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Shop Makeover: Before and After With Photoshop

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Hi, my name is Mike Loveland of Ollbird.com. For the past decade, I’ve worked in Photoshop almost every day, from fixing and enhancing images of professional photographers, to creating original digital artwork, to teaching online classes through Nicolesclasses.com.

Great photography can really sell your product here on Etsy. It’s the first thing that people see when they’re looking at what you have to offer. While knowing how to set up and take a great picture is key, knowing how to fix and enhance that image in Photoshop will take your image to the next level (and, speaking from personal experience, it can make up for the skills you may lack behind the camera).

Today, I’d like to offer you a few tips I’ve learned along the way for some Photoshop basics that will make a big impact on your product photos. For this tutorial, I’ve worked on four images submitted by Etsy sellers. Check out the before and afters to see what a difference Photoshop can make!

earrings.jpg

Before photo by BlueberryCream

Many images, like the above image of earrings, need very little work! In this case, the original is underexposed and therefore too dark. To work this image quickly, I actually opened it up in Camera RAW, a sub-application of Photoshop. (If you have Photoshop installed on your computer, you’ll have to first open Adobe Bridge and navigate to your file. Right-click your file and choose “Open in Camera RAW.”)

On the main screen of Camera RAW, I have lots of sliders on the right and I can see my image on the left. This image needed 3 things. I simply…

  1. Slid the “Exposure” slider to the right, increasing the exposure,
  2. Slid the Fill Light slider to the right, adding a little more light, and…
  3. Used the crop tool (located along the top of the application, if I hold down on the crop tool, I will see standard crop ratios; in this case, I chose 3 to 4).
  4. Cropped out some unnecessary space, which draws even more attention to the great product. Voila! In just a couple of minutes, this photo is ready to use.

necklace.jpg

Before photo by noemiah

Next up is an image of a woman modeling a necklace. Again, I opened this image in Camera RAW. When I see an image like this, the first thing I notice is that it needs what is called “white balance.” The white of the image is a little bit off. Along the top of the application is a row of icons. The first eye dropper, the third icon from the left, is the white balance eye dropper. I simply use it to sample something that should be white. In this case, I clicked the wall behind the model and immediately the image is brightened and all colors are truer.

Next, as with the image of the earrings, I increased the exposure because the original was underexposed. I increased the fill light and contrast as well. I also bumped up the blacks slightly (up to 5) to improve the richness of the shirt, and finally cropped the image using the crop tool at the top of the application. (I also chose 3 to 4 on this one.)

When I was finished making these adjustments in Camera RAW, I clicked on Open Image, which opened my adjusted image in regular Photoshop. Since most of my work was already done in Camera RAW, I could do some quick retouches in Photoshop. I simply used the spot healing brush to click on and remove small skin blemishes.

shirt.jpg

Before photo by nikacollection

Once again, I opened the above image of a shirt in Camera RAW. Are you beginning to see how useful Camera RAW is yet? This tool is much quicker, easier, and more effective than doing the same work in Photoshop. (In fact, I teach an online class called photo workflow that focuses mainly on using Camera RAW to enhance images.) As in the previous examples, I brought up the exposure slightly, which brightens the image. I noticed in this photo that the temperature was cooler than what I felt was ideal — meaning I could see a lot of blue in the colors of the image. So I slid the temperature slider to the right, towards the yellow tones, which improved the colors of the photo.

Next, as in the above examples, I increased the contrast and the fill light. You can see that a lot of adjustments I make are true for most photos! When I finished with these improvements in Camera RAW, I chose Open Image, which opened it in Photoshop. Once again, most of my work on the image was already done, and I just needed to do any necessary retouching. In this case, I used the clone stamp to remove the leaves from the pavement and the shadow to the left of the model (this isn’t necessary obviously, but I felt these elements were mildly distracting) and I used the healing tool to fix any minor skin blemishes. The new version of the photo pops more, and draws more attention to the bright shirt.

love grenade.jpg

Before photo by goodbyebluemonday

For this image, I’ve actually made a video to show you my process of “putting to white.” When an image is shot on a white background like this one, it is really begging to have the white background totally removed so that instead of seeing the product on a white background, you see the product with a total absence of background. (This also allows you to change the crop of your photo to ANYTHING, since you can add more space around it no problem, and it’s also great when your product is shown on a website with a white background like Etsy.) The process is explained and demonstrated in the video, but let me review it here:

To put an image to white, you’ll want to use the Dodge Tool, located in the toolbar. This gives you a circular brush; you can change the size of the brush by using your bracket keys ( [ ] ) beside the P on your keyboard. Along the top of my screen, there is a drop-down box where I can choose Shadows, Midtones, or Highlights. To affect the lightest parts of my photo, or the white background, I want to choose “highlights.” If I’m using Photoshop CS4 or higher, then I also want to be sure to uncheck “Protect Tones.” (When we are putting something to white, we don’t want to protect tones, we want to obliterate them altogether!) I choose a lower exposure (3-5%) because this will make sure I’m not also damaging the important parts of the image while getting rid of the background. Then it’s simply a matter of painting around the object to get rid of the white background. It’s actually pretty easy. I do want to leave a little bit of a shadow below the grenade in this case.

Ollibird Etsy Dodge Tool Demonstration from Ollibird on Vimeo.

You’ll notice in the video that I have a trick to see if I’ve left any spots behind. Because I’m turning white to true white, it’s often difficult to see if I’ve affected everything I want to. So I open my Levels (command or control L) and pull the slider on the left all the way to the right. What this does is it makes absolutely every pixel of my image very dark, so I can easily see areas that I’ve missed. I can click Cancel once I’ve seen what areas I still need to do, and get back to work. (I typically perform this check several times during this process to make sure I’m not missing anything.)

You can also see in the video how I used the dodge tool set to “midtones” to lighten the shadow underneath the product.

Finally, I also improved the contrast of the grenade slightly by using Curves (command or control M). To improve contrast, you generally want to make an S curve, as shown in the video.

If you’d like to learn more about Photoshop, I teach online Photoshop classes through Nicole’s Classes (We’re offering a 10% discount too, so simply use the discount code ETSY10OFF at checkout — expires February 28).

Check us out if you’re interested in:

  • Improving your photography skills
  • Learning Photoshop to enhance your images
  • Learning Illustrator to create your own graphics and buttons

Etsy’s Guide to Photography | The Seller Handbook | 2011 Shop Makeover Series

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts says:

    So great. Thank you!

    3 years ago

  • thelostfound

    thelostfound says:

    So interesting-- and easy! Thanks for the tutorial!

    3 years ago

  • mariforssell

    mariforssell says:

    Great tips! Thanks:)

    3 years ago

  • JudiPaintedit

    JudiPaintedit says:

    Awesome... As this is something Im still reading and learning about. THANK YOU!!

    3 years ago

  • hypericumfragile

    hypericumfragile says:

    Great article and very helpful! Thank you!

    3 years ago

  • kathyjohnson3

    kathyjohnson3 says:

    It's always hard to try and capture the true beauty of an item so thanks for the great tips! Kathy

    3 years ago

  • MollysMuses

    MollysMuses says:

    WHHOOOOT Blueorder looking great!

    3 years ago

  • DieselDOGwear

    DieselDOGwear says:

    Having great photos is so important ~ Thank you

    3 years ago

  • TheVinylChalkboard

    TheVinylChalkboard says:

    Great Work! Thank-you for the tips!

    3 years ago

  • WoodlandCottage

    WoodlandCottage says:

    Wow! I can't believe I learned so much in 10 minutes! This is GREAT info! THANKS!

    3 years ago

  • seesawdesigns

    seesawdesigns says:

    awesome. thanks for sharing.

    3 years ago

  • oakappledesigns

    oakappledesigns says:

    amazing, you've opened my eyes :)

    3 years ago

  • iroirocrafts

    iroirocrafts says:

    Great information, thanks so much! The white background video is definitely something I will try.

    3 years ago

  • VivaGailBeads

    VivaGailBeads says:

    wonderful tips..thank you!

    3 years ago

  • aynart

    aynart says:

    I think Photoshop is a really great tool as long as sellers verify that the item being sold is still portrayed properly. Photoshop is THE best selling tool!

    3 years ago

  • prettypipers

    prettypipers says:

    Thanks for the tips! Photoshop is my new best friend!!

    3 years ago

  • Izzoinked

    Izzoinked says:

    This is a great article. Well taken photos is a big part of why I take the time to look at peoples work. Thanks for the great tips. Really appreciate this post.

    3 years ago

  • betsywynn

    betsywynn says:

    omg great article.

    3 years ago

  • necklush

    necklush says:

    excellent, thank you for the post!

    3 years ago

  • AZCreativeStudio

    AZCreativeStudio says:

    Great difference!!!!!! Excellent work!

    3 years ago

  • OrotSavyon

    OrotSavyon says:

    great article. Thank you

    3 years ago

  • studiopainters

    studiopainters says:

    i like to read all the articles from Etsy. l love great photos.

    3 years ago

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage says:

    The info is appreciated. Thanks for the help!

    3 years ago

  • DecadesOfVintage

    DecadesOfVintage says:

    You made how to take better pictures very understandable. Thank you

    3 years ago

  • LastCaress

    LastCaress says:

    Couldn't live without it! Here's my own little before and after from a forum post a few months ago: http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6674613

    3 years ago

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie says:

    ...great photos are imperative to etsy success & i'm always looking for tips, thank you!!! xo

    3 years ago

  • ArtemisiaAtelier

    ArtemisiaAtelier says:

    Thanks for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • thriftyAustin

    thriftyAustin says:

    Thank you so much!

    3 years ago

  • Humanidad

    Humanidad says:

    Great tips! Thanks so much!

    3 years ago

  • mooshoopork

    mooshoopork says:

    some days the sun just doesnt shine as bright.. thats when my photo editing kicks in and makes a difference ;) great tutorial happy photo making people!

    3 years ago

  • chifinds

    chifinds says:

    This video was very easy to follow! Great information and I will be giving it a shot later :) Thank you for this info.

    3 years ago

  • littleeyedesigns

    littleeyedesigns says:

    Good tips - I'm somewhat versed in the ways of Photoshop but haven't thought to use it extensively with my Etsy listings - silly how sometimes the answer can be right in front of us! This combined with the last shop makeover entry is sure to beautify the Etsy countryside. :)

    3 years ago

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie says:

    Great tips! Thanks for the post! =)

    3 years ago

  • Floreal

    Floreal says:

    thanks!

    3 years ago

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu says:

    Great tips! Thanks for the very useful info.

    3 years ago

  • riskybeads

    riskybeads says:

    it's amazing what a little editing can do!

    3 years ago

  • crookedsister

    crookedsister says:

    Trying these tips out right now. Camera raw is so much easier to use than levels in photoshop. Thanks so much for the info!

    3 years ago

  • inkadinkadoodle

    inkadinkadoodle says:

    Great article and tips ~ thanks!

    3 years ago

  • blueorder

    blueorder says:

    solid information! thank you so much, for the tips and the use of my photo art!

    3 years ago

  • WoodPigeon

    WoodPigeon says:

    I love that photoshop! I use it everyday as well, priceless tool!

    3 years ago

  • ZellerZazzles

    ZellerZazzles says:

    Great article and such great tips! Can't wait to play and try them out!

    3 years ago

  • epicycledesigns

    epicycledesigns says:

    That's lovely, and a quick explanation of some of the easier, though most overlooked, tips and tricks. I use GIMP, not photoshop, but most of those things are easy to do there too. Off to perfect some of my pictures!

    3 years ago

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm says:

    Thank you for your tips on photographing~

    3 years ago

  • babyjives

    babyjives says:

    great tips, especially since I often use photoshop but never used camera raw before. thanks!

    3 years ago

  • JulieMeyer

    JulieMeyer says:

    Awesome Photoshop tips - especially that white balance one! Thanks!!

    3 years ago

  • archousewares

    archousewares says:

    Fantastic article - very helpful and simply written. I haven't used Photoshop yet - just iPhoto for editing. I'm inspired to get real and invest in Photoshop. Thanks!

    3 years ago

  • jennybradley

    jennybradley says:

    Great info, thanks so much for some tips. I know a little, and that barely gets me by, so any extra help is much appreciated!

