4 Photo Editing Skills You Need to Know

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Most of us know a few basic editing skills when it comes to photos. We can crop things and put a filter on them to make them look pretty.

For some people, this is enough. But others may want their photos to stand out more, and if you want to do this, you need to learn how to properly edit your photos. There are loads of different skills that can be helpful with photo editing, but this post will be discussing a few of the essential ones, so keep reading to learn more.

Editing the background

We don’t always realize it, but the background of a photo plays a very important role in the overall look of the photo. After all, if the background is cluttered, it can take the attention away from the image’s focus.

Therefore, learning how to edit a background is a great photo editing skill to have. A good starting point is to learn how to remove the background from pictures. Once you’ve mastered that, you can try to learn skills like blurring the background or replacing it with a different background.

Creating presets

We all know what a big difference a filter or preset can make in an image. Premade filters and presets are incredibly convenient for the average amateur photographer as they can help them give their photos a facelift without much effort.

That being said, if you want your photos to look more unique and professional, you should consider learning how to create your own presets. Luckily, there are loads of different tutorials online that you can use if you don’t know where to start. You may also find it helpful to understand color theory so that you can choose the right colors for your presets.

Tweaking the lighting

Most people understand the basics when it comes to the lighting aspects of photo editing – they can change the brightness, saturation, and contrast of their photos.

But the truth is that there’s so much more you can do when it comes to tweaking the lighting of a specific photo. Advanced photo editors will even allow you to change the lighting of certain color curves so that you can really get precise with what you’re changing. Lighting may seem like a small thing, but it can truly change how a photo looks.  If you’re editing photos for something like a business website, editing the various lighting elements of a photo can help you get more professional-looking photos.

Adding elements to photos

Some people may also want their photos to have additional elements such as text, frames, or art. This is especially true for those who intend to use the photos for business or education purposes. Once again, there are plenty of options for how you can do this, so play around with different apps and techniques until you find what works for you. If you plan on inserting your own digital drawings into your photos, it might be easier to do this with a tablet. There are also many other things you can do with a tablet, so it might be a worthwhile

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Oscar is a technology journalist writing for Techweez. Covers disruptions and innovations in mobile and how that changes the face of the Africa continent. Stay in touch via Twitter on @Oscar_Adika

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