So, we all want bright, white pictures, am I right? If a blog photo looks a bit too dark and grey, it looks totally unprofesh. But crank the brightness all the way up and it’s so white and beautiful. You’re a REAL blogger now!
I’ve always had a problem with those ultra-white pictures. To get the whiteness you want, you often have to sacrifice a lot of details. Your subjects will look like they’re half-missing, or text will completely disappear.
There’s something you can do to fix that. This is a Photoshop tutorial in case this wasn’t clear (you can get Photoshop using Adobe Cloud here for only $9,99 a month).
In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to easily brighten only the parts of the picture that need it.
We’ll be using Adjustment Layers.
Open your picture in photoshop and either play with the curves or brightness. Brighten it as you usually do, without going overboard.
I go to Image -> Adjustments -> Curves.
By the way, here’s an extra tip: Making sure the background in Photoshop is white will make it easier to judge how bright your picture really is, as your blog is most likely white. Right-click on the background and select a custom color, then choose white.
This is my unedited picture:
After playing with the curves, it looks like this:
Go to Layer -> New Adjustment Layer -> Brightness/Contrast.
A new window called “Properties” will appear. This is where you’ll crank the brightness up pretty high. Make it as bright as you want, without worrying about the “over-brightened” areas. You’ll take care of those in the next step.
1. While making sure you’re working on your adjustment layer, select the Brush Tool.
2. Make sure the hardness of the brush is set to a low number. This means the edges will be smooth, and everything will blend in.
3. When working with adjustment layers, you can only select the colors black and white. You can paint all over the image with the brush, using black or white.
4. In your adjustment later, areas painted in white will be brighter, and areas painted with black will remain dark.
Initially, your adjustment layer is completely white, so you need to select the color black and start going over the “over-brightened” areas. Making sure that you’re using a brush with low hardness will make everything blend it more smoothly.
If you’re taking pictures of products, simply use black to draw over the products. The background will be white and bright, but the products won’t get lost in the brightness.
This trick also works great when you need to lighten shadows or dark areas.
In my example below, the products themselves remain pretty dark while the whiteness around them gets brightened. This makes for a cleaner, whiter photo.
If you try this out, let me know!