    3 years ago

  • LongstockingShop

    LongstockingShop says:

    Great Article! Love my Photoshop!

    3 years ago

  • Asianexpressions

    Asianexpressions says:

    Thanks for the tips!

    3 years ago

  • sgcc

    sgcc says:

    cool

    3 years ago

  • TangledArts

    TangledArts says:

    Great tips. Thanks!

    3 years ago

  • LuRuUniques

    LuRuUniques says:

    Great article. Thanks for the tips.

    3 years ago

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign says:

    Great post. Thanks for the tips!

    3 years ago

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage says:

    ESSENTIAL!

    3 years ago

  • Natalie52688

    Natalie52688 says:

    Thanks for the info. Photoshop is seriously a godsent, and really has done wonders with my photographs. Esepcially the lighting levels. It's fun to experiment with everything that's for sure! It takes away the scariness of it. :P

    3 years ago

  • JLaneDesigns

    JLaneDesigns says:

    Great pointers!!! A must to know!!!

    3 years ago

  • JLaneDesigns

    JLaneDesigns says:

    Great pointers!!! A must to know!!!

    3 years ago

  • cakemates

    cakemates says:

    great tips thanks!

    3 years ago

  • SolDelSur

    SolDelSur says:

    I had no idea I could use the RAW application on a jpeg. Thanks so much, I'll be using it for sure!!!

    3 years ago

  • vKnit

    vKnit says:

    fab tips! thankyou!!! xox

    3 years ago

  • PrettyIngrid

    PrettyIngrid says:

    What a wonderfully informative post! Thank you so much for sharing your tips with us :)

    3 years ago

  • vitamini

    vitamini says:

    Thanks for the tips! I'll have to try out RAW. I do all on my photo editing right in photoshop, but if it streamlines the process I'm all for it!

    3 years ago

  • frommylifetoyours

    frommylifetoyours says:

    Thank you , this was very helpful

    3 years ago

  • EdensEndeavors

    EdensEndeavors says:

    Thanks for the info! I never use camera raw, but I will definitely be trying it out.

    3 years ago

  • SusanFaye

    SusanFaye says:

    Thanks! I never quite knew what the Dodge Tool was for. The video tutorial was great!

    3 years ago

  • SusanFaye

    SusanFaye says:

    Thanks! I never quite knew what the Dodge Tool was for. The video tutorial was great!

    3 years ago

  • blissfulbathandbody

    blissfulbathandbody says:

    Thanks for the tips! Are there any other programs that are similar to Photoshop because it is so expensive?

    3 years ago

  • ZAPOLdesigns

    ZAPOLdesigns says:

    i only have photoshop cs3 on my computer and it doesn't look like i can use the "camera RAW" thing. :(

    3 years ago

  • sarantos

    sarantos says:

    This was so helpful! Do you have a video that walks through what each button means? I tend to use Fireworks more than Photoshop because it is so confusing to use. I try to shoot my images so I don't need to edit much.

    3 years ago

  • Demoriam

    Demoriam says:

    Great post and very helpful. Thank you for the new tips on working photos in Photoshop.

    3 years ago

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 says:

    White balance - got it! Always wondered why my whiter than white backgrounds came out yellow. Now I feel like I need to rework all my photos. Thanks.

    3 years ago

  • jFrancesDesign

    jFrancesDesign says:

    These are great tips. I've never worked in Camera Raw before, but now I'm going to give it a try.

    3 years ago

  • sunkae

    sunkae says:

    ***Thanks for this useful info!***

    3 years ago

  • wwcsilverjewelry

    wwcsilverjewelry says:

    Love this! It is always nice when you get examples of what someone is talking about. Artist are visual creatures.

    3 years ago

  • VintageHoneysuckle

    VintageHoneysuckle says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this article! :)

    3 years ago

  • pannikin

    pannikin says:

    This is so handy, thanks very much!

    3 years ago

  • daydreamjewels

    daydreamjewels says:

    Thanks for the information and great tips. Very helpful!

    3 years ago

  • oldworldprimitives

    oldworldprimitives says:

    Perfect timing for this post - I have been reading a Photoshop tutorial book too & learning how I can improve the photos in my shop. I am bookmarking this post to keep referring back to along my journey.

    3 years ago

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt says:

    always room for improvement!

    3 years ago

  • Studio827KC

    Studio827KC says:

    Great article! Thanks :)

    3 years ago

  • MixxMedium

    MixxMedium says:

    cool!

    3 years ago

  • BabbidgePatch

    BabbidgePatch says:

    Thank you for the series! I totally need to employ the recommendations and advice!

    3 years ago

  • thebeadgirl

    thebeadgirl says:

    wow great tips! thank you!

    3 years ago

  • IzabelDesigns

    IzabelDesigns says:

    Can you do all of that in Photoshop elements too?

    3 years ago

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 says:

    Always seeking to improve my photographs and that can be challenging during these short, low natural light winter days. Thanks so much for the tips!

    3 years ago

  • sassefrass

    sassefrass says:

    great tips/tricks on photographing.Thanks for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • goldminetrash

    goldminetrash says:

    Great article! <3

    3 years ago

  • freshlypickeddesigns

    freshlypickeddesigns says:

    Love it! :D What great tips!

    3 years ago

  • atelierpompadour

    atelierpompadour says:

    great tips! thanks a lot!

    3 years ago

  • reFORMrecycle

    reFORMrecycle says:

    Super helfpul info. I've already tried a few, but I'm stuck. I have PhotoShop 7.0 and I couldn't find the CameraRAW option for opening photos through the Adobe Bridge. Am I missing something or do I need a newer version of PhotoShop?

    3 years ago

  • DAINTYCROCHETBYALY

    DAINTYCROCHETBYALY says:

    I need an assitant that can do all that for me when I get some sleep!! :0 :)

    3 years ago

  • ViviansKitchen

    ViviansKitchen says:

    My husband works for Adobe so I get to try out all their goodies. CS5 is addicting but sooo cool ♥ The new spot healing tool is awesome for those rogue pieces of fiber on one's product.

    3 years ago

  • ikabags

    ikabags says:

    Great tips! Thanks:)

    3 years ago

  • WHSKR

    WHSKR says:

    I will suppress my irritation at the assumption that everyone has access to a $699 program and say thank you for a lot of helpful information. I will see how it works in the less expensive programs I have.

    3 years ago

  • piecesofelises

    piecesofelises says:

    I don't have photoshop but these are still great tips to know. Thanks Mike :)

    3 years ago

  • contempojewels

    contempojewels says:

    Thank you!

    3 years ago

  • meowadays

    meowadays says:

    Can't wait to try these out when I get home!

    3 years ago

  • FruteJuce

    FruteJuce says:

    Thank you, brings the ever elusive 'good' photos closer

    3 years ago

  • FruteJuce

    FruteJuce says:

    Plus these tips as a PDF would be great so that I can look back easily when needed.

    3 years ago

  • cozylittlecorner

    cozylittlecorner says:

    Very helpful! Thank you so much.

    3 years ago

  • amyscreativecorner

    amyscreativecorner says:

    thanks! this is great!

    3 years ago

  • ForageStudios

    ForageStudios says:

    This is great! For peeps who have photoshop elements, this can be done. When in elements, under FILE click BROSE WITH BRIGADE and pic a photo from there! I haven't been able to open a shot that is stored in i-photo, I had to move the photo to a different location first. Unless someone else has a tip on this.

    3 years ago

  • BaysideGems

    BaysideGems says:

    I am glad to know that good photography is possible,even with challenged people like me! I use Windows Gallery and find that it suits my needs. Not sure I want to invest in a very expensive software program.

    3 years ago

  • RockStoneTreasures

    RockStoneTreasures says:

    Running off to try out some of your tips. Thanks so much for the info.

    3 years ago

  • jamiespatchwork

    jamiespatchwork says:

    Thanks so much for this!!

    3 years ago

  • zelmarose

    zelmarose says:

    Great tips! Just what I needed in time to shoot my spring and summer collections. Thanks.

    3 years ago

  • TheVirginRose

    TheVirginRose says:

    thanks for the info, really helpful!

    3 years ago

  • stinkybomb

    stinkybomb says:

    We are getting some of those knitted grenades!

    3 years ago

  • carolforsyth

    carolforsyth says:

    Thank you for sharing this info and taking out the time to explain in such detail. I use photo shop and find there is so much still to learn. Some ideas I would like to try. Thanks again :-)

    3 years ago

  • GoodnightSocks

    GoodnightSocks says:

    thanks for the great tips!

    3 years ago

  • vintageprecious

    vintageprecious says:

    Oh how I wish I had Photoshop, but I still learned up a few things here. Thanks!

    3 years ago

  • SkyBox

    SkyBox says:

    Cool! Thanks! Photoshop is kind of intimidating, I love helpful how-to's.

    3 years ago

  • JenniferArndt

    JenniferArndt says:

    Wonderful! Thank you!

    3 years ago

  • TheDovesNest

    TheDovesNest says:

    I appreciate the valuable tips in your article!

    3 years ago

  • LushCluster

    LushCluster says:

    Loved the article but can't afford Photoshop. Had it in college and how I miss it. Sigh...maybe someday.

    3 years ago

  • ShadowBoxerDesigns

    ShadowBoxerDesigns says:

    Great ideas! Thanks!

    3 years ago

  • afiori

    afiori says:

    Um, you don't need Photoshop to do this. I'm a professional photographer who doesn't even have the program (blasphemy!) and am doing fine without it. For simple changes like these you can use free programs like Picasa or Gimp.

    3 years ago

  • MermaidsMuse

    MermaidsMuse says:

    Thanks so much, Mike. I'm just getting acquainted with the new version of Photoshop. Your suggestions are very inspiring!

    3 years ago

  • MandyMcDee

    MandyMcDee says:

    Great tips, thanks!

    3 years ago

  • trinityrocks

    trinityrocks says:

    Thanks for the info.

    3 years ago

  • noemiah

    noemiah says:

    Oh WOW!! Thanks so much for the tip, now I will try to do it myself!!!

    3 years ago

  • aoisart

    aoisart says:

    Useful hints! You can achieve good results with any editing program.

    3 years ago

  • WinchesterLambourne

    WinchesterLambourne says:

    Love the design articles!

    3 years ago

  • onesunnyafternoon

    onesunnyafternoon says:

    Fantastic tutorial. Thank you for putting it together!

    3 years ago

  • ClayLickCreekPottery

    ClayLickCreekPottery says:

    Just got the new version of Photoshop--thought I was able to handle adjusting my photos---will give the Camera RAW a try and learn this technique. Thanks for the tips.

    3 years ago

  • ClayLickCreekPottery

    ClayLickCreekPottery says:

    Just got the new version of Photoshop--thought I was able to handle adjusting my photos---will give the Camera RAW a try and learn this technique. Thanks for the tips.

    3 years ago

  • ClayLickCreekPottery

    ClayLickCreekPottery says:

    Just got the new version of Photoshop--thought I was able to handle adjusting my photos---will give the Camera RAW a try and learn this technique. Thanks for the tips.

    3 years ago

  • autumnvelvetrose

    autumnvelvetrose says:

    Great advice!!! Thanks!!

    3 years ago

  • Zeedubya

    Zeedubya says:

    Thanks so much!

    3 years ago

  • fairyladyglass

    fairyladyglass says:

    Any advice for really sparkly stuff?

    3 years ago

  • PaintedMemoriesByRos

    PaintedMemoriesByRos says:

    Great tips! I'm still using CS2 but will try this soon.

    3 years ago

  • GretelGirlDraws

    GretelGirlDraws says:

    fabulous.... so helpful! THANK YOU X X

    3 years ago

  • WinterberryJewelry

    WinterberryJewelry says:

    Thank you thank you! I will have to give Photoshop another try. I always found it so intimidating.

    3 years ago

  • sadiedesignsca

    sadiedesignsca says:

    Awesome tips. Photoshop makes a big difference!

    3 years ago

  • ClassicByNature

    ClassicByNature says:

    Thanks a lot for the tips! I use Photoshop regularly and I find Camera RAW really helpful. It's much more easier and faster!

