Photo editing software has become an essential tool in our digital lives. Whether you're looking to enhance your photos, create stunning collages, or just learn how to use Adobe Lightroom, these tips will get you started on the app in no time.
Adjust White Balance
Have you ever wondered why the photo is tinted with a certain color or if it is too yellow? How it looks different when photographed in natural light versus inside a room lit by light bulbs? That is the color of the light. White balance is what we adjust to make sure the image looks natural.
The first step to adjusting white balance is to know what the correct white balance setting should be. There are a few settings available: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash, and Custom. If you want to see what each one does, click on each setting to see the effect. Once you find the right setting, click on it and then press OK. You will notice that the image has changed. Now, you can use the sliders to change the colors until you get the look you want. Or you can enter the color temperature that you have in mind. For example, 5200 Kelvin is daylight.
Another way to adjust exposure is to use the histogram. Click on the image thumbnail and hold down the shift key while clicking on the histogram. Drag the slider left or right to see where the shadows and highlights fall within the image. Another way to adjust exposure is the exposure slider under the Tone section.
A vignette is an effect that adds a soft glow to the edges of an image. It's often used to add depth to portraits. To apply a vignette, click on the layer icon at the bottom of the layers panel and select "Vignette" from the dropdown menu. Then drag the slider to darken the corners of the image.
Correct Lens Distortion.
Distortion occurs when light rays
bend as they pass through the lens. This causes objects on the image plane to
appear smaller than they actually are. It’s most noticeable around the corners
of the picture where the sides of the object are curved. The Lens Correction tool allows you to adjust the perspective of your image so that straight lines appear straight. This is useful when you want to create a panoramic photo where straight lines look straight. You can use the tool to make things like buildings look taller or shorter, or to make objects appear closer together or further apart.
Color grading is a process where you can manipulate the colors in your image using the color wheels. You can use these tools to change the overall brightness, contrast, saturation, hue, and even create a black & white version of your photo. To do so, simply click on any part of the color wheel and drag it around until you find the color you want. Once you've found the color you want, just move the slider bar underneath the color wheel to adjust the luminance value.
Texture and Clarity.
The Texture slider changes the appearance of fine details in your images. It makes things look smoother and softer. You can use it to make objects appear more realistic or to give your pictures a dreamy quality.
The Clarity slider controls how much contrast there is between the highlights and shadows in your photo. It adds or removes contrast without affecting the overall brightness of the picture. Contrast is the difference between the brightest parts of the image and the darkest parts.
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