Even the best photographs need a little re-touching here and there, the real trick is doing it without it looking like you have. So how do you avoid those common and unsightly Photoshop errors that leave your shot looking like a shadow of its former self? Read on as we uncover the most common mistakes and ways you can dodge them for good.
Defaulting to CMYK
Now don’t get us wrong—when crafting up designs for print, CMYK is the best colour space to use, but for photography, we’d recommend RGB every time. To avoid the disappointment that CMYK printed photographs bring, save your shots using an sRGB or Adobe RGB colour space after you’ve finished editing them.
Keep it natural
We don’t need to tell you that it’s sometimes the flaws in an image that make it interesting. Whether you’re retouching a model’s face or neatening up a landscape, it’s important to remember that making an image too ‘perfect’ can be counterproductive.
‘Desaturate’ to convert black and white images
Keep the lustre
This is one of the oldest quick fixes in the book: using the Desaturate tool to drain all the colour from an image until only black and white remain. Although this is one way to achieve the look, it can leave your images flat and lifeless.
Instead of using Desaturate, try selecting monochrome in Channel Mixer (Image > Adjustments > Channel Mixer). You’ll be able to adjust the levels of red, green and blue until you get the look you want, without losing any of the lustre.
Sharpening to correct the focus
Keep it sharp
Tempting as it may be to use sharpening to fix an out of focus image; you’re more likely to create new anomalies that will ruin the quality of the shot. There’s only one real fix for an image that appears out of focus: go back to basics. Check your camera settings and assess how you hold it when you take shots.
Keep it wide
If there’s one fast road to limiting yourself and your photography, excessive cropping is it. We recommend not cropping your image until you know how it’s going to be displayed, so you’ve got ultimate artistic control.
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