    3 years ago

  • grimmandgrete

    grimmandgrete says:

    Great stuff, thanks for the tips!!

    3 years ago

  • naturellechic

    naturellechic says:

    All advice is welcome. Some great ideas to explore. Thanks!

    3 years ago

  • kshyu

    kshyu says:

    Thank you very much !

    3 years ago

  • VintageFrocksOfFancy

    VintageFrocksOfFancy says:

    I've got get PHOTOSHOP!!! Thanks for the inspiration to get it tomorrow!

    3 years ago

  • FavreBijoux

    FavreBijoux says:

    thank you!!

    3 years ago

  • lovelandmisc

    lovelandmisc says:

    Thanks everybody, keep the comments coming, it's great for our egos! We have been away today and saw the comments roll in on our iPhones. We now have a chance to reply to your questions, so I'll answer previous ones and if anyone has a question I'd be happy to answer it. thanks, Mike

    3 years ago

  • rocknwrap

    rocknwrap says:

    This a great way to alter your photos. Only thing is, do you have to take your photos in RAW before you can use these options?

    3 years ago

  • PureSin

    PureSin says:

    Neat Photoshop is Key! I just wish I had that awesome expensive Adobe but hey I do ok with what I have and the little cannon powershot for now. I want the cannon 6d mark II but hey I dont have 4K sitting around lol. Some day.

    3 years ago

  • TheMillineryShop

    TheMillineryShop says:

    Thank you so much for a great article. Pictures really ARE everything here. As someone else commented, for those of you who mentioned not having Photoshop (it IS expensive!) you can use Picasa, a free Google download and an excellent one if you only need mild adjustments. It is very easy to use. For more sophisticated work, look at Gimp, it is very Photoshop-like and freeeeee!

    3 years ago

  • lovelandmisc

    lovelandmisc says:

    The fist thing I'd address is the issue I am seeing of some people not knowing if they can justify Photoshop. To that I say, if you want to compete on any professional level, then it's a wise investment. A lot of people don't know and I should have mentioned in the article that Photoshop CS5 is available as a free 30 day trial through adobe.com. It goes great with my PS 101 class too! (Not to plug my class again, but I just did.) Anyway, you can see what you think after that. Chances are you'll love it like me and millions of others. If you want to know a cheap and legal way to get a current full version of CS5, then I would buy a cheap old full version of PS on Ebay or Amazon, and then by the upgrade, which is not too bad at all. Chances are you will get PS CS5 for about 250.00 or less.

    3 years ago

  • FreshRetroGallery

    FreshRetroGallery says:

    Adjustment layer / brightness-contrast and blurring or cloning out ugly stuff can help a lot. Sometimes one likes to let a few imperfections go in order to keep prices down though on the less expensive items if you are trying to consider paying yourself for your labor.

    3 years ago

  • oldish

    oldish says:

    I got so inspired of Etsy's positive "nagging", searched for photo enhancing on Google (Photoshop seems just so intimidating, even the Elements which I have) and now I PICNIC ALL my photos, it makes magic! Thanks Etsy for your "nagging", now it is really fun to post photos!

    3 years ago

  • dragonflymystdesigns

    dragonflymystdesigns says:

    Thank you so very much for the great info!!

    3 years ago

  • TheVintageApartment

    TheVintageApartment says:

    I am obsessed with brighten/contrast to get rid of shadow & give a photo a much needed tune up. I highly recommend PhotoScape as a freebie download for helping a photo out. So accessible & simple to use. Thanks for the helpful tips!

    3 years ago

  • scoutcuomo

    scoutcuomo says:

    Good pointers! Thankyou

    3 years ago

  • lovelandmisc

    lovelandmisc says:

    blissfulbathandbody ASKED: Are there any other programs that are similar to Photoshop because it is so expensive?
 A: You have a few options here: Photoshop.com - A free, internet flash based method of "improving photos. It is at least made by Adobe. Photoshop Elements - Like the full version but with out the a couple of notable things like full capacity in using layers (i.e. layer masks) Which is essential for me, but I am not your average user. And also it is missing color contols in it's version of Camera RAW GIMP - A free internet based program intended for the novice or beginner/mildly interested, pr not willing to shell out the big bucks (which is fine) audience. I have only played with it, but it is just okay in my opinion. Picnik - A similar to GIMP, free internet based application that is clearly designed to appeal to women.

    3 years ago

  • DesertSolDesigns

    DesertSolDesigns says:

    Great info. Don't have photshop but have another photo editing software. Looks like I've been on the right track. So far it's been progress not perfection. Thanks again!

    3 years ago

  • desertstarcreations

    desertstarcreations says:

    Not everyone can afford even an old version of Photoshop and it took me years of playing around with it to know what limited knowledge I do have from it. If you have Windows Vista you can make adjustments in their simple photo gallery that help a lot as well. Maybe someone can do a "how to" on that or on some of the other free photo editing programs. If you are set on getting Photoshop, split the cost with a friend on an old version. I believe one copy is good for 2 or 3 computers. Just my 2 cents...

    3 years ago

  • lovelandmisc

    lovelandmisc says:

    ZAPOLdesigns said: i only have photoshop cs3 on my computer and it doesn't look like i can use the "camera RAW" thing. :( A: Yeah, Camera RAW was integrated for "free"in CS4. Prior to that you had to pay $99.00 to add that functionality. I would download the CS5 trial if I were you! Just saying, it's awesome.

    3 years ago

  • lovelandmisc

    lovelandmisc says:

    desertstarcreations says: A: Yeah I hope nobody felt that I was saying that you HAVE to have Photoshop and that everyone should be able to afford it. We justify the cost because it's an integral part of our livelihood, but for beginners, then GIMP or Picnik would be great.

    3 years ago

  • lovelandmisc

    lovelandmisc says:

    Oops, that last one was in reply to the above comment from desertstarcreations who said: Not everyone can afford even an old version of Photoshop and it took me years of playing around with it to know what limited knowledge I do have from it. and also in response to WHSKR, who said: I will suppress my irritation at the assumption that everyone has access to a $699 program and say thank you for a lot of helpful information. I will see how it works in the less expensive programs I have. 


    3 years ago

  • jancashdesigns1

    jancashdesigns1 says:

    Thanks for the information!

    3 years ago

  • Funkyfrogg

    Funkyfrogg says:

    I love photoshop. I can't wait to try Camera RAW. Thanks for the great tips!

    3 years ago

  • lovelandmisc

    lovelandmisc says:

    IzabelDesigns says: Can you do all of that in Photoshop elements too? You can do all that all that was featured in the video in Elements, yes.

    3 years ago

  • YellowRooster

    YellowRooster says:

    This article is so great and helpful. Thanks! I already tried the some of tips and I am excited about easy and awesome it is! For those like myself who need a little extra help on how to open in RAW in Photoshop Elements I found this article: http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/pselements/qt/open-jpeg-as-camera-raw.htm

    3 years ago

  • lovelandmisc

    lovelandmisc says:

    reFORMrecycle says: I have PhotoShop 7.0 and I couldn't find the CameraRAW option for opening photos through the Adobe Bridge. Am I missing something or do I need a newer version of PhotoShop?
 A: Yeah sorry, as I mentioned in another question, you need CS4 or older for that. Frustrating, I know, but smart of them to keep getting people like me to buy new versions of their software!

    3 years ago

  • lovelandmisc

    lovelandmisc says:

    FruteJuce says: Plus these tips as a PDF would be great so that I can look back easily when needed.
 A: You could always go to your internets browser file pull down (Mac at least) and do Save Page As. It's as good as a PDF and can be converted to a PDF with free software if you want to. We do also offer a book with all this content found here! http://nicolesclasses.bigcartel.com/product/photoshop-101-textbook-preorder It's shameless of me I know, but I also believe in my book as a force for good!

    3 years ago

  • chromatophobic

    chromatophobic says:

    Although Myth Busters have proved that you can, in fact, polish a turd, with photography it's very much a case of getting it right in camera as much as possible. If your product is poorly lit, shot from an unfortunate angle, etc, no amount of photo correction will result in anything worthwhile. So thank you for including the link to Etsy's Guide to Pohography.

    3 years ago

  • chromatophobic

    chromatophobic says:

    "photography" =]

    3 years ago

  • tinchDesignStudio

    tinchDesignStudio says:

    this has just made my YEAR! I've had Bridge sitting here unused never knowing how to use it with Photoshop. I knew about Camera RAW but thought I could only access it when images were shot in RAW mode - so this is INCREDIBLE! Thank you so much, Etsy is going to be full of crisp bright amazing product imagery now!

    3 years ago

  • EmilyAliceBall

    EmilyAliceBall says:

    Thank you so much, I just learnt so much from your post! Very much appreciated.

    3 years ago

  • lovelandmisc

    lovelandmisc says:

    Here is the link everybody to the free 30 day trial from adobe: Give it a shot if you like. https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/tdrc/index.cfm?product=photoshop

    3 years ago

  • painterofbirds

    painterofbirds says:

    Great info. I use Corel but may switch to photo shop now.

    3 years ago

  • AngelinCHINA

    AngelinCHINA says:

    Very very important advice !

    3 years ago

  • materialistoz

    materialistoz says:

    Oh me, oh my... the hours I've wasted with the magnetic lassoo trying to put my items to white! I knew there had to be a better way and I am off to dodge and burn like a pro. Thanks so much ... especially for the video.

    3 years ago

  • dandeliondaydreamer

    dandeliondaydreamer says:

    Very insightful! Thank you for your jam packed post!

    3 years ago

  • BlueberryCream

    BlueberryCream says:

    Awesome! Thank you very much for showing your take on my photo!!!

    3 years ago

  • CuppcakeCouture

    CuppcakeCouture says:

    This is great! thanks so much!

    3 years ago

  • lovelandmisc

    lovelandmisc says:

    ClayLickCreekPottery says -will give the Camera RAW a try and learn this technique. A: Just want to clarify, that the method outlined in the video was don in regular Photoshop and not Camera RAW, you can do a lot in Camera RAW, but there is no dodge tool within it. Just thought i'd clarify

    3 years ago

  • BlueberryCream

    BlueberryCream says:

    The link to my shop under the photos appears to be broken...

    3 years ago

  • lovelandmisc

    lovelandmisc says:

    fairyladyglass says:

 Any advice for really sparkly stuff? A: I think I know what you mean, but you likely need to shoot the sparkly product at the proper exposure or maybe a touch underexposed and then fix it in later in post production. If it's an issue of too much light bouncing off the sparkly product. I hope that makes sense.

    3 years ago

  • myalexasstore10

    myalexasstore10 says:

    Thanks great tips!

    3 years ago

  • tinchDesignStudio

    tinchDesignStudio says:

    Oh the heart throbs! I've just followed your tips to put items to white (something else I've wondered about for ages) and the results are incredible!! Thank you so so much again!

    3 years ago

  • tinchDesignStudio

    tinchDesignStudio says:

    Oh the heart throbs! I've just followed your tips to put items to white (something else I've wondered about for ages) and the results are incredible!! Thank you so so much again!

    3 years ago

  • PaperDesignsbyLisa

    PaperDesignsbyLisa says:

    Thanks so much for the photo tips. I really needed this and hopefully I can apply it and get some nice pictures.

    3 years ago

  • lovelandmisc

    lovelandmisc says:

    BlueberryCream says: the link to my shop under the photos appears to be broken... A: I actually noticed that and meant to email Danielle that works for Etsy who compiled the article and images into this blogpost. Sorry, i'll email her for you and explain the issue and I am sure she'll fix it ASAP.

    3 years ago

  • authorsdaughter

    authorsdaughter says:

    Amazing!! Thankyou very much, i can't believe how easy it is once you know what to do. The hard part is developing a good eye.

    3 years ago

  • PinkNeedleDesign

    PinkNeedleDesign says:

    Awesome!!! It really does makes a difference. :D

    3 years ago

  • arsniccandy

    arsniccandy says:

    Having good fotos is important. Thank you*~*

    3 years ago

  • LuLusApple

    LuLusApple says:

    Oh I can't want try this out tomorrow! Thanks for the great tips :)

    3 years ago

  • MaJentaDesigns

    MaJentaDesigns says:

    Amazing before/after differences! I wish I had photoshop - but so far Picasa has been pretty good too for those on a budget

    3 years ago

  • cyndiesmithdesigns

    cyndiesmithdesigns says:

    Jeez, the help section and other instructions on Photoshop don't even come close to explaining it as well as you have here. Thank you so much!

