzle – Use our puzzle template or create your own. Place the puzzle layer on top of your image layer. With the top layer selected, go to Layer->Layer Style->Bevel and Emboss. Select Pillow Emboss and choose 60% for the depth.

110 Rays Of Light

110 Rays Of Light

110 – Rays of Light – Create a new layer and hand draw the rays of light using a brush. Once you are done, apply a slight blur to the rays layer, and reduce the opacity to make them appear more realistic.

111 Rain

111 Rain

111 – Rain – In After Effects, go to Effect->Simulation->CC Rain. Adjust the settings as necessary. Alternatively, layer one of our rain images onto your photograph.

112 Snow

112 Snow

112 – Snow – In After Effects, go to Effect->Simulation->CC Snow. Adjust the settings as necessary. Alternatively, layer one of our snow images onto your photograph.

113 Ghost

113 – Ghost – Copy a photo of a person into the top layer of your image. Change the photo of the person to black & white by going to Layer->Adjustment Layer->Black & White. Make sure select “Use previous layer to create clipping mask” before you click “OK“.  Adjust the Red slider to make the face brighter. Change the Blending Mode of the top layer to Hard Light. Using a brush with a low opacity to erase the areas around the person if need be.

114 Pixelate Mosaic

114 Pixelate Mosaic

114 – Pixel Mosaic – Go to Filter->Pixelate->Mosaic. Adjust the settings as necessary.

115 Photo Mosaic

115 Photo Mosaic

115 – Mosaic – There are numerous software that will allow you to create a photo Mosaic. To create a mosaic from a single image, convert your image to black & white, and save off at least 6 different versions, each tinted a different color.

Animated

116 – Animated – Use Image Ready or After Effects to create an animated GIF.

117 Cartoon

117 – Cartoon – Give your photo some life by drawing a face and/or thought bubbles.

118 Spherize

118 Spherize

118 – Spherize – Go to Filter->Distort->Spherize. Adjust the settings as necessary.

119 Liquify

119 Liquify

119 – Liquify – Go to Filter->Liquify. Use the brush to push, pull, grow and shrink areas of the photograph. This can be a very fun tool with portraits.

120 Mirror

120 Mirror

120 – Mirror – Using the marquee tool, select half of your image. If you have selected the right or left half, go to Image->Image Rotation->Flip Horizontal. If you have chosen the top or bottom half, go to Image->Image Rotation->Flip Vertical. Finish by flattening your image.

121 Mirror (Twice)

121 Mirror (Twice)

121 – Mirror (Twice) – First follow the steps for #120 – Mirror. Next, using the marquee tool, select the top half of your image. Go to Image->Image Rotation->Flip Horizontal. Flatten the image. Once you have done this, select the top half of the image. Go to Image->Image Rotation->Flip Vertical. Flatten your image to finish.

122 Kaleidoscope

122 Kaleidoscope

122 – Kaleidoscope – In After Effects, go to Filter->Stylize->CC Kaleid. Adjust the settings to get the desired result.

123 Flip Blend

123 Flip Blend

123 – Flip Blend – Duplicate your image layer. With the top layer selected, go to Image->Image Rotation->Flip Canvas Horizontal. Change the blend type of the top layer to Difference. Flatten the layers. Duplicate the image layer. With the top layer selected, go to Image->Image Rotation->Flip Canvas Vertical. Change the blend type of the top layer to Difference. Flatten the layers. Duplicate the image layer. With the top layer selected, go to Image->Image Rotation->90 degrees (CW will give you different results than CCW, so try both). Change the blend type of the top layer to Difference. Flatten the layers. Crop the canvas to square if desired.

124 Fly's Eye

124 Fly's Eye

124 – Fly’s Eye – Don’t even ask how we did this..lol

125 Fractal

125 Fractal

125 – Fractal – In After Effects, go to Filter->Generate>Fractal. Adjust the settings as needed. You can get some very interesting results.

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