Photoshop: Getting the Photographs of Your Dreams

Photoshop: Getting the Photographs of Your Dreams
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Photoshop has not always had the greatest of reputations. Once used to make a photo look NOTHING like it really appeared, Photoshop itself has been perfected and is now used for everything from improving scenery to hiding blemishes. This miracle worker of the photo world has become a must for brides everywhere in particular. After months and sometimes even years of planning, brides don’t want decent pictures, they want perfection – and Photoshop gives them just that.

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Spot the difference!

Your wedding photos will preserve the biggest and best day of your life so that you can remember every detail clearly for decades to come. All you have to do is browse through your wedding album to see the beautiful pearl necklace your grandmother gave you or to remember how your whole family looked on that day.

Now imagine if instead of looking into your grandmother’s beautiful blue eyes, you see glowing red orbs instead. Or if the gorgeous shot of you as a first couple was ruined by a couple behind you at the moment the picture was taken. With Photoshop, you can get rid of all these defects and create the photographs of your dreams.
Here are just a few of the many things you can do with Photoshop to fix your wedding photos:

Remove Red Eye

Most professional photographers know how to take photos so the dreaded red eye doesn’t appear in them. But red eye is not always avoidable. Plus, you might have hired your cousin or another amateur in an attempt to save a few bucks, and now your photos are full of red eyes. This used to be just the way it was, but thanks to Photoshop, red eyes are no longer the norm.
Photoshop can easily fix this common problem. The fix is better for shots that are taken at a bit of a distance since the details of the eyes can be lost in the edit.

Tame Flyaways and Other Imperfections

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You can’t control the wind, so you’re likely to have a lot of unruly hairs sticking up in your photos. Some people like the natural look of these photos and prefer to keep them in. Others are really bothered by that stray hair across the face or that one lock sticking out to the side. If you are one of those people, you can easily use Photoshop to get rid of the stray hairs. Taking Photoshop one step further, with the updated software, Photoshop can straighten crooked teeth or correct other physical flaws such as lazy eyelids, scars, and much more! This is a comfort for those who are hesitant about taking pictures.

Remove Distracting Background Elements

Maybe someone accidentally photobombed your shot. Or maybe there is a huge billboard looming just over the horizon in your photo. You may have even caught the ideal shot but there is a car or house in the background. None of these distracting elements are welcome in the photos you will preserve for your lifetime. Use Photoshop to get rid of offending items in the background of your photos or even elongate the background without looking unnatural to fit the frame you desire.

Improve the Color and Lighting

There is no end to what Photoshop can do when it comes to color and lighting. Photoshop is a miracle worker for color and lighting issues whether you want to highlight sections of the photo, get rid of weird red or greenish tints, improve a photo that looks washed out, and lighten up a photo that is too dark – the possibilities are literally endless! The “auto correct” feature will take care of most issues, but a range of other tools are available for precise color correction.

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Add Special Effects

Maybe you prefer a romantic, vintage look to your photos. Or maybe you want a soft glow in your photos. You can add them with special filters or color changes like sepia or black and white. Most of these changes are as simple as one click. Adding these special touches can take a photo from good to amazing and can really capture the moment.
Photoshop is a wonder tool for correcting your photos, but it can also be hard to use correctly. If you aren’t sure what you’re doing, it’s better to hire a professional to edit your photos than to try to read tutorials and DIY. You’ll get beautiful photos that you’ll be proud to display.

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Author Heather G

Heather is serious about weddings. She is also the senior writer for two annual magazines, and prides herself on quality work with fast results

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