    3 years ago

  • BlueberryCream

    BlueberryCream says:

    Thanks, Mike! Hope she'll fix it! BTW, love your shop!

    3 years ago

  • art4ear

    art4ear says:

    Still trying to figure out Photoshop.Must give Camera Raw a try. Thanks for the tips.

    3 years ago

  • BlkSheepProductions

    BlkSheepProductions says:

    Great stuff -- we all wear many hats, as artists, and sometimes our computer program skills can be....lacking. Good, simple tips for making better images to showcase finished work!

    3 years ago

  • babbleon

    babbleon says:

    Very good Information. One day I will have Photoshop. Right now I have Serif PhotoPlus X3. Maybe I can do something like this with my PhotoPlus.

    3 years ago

  • natashaaloha

    natashaaloha says:

    Thank you for the tips. FYI I saw photoshop at Costco for only $80.

    3 years ago

  • babybayrs

    babybayrs says:

    This article is so well explained! Although I don't have and never used photoshop or illustrator, I understand it.

    3 years ago

  • AmericaP

    AmericaP says:

    Gracias por los tips! I'm gonna to put them in practice, and let's go to shop Photoshop^__^

    3 years ago

  • vintagefairyfinds

    vintagefairyfinds says:

    Great info! Thank you!

    3 years ago

  • JanellJewelry

    JanellJewelry says:

    Wonderful tips! thanks.

    3 years ago

  • TheHappyAcorn

    TheHappyAcorn says:

    Wow, I never knew what the dodge tool was for. I just tried it out, and your instructions worked terrific. Quick and easy. Thank you!

    3 years ago

  • carlossantiago

    carlossantiago says:

    thanks for the info!

    3 years ago

  • lovelandmisc

    lovelandmisc says:

    BlueberryCream, Danielle fixed your link! Really pretty earrings by the way, as an artist myself I can totally appreciate the artistry there. I hope you have great success yourself!

    3 years ago

  • Flickrtastic

    Flickrtastic says:

    You said, "If you want to compete on any professional level, then it's a wise investment". I disagree. Photoshop is great, but it's not the be-all and end-all of photo tweaking. I'm a professional photographer and do just fine without it. A much wiser investment would be to invest in yourself and take a photography class. Learning how to light and compose a shot before you even hit "click" will not only save you untold amounts of post-editing time and energy, but will help develop your "eye" and let you see the world with a whole new sense of creativity. Check your local listings for inexpensive classes, or ask a local photographer if they'd be willing to evaluate your work and give you a few one-on-one lessons for your specific needs. Even just playing with your camera until you become comfortable with it and learn what it can do, can make a huge difference. Read the manual... go through a chapter at a time and figure out what each setting does. Take it with you everywhere and shoot everything: learn by doing. You don't have to buy expensive equipment to get good-quality photos, you just need to know your camera's quirks. As chromatophobic mentioned above, "If your product is poorly lit, shot from an unfortunate angle, etc, no amount of photo correction will result in anything worthwhile". With a developed "eye" and a good, reasonably priced camera, you'll barely need to tweak your photos. I'd much rather see people invest in learning, which will last a lifetime, than "correction" software that will need constant upgrading. Spend your time creating rather than correcting!!

    3 years ago

  • amradesigns

    amradesigns says:

    Great post! Thanks

    3 years ago

  • Lunatiger

    Lunatiger says:

    Photoshop is a godsend! Even if it's monopolized by Adobe...

    3 years ago

  • babybayrs

    babybayrs says:

    agree with 'authorsdaughter', techniques can be learnt quick, the hard part is to develope a good eye. So far, I have been developing by accident. LOL

    3 years ago

  • TheMonkeyCannon

    TheMonkeyCannon says:

    Wonderful info ! Thanks !

    3 years ago

  • BKCouture

    BKCouture says:

    I am new to Etsy, and this is exactly what I need. Thank you sooooooooooooooooo much!

    3 years ago

  • eliwill

    eliwill says:

    bookmarked this! thanks! this is great!

    3 years ago

  • lovelandmisc

    lovelandmisc says:

    Flickrtastic says: You said, "If you want to compete on any professional level, then it's a wise investment". I disagree. Photoshop is great, but it's not the be-all and end-all of photo tweaking. I'm a professional photographer and do just fine without it. I understand where you are coming from, and I think it depends where you are coming from. I wasn't meaning to be flippant when I wrote that comment. I feel they go hand in hand, good photos can benefit from good post production, but yes if you know what you are doing as a photographer, and do it well, then you should need PS, if at all, or at least Elements would do. I can recommend a great book to those interested in this subject, not to beleaguer the point, but here is a great book written by a great photographer on this subject that I can personally vouch for: http://nicolesclasses.bigcartel.com/product/photo-101-textbook-preorder

    3 years ago

  • artrageousclay

    artrageousclay says:

    Thanks so much for this informative article! I am going to look into learning how to fix my pictures, as this has helped a lot.

    3 years ago

  • BrittsFineArt

    BrittsFineArt says:

    I just got photoshop so I'm so excited how I can use it to really capture the beauty of my paintings. Regular cameras and this gloomy winter weather just arent cutting it. Thanks for the tips!

    3 years ago

  • lavendarblue

    lavendarblue says:

    The best I can do with my vintage clothing is to photo in a room with white walls and natural sunlight, which happens to be the bathroom. Will use the info here, much appreciated, to try harder to get good photos!

    3 years ago

  • Junienone

    Junienone says:

    WOW - this article is SO helpful! Thank you so much!

    3 years ago

  • Noei

    Noei says:

    great post! will helps a lot! Thanks!

    3 years ago

  • AndreaFuentesDesigns

    AndreaFuentesDesigns says:

    Photoshop is my #1 tool for pics! Great article!

    3 years ago

  • Four20mooN

    Four20mooN says:

    Wish I could afford Photoshop! Great tips though :)

    3 years ago

  • MattiOnline

    MattiOnline says:

    Thank you for the wonderful advice!! I opened up Adobe Bridge and have been doing the steps as you reccomends although my picture is a bit grainy looking. I guess I'll need more work on the picture taking end...

    3 years ago

  • e5jewel

    e5jewel says:

    great tips-thank you! love the purple polish :)

    3 years ago

  • StudioCollections

    StudioCollections says:

    Great photo improvement tips. Thanks so much for the help.

    3 years ago

  • MelissaBeeArtDenver

    MelissaBeeArtDenver says:

    I needed this! Thank you so much!

    3 years ago

  • CarlasFunkyArt

    CarlasFunkyArt says:

    I am getting Photoshop tomorrow!!!! :) Thanks for the tips!

    3 years ago

  • customstuff

    customstuff says:

    oh wow!!! I have been using Photoshop for years now and never ever used this...wonderful ...thank you for sharing this with us!!!!

    3 years ago

  • GoldEgg

    GoldEgg says:

    I took nicole's classes illustrator class, taught by Alma, a few months back and it was beyond helpful! They enhanced my creativity immensely!

    3 years ago

  • mondaymornings

    mondaymornings says:

    This was SO helpful. The video is going to make a huge difference in our photos!

    3 years ago

  • VeronicaBCreations

    VeronicaBCreations says:

    Some great ideas, hope I can figure them out, but will be trying to get extra clear pics from now on THANK YOU..

    3 years ago

  • valeriephoto

    valeriephoto says:

    Great advice. I've recently learned how to adjust the color and exposure of my photos, and I think it makes a big difference!

    3 years ago

  • Soniaymonica

    Soniaymonica says:

    Wonderful advice - I've been working with Photoshop for almost 10 years and had no idea about Camera RAW. Sounds so much simpler.

    3 years ago

  • lapdogstudio

    lapdogstudio says:

    Great tips! Photoshop can get confusing so nice to know you have an online class!

    3 years ago

  • DiannasDivineDesigns

    DiannasDivineDesigns says:

    Thanks for the good advice

    3 years ago

  • HandmadeWithLove1986

    HandmadeWithLove1986 says:

    fantastic...great info :)

    3 years ago

  • melaniegracedesigns

    melaniegracedesigns says:

    Super helpful:)

    3 years ago

  • ihearttoys

    ihearttoys says:

    These tips were so helpful! It was exactly what I needed!!!

    3 years ago

  • PEACEandWELLNESS

    PEACEandWELLNESS says:

    Excellent advice! I need to get busy. :D

    3 years ago

  • ladybug9753

    ladybug9753 says:

    Such great info. Thanks for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • hookrat

    hookrat says:

    I'm always looking for new tips and tricks in PS. This article was very helpful, thanks for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • HoneyFromTheBee

    HoneyFromTheBee says:

    This is really great. I can't wait to play with some of my photos that have always looked a little off to me. Thank you!

    3 years ago

  • foxdesignsjewelry

    foxdesignsjewelry says:

    Any tips for someone who is using iphoto?

    3 years ago

  • buddyxdesigns

    buddyxdesigns says:

    Thanks for the advice, I've a lot of work to do=)

    3 years ago

  • PuddingProof

    PuddingProof says:

    Absoutely brilliant!!! Thank you so much, this was so helpful and informative!!!! This is why I love Etsy so very very much :oD You guys are great!

    3 years ago

  • Hapagirls

    Hapagirls says:

    Very helpful! Now if I only had Adobe Bridge to use Camera Raw!

    3 years ago

  • matspeaks

    matspeaks says:

    I have Bridge, but have never used it. I'll have to try it out.

    3 years ago

  • sassandperil

    sassandperil says:

    Great article. I do most editing in PS but will try to utilize Bridge more. Just a word of caution with exposure- make sure you don't "blow out" your images in exchange for more light. Use that tool with care ^_^

    3 years ago

  • caseylm93

    caseylm93 says:

    Thanks so much!

    3 years ago

  • Agent137

    Agent137 says:

    Very interesting! Thank you for all of the tips. I am just kicking off my shops and there was definitely a lot of advice here that I can use!

    3 years ago

  • HrtsofStone

    HrtsofStone says:

    I've always had issues with my photos, but have been using the Fix option in Windows Photo Viewer lately. Since I don't have Photoshop, I wonder the differences of these two programs? Not being all that savvy with computer programs, I've been mostly satisfied with the results, but it doesn't hurt to be informed of other options. Thanks!

    3 years ago

  • olushka

    olushka says:

    very useful tips. thank you so much!

    3 years ago

  • auctionjunkies

    auctionjunkies says:

    Thank you so much for the information. My husband and I are always trying to improve photography and this will help us. Thanks again.

    3 years ago

  • Velvetmanna

    Velvetmanna says:

    thanx for the info. i definitely need to work on mine, since velvet is sooooo difficult to photograph :(

    3 years ago

  • zehland

    zehland says:

    This is fabulous! Thank you. Your tips will make it easier and quicker to do what I've been doing the hard way!

    3 years ago

  • tfamily5

    tfamily5 says:

    Yes , photos are the most important first impression. I need to go through mine for sure!

    3 years ago

  • ElizabethMD

    ElizabethMD says:

    For those of us who can't afford photoshop I would recommend using a opensource software called GIMP. I love using it, and although I have not recently used photoshop in the last few yrs. They seem pretty comparable.

    3 years ago

  • IceCreamCandy

    IceCreamCandy says:

    great post!!

    3 years ago

  • renegadeperceptions

    renegadeperceptions says:

    This is really great. I had a really hard time with my photos at first, but I feel like they are getting better and better. Thank you for the great info. :)

    3 years ago

  • andwhatelseisthere

    andwhatelseisthere says:

    Been using photoshop forever, but never get to use the raw tools before. Thanks for such a great tip! http://www.andwhatelseisthere.com

    3 years ago

  • virukka

    virukka says:

    Hi, I have CS3, is there any way to get the same effect of Camera RAW CS3? I imagine it might be more complicated... but just thought I would ask. Thanks for sharing all this stuff by the way!

    3 years ago

  • leilalou

    leilalou says:

    Wow, this is fabulous. I have just installed the full photoshop and am frankly baffled! I especially love the tutorial on putting an item on white. I have never managed this effectively and can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing, you're a star!

