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Adding Additional Effects During Image Processing

Much of the photo editing process revolves around correcting portions of the image to enhance the natural look of the image. Once basic cropping and white balance has been set you can start adding editing layers to add additional effects to enhance the original image. Editing with layers allows you to adjust each effect separately. It also allows you to quickly remove any effects that are unsatisfactory without disturbing the remainder of your work.

Avoiding Fabricated Effects

Image processing software often includes several tools that will automatically apply editing effects to a photograph. These are intended to make editing quicker and easier for those new to the art form. While these tools may be tempting, they are not ideal for accurate photo editing work. Automatic photo editing effects cannot be edited after they are applied to make a more accurate presentation. They will also be applied directly to the image rather than in a layer, meaning you will have to undo all of your other work if you would like to change these effects.

Adjusting Coloring Effects

Any effects that can be applied with a quick imaging button can be applied by hand as well. The most common “quick edit” that is applied to a photograph is a grayscale option, converting the image to black and white. Creating this effect with an adjustable layer instead will give you more room to make precise adjustments to the effect. The key is to alter portions of the image separately so you can enhance both lighting effects and shadowing.

Adjustments that are made to the coloring of an image should be created without altering the pixilation of the image. This will allow you to change or remove the effect as you see fit. If you will be adding separate effects on different portions of the image, apply these in separate editing layers. This will give you room to adjust each without inadvertently undoing other work you have done. Using the curve tool or setting a clipping path will allow you to define the edges of each object so you can alter the lighting effects on each separately.

Removing Unwanted Effects

Applying an edit from a submenu will permanently alter the pixel count of the image. Before you add these effects, save your work and an original copy of the image. This will allow you to compare the images to ensure that the altered effects are enhancing the overall presentation. It will also allow you to quickly retrace your steps should you decide you do not care for the effect at hand. If you are editing in layers, you can simply delete the offending layer to undo any effects that are not deemed satisfactory.


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