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Simple techniques to edit photos and get great results

Mudassar Hassan

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Simple techniques to edit photos and get great results

Currently, photographs are a common resource on every website. They are usually used on the home page as a welcome for visitors, in galleries where the services or products of a company are promoted, in the section that describes the mission and vision of the company and details some team members. Without photographs as a means of support, promoting a product can be complicated because they have the power to capture the attention of your visitors.

Apart from finding the right photo from a photo bank or whether you decide to take the photographs yourself, you probably have to choose professional photo editing services to edit those photographs. Here we mention some simple techniques to edit photos, modifications that only take a couple of minutes, but that can have great results.

Improve the composition by simple trimming

One of the easiest ways to modify a photo or image can be done by trimming. Thanks to this you can eliminate unwanted parts of the photograph and drastically change the focus of the composition. In fact, it may seem like a totally different composition if you make a good crop and editor programs like Photoshop allow you to choose certain crop rules like the rule of thirds and even set the proportion at which the crop should be done.

Remember that although the cut is an excellent and simple technique to modify the photographs, the dimensions of the same should be wide enough so that the final version can be placed without difficulties in the design of the site.

Control color intensity with saturation

Controlling saturation is another simple way to modify the photo since it can be done easily using sliders in any photo editor program. Saturation refers to the intensity of the colors: the higher the saturation, the greater the intensity. The colors with little saturation are characterized by being pale and being closer to gray. Colors with high saturation are closer to pure colors. However, pure colors don’t look exactly natural, so if you apply 100% saturation you can get results that look strange. Also, saturated colors generate greater stress on the eyes of anyone who observes them, so keep that in mind when you are modifying the saturation of the photographs.

Reduce lights and shadows by contrast

If the saturation of the picture is perfect, you may have to change the contrast. Contrast refers to the balance between lights and shadows in a photograph. By changing the saturation you can produce lighter lights, darker shadows and a wide range of intermediate tones. It can be perfect if the images you are working with have muted colors and you want to make a slight modification, making the image look real, but have slightly more vivid colors.

As with saturation, contrast is a value that must be modified with great caution as a greater contrast does not necessarily mean that your image is natural. The lights may look too bright and the shadows too dark, as a result, detail is lost in those areas. So keep the contrast value medium or low depending on the picture.

Improve photo lighting by modifying the brightness

The brightness is another value that you must take into account when making modifications to a photograph. The brightness is directly related to the lighting and even if the photo you have chosen has been taken by a professional, there may be slight lighting problems.

So if you notice that your picture is a bit dark, maybe you can improve it by changing the brightness. Like many of the previously mentioned values, the brightness can be altered by simple sliders in any photo editor program. Remember that it is a value that should be modified slightly and preference in conjunction with the contrast.

Accentuate the foreground elements by blurring

Although it is not a touch-up technique as simple as those mentioned above because it involves more work, you can work with the blur to give another look to your photographs. Usually, the background is often blurred so that the elements in the foreground become more prominent. Additionally, it is also used to give greater depth in the planes of the photograph.

Mudassar Hassan brings 6 years of experience in helping grass roots, mid-sized organizations and large institutions strengthen their management and resource generating capacities and effectively plan for the future. He is also a mentor and professional advisor to artists working in all disciplines. He is also the gold medalist from Abbottabad University of Science and Technology in the Bachelors of Sciences of Computer Science