    3 years ago

  • SonasCandles

    SonasCandles says:

    Fantastic tips, thank you! Learn something new everyday here!

    3 years ago

  • HowardAvenue

    HowardAvenue says:

    I love photoshop, I use version 7. I wish I had more time to explore the finer details of the program, but I am going to play with it now and use your great tips! Thanks for the info and for using my photo and camera strap pic in the ralated products listing...I was wondering why I had sooooo many views yesterday! I'm looking forward to more articles and tips!

    3 years ago

  • MonaDianeConner

    MonaDianeConner says:

    thank you Mike!

    3 years ago

  • ladyrachelscreation7

    ladyrachelscreation7 says:

    Wonderful information, thanks for sharing!!Christine

    3 years ago

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart says:

    Thank you for your info, very helpful. Love the collection!

    3 years ago

  • gilaglassbead

    gilaglassbead says:

    Your article was very interesting but I must say I agree with Flickrtastic's comment "spend time creating rather than correcting". But thanks for going to the trouble to try and help everyone take better photos.

    3 years ago

  • BelladonnasJoy

    BelladonnasJoy says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this useful info.

    3 years ago

  • AMSkrafts

    AMSkrafts says:

    Thank you so much for the advice. I hope to improve both my camera skills and photo editing skills through my experiences on Etsy. Great examples too! I can really tell the difference, even if there isn't much done to photo.

    3 years ago

  • ErikaPrice

    ErikaPrice says:

    Great help! I always wondered what that Camera Raw thing was :)

    3 years ago

  • Dryw

    Dryw says:

    Useful info, ty!

    3 years ago

  • CharlotteM85

    CharlotteM85 says:

    Just a thought, before people go out and spend lots of money on Photoshop, Photoshop Elements is available for less than $100 and will do everything you'd ever want for this sort of image work!

    3 years ago

  • ToranjCreation

    ToranjCreation says:

    Thank you soooooo much for all the tips!

    3 years ago

  • ToranjCreation

    ToranjCreation says:

    Thank you soooooo much for all the tips!

    3 years ago

  • empapers

    empapers says:

    THANK YOU! I've been working in Photoshop for *years* and never knew about this. This info is worth it's weight in gold!

    3 years ago

  • saraaires

    saraaires says:

    Great info, but as I cannot afford such program, I usually try opensource ones. Sumo Paint @ http://www.sumopaint.com/app/ is a quite satisfying tool for my needs. Also to make vectorial drawings I use inkscape, although I find it a bit "square".

    3 years ago

  • Handmadebyani

    Handmadebyani says:

    Thanks for Sharing!!!

    3 years ago

  • WombatsPicnic

    WombatsPicnic says:

    Thanks, I have just started using photoshop and haven't played with camera raw yet - this makes me want to give it a try tonight!

    3 years ago

  • pinkbijou

    pinkbijou says:

    It´s an amazing article, Thanks for it!!!

    3 years ago

  • maro47

    maro47 says:

    I'll try this. Great tutorial!

    3 years ago

  • ambassadorcrochet

    ambassadorcrochet says:

    Great tips! Thank you.

    3 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery says:

    Fantastic post, thanks for all the tips!

    3 years ago

  • SwelleBoutique

    SwelleBoutique says:

    I'd like to add pixlr.com to the list of alternatives to buying Photoshop. It's web based and free and does virtually everything Photoshop does. I use it a lot for adding text to images, using drop shadows and other effects to create my own ads and banners. To reiterate - if your light is terrible and you can't see the detail or the worst of the worst - it's blurry! - nothing will save you! Be smart, learn and take your time. Don't rely on editing programs to give you great photos!

    3 years ago

  • exwoo

    exwoo says:

    Thanks for Sharing <3

    3 years ago

  • askartelija09

    askartelija09 says:

    Great and helpfull info! Thanks!

    3 years ago

  • gazellejewelry

    gazellejewelry says:

    ´*•.¸(´*•.¸♥¸.•*´)¸.•*´ ♥•.* BIG THANK YOU *.•♥ ¸.•*´(¸.•*´♥´*•.¸)´*•.¸

    3 years ago

  • lalalandArt

    lalalandArt says:

    Great tutorial! Thank you for sharing these useful tips!

    3 years ago

  • AdeloCreations

    AdeloCreations says:

    Photography is my other passion. Great article!

    3 years ago

  • zdrop

    zdrop says:

    Thank you so mich for the great tips!! :)

    3 years ago

  • zdrop

    zdrop says:

    Thank you so mich for the great tips!! :)

    3 years ago

  • YOURDAILYJEWELS

    YOURDAILYJEWELS says:

    you take the scary out of photoshop. Thank you

    3 years ago

  • YOURDAILYJEWELS

    YOURDAILYJEWELS says:

    you take the scary out of photoshop. Thank you

    3 years ago

  • Tzugumik

    Tzugumik says:

    really interesting!

    3 years ago

  • Viverre

    Viverre says:

    All I can say is, "Thank you, thank you, thank you!". I have been struggling with editing my photos since I opened my shop and you have just answered all my questions. ;)

    3 years ago

  • SewEnglish

    SewEnglish says:

    Great post! What a difference ... I'm off right now to fix my photo's... to 'pop'. Thank you!

    3 years ago

  • sunshynesilverwear

    sunshynesilverwear says:

    Thanks for the tips!

    3 years ago

  • FeltedByMags

    FeltedByMags says:

    great tips. thankyou. even though i use paint shop pro, i can still use these tips in general. great to know.

    3 years ago

  • BooBooArtLLC

    BooBooArtLLC says:

    Great tips! I have added Photoshop to my shopping list!

    3 years ago

  • WexfordTreasures

    WexfordTreasures says:

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing.

    3 years ago

  • NatashaFraserJewelry

    NatashaFraserJewelry says:

    I have recently discovered this software too. In England it is called Adobe Lightroom 3. You can even download it for a free 30 day trial. I am hooked on this as it means I can take photos in the winter and adjust the light levels!

    3 years ago

  • sevgi

    sevgi says:

    so helpful! thank you :)

    3 years ago

  • FatCatCrafts

    FatCatCrafts says:

    Very helpful, thank you!

    3 years ago

  • rusticcarvings

    rusticcarvings says:

    Incredibly helpful read - thank you so much! I'm a novice at editing.

    3 years ago

  • ElegantPartyBoutique

    ElegantPartyBoutique says:

    I have photoshop but never really know how to use it. THANK YOU!!!

    3 years ago

  • lovelytrifles

    lovelytrifles says:

    so interesting! thank you very much! I like to use Photoshop. Will wait next article

    3 years ago

  • thepapermoonstudio

    thepapermoonstudio says:

    I use Photoshop also. Thanks!!

    3 years ago

  • babyblingbyjen

    babyblingbyjen says:

    Great tips! I don't have Photoshop yet but, after seeing the before and after tips, I think I'm going to get it. Thanks!

    3 years ago

  • bloomstreetvintage

    bloomstreetvintage says:

    Thanks so much for these tips! I am just beginning to us Photoshop and have been dying to improve my photos. This will help tremendously.

    3 years ago

  • lilelephants

    lilelephants says:

    I have a vague familiarity with Photoshop from my old job. Gimp (free) is very similar, but I had trouble getting a few of the features to work - maybe some compatibility problems with my computer? I ended up scrapping Gimp. If you are very new to this, I'd urge you to try Picasa. They don't have anything like the dodge tool, but you can find fill light, color temperature and crop. Those three alone can make a huge difference! Now I just need to find a program that will make kids hold still when you try to photograph them :P

    3 years ago

  • angeldamico

    angeldamico says:

    Hey Everyone, if your a beginner, dont fret, Open your image in Photoshop (any version) and first step go to "IMAGE" and press "AUTO CONTRAST" this is my first and ALWAYS "GO-TO" step. Then you dont have to figure out the levels and balances yourself, because that really takes time getting used to and you could really over/under do it yourself. Thats what photoshop is for, then as you see how it "auto contrasts" you will begin noticing how it changed your photo, and you can learn more from then on, by experimenting in photoshop. But for a beginners fix. Try "Auto Contrast" then "Auto Color" if it really changes the color, press UNDO (command + z) and you can try to balance the "colors" yourself. After "Auto Contrast" i next always go to "LEVELS" and press "AUTO" again if these make your image look "off color" or strange just undo, and you will have to MANUALLY fix them through color, exposure, levels, contrasts, etc,etc. but this is my first tip, if you are just starting off, and want to enhance your photos without, using the ones straight from your camera. i work on SO many photos everyday, i am an graphic designer, art director, designer and illustrator for an urban teens magazine, and i also have an etsy shop. GOOD luck! Angel

    3 years ago

  • Janimie

    Janimie says:

    a great lesson thx! i always use photoshop but i've never opened adobe bridge

    3 years ago

  • LilacSaloon

    LilacSaloon says:

    He really lost contrast around his edges. I sort of do what he does, but I use a layer mask so I can paint the background WITHOUT worrying about damaging the part of the image that contains the product. And if I do paint with the highlight over the product a little, it can easily be erased - and you can't do that with his technique. Try a layer mask for an easier way! :)

    3 years ago

  • Janimie

    Janimie says:

    @angeldamico thk u!! now i only need photoshop :)

    3 years ago

  • poeticpaper

    poeticpaper says:

    Very informative article, thank you!

    3 years ago

  • birribe

    birribe says:

    Thanks for this great article, I will read over again

    3 years ago

  • camilita

    camilita says:

    Great tips!! I'll get on them. Thanks :)

    3 years ago

  • angeldamico

    angeldamico says:

    @Janimie your photos are beautiful! you must have a great camera! Sometimes thats the beginning key to everything A good camera! and NATURAL DAYLIGHT! no flash @janimie, the older versions of photoshop, dont have a (maximum copy registration use) so if you can find someone who has an older version, you can probably install it on your computer. or find someone who needs the program also, and split it, and each of you use, the registration number. i also found a great deal on ebay for CS4

    3 years ago

  • fivenahalf

    fivenahalf says:

    I've taught Photoshop and it is really too much for most people. For free you can get Picassa, Google's fantastic photo editing tool. Go to Google.com > More > Even More. The Picassa download is under Communicate, Share, and Show. It is super easy to use. Try adding fill light. That improves most every picture. Also play with the color adjustment.

    3 years ago

  • LeBelleCose

    LeBelleCose says:

    This article was extremely beneficial for me, as I am quite the amateur when it comes to phototaking. I have definitely noticed that a lot of my photos are coming out way too dark. I will definitely strive to take better photos in the future with this application! Thanks a million, Mike!

    3 years ago

  • woodbeedesign

    woodbeedesign says:

    Thanks for the tips look forward to trying them out.

    3 years ago

  • twigandleafbotanical
  • scgeraci

    scgeraci says:

    That was perfect: really simple and informative. It is a process I will be able to institute immediately. I would love to see more photoshop tutorials. Thank you.

    3 years ago

  • PennyLuck

    PennyLuck says:

    Good tips, thanks.

    3 years ago

  • Ebrown2503

    Ebrown2503 says:

    Nice video demo. Thanks for the clear and concise tips.

    3 years ago

  • LivvyJ

    LivvyJ says:

    I am very new to Photoshop though I have had PS2 for about 4 years now. I just started playing with it and I'm a little lost. I really want to try out Camera Raw as suggested in this post, but when I go to Adobe Bridge and right click the image I want, it does not offer "open in camera raw"...I'm going to ask what might be a silly question, but - do you have to take your pictures with the camera setting set to RAW in order to use Camera Raw on PS? I would be so greatful for some help! Thank you in advance. :)

    3 years ago

  • mythreepeonies

    mythreepeonies says:

    Great information. Very helpful and easy to understand. Thank you very much.

    3 years ago

  • davita

    davita says:

    For those who cannot afford photoshop (of which population I am a member) I recommended downloading GIMP for free. Just enter GIMP into your google search engine and it will appear... and save you hundreds of dollars. I find it's easier than photoshop. Even now that I have it (as a gift, not as a purchase) I use GIMP because photoshop has been so confusing to me. I hope this helps somebody!

