Photoshop for Beginners; Destructive Tendencies

Okay, so I realised when I was writing this tutorial about levels and curves that I really needed to write a bit about destructive and non-destructive editing and file formats, but unfortunately there’s a lot to be written about it, so I decided to put it into a separate mini-tutorial 🙂

And so, I present to you Photoshop for Beginners Part 4; Destructive Tendencies

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Photoshop for Beginners; Levelling that Curve

For the next part of my ‘Photoshop for beginners’ series, I thought I’d take a look at the two most basic (and most used) PS adjustments; levels and curves. Most photo-editing software has these two adjustment tabs somewhere within their interface, so you can follow along with this tutorial even if you don’t have photoshop itself 🙂

Also, this isn’t going to be a completely in-depth of every single aspect of levels and curves; it’s meant to be more of a practical overview to help get you on your way. If you’re looking for an in-depth technical explanation of how each little aspect actually works, you’re better off doing some research into professional photography books and magazines.

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Photoshop for Beginners; Put all your photos in one basket

In my last post, we talked lots about White Balance, and towards the end there I mentioned a nifty little program called CameraRaw and one of its best features – the ability to edit in batch. This means you can edit literally dozens of images at once; well, more specifically, you can edit one photograph and then apply all the adjustments to multiple others. This ensures consistency in your work, but also saves a great deal of time and effort!

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Photoshop for Beginners; Getting a Balanced Look

Since my last couple of posts have talked a lot about White Balance without going in to any great detail, I thought I’d make the second part of ‘Photoshop for Beginners’ about White Balance and, more specifically, how to correct it. I won’t be talking about how to manually control the WB in-camera, as there are plenty of other tutorials on how to do this; instead, I’ll be teaching you how to correct the WB when your camera gets it wrong, and one quick cheat to get perfect WB every single time.

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