Must avoid some common mistake of photo editing/retouching

A great photograph we see comes from a lot of hard work and devotion of a photographer. Therefore it is very important to take good care of the post-production part of photography. With just a few clicks you can correct white balance and exposure problems, adjust contrast, eliminate unnecessary objects and add better backgrounds. But with that supremacy the ability to make mistakes (bad mistakes) goes up.

To compose life in an easier way during those days of getting to grasps with your photo retouching or editing software, we’ve assembled a record of the most common mistakes that photographers make at one point or another and this article is also about how you can ease them by avoiding them.

Mistake No. 1: Over saturating colors

Stop applying too much Boost of colors in the image. Too much color boosting can make any image a disaster.

An advice, while making an adjustment look away for a few moment and then look back to the image. If the image is looking even a bit odd Please change the boosting portion of the image. Just do not push the colors too far.

 Over saturating colours

Mistake No. 2: Awful use of filters

It is a poor choice to try out all the filters but seriously it makes the editor more frustrated and confused. Well it is a natural tendency and human behavior to try out any new software capabilities but do not apply them all without thinking. Remember Less is More.

An image with poor quality is rarely improved by a heavy application of the Watercolor Filter, for illustration, the Spherize Filter is probably the best to leave alone in most cases.

 Bad use of filters

Mistake No. 3: Clipped highlights

Generally people are strained to brighten image and sometimes forget to brighten less as the details are lost in the process. Therefore don’t keep brightening the image until they are a uniform mass of burned out white.

For example, preferably you want to be able to see some slight tonal variation in the white clouds above a landscape.

If you see that the brightness is burning down the highlights of your image then you need to pull down things a bit.

 Clipped highlights


Mistake No. 4: Tones over-adjusted

The adjustments of different tones are important part of tuning any image.

Like there is something to watch out for in blue (as well as grey) skies and some areas that look to be of the similar tone, but are actually made up of a little different tones or shades.

 Tones over-adjusted

Mistake No. 5: No blacks or whites

Without some exceptions, there are generally most images benefit from having some white areas and some black areas.

By using the Levels control you can check whether these exist and if necessary set the black and white point.

Drag the markers under the Histogram (Windows> Photoshop> Histogram) in until they just touch the ends of the outline of the graph.

No blacks or whites

Mistake No. 6: Crossed curves

Lightroom and others have Curves controls, but their command is limited in comparison with what is available in Photoshop.

The Curves panel is planned to allow the brightness of pixels of a exact luminance to be in sync.

Approaching the curve up brightens images with that matching brightness, while down for the count darkens them.

Be subtle. Converting the original straight diagonal line into a shallow ‘S’ shape gives a subtle boost to the Contrast, but over-operating the curve into pronounced ‘W’ or ‘U’ shapes sends things over the top.

Crossed curves

 Mistake No. 7: Muddy monochromes

Even if most of the digital cameras have a monochrome or black and white setting, you generally get better results by making an adaptation by yourself, preferably from a raw file.

Yet, if you shoot raw and JPEG files concurrently you can use the black and white JPEG as a guide while having the full color raw files to make a top-quality transformation.

To make up the images Photoshop’s Black and White adjustment controls permit you to adjust the brightness of the colors, so you may find you need to adjust several of them to get innate looking results.

You may perhaps still need to use the Levels and Curves controls to place the black and white points and adjust contrast.

 Muddy monochromes

Mistake No. 8: Oversaturated monochrome toning

There are many ways of adding a tone to Black and White images in Photoshop, but one of the biggest mistakes is to be heavy-handed with the color.

For example, Sepia images should not look like they’ve been Tangoed.

Keep the color saturation low, just remember the Less is More concept and go for a slight Tint rather than a full-on color.

Oversaturated monochrome toning

Mistake No. 9: Recurring patterns in cloned areas

When you use Photoshop’s Clone Stamp Tool the sample area moves along with the repaired area, it’s easy to keep varieties of sample the same patch and this can result in a again and again pattern that’s a dead deal that the image has been edited or retouched.

To avoid the trouble, take charge of the setting of the sample area and resample on a regular base by clicking while holding the Alt key down.

Repeating patterns in cloned areas

Mistake No. 10: Poor selection or masking

Other than being unattractive, Halos and Dodgy edges around areas of an image can be a sure-fire give-away that an image has been edited.

Apply the Refine Edge or Refine Mask controls to help pick around all the fussy little details when you’re making a selection or applying a mask around parts with lots of fine detail like hair or fur.

Poor selection or maskingIt’s uncomplicated to employ and makes a huge difference without taking much time. Read more useful article.


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