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Shop Makeover: Before and After With Photoshop

Jan 13, 2011

by Mike Loveland

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

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

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 Blueberry Cream

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.
  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 Noémiah

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 Nika Collection

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 Goodbye Blue Monday

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 any size, since you can add more space around it easily. It’s also great when your product is shown on a website with a white background like Etsy.) I explain and demonstrate this process 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.

Do you have a favorite Photoshop trick? Share your top tip in the comments below.

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524 comments

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 6 years ago

    So great. Thank you!

  • thelostfound

    thelostfound said 6 years ago

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

  • mariforssell

    mariforssell said 6 years ago

    Great tips! Thanks:)

  • JudiPaintedit

    JudiPaintedit said 6 years ago

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

  • hypericumfragile

    hypericumfragile said 6 years ago

    Great article and very helpful! Thank you!

  • kathyjohnson3

    kathyjohnson3 said 6 years ago

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

  • MollysMuses

    MollysMuses said 6 years ago

    WHHOOOOT Blueorder looking great!

  • DieselDOGwear

    DieselDOGwear said 6 years ago

    Having great photos is so important ~ Thank you

  • TheVinylChalkboard

    TheVinylChalkboard said 6 years ago

    Great Work! Thank-you for the tips!

  • WoodlandCottage

    WoodlandCottage said 6 years ago

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

  • seesawdesigns

    seesawdesigns said 6 years ago

    awesome. thanks for sharing.

  • oakappledesigns

    oakappledesigns said 6 years ago

    amazing, you've opened my eyes :)

  • iroirocrafts

    iroirocrafts said 6 years ago

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

  • VivaGailBeads

    VivaGailBeads said 6 years ago

    wonderful tips..thank you!

  • aynart

    aynart said 6 years ago

    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!

  • prettypipers

    prettypipers said 6 years ago

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

  • Izzoinked

    Izzoinked said 6 years ago

    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.

  • betsywynn

    betsywynn said 6 years ago

    omg great article.

  • necklush

    necklush said 6 years ago

    excellent, thank you for the post!

  • AZCreativeStudio

    AZCreativeStudio said 6 years ago

    Great difference!!!!!! Excellent work!

  • OrotSavyon

    OrotSavyon said 6 years ago

    great article. Thank you

  • studiopainters

    studiopainters said 6 years ago

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

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    The info is appreciated. Thanks for the help!

  • DecadesOfVintage

    DecadesOfVintage said 6 years ago

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

  • LastCaress

    LastCaress said 6 years ago

    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

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 6 years ago

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

  • ArtemisiaAtelier

    ArtemisiaAtelier said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing!

  • thriftyAustin

    thriftyAustin said 6 years ago

    Thank you so much!

  • Humanidad

    Humanidad said 6 years ago

    Great tips! Thanks so much!

  • mooshoopork

    mooshoopork said 6 years ago

    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!

  • chifinds

    chifinds said 6 years ago

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

  • littleeyedesigns

    littleeyedesigns said 6 years ago

    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. :)

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 6 years ago

    Great tips! Thanks for the post! =)

  • Floreal

    Floreal said 6 years ago

    thanks!

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 6 years ago

    Great tips! Thanks for the very useful info.

  • riskybeads

    riskybeads said 6 years ago

    it's amazing what a little editing can do!

  • crookedsister

    crookedsister said 6 years ago

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

  • inkadinkadoodle

    inkadinkadoodle said 6 years ago

    Great article and tips ~ thanks!

  • blueorder

    blueorder said 6 years ago

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

  • WoodPigeon

    WoodPigeon said 6 years ago

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

  • ZellerZazzles

    ZellerZazzles said 6 years ago

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

  • epicycledesigns

    epicycledesigns said 6 years ago

    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!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 6 years ago

    Thank you for your tips on photographing~

  • babyjives

    babyjives said 6 years ago

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

  • JulieMeyer

    JulieMeyer said 6 years ago

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

  • archousewares

    archousewares said 6 years ago

    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!

  • jennybradley

    jennybradley said 6 years ago

    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!

  • LongstockingShop

    LongstockingShop said 6 years ago

    Great Article! Love my Photoshop!

  • Asianexpressions

    Asianexpressions said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the tips!

  • sgcc

    sgcc said 6 years ago

    cool

  • TangledArts

    TangledArts said 6 years ago

    Great tips. Thanks!

  • LuRuUniques

    LuRuUniques said 6 years ago

    Great article. Thanks for the tips.

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 6 years ago

    Great post. Thanks for the tips!

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 6 years ago

    ESSENTIAL!

  • Natalie52688

    Natalie52688 said 6 years ago

    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

  • JLaneDesigns

    JLaneDesigns said 6 years ago

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

  • JLaneDesigns

    JLaneDesigns said 6 years ago

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

  • cakemates

    cakemates said 6 years ago

    great tips thanks!

  • SolDelSur

    SolDelSur said 6 years ago

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

  • vKnit

    vKnit said 6 years ago

    fab tips! thankyou!!! xox

  • PrettyIngrid

    PrettyIngrid said 6 years ago

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

  • vitamini

    vitamini said 6 years ago

    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!

