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Basic Photoshop Tips for Food Photography

Basic Photoshop Tips for Food Photography

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If you have Photoshop, and want a super quick tutorial on how to make a good image more fantastic, follow these steps.

I want to show this with more step-by-step photos, and less words.

I think we’re mostly visual learners. Well, at least I am.

Step 1:

Go to Image >>Adjustments>>Levels…

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In the Levels window, re-position the black, midtone, and white sliders by pulling or pushing them towards the black areas of the histogram.

This will correct the balance of  brightness, contrast and tones overall in the image.

Be sure the ‘Preview’ option is checked, and click it on and off so you can see the before and after shots.

And then press OK.

Looks better already, doesn’t it?

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Step 2:

Go to Image>>Adjustments>>Brightness/Contrast…

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Adjust the Brightness/Contrast window to your preference. Move the sliders around until you feel the image is more balanced.

I didn’t want to lose a lot of pixels so I didn’t pump the contrast that much. I did want it considerably lighter, so I pumped the brightness up alot.

Make sure the Preview button is checked.

Press OK.

Looks done, right? They look like delicious, plump blueberries. But for me, they just aren’t blue enough…

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Step 3:

Go to Image>>Adjustments>>Color Balance…

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In the Color Balance window, adjust your colors accordingly. Play around with it until you think it looks good.

I wanted my blueberries to look more blue, so I moved the slider towards blue.

Make sure the Preview button is checked.

Press OK.

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That was easy, wasn’t it? Of course, there will be a lot of people with their own opinions and tips on Photoshop, but they can talk about it on their own blogs. Believe me, I have a LOT of useless knowledge on enhancing photos 😉

This is for everyone who wants to revamp their food photos on their blogs. You might have many food images that this can work on.  Actually, this can work on any photos, not just food.

Please feel free to comment and let me know if this was helpful in any way, so I can plan on more posts on Photoshop techniques…



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