Quick Photo Boost
Written by: Tiffany Joyce
Sometimes, I consider the photos that I take to be good just the way they are, straight out of the camera. In this instance, with this shot of the San Francisco Peaks as viewed from the Arboretum at Flagstaff last weekend, I was almost happy with the way it was, unaltered:
I decided that the photo needed just a tiny bit more oomph, so I performed a VERY quick, VERY easy process in Photoshop CS3. The good thing about this process is that it applies no matter what kind of photo editing software you use, as long as you have layers capability.
In my case, I added a duplicate layer by going to the “Layer” menu and selecting “Duplicate Layer”. Then in the layers palette I changed the layer type from “Normal” to “Overlay”. This basically “doubles” the color of the image. I reduced the opacity of the duplicate layer (also on the layer palette) from 100% to 50%, to dial down the effect a bit. Then I flattened the image, and this was the result:
The entire process took me maybe thirty second to complete, and offered a subtle improvement over the original, without making the image look too “doctored”. What kinds of “quick and dirty” post-processing tricks are your favorites? Let us know in the comments!
Photo credits (all): Tiffany Joyce.
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