Essential Post Processing Tools You’ll Need for Every Image
There are just some post processing tools that every photographer, amateur and professional alike, simply can’t live without.
We’ve all heard to famous ‘get it right in camera’ statements being thrown around, and heck we are totally on board with that philosophy, but we are also madly in love with photo editing and all the amazing tools that can be utilized to add that extra special something to our images.
So what essential post processing tools will you need for every image…
Spot Healing Brush Tool
The Healing Brush allows you to instantly fix image imperfections without any long winded processes or fiddling around. Whatever you need to be rid of, be it blemishes, scratches, dusts marks, or any other little intrusions, one click with the Healing Brush tool and you’ll never even know it was there. This nifty little tool samples the surrounding area and blends the imperfections into the rest of the image.
Clone Stamp Tool
The Clone Stamp allows you to duplicate any part of the image. The process involves setting a sampling point using the ‘alt’ key, which is then used as a reference to create a new cloned area. This tool is so versatile and is incredibly useful for all styles of photography. If you’re working on a skin retouch then use the Clone Stamp tool to even out skin tones, remove dark circles under the eyes, and even work on those tough blemishes that the Spot Healing Brush tool can’t conquer. The Clone Stamp tool is also perfect for removing distracting objects in portrait, landscape or journalstic shots that you didn’t quite catch when shooting.
When you need to make precise adjustments to your image, and the Magic Wand or Lasso tool just won’t cut it, Quick Mask is the answer. You can easily make adjustments to color, tone and saturation, add effects, or implement filters whilst protecting all other parts of your image from the alterations. It is the essential tool for selective editing.
Dodge and Burn Tools
If you need to bring light or shadows into an otherwise flat images or accentuate your existing tonal range then the dodge and burn tools are the answer. These fantastic tools are awesome for adding drama to your images, especially when it comes to landscape photography. If you use these tools to your advantage you can transform a mundane image into something truly spectacular. Dodge and Burn are also a must in any skin retoucher’s toolkit, as they are paramount to creating flawless looking skin without the need for other destructive editing methods.
When you want to selectively liven up the colors in your image the Sponge tool is the way to do it. You can adjust the flow of the Sponge for extra or less pop according to the effect you are trying to achieve. On the other end of the spectrum, you can also use the Sponge tool to desaturate overly in your face color.
Curves Adjustment Layer
Although not found in the tool box section of Photoshop, the Curves option cannot be forgotten about. Giving more freedom than the Levels or Brightness and Contrast adjustments, Curves is sort of like an all in one. You can increase highlights, midtones and shadows, boost contrast, and lighten or darken all with the same tool. Plus if you use a layer mask you can do all these things selectively. What more could you want…?
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