Let us look into some photo editing tips that you may consider doing.

#1: Rule of Thirds

Imagine breaking an image down into thirds, both horizontally and vertically so that you’ll have 9 parts.

With this grid, it identifies four important parts of the image that you should consider placing points of interest in as you frame your image.

This grid also gives four ‘lines’ through your viewfinder or in the LCD display you used to frame your shot, this aids in positioning your elements in the photo.

The Rule of Thirds is basically placing points of interest in the intersections or along the lines to make your image appear more balanced and enable the viewer of the image to interact with it more naturally.

As when a person views an image, the person’s focal point would go to one of the intersection points more naturally than the centre of the shot, therefore using the rule of thirds works with this natural way of viewing an image rather than working against it.

To correct the thirds on your image, simply use the crop tool to crop your image accordingly.

#2: Colour Balance

During editing, you should keep an eye out for the colour balance in your image.

Photographs that appear too ‘warm’ due to the stronger yellow/orange hues will make your image appear either oversaturated or over-edited. To correct this, simply neutralise the image by ‘cooling’ the photo’s temperature.

Photographs that appear more ‘cooler’ due to the stronger blue hues makes the overall photo appear very flat, this is where you should warm up your photograph to make it appear more natural. Do remember to be careful not to overwarm your photos!

#3: Brightness

By adjusting your brightness and exposure, make sure that your image does not turn out too ‘white’ in the sense that all the details get wiped out or too ‘dark’ that you cannot view the elements in the photo. This requires a little bit of trial and error but I’m sure you can tell when to stop boosting up the brightness or over-exposing your product during editing.

#4: Saturation

Playing around with the saturation and hues in your photo can give off completely different aspects. For instance, you can bump up the saturation if your image is of a landscape or scenic view. This will cause the colours and hues inside the image to appear more vivid and even slightly clearer.

Another example would be if you edit your image with aims of leaving an impression with let’s say a darker theme or mood to it, reducing the saturation and making the colours and vibrancy in the image more dull can give off an entire other impression with such a simple move. All that’s left to do to fulfill the darker theme is to adjust your shadows and brightness!

As everyone has their personal style, taste and way of viewing things this tip is slightly subjective as to what you personally think how saturated or unsaturated your image should be at the end of the day. Just play around and hopefully you end up with something that’s of a great concoction of the right saturation and hues for you.

#5: Sharpening

Don’t be afraid of the sharpening tool on Adobe Photoshop. But be mindful when you use it as overusing it will create more noise in the photo, which is also known as graininess. Despite having a sharper image, your end product would appear more grainy and less re-touched (unless you’re working with vintages then sure, the grains will aid with the rustic touch to it)

#6: Layering

If you are a beginner to photo editing, I would highly recommend that you learn to use multiple layers during the editing as you would not be affecting the original photo too much as with the multiple layers, you’ll be reducing the amount of undo-s if you accidentally mess up or you wish to add on something after.

#7: Saving your Work-in-Progress

Applications tend to crash when you least expect it to, do your future self a favour and save your work frequently as it will help you so much in the long run in preventing you from having to redo your work from scratch should anything happen to your device during editing.

Saving your files in the format ‘.psd’ or ‘.ai’ will allow you to go back should your device either be out of battery or if the programme crashes mid-way through work to continue editing your work