7 editing techniques you need to know

I literally couldn’t tell you the amount of things you can do on photoshop. There are hundreds of tools available + thousands of things you can do with them.  I don’t think there’s any one photographer in the world who knows every technique there is on there to be honest.

But there are some basics things that every photographer should know how to do. These are things that you’re more than likely going to have to do on an almost daily basis in the photography game so it’s best to learn them now.

How to create a Duplicate layer

Once you’ve open your photo on Photoshop, the first thing you’re gonna do is create a duplicate layer.

Trust me, it doesn’t matter what you’re doing to the image you’re gonna want to do this first. I can’t tell you how many times I didn’t make a duplicate layer and began to edit only to make a mistake later in the process.

The thing with Photoshop is even though you can undo an edit, it only allows you to go back a maximum of 20 steps. So if you make a mistake + catch it too late, if you don’t have a duplicate layer it can make it very hard for you to fix.

It’s nothing but a headache + can be prevented with two simple clicks. You can either right click on the layer + click the "Duplicate Layer" button or drag the layer down to the new layer button on the bottom.

Healing Brush

This tool is clutch for editing when you’re trying to remove objects from your photos.

Don’t confuse this tool with the spot healing tool because even though they do similar things, there’s a difference.

When using the spot healing tool, photoshop automatically tries to blend in the pixels in the target area.

The clone stamp literally clones whatever you take a sample of + pastes it when.

  1. Select Clone Stamp
  2. Once selected, move your mouse cursor over the area you want to clone from + option-click (Mac) or alt-click (PC) select the clone source.
  3. Place the mouse over the spot where you want to paste the cloned pixels. Some say to paint over the spot, but for sake of detail, I suggest just clicking instead of dragging as sometimes it looks a little to off in the final photo.

Frequency Separation

Quick Mask mode for selections

Cropping an Image

Sometimes a image is too big + you want to crop it smaller. 

I actually shoot my images wider on purpose so that I can crop it in post production + fit it into whatever medium I want whether that's Instagram or something else.

In order to do that you'll need to use the crop tool, just hit the c button on your keyboard.

How to save and export photos

Brightness and Contrast