    3 years ago

  • EcoBeadsTagua

    EcoBeadsTagua says:

    After a trip to the shop, my computer came back without Photoshop. I received it as part of a class and didn't have the backup. So, I bought PS Elements. I've been right clicking but can't find a "camera raw" in the editor or organizer. Is it there?

    3 years ago

  • dgordon

    dgordon says:

    excellent!

    3 years ago

  • GimCarry

    GimCarry says:

    Very great articles Thanks!!

    3 years ago

  • verlaivans

    verlaivans says:

    I use photoshop all the time but I had no idea about the RAW option and your method for obliterating the white background seems to get better results than the way I was doing it! Thanks so much, this is super helpful and I can't wait to have better pictures!

    3 years ago

  • FeltShmelt

    FeltShmelt says:

    Really awesome tips! Thank you so much, I can't wait to redo some of my photos!

    3 years ago

  • sarahndipities

    sarahndipities says:

    Great tips! I never even knew about the Camera Raw feature !! Thanks so much!!

    3 years ago

  • WildHoneyPieVintage

    WildHoneyPieVintage says:

    This is really fantastic. I wonder though, I have been using Picasa as a way to shop my photos and I have been pretty happy with it. I know it's not super fancy but its so user friendly! Anyone have any insights as to whether I should go a step up with something more expensive?

    3 years ago

  • DeepBlueNotion

    DeepBlueNotion says:

    OMG! Thank you!

    3 years ago

  • photokitchen

    photokitchen says:

    These are all great suggestions! As a professional photographer and retoucher, I understand how hard it is to learn Photoshop and how expensive it is to purchase. I also know that you may not have the time or patience to do these things yourself! If the photo or the item can handle the extra expense, consider hiring a professional! If you do attempt it on your own, Photoshop can be fun! Enjoy! www.photokitchen.net

    3 years ago

  • EverybodyElse

    EverybodyElse says:

    Good tips, photoshop has been my friend for a long time.

    3 years ago

  • EverybodyElse

    EverybodyElse says:

    Good tips, photoshop has been my friend for a long time.

    3 years ago

  • LowellandSon

    LowellandSon says:

    Super improvements in the photos with just a little work. I have had some success first in PhotoDraw (but am trying to wean myself off of it since it does not always get along with Windows 7) and now with Picnik. I have a version of Photoshop but am not comfortable at all with using it. I may have to look you up for some classes. I just can't seem to muddle myself though it as I usually can with most programs.

    3 years ago

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush says:

    Wolrd of difference! When I started learning I thought it would be so hard, but with a little trial and error and patience, I'm learning daily!

    3 years ago

  • wrapcycle

    wrapcycle says:

    This is great - thank you thank you thank you! I am world's worst photographer so I will be practicing these techniques immediately, and you can expect to see me in your classes as well!

    3 years ago

  • LowellandSon

    LowellandSon says:

    Just a note: Photoshop RAW seems to only be available with Photoshop CS5 and not Elements. Bummer as I really cannot afford CS5.

    3 years ago

  • hklinger

    hklinger says:

    Can't you do a lot of the same thing with curves and levels in the layers panel? I have an older version of Photoshop. Thanks for the tutorial though :)

    3 years ago

  • gigantour

    gigantour says:

    excellent advice

    3 years ago

  • DotD

    DotD says:

    thanks for the very good advice

    3 years ago

  • birchstreetpaperie

    birchstreetpaperie says:

    This is a life saver! It's amazing how these few simple tips can make such a difference. I'm off to go touch up the photos in my shop. I'm so excited!

    3 years ago

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry says:

    I really learned something here. Thanks so much for these tips. Gonna try it on a new batch of photos I have to edit. The editing on the model in the black strapless top against the black and white wallpaper came out GREAT!

    3 years ago

  • beliz82

    beliz82 says:

    Photoshop is just amazing !!! Thank you for sharing :)

    3 years ago

  • EccentricAccessories

    EccentricAccessories says:

    Is there a camera RAW option in GIMP? I know this is a long way down the comments so may not get noticed but I don't have photoshop and am really hoping I can achieve the same quality with the software I have.

    3 years ago

  • EccentricAccessories

    EccentricAccessories says:

    Is there a camera RAW option in GIMP? I know this is a long way down the comments so may not get noticed but I don't have photoshop and am really hoping I can achieve the same quality with the software I have.

    3 years ago

  • AromaVana

    AromaVana says:

    Thanks for sharing and good luck with all your endeavors!

    3 years ago

  • MyBeadedTreasures

    MyBeadedTreasures says:

    I love photoshop, it's one of the most useful thing on my computer! Thanks for sharing your tips.

    3 years ago

  • Marvidrio

    Marvidrio says:

    Ah, Photoshop. How I love thee. Thanks for posting this!!

    3 years ago

  • nikacollection

    nikacollection says:

    thank you very much! my top's more colorful now!

    3 years ago

  • BettinaDesignsSilk

    BettinaDesignsSilk says:

    Thanks for sharing. I can certainly use all those ideas.

    3 years ago

  • marywig

    marywig says:

    Great stuff. If only I knew what the difference between regular Photoshop and Camera RAW was/is...

    3 years ago

  • valnsal

    valnsal says:

    Thank you so much for these helpful tips, I will work on our shop! Val from valnsal at Unique Scripture Creations

    3 years ago

  • seedsofhawaii

    seedsofhawaii says:

    Wow, thanks for the advice.. I need to try photoshop.. presentation is half the effort.. as an artist, I concentrate on making the necklaces and earrings from seeds... but then taking good pictures is the other half I need to learn too... thank you. God bless you.

    3 years ago

  • TheOmegaWorkshop

    TheOmegaWorkshop says:

    Great advice. Nicely explained and very inspiring!

    3 years ago

  • thefinaltouchstore

    thefinaltouchstore says:

    This was ment to be!! I needed help with working on my photos I open my email today and this is what I saw!! Thank you!! You helped me more then you would of known.

    3 years ago

  • TheLittleRagamuffin

    TheLittleRagamuffin says:

    These are great tips, I'm excited to try them out. Thanks!

    3 years ago

  • CornettsCreations

    CornettsCreations says:

    Thanks! The tip I picked up on was using the Dodge Tool to get rid of the white background. I will try it next time and maybe even re-do the pictures already posted. Appreciate your time!

    3 years ago

  • SweetHeartStudio

    SweetHeartStudio says:

    I did a revamp on page one of my shop and the difference is brilliant! Still have two more pages to go, but THANKS SO MUCH!

    3 years ago

  • ModernPlastics

    ModernPlastics says:

    As an Etsy shopper I passed by many items because of the photos. So as a seller, when setting up my shop, I wanted to convey the color and excitement of my pieces. I found this article very helpful!

    3 years ago

  • artofisaac

    artofisaac says:

    Good advice, thanks.

    3 years ago

  • monatao

    monatao says:

    very very useful information, thanks a lot!

    3 years ago

  • scrapbookcompleted

    scrapbookcompleted says:

    The dodge tool video was especially helpful. I didn't realize how much more I could be doing with "curves"! Thanks for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • lovelandmisc

    lovelandmisc says:

    Thank you again for all the great comments! We really appreciate your enthusiasm, and we also appreciate all the great advice that's being shared. Just wanted to pop in and follow up on some questions: 1) Several people have asked about more affordable options than Photoshop. There are definitely great options out there. If you're looking for a free or less expensive program, scan through these comments to see what other Etsy members have suggested. I've tried to get a list from the comments of everything suggested so far. Here goes: Photoshop Elements (available for under or up to $100) Photoshop.com picnik.com Picasa sumopaint.com pixlr.com gimp.com

    3 years ago

  • lovelandmisc

    lovelandmisc says:

    2) Some people have asked if other programs are capable of doing things like this. The answer is YES. Just like cameras are all capable of taking photos, photo editing programs are all capable of editing and enhancing your photos in some way. I use Photoshop because it is an industry leader in photo retouching and because the work that I do demands the use of a very robust program. But just like you don't need to run out and buy the best, most expensive, and most professional camera out there to take your photos, you also don't have to use the most expensive photo editing program. Do what fits in your budget and do what suits your level of usage. One commenter who is already happy with the results from Picasa, which they're currently using, asked, "Anyone have any insights as to whether I should go a step up with something more expensive?" I would say that if what you're using works for you, then don't worry about upgrading to something more expensive.

    3 years ago

  • lovelandmisc

    lovelandmisc says:

    As for those who have asked HOW to do this in other programs, because there are so many options for programs out there that will enhance your images, then to answer that question is a little beyond the scope of this article (not to mention my own experience; since I use Photoshop for all of my work, I have never actually used other programs and wouldn't be qualified to explain exactly how to use each of them). A simple google search should yield some pretty good how-tos out there, though. For example, try "improve contrast using Picasa." (Ironically, if you do that search, the first article that comes up is about Photoshop… but do some digging and you should be able to find help no matter what program you choose.)

    3 years ago

  • lovelandmisc

    lovelandmisc says:

    3) There have been some questions about Camera RAW and Photoshop Elements. From my understanding of what I was able to find online, for MAC, the most recent version of Photoshop Elements comes with Bridge, and you can open Camera RAW from there. (Are there MAC users out there who can confirm this?) What I don't exactly understand is what PC users have. I can see online that there are some references to the "Organizer" instead of Bridge, and I don't know if Camera RAW is then accessible through the Organizer. And I'm not sure why Adobe would package it differently for each platform, but they obviously have.

    3 years ago

  • lovelandmisc

    lovelandmisc says:

    4) Camera RAW in Photoshop: A couple of people have asked about finding Camera RAW through Photoshop, and have indicated that they are using CS3 or a previous version. Adobe started including Camera RAW with versions CS4 and higher, so unfortunately it's not available in those previous versions. However, you can accomplish the same things using different methods in Photoshop. Look through for Angeldamico's comment, which walks you through some easy options for doing similar things within Photoshop.

    3 years ago

  • lovelandmisc

    lovelandmisc says:

    5) LilacSaloon mentioned that I lost contrast around my edges. This is true, although I felt that any loss that occurred was minimal. There is definitely the option of using layer masks, but after teaching Photoshop for a number of years, I felt that sharing the concept of layer masking in a basic how-to article would be going a little beyond the basics. I do address layer masking in both my book and my online Photoshop course, as it is obviously a very important function of Photoshop! Thanks for pointing this out!

    3 years ago

  • lovelandmisc

    lovelandmisc says:

    6) Eccentric Accessories asked, "Is there a camera RAW option in GIMP? " I am not aware of a Camera RAW option in GIMP. Does anyone else know the answer? I would assume that there is not, but everything that I've done here can be accomplished using GIMP; it would just be different steps. See my comment above (2) about searching the internet for tutorials that can help you use the program that you're most comfortable using.

    3 years ago

  • GiniMckellar

    GiniMckellar says:

    Thank you for sharing this! I think we can all benefit from these tips.

    3 years ago

  • FunkyFriendsFactory

    FunkyFriendsFactory says:

    Thanks you - loved the video - I'm excited now to try it out!!!

    3 years ago

  • InvitingJoy

    InvitingJoy says:

    Love this. Thank you!

    3 years ago

  • SaharsCloset

    SaharsCloset says:

    WOW Thats very helpful. Since I'm new to Etsy I can use all the tips I can get ;)

    3 years ago

  • sharonfiorini

    sharonfiorini says:

    i'm THRILLED to finally have an simple solution (the dodge tool) to make my backgrounds true white! thank you for sharing!!!

    3 years ago

  • sharonfiorini

    sharonfiorini says:

    lovelandmisc says: What I don't exactly understand is what PC users have. I can see online that there are some references to the "Organizer" instead of Bridge, and I don't know if Camera RAW is then accessible through the Organizer. And I'm not sure why Adobe would package it differently for each platform, but they obviously have. -------------------------- i use CS4 for PC at my day job. Camera RAW is packaged through Bridge.

    3 years ago

  • DestinysCreations

    DestinysCreations says:

    This has to be one of my favorite articles. Thank you so much for all of the great tips!

    3 years ago

  • DestinysCreations

    DestinysCreations says:

    This has to be one of my favorite articles. Thank you so much for all of the great tips!

