Before the advent of digital photography, getting the right contrast on your photographs required a rather adept understanding of your camera and lighting techniques. However today, you can easily edit the brightness of your photos thanks to programs like Adobe Photoshop.
Even with the advanced digital cameras of today, simply setting the flash and lighting features to Automatic and snapping away can result in photos that might just be too light or too dark for your taste. Well, as one of your leading yearbook companies here in New Jersey, we here at Entourage Yearbooks have got a few tips and tricks that can help balance out your photographs before you put them into the pages of your schools’ publication.
There are a number of different methods you can use in Adobe Photoshop to lighten and darken a photo, but we’re going to go over two of the most basic. For both of these methods, you’re going to need to create a duplicate layer beforehand that will be Step 1.
Method 1: Shadow/Highlight
Using the Shadow/Highlight feature of Adobe Photoshop will allow you to change the darkness of the shadows that accent certain features of your photograph. This can sometimes be all you need to really make your image stand out without changing the contrast of the entire picture.
To start, click on Image>Adjustments>Shadow/Highlight; you’ll see that the default setting will be at 50%. From here, adjusting the brightness of your photograph’s shadows is as easy as sliding the marker either left or right to increase or decrease the shadows, and you can also use the Highlights slider to adjust the areas of your photo that are too bright.
Method 2: Brightness/Contrast
The most basic of the two methods is simply adjusting the entire photograph’s lightness or darkness by using the Brightness/Contrast tool in Photoshop. Begin by clicking Image>Adjustments>Brightness/Contracts, and then you can fiddle around with the slider similar to the Shadow/Highlight feature until you have achieved the desired brightness or darkness levels for your picture.
While our online software allows our shoppers to customize and tweak their photographs and yearbook layouts, being able to use editing software like Photoshop can allow you to really make a yearbook that you can be proud of once they become available to the student body. If you would like to learn more about what we have to offer as a yearbook company, please feel free to give us a call at 1-888-926-6571.