Editing Mushrooms

When I first started doing Haiku Thursday a few weeks ago I had no idea how much I would come to enjoy it.

While I like the act of writing the haikus, I think I get the most enjoyment out of having something scheduled for me to complete on Thursdays – it’s more of a challenge, too. Instead of just typing out paragraphs of my thoughts, I have to condense them into three lines, consisting of 5, 7, and 5 syllables. I like to ramble, so that is not an easy task for me.

Because I like Haiku Thursday so much, I figured that I would turn Fridays into Photoshop Fridays where I share my tips, tricks, and how-tos for one of the most popular photo editing applications.

Without further ado, I present to you the first installment of Photoshop Friday!


Use a Light Hand

Now, I know that this tip seems obvious, but it really is the most important aspect of working with Photoshop. It is far too easy to over do exposure, saturation, and vibrancy adjustments when starting out in Photoshop.

Very quickly you can go from a good original image of a mushroom:

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To an over-processed image:

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I found that the best way to combat over-processing is to make each adjustment as small as possible so that you can really see how each setting affects the overall image. Sometimes, all an image needs is a tiny slide to the left or right on your chosen scale.

It is also extremely helpful to have someone you can trust to give you an honest opinion look at your post-processed images. A fresh set of eyes on your work can never be a bad thing.

Take a look at the image below. It is the same picture, just fine-tuned to bring out the best features of this coriolus mushroom. All it needed was the shadows enhanced by a hair and the clarity brought up by a few degrees.

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Remember, a little can go a long way.

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