    3 years ago

  • LaNuSa

    LaNuSa says:

    thanks!!!

    3 years ago

  • LaNuSa

    LaNuSa says:

    thanks!!!

    3 years ago

  • JudiFitzPatrick

    JudiFitzPatrick says:

    This is fantastic, thanks so much for sharing your knowledge.

    3 years ago

  • simplybarefoot

    simplybarefoot says:

    Very helpful!

    3 years ago

  • simplybarefoot

    simplybarefoot says:

    Very helpful!

    3 years ago

  • JacquelineJewelry

    JacquelineJewelry says:

    Thanks for the post. I use Photoshop, but not in the Raw mode and I see I am not availing myself of most of Photoshop's features.

    3 years ago

  • JacquelineJewelry

    JacquelineJewelry says:

    Thanks for the post. I use Photoshop, but not in the Raw mode and I see I am not availing myself of most of Photoshop's features.

    3 years ago

  • peanutmm

    peanutmm says:

    Great info! Can't wait to put it to use.

    3 years ago

  • TheScrapBasket

    TheScrapBasket says:

    Thanks for sharing all the great information! Very helpful!

    3 years ago

  • airbrushjohn

    airbrushjohn says:

    very helpful, but why not set your camera to correct exposure, and white balance before you take the shot? its way easier! then no post processing! just my 2 cents. not trying to ruffle anyone.

    3 years ago

  • AlisaBrides

    AlisaBrides says:

    cant believe how easy it is to transform everything. I use photoshop for my wedding shop as well.

    3 years ago

  • UmiDesign

    UmiDesign says:

    Thanks for very helpful info.

    3 years ago

  • silkartfrombrazil

    silkartfrombrazil says:

    Mike's article was great to me. I have been looking for an easy way to deal with white backgrounds for soooooo long. Thanks for doing this!

    3 years ago

  • fangdangles

    fangdangles says:

    This was so helpful. Thank you for sharing your expertise!

    3 years ago

  • TheSewingGin

    TheSewingGin says:

    Good info. Thanks.

    3 years ago

  • gardendiva

    gardendiva says:

    Great tips, although I use a Memory Manager program and it works for me. I know people like the 'high Key' bright look, but I find sometimes it blows out the texture. I would rather have people see the stones and details in my work, but the bright images seem more pleasing to others. It's always a conflict.

    3 years ago

  • GemdropsoftheFalls

    GemdropsoftheFalls says:

    Very helpful. Thorough, but understandable! It's amazing what lighting does (or doesn't do) for your photo! White backgrounds look nice here on Etsy but that's kind of boring to us so we like to add some colors and props. Photography is so subjective though. Thank you for these quick tips on what simple lighting adjustments can do!

    3 years ago

  • weaverwood

    weaverwood says:

    Lots of helpful info,Thanks

    3 years ago

  • EccentricAccessories

    EccentricAccessories says:

    Loveandmisc Thanks for the reply! I can't find anything like RAW on Gimp that I have although some searching suggests that there is a downloadable add on that has the same options. I shall stick to what I know for now.

    3 years ago

  • LoveAppleBoutique

    LoveAppleBoutique says:

    great info......thanks

    3 years ago

  • LoveAppleBoutique

    LoveAppleBoutique says:

    great info......thanks

    3 years ago

  • deeAndersen

    deeAndersen says:

    Excellent!! thanks

    3 years ago

  • GotMilkGlassAndMore

    GotMilkGlassAndMore says:

    Just opened my shop. Still lots of work to do and lots to learn. These tips are great!! Thanks.

    3 years ago

  • HighPriestess

    HighPriestess says:

    You make it look easy so wish me luck. I'm ready to try all your great tips. Thanks! Cathy

    3 years ago

  • Vikulya

    Vikulya says:

    So interesting,thanks a lot!

    3 years ago

  • AlyandCompany

    AlyandCompany says:

    wonderful tips...thank you so much!! Keeping this one very handy :o)

    3 years ago

  • robynousbyjewelry

    robynousbyjewelry says:

    Thank you! I tried one picture in my photo enhancing program and I think this will really help me in my store. Thanks again.

    3 years ago

  • SmurphyPurses

    SmurphyPurses says:

    Ever since I started my shop, I have dreaded taking photos and I think it shows in my photography. It's one of the aspects of my shop that I am most disappointed in. Now I'm actually looking forward to trying all the tips and tricks I've been reading about. Thank you!

    3 years ago

  • AppleGlassOriginals

    AppleGlassOriginals says:

    Thanks! I've been wanting to know how to get a true white background.

    3 years ago

  • artworksbycarol

    artworksbycarol says:

    I have a vintage camera collection, they are so much fun to find.I also started teaching my children when they were very young about photography, they've always had thier own cameras.I guess the most imp. thing I've taught them is composition, learning to look @ the world or subjects in a diff. way or use an unusual perspective.

    3 years ago

  • ChloesCollars

    ChloesCollars says:

    I def use a lot of these techniques with my photos. They start off very dark and I lighten, crop, and adjust the hues!

    3 years ago

  • BooandBooFactory

    BooandBooFactory says:

    I've always used photoshop and wasn't aware that opening the image in adobe bridge and altering it through camera raw was an option. Thanks!

    3 years ago

  • GlassnMore

    GlassnMore says:

    Thanks

    3 years ago

  • theearlygirl

    theearlygirl says:

    I find doing basic adjustments in photoshop very simple, but get overwhelmed with some of the more advanced techniques. I'll have to check out your online classes.

    3 years ago

  • WireEffectsbyKendra

    WireEffectsbyKendra says:

    Thank you for the tips!!!

    3 years ago

  • jjhcreations

    jjhcreations says:

    Great tips! Thank you.

    3 years ago

  • pennyroyalty

    pennyroyalty says:

    Amazing article! FYI everybody- You can get Photoshop Elements (PSE) for around $100 and it has the "dodge" tool, too. You can also use histograms, easily resize images, and it has an awesome "guided" edit option. It is an affordable alternative!

    3 years ago

  • FairyWhisperArt

    FairyWhisperArt says:

    Thankyou for the info x

    3 years ago

  • tigerbee

    tigerbee says:

    Ah very useful information! All this time using Photoshop and never explored that feature- many thanks!!!

    3 years ago

  • LitaDesigns

    LitaDesigns says:

    I especially enjoyed your demo using the dodge tool; who knew? Thanks so much.

    3 years ago

  • FancyLynnDesigns

    FancyLynnDesigns says:

    Thank you for all the great tips. Now I'll have to get Photoshop for my pictures.

    3 years ago

  • zelda110

    zelda110 says:

    oh, man--Thanks! I really needed that!

    3 years ago

  • SpackleTheGap

    SpackleTheGap says:

    This is such an informative article!!! I use photoshop all the time but I love learning new methods!!!! Ill be signing up for those classes too!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

    3 years ago

  • jetadorn

    jetadorn says:

    I use Microsoft Digital Image Suite, but this article is so clear that I'm sure I can find the same or similar commands. Thanks for a great article!

    3 years ago

  • StyleDezigns

    StyleDezigns says:

    I ve just opened my shop, These tips are great. Thanks for sharing!!!

    3 years ago

  • StyleDezigns

    StyleDezigns says:

    I ve just opened my shop, These tips are great. Thanks for sharing!!!

    3 years ago

  • StyleDezigns

    StyleDezigns says:

    I ve just opened my shop, These tips are great. Thanks for sharing!!!

    3 years ago

  • StyleDezigns

    StyleDezigns says:

    I ve just opened my shop, These tips are great. Thanks for sharing!!!

    3 years ago

  • MystyMeadows

    MystyMeadows says:

    I hope I didn't miss anything yet to do with uploading pictures to Etsy? I have a horrible time trying to reconfigure my photos for Etsy. They are so hit an miss it is extremley frustrating. I know I am not the only one that has problems with uploading to Etsy as I have heard from others on Facebook about it.

    3 years ago

  • dhsfengshui

    dhsfengshui says:

    Thank you for the post. Very helpful!!!

    3 years ago

  • desertstarcreations

    desertstarcreations says:

    Another thing that is not mentioned is that to use Camera "RAW" your picture must be shot in that format. If you dont have a high end digital camera, you wont have the choice in format that your pictures are shot in. I cant afford the camera I want so I relay on editing my jpegs after the fact.

    3 years ago

  • lovelandmisc

    lovelandmisc says:

    Desertstarcreations: Shooting in RAW is preferred, but you can use Camera RAW to work JPGs too! In fact all the before and afters for this article were JPGs that shop owners uploaded to flicker. So don't let your current camera hold you back if you'd like to use Camera RAW.

    3 years ago

  • OverAndOverAgain

    OverAndOverAgain says:

    Really helpful article, especially since I've been wondering how to remove the white background completely from some of my photos. I've bee using GIMP to touch up my photos, now that I know some of the terms I'll play around more and see if I can get GIMP to do the same thing as Photoshop. Thanks for the wonderful article!

    3 years ago

  • dpsdesign

    dpsdesign says:

    Great and helpful hints. I have embarked on a trial and error with Gimp as I don't have Photoshop. Just starting out and on a limited budget and going with the free downloads for the time being. Any assistance is always greatly appreciated! And pardon my avatar but lucky just to get that picture to work!

    3 years ago

  • SilverDragon

    SilverDragon says:

    I'm sure this is great for Photoshop users, but I use PhotoImpact and have devised other ways of getting these same tasks done. Another point; not all cameras have the option to save in raw (or tiff) format. In the case where a camera only saves in jpg format, like my camera, one can shoot at the highest resolutions, upload the lossy jpg and convert to your graphics program's native format (ufo for PhotoImpact) do the work and then save to whatever display format your software allows.

    3 years ago

  • tigesandweince

    tigesandweince says:

    I am self taught so that information was priceless. MANY THANKS. Kylie

    3 years ago

  • SperanzaJewelry

    SperanzaJewelry says:

    Really great post. I just acquired the Adobe Master collection, including Photoshop and Bridge. Until reading your post I wasn't sure if Bridge would be useful. Can't wait to try out your tips!

    3 years ago

  • AstridNicoleEtcetera

    AstridNicoleEtcetera says:

    Clear and Cute just won't cut it for us anymore. You've given ideas to try and try until we get it perfect!

    3 years ago

  • Three3Ladybugs

    Three3Ladybugs says:

    I worked on my shop a lot before the holidays, and photos are still the thing I struggle with. Thank you so much for this. I did not know about Adobe RAW, so I am looking forward to checking this out!

    3 years ago

  • FiberMixers

    FiberMixers says:

    Thank you for the tips, it looks like I'm going to need to get to work!

    3 years ago

  • AMWestchester

    AMWestchester says:

    Great tips! I'll try them out on my next listing!

    3 years ago

  • EastwoodArt

    EastwoodArt says:

    Excellent! Thank you!

    3 years ago

  • Chameleonite

    Chameleonite says:

    Excellent tutorial! I'd never used the Dodge tool before to whiten the background. I use Gimp and had always used the white dropper, but it had the effect of washing out the colours. Gimp has the same Dodge tool so I'm now experimenting to see if I can make some improvements. So glad I saw this feature! :)

    3 years ago

  • AutismLoveHope

    AutismLoveHope says:

    I have to say, I've been using Photoshop since 1999, so I was unaware of Bridge or what it was or how to use it since it came out. I read your tutorial and within minutes I was able to fix my pictures in a way that was taking me FOREVER to do in Photoshop the long way! You have truly saved me so much time and taught me invaluable tips and tricks that I didn't even know existed! I am a camera raw fan forever now! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!!!! Sincerely, Lola Lambert AutismLoveHope.com

    3 years ago

  • SerantoniDesigns

    SerantoniDesigns says:

    Touche'!

    3 years ago

  • usewhatyouhave

    usewhatyouhave says:

    Thanks for the advice. :)

    3 years ago

  • LittleCritters00

    LittleCritters00 says:

    thank you! THANK YOU! Thank you! I've been wanting something like this to actually help me understand what to do.

    3 years ago

  • GrayFlannelDesign

    GrayFlannelDesign says:

    Great tips - hope they work in Photoshop Elements too?!?

    3 years ago

  • GrayFlannelDesign

    GrayFlannelDesign says:

    Great tips - hope they work in Photoshop Elements too?!?

