Thursday, April 22, 2010

Photo Thursdays- When your photos give you the blues

This is a how to fix for a reader. If you get home and your photos look something like this, there is something you can do to fix it.
In Picasa, you can open your file and go to tuning then play with the color temperature. That should help but it won't be perfect. If you want to really be able to fix it, find someone with Photoshop and follow this simple process.

1. Open PhotoShop.
2. Go to "Image," "Adjustments," "Levels"
3. Press the "Auto" button. This fixes most of the problems 90% of the time. You may have to do further touch up. Either way, proceed to the next step. If it looks awful, press "Ctrl-Z" on your keyboard. Even when Auto looks pretty good, I do further touchups almost every time.
4. In the dropdown menu above the picture in the Levels palette, select "Blue"
5. Carefully and slowly move the shadows and midtowns to the right. Start with the midtones. Be careful. The more you do this, the more it tends to suck out the red and add the green in the photo.
6. You will probably need to add some red back in the photo, so select "Red" from the dropdown menu above the picture in the Levels palette.
7. Carefully and slowly move the highlights to the left. As you do this, it might blow out the picture. To compensate, carefully (and in a minor way), move the shadows to the right.
8. Your picture should look good. Press "OK."
9. Now, your picture may be a little flat, so add some contrast by going to the Contrast palette. Don't add too much.

With this picture, I added some overall highlights and I cropped the photo because I felt it showed too much nothing. I am more than willing to help you guys fix your photos. I prefer if you upload them to flickr or picasa web albums and send me a link from their sites, so I know where you are sending me to. My husband would be angry for days and days if I got a virus on my computer, so I am trying to be careful.

37 comments:

Lu said...

How (mostly) simple! It's so sad that I've had Photoshop for 2+ years now and have NO idea how to edit most photos... Fail! :)

Sarah said...

Thanks so much! I am SO getting my brother to buy me photoshop with his student discount now.

Lady Hill said...

WOW.
What a difference! That's great. Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial!

http://fromlazytolady.blogspot.com

Nikki said...

Hey, I found you blog from TMC. I'm a huge photography fan and just recently bought Photoshope Elements and it's so flippin complicated!! Love the tutorials!!
Plus I love to cook and finding new recipes. Glad I found you blog...new follower! Hope you will stop by and visit!

Krissy @ ArtsyMom said...

Visiting and following from Friday Follow!! Hope you stop by our site and do the same!

I always use photoshop to clean up my pictures. I love my camera, but I can never get the lighting right naturally!!

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Rebecca said...

Follow you through Follow Friday! You can follow me back at http://beyondmeasuring.blogspot.com

Thanks!

The Baby Store Plus said...

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Lindsay said...

FOund your blog through Follow Friday. Im really loving the photo tutes you have on here! (along with the cute pictures of your kiddos!) I'm following you now. Hop on over to my blog and do the same if you'd like!
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Miss. Clippy said...

Stumbled into your blog through friday follow :) Really helpful tips, thanks for sharing! Although I don't think I've ever used Picasa before... Hmmmm...

Anyway, new follower from FF! Hope you can visit mine too! :)

InspiredGifts.com said...

Nice Photoshop work!!!
We are your newest followers from Friday FOllow.
Hope you have a great weekend.

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janetfaye said...

Hi! I am now following you on GFC - janetfaye from Friday Follow!

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Alyssa said...

Hi. I'm your newest follower from FF. I am sure I could benefit from your tips. I hope you'll visit my blog too and enjoy it.

Trac~ said...

Stopping by from Friday Follow to say hello. I am your newest follower. I can't wait to check up on your tips - I could use all the help I can get! LOL Hope you have a wonderful day. Please stop by and say hello if you get time. :o)

Lafe's Hidden Treasures said...

Love Picasa! Happy Friday Follow and enjoy your weekend. http://lafeshiddentreasures.blogspot.com/

Ashley said...

Must have been a pretty gloomy day out :) Happy Friday Follow :) http://mommyandchild.blogspot.com

Huckleberrygal said...

Followed your blog thanks to Friday Follow. Nice tip for the picture.
Thanks!
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Midday Escapades said...

Good to know and great job. I often have pics like that I will need to fix. Happy Friday Follow!

Lynn

Jen said...

I'm stopping by from FF! I am now following you. When you get a chance stop by my blog.

I love the camera tips. Thanks for sharing.

Blackberry Jam Cafe said...

Great tips - thanks. Visiting from Friday Follow - I'm now following so I don't miss all the fun!

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Smart Money Mom said...

I am already a follower! Stopping by to say hi! Happy Friday!

Kathleen said...

I'm your newest follower from Friday Follow! Oh am I glad I found your site - great photography advice! Hope to see you at my blog too!

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21st C. DG said...

Always love to see other photogs helping the masses with hints & tutorials! New FF. Look forward to reading more!

Robyn Jones said...

I just purchased photo shop elements, but I haven't had time to go through the program yet...Picassa is pretty good..I have done some good work with it...

Julee said...

Beautiful Temple Picture.

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Puanani503 said...

I love photo tutorials..I'm your newest Friday Follower! Happy Friday:)

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Milena said...

Saying- Hi from Follow me Friday- New Follower!

The Graves Family (Monkey Tales) said...

follow you from follow friday!! I would love if you could come follow my blog!
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Have a wonderful weekend!

cfoxes said...

I did not know that. Thanks for the new info...I am here from Follow Friday!

Steve and Ashley said...

Thanks for fixing that picture! I'll get to doing the rest of them now! Your the BEST! OH, and can I count on you to do some pics of Capriel when we all get to Utah for Scotts wedding, or will you be swamped? Just let me know, I sure wish you would be around to do newborn ones for us.

Steve and Ashley said...

Oh, and just for the record- It was a beautiful, sunny day when those shots were taken. The idiot who took them just did an outdoor shot with her white balance on indoor incandescent lighting. Duh. Another thing for the record- it wasn't me who took the pic. ;) I know better thanks for my photo guru. ( That would be you Deb.)

casey aubut said...

I am your newest follower from Friday Follow! Would love for you to follow me back! :)
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I'm your newest follower through Friday Follow.

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love the style of your blog, found you on friday follow, follow back!
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can't wait to read MORE!!

Tree said...

Hi there! Stopping by for the Friday Follow! You have a great blog!

I'm now following you with both of my blogs. Look forward to reading more from you!

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Following you from Friday Follow!

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MelissaAggie98 said...

Just stopping in from FF! Have a great weekend!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

I am new to FF and love it....thanks for all the tips...Had a few hours to blog hop tonight......so glad that I stopped here....Be sure and stop by and read about a miracle in our family....
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