Everyone knows that when it comes to photo retouching in Adobe Photoshop, the same effect can be achieved in multiple ways. But the purpose should always be to achieve the best possible result in the easiest possible way, isn’t it? There are photographers who like to unnecessarily complicate things for themselves and end up making the most elementary Photoshop mistakes while editing their photos. This is especially true for beginners.
Here in this article we have brought to you a tutorial which talks about 5 elementary Photoshop mistakes photographers usually make.
For the full video, scroll down at the bottom of the article.
5 Elementary Photoshop Mistakes Photographers Make
1.Creating too many layers (0:22 seconds)
Many photographers tend to complicate things by creating too many layers unnecessarily when the same result can be achieved by using things like adjustment layers. Creation of too many layers also makes the entire work process clumsy and difficult to keep track of.
2. Not Using Smart Objects: (1:10 mins)
Smart objects are basically advanced layers that remembers your settings and helps you adjust those settings easily and without deleting anything. Smart objects helps you change the settings, rearrange the filter stacks and also change the blending mode without deleting anything. It also preserves image quality. You can resize your image as many times as you like and it will still look sharp.
3. Using the Wrong Document Setting: (2.09 mins)
In this area, the myths regarding dpi and color modes are busted. Apparently, changing dpi don’t make your photos sharper. And you don’t have to convert your photos to CMYK mode before printing. You should always allow your printer convert your image and not do it beforehand. This enables you to get a more accurate result.
4. Unnecessary Luminosity Masking: (2:53 mins)
It’s important to know when you need to use luminosity masking and when you don’t. There are several adjustment tools in Photoshop which has built-in luminosity masking effects (e.g. color balance, tonal curve etc.).
5. Overprocessing (3.37 mins):
Now this is a problem with most beginners. If they like an effect they tend to put more of that in the photo which makes the photo look artificial and bad. It’s like cooking. When something tastes good, we tend to put more of it in the dish. But at times it can completely ruin the dish. Like cooking, the purpose with photo retouching is to achieve a balance in everything.
Here have a look at the video below to know in detail the five elementary Photoshop mistakes photographers make.
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Source: Photoshop Tutorials