    3 years ago

  • AngelicaV

    AngelicaV says:

    I use Photoshop Elements, and most of these tips work there too, without having to spend $$$ on full Photoshop.

    3 years ago

  • BlackHeartRevolution

    BlackHeartRevolution says:

    What a great and useful article!!! Thank you so much!

    3 years ago

  • HeatherDear

    HeatherDear says:

    Really helpful! Thank you so much

    3 years ago

  • mcclouddesigns

    mcclouddesigns says:

    I have had not only success, but great fun in adjusting my photos with Photoshop. Thanks for all the great advice.

    3 years ago

  • BallyhooJewelry

    BallyhooJewelry says:

    Great article, I hear many people fussing over what camera to get, but I really think any decent camera can give you great photos to tweek with photoshop. So much is in the editing afterwards.

    3 years ago

  • ToniLynnDove

    ToniLynnDove says:

    ahhh... cool stuff

    3 years ago

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom says:

    Great article and helpful tips!

    3 years ago

  • SomethingSeaBlue

    SomethingSeaBlue says:

    great tips and tricks! thanks looking forward to updating my photos!

    3 years ago

  • AquamarsBoutique

    AquamarsBoutique says:

    Thank you for the tip!! Im excited to start using this feature..

    3 years ago

  • KimBalee9

    KimBalee9 says:

    Thank you for sharing

    3 years ago

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist says:

    immensely helpful, thankyou! have been trying to figure out a way to clean up the paper tones in scans of pencil drawings without losing the integrity of the pencil line {that didn't take 10 hours or more} for a long time!! your dodge tool method worked pretty well :)

    3 years ago

  • naughtyshorts

    naughtyshorts says:

    THanks, I have always wondered about the white backround thing! cheers!

    3 years ago

  • TropicalGarden

    TropicalGarden says:

    Great information, very helpful! Thank you!!

    3 years ago

  • MeToYouCrochet

    MeToYouCrochet says:

    Great tips !!!!

    3 years ago

  • TheWinglessDesigns

    TheWinglessDesigns says:

    I've been doing before & after photo tweaks in the critique section =)

    3 years ago

  • Katuna

    Katuna says:

    Thanks for the Awesome Information!

    3 years ago

  • artesana

    artesana says:

    Very interesting and helpful article.I'm currently finding it difficult to get any good photos during the 4-5 hours of cloudy, grey daylight we're having in Scotland at present. Thanks.

    3 years ago

  • MademoiselleG

    MademoiselleG says:

    Very helpfull, thanks!

    3 years ago

  • EchoesOfSummer

    EchoesOfSummer says:

    Great tips, much appreciated!

    3 years ago

  • craftincrystal

    craftincrystal says:

    Great tips, thanks SO MUCH! As someone who uses a white background, I found that white elimination thing quite interesting and hope to try it out! :) I have Photoshop Elements, but was quite overwhelmed by it. I use it minimally, getting a lot of my editing done with Picasa and/or Picnik. This is partly b/c we just got a laptop and I have yet to install my Adobe on it. ;-)

    3 years ago

  • ClayRunway

    ClayRunway says:

    Very nice tips!

    3 years ago

  • CuteJewels

    CuteJewels says:

    Very good info, many thanks!

    3 years ago

  • MySoCalledVintage

    MySoCalledVintage says:

    Awesome. Wonderful post. This is what I love about Etsy :)

    3 years ago

  • Marolsha

    Marolsha says:

    Great tips ! Thank you ! :)

    3 years ago

  • beadedembellishments

    beadedembellishments says:

    Great information here. My trouble is that I don't know how to find the setting on my Canon camera that would enable me to shoot pictures in camera raw mode. Any suggestions out there? Denise from Beaded Embellishments http://www.etsy.com/shop/beadedembellishments

    3 years ago

  • LafesHiddenTreasures

    LafesHiddenTreasures says:

    I have Photoshop but don't use it. You can try Picaso, it is free.

    3 years ago

  • NecessiTees

    NecessiTees says:

    Thanks so much for writing this article, lovelandmisc! I didn't even realize I had some of these settings - or didn't know what they were for - in Photoshop Elements! I'm so excited about giving them a try now and re-doing several of my photos:)

    3 years ago

  • LaCeramique

    LaCeramique says:

    Very convincing before and after examples. I use GIMP these days which has most of the same features but a different interface. Do you know of a resource that could explain how to adjust the whites and fill light in GIMP?

    3 years ago

  • cindyloudogscarves

    cindyloudogscarves says:

    Thank so much for the info. I have tried to do this many times and couldn't. I'll give it a try!

    3 years ago

  • sparrowsalvage

    sparrowsalvage says:

    I don't know if this has been covered (it's 4am and my eyes gave out halfway down this page!) but you don't need to buy an add-on for RAW. I have CS3 -just go (in PS) to File>open as...> and select Camera RAW from the file type drop-down menu. For those on a budget, you can get Photoshop Elements on eBay fairly cheaply, and you don't need the latest version to get what you need from it.

    3 years ago

  • EverydayCookies

    EverydayCookies says:

    VERY helpful...thanks!

    3 years ago

  • teniamariecreations

    teniamariecreations says:

    Awesome advice! I appreciate it!!

    3 years ago

  • thirstees

    thirstees says:

    Boy I need help lol :)

    3 years ago

  • FMdesigns

    FMdesigns says:

    Awesome tips!

    3 years ago

  • lizdezign

    lizdezign says:

    This is great information - Thank you!

    3 years ago

  • thecareerscrapper

    thecareerscrapper says:

    great info! thanks!

    3 years ago

  • AlisaBrides

    AlisaBrides says:

    Very helpful, hope this helps my wedding business. Thanks!

    3 years ago

  • ElnaDesigns

    ElnaDesigns says:

    great advice, thank you for sharing :)

    3 years ago

  • cuppafog

    cuppafog says:

    Up until now I've never found a good purpose for Adobe Bridge, so thank you for introducing me to Camera RAW! Great information here!

    3 years ago

  • AlissaRose

    AlissaRose says:

    Sure wish I still had photoshop, both my paid for versions had program problems that I gave up on... Still helpful photo tips though. Thank you!

    3 years ago

  • strawberrycouture

    strawberrycouture says:

    I use Gimp photo editing software. Its free to download and use. My pet peeve is the dull gray tint the camera leaves in the picture. Other photo editing softwares are great, but gimp get to the further details such as lens distort. You can zoom in the picture without it looking too grainy. Another is orton effect. I really wipes out the grayish grains cameras leave behind. Last bu not least is the National Geographic filter. It's so professional looking. it gives the portrait a feel of its own. Make it look the top quality yet! I'm still a gimp filter junkie, always looking for the next best free filter!!!

    3 years ago

  • KooKooCraft

    KooKooCraft says:

    great tips! thanks!

    3 years ago

  • VenitasVintage

    VenitasVintage says:

    Amazing! I just got Photoshop and have no idea what I am doing! This tutorial will make such a difference with my so so photos from my not so good camera. Thanks so much!

    3 years ago

  • megliles

    megliles says:

    Thanks so much.. My photos are getting ready for a makeover!

    3 years ago

  • byjlc

    byjlc says:

    Great tips, I used to struggle but now it comes as a breeze!

    3 years ago

  • byjlc

    byjlc says:

    Great tips, I used to struggle but now it comes as a breeze!

    3 years ago

  • denises72

    denises72 says:

    Well you make it seem so easy. Time for me to go back to the drawing board! thank you

    3 years ago

  • SigalFJewelry

    SigalFJewelry says:

    To be honest, I'd rather have my jewelry photos without "correcting" it with photoshop, but then again, we're here to sell.... I get a lot of comments from friends such as "your photos need some photoshop", so i've decided to use the software...hopefully it will help my sales...will let u know how i did. Anyhow, thx a lot for all the important tips!!!

    3 years ago

  • prettystardesigns

    prettystardesigns says:

    photoshop makes such a difference to photos, can take some time to get used to if you don't use computers much, but as long as you know how to crop, and where 'Levels' or 'Exposure' (on the newer versions which I find better) then you can fix any photo :)

    3 years ago

  • ArttoWearGallery

    ArttoWearGallery says:

    I will try those tips. Definely my pictures need improvement.

    3 years ago

  • kjwike

    kjwike says:

    I have Photoshop, and I have bridge but I can't figure out how to open my images in Camera Raw. I've opened Bridge, navigated to my image, right clicked and in the options that come up Camera Raw isn't one of them. Am I doing something wrong? Anyone else have this problem?

    3 years ago

  • KriketBroadhurst

    KriketBroadhurst says:

    Brilliant help - thank you - been wondering how to use camera raw properly - really great help!

    3 years ago

  • KriketBroadhurst

    KriketBroadhurst says:

    Brilliant help - thank you - been wondering how to use camera raw properly - really great help!

    3 years ago

  • swankness

    swankness says:

    Wow thank you so much. I'm so glad I know how to do this now!

    3 years ago

  • StringUsAlong

    StringUsAlong says:

    OMG just found this post and tried the suggestions. I had no idea I could make such amazing impact to my photos. I have some exciting work to do today using these tips to enhance my listings. Thanks SO much for the amazing info.

    3 years ago

  • cynthialinsenbardt

    cynthialinsenbardt says:

    I know you already have 499 comments, but i just want to say thank you SO much! I have been trying to figure out how to make my photos better and this is the answer I've been looking for! Thank you so much for taking the time to explain it!

    3 years ago

  • Avenue33

    Avenue33 says:

    Wow, it is amazing the difference you can see in those photos!! I don't have photoshop but I'm thinking it might be time to invest..

    3 years ago

  • VonlenskaVintage

    VonlenskaVintage says:

    THANK YOU! so helpful. now i just need to get photoshop....

    3 years ago

  • hautebath

    hautebath says:

    Thank you so much. I just love to look clean, amazing shots of simple things brought to life. They just pop. A friend of my gave me photo-shop as a gift, and while i have taught myself very, very basic things, i found it truly intimidated, until now. I will practice all of your examples until I master them. Thanks

    3 years ago

  • Melissababycreations

    Melissababycreations says:

    Very helpful! Thanks for the great tips!

    3 years ago

  • DianesNoteCards

    DianesNoteCards says:

    Good information clearly presented! Thanks!

    3 years ago

  • MandBJewellery

    MandBJewellery says:

    Awesome tips, thank you

    3 years ago

  • birchbaykay

    birchbaykay says:

    VERY helpful information! Thanks bunches! I want to learn whatever I can to show my jewelry to best advantage, and this helped! K

    3 years ago

  • ElizabethCaffey

    ElizabethCaffey says:

    This is Fantastic! I have been using photoshop for ages and didn't know a lot of this, I can't wait to go try it out:)

    3 years ago

  • rahyaeb

    rahyaeb says:

    This is so helpful! Changed all my photos after reading this.

    3 years ago

  • MarmaladePark

    MarmaladePark says:

    The video by Ollibird was really useful. I'm part way through changing my photos now. Thanks!

    2 years ago

  • InnerEvolution

    InnerEvolution says:

    Wow I just discovered this post and find it amazong!! You open my eyes in the photo issue!! Thanks for ever!!

    2 years ago

  • luxuriouslynatural

    luxuriouslynatural says:

    Same here. I have Picasso and Printmaster. Can't afford the Photoshop so I'll keep playing around until I get it right in Picasso which does a pretty good job by the way.

    2 years ago

  • Kimmyt5025

    Kimmyt5025 says:

    Thank you for such an informative, easy to follow useful tutorial! I truly have found it so helpful as I navigate Photoshop as a newbie.

    2 years ago

  • rebeccahorst1

    Rebecca Horst from ok2beyou says:

    hi, what great help thank you. I am having trouble with my image turning...do you are any tips for me to prevent this? Example a portrait shows the top of the head ...at the top....when my images turn , the top of the head would be on the left side of the page...help...lol

    1 year ago

  • carolgonzales2

    Carol Gonzales from WhenYouSeekUnique says:

    Great advice, I have an old version of Photoshop that I use and I find the Windows Live Photo Gallery works really well, too, for the exposure adjustments, cropping, etc.

    7 days ago