How to Use Layers to Enhance an Image

How to Use Layers to Enhance an Image YouTube Screenshot/Alien Skin Software Using layers as part of your editing workflow is an excellent way to get creative with your images without impacting the original image itself. That is, each layer is added to the file - think of it like a stack of pancakes - each of which contains a...

How to Convert an Image to Black and White

How to Convert an Image to Black and White photo by IanChrisGraham via iStock Sometimes the photos you take simply have more impact as a black and white photo. Perhaps the photograph is rich with contrast. Maybe there’s lots of textures or patterns. Or there might be interesting lines or shapes in the shot that could be accentuated in...

How to Fix Color Casts

How to Fix Color Casts Photo by Atikh Bana on Unsplash Learning how to fix color casts is a simple process. This is fortunate because color casts are extremely common, so correcting them takes just a few moments. Before we explore how to fix color casts, it’s necessary to understand what color casts...

How to Fix Underexposed Photos

How to Fix Underexposed Photos photo by kurmyshov via iStock We’ve all been there… The light might’ve been a little challenging or your camera settings might have been off (or maybe both!), and the result is an image that is just too dark.  While underexposing an image on purpose can help boost color...

A Worthy Lightroom Alternative?

A Worthy Lightroom Alternative? photo by Maksym Azovtsev via iStock For quite some time, Adobe has pretty much had the market cornered when it comes to post-processing software. Heck, I learned how to edit photos in Photoshop in the late 1990s, so that should give you a little perspective on their track record of...

Five Post-Processing Tips

Five Post-Processing Tips photo by Rawpixel via iStock More than ever before, photographers today have all kinds of tools at their disposal for getting the most out of their images. Indeed, post-processing is a crucial component of photography, but with so many different programs with so many different tools...

Photoshop Gradient Tool and How to Use It

Photoshop Gradient Tool and How to Use It Photo by trumzz via iStock Photoshop's gradient tool is simple to understand in that it creates a gradual blend of colors. That is, where the paint bucket tool applies the same color to the entire selection, the gradient tool applies multiple colors that transition from one to the...