Hi, Sweet Things! It’s Melissa here and I’m back with another installment of Picture Perfect! I hope you’ve had success playing a little more with your photos since I checked in last! Isn’t it fun?! Last time, we explored the following things when editing your card photos using Photoshop Elements:
- White Balance
Let’s take a look at editing these things using PicMonkey! This site is fantastic and offers so many free editing options!
First, go ahead and open the image you’d like to edit by clicking on Edit and then Computer (I’m assuming you have your image saved on your computer.). Here is the image I’m starting with today:
Click on Crop in the left hand menu bar (the scissors image at the top of the list). Crop your image as you’d like and then click Apply.
You’ve probably noticed that my image does not have that nice, warm lighting to it that we’ve been aiming for in this series! It has a bit of a blue tint to it, so let’s fix that next!
Click on the Colors option in the menu bar. Now you have two options. You can either click Auto Adjust or the Neutral Picker. Either will work. If using the Neutral Picker, simply click on it and then use the little eyedropper tool it gives you and click on and area of your image that should be white or grey. I usually select a white area if it’s available. Once the coloring of your photo seems satisfactory, click Apply.
Shadows & Brightness
Both of these things are adjusted with the same menu option, so I’m combining them. Go ahead and click on the Exposure option in the menu bar. You’ll see a list of things you can adjust. I usually click on the Auto Adjust and then tweak the photo with the slider bars for each component of the edit. Once you have adjusted your photo as you’d like, go ahead and click Apply.
Now for our final edit! Click on Sharpen in the menu bar. Adjust the sliders for sharpening and clarity to your liking and then click Apply. You’re done!
See how easy it is to use PicMonkey?! Like I said, don’t be afraid to play and explore all it has to offer! It just takes a little practice to figure out what works for you while editing your photos. For me, it’s all fun!
Here is my finished photo using PicMonkey for today’s lesson:
I hope you’ve learned a few things and have discovered some tips that have improved your photos! I’ve enjoyed sharing these tips and tricks with you and I’m planning to return with more photo tips in the weeks ahead!
That’s where you come in! If you’ve ever found yourself wondering how to do something with your photos, please leave me a comment here on the blog! I’d love to hear what things you’ve always wanted to know! I may just be able to help you out in the weeks ahead, but I’d love some input as to what you’d be interested in learning more about! I already have some ideas brewing, but I’m open to suggestions!
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Have a marvelous Monday!