  • frommylifetoyours

    frommylifetoyours said 6 years ago

    Thank you , this was very helpful

  • EdensEndeavors

    EdensEndeavors said 6 years ago

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

  • SusanFaye

    SusanFaye said 6 years ago

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

  • SusanFaye

    SusanFaye said 6 years ago

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

  • blissfulbathandbody

    blissfulbathandbody said 6 years ago

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

  • ZAPOLdesigns

    ZAPOLdesigns said 6 years ago

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

  • sarantos

    sarantos said 6 years ago

    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.

  • Demoriam

    Demoriam said 6 years ago

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

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 6 years ago

    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.

  • jFrancesDesign

    jFrancesDesign said 6 years ago

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

  • sunkae

    sunkae said 6 years ago

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

  • wwcsilverjewelry

    wwcsilverjewelry said 6 years ago

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

  • VintageHoneysuckle

    VintageHoneysuckle said 6 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing this article! :)

  • pannikin

    pannikin said 6 years ago

    This is so handy, thanks very much!

  • daydreamjewels

    daydreamjewels said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the information and great tips. Very helpful!

  • oldworldprimitives

    oldworldprimitives said 6 years ago

    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.

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt said 6 years ago

    always room for improvement!

  • Studio827KC

    Studio827KC said 6 years ago

    Great article! Thanks :)

  • MixxMedium

    MixxMedium said 6 years ago

    cool!

  • BabbidgePatch

    BabbidgePatch said 6 years ago

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

  • thebeadgirl

    thebeadgirl said 6 years ago

    wow great tips! thank you!

  • IzabelDesigns

    IzabelDesigns said 6 years ago

    Can you do all of that in Photoshop elements too?

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 6 years ago

    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!

  • sassefrass

    sassefrass said 6 years ago

    great tips/tricks on photographing.Thanks for sharing!

  • goldminetrash

    goldminetrash said 6 years ago

    Great article! <3

  • freshlypickeddesigns

    freshlypickeddesigns said 6 years ago

    Love it! :D What great tips!

  • atelierpompadour

    atelierpompadour said 6 years ago

    great tips! thanks a lot!

  • reFORMrecycle

    reFORMrecycle said 6 years ago

    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?

  • DAINTYCROCHETBYALY

    DAINTYCROCHETBYALY said 6 years ago

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

  • ViviansKitchen

    ViviansKitchen said 6 years ago

    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.

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 6 years ago

    Great tips! Thanks:)

  • WHSKR

    WHSKR said 6 years ago

    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.

  • piecesofelises

    piecesofelises said 6 years ago

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

  • contempojewels

    contempojewels said 6 years ago

    Thank you!

  • meowadays

    meowadays said 6 years ago

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

  • FruteJuce

    FruteJuce said 6 years ago

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

  • FruteJuce

    FruteJuce said 6 years ago

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

  • cozylittlecorner

    cozylittlecorner said 6 years ago

    Very helpful! Thank you so much.

  • amyscreativecorner

    amyscreativecorner said 6 years ago

    thanks! this is great!

  • ForageStudios

    ForageStudios said 6 years ago

    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.

  • BaysideGems

    BaysideGems said 6 years ago

    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.

  • RockStoneTreasures

    RockStoneTreasures said 6 years ago

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

  • jamiespatchwork

    jamiespatchwork said 6 years ago

    Thanks so much for this!!

  • zelmarose

    zelmarose said 6 years ago

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

  • TheVirginRose

    TheVirginRose said 6 years ago

    thanks for the info, really helpful!

  • stinkybomb

    stinkybomb said 6 years ago

    We are getting some of those knitted grenades!

  • carolforsyth

    carolforsyth said 6 years ago

    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 :-)

  • GoodnightSocks

    GoodnightSocks said 6 years ago

    thanks for the great tips!

  • vintageprecious

    vintageprecious said 6 years ago

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

  • SkyBox

    SkyBox said 6 years ago

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

  • JenniferArndt

    JenniferArndt said 6 years ago

    Wonderful! Thank you!

  • TheDovesNest

    TheDovesNest said 6 years ago

    I appreciate the valuable tips in your article!

  • LushCluster

    LushCluster said 6 years ago

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

  • ShadowBoxerDesigns

    ShadowBoxerDesigns said 6 years ago

    Great ideas! Thanks!

  • afiori

    afiori said 6 years ago

    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.

  • MermaidsMuse

    MermaidsMuse said 6 years ago

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

  • MandyMcDee

    MandyMcDee said 6 years ago

    Great tips, thanks!

  • trinityrocks

    trinityrocks said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the info.

  • noemiah

    noemiah said 6 years ago

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

  • aoisart

    aoisart said 6 years ago

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

  • WinchesterLambourne

    WinchesterLambourne said 6 years ago

    Love the design articles!

  • onesunnyafternoon

    onesunnyafternoon said 6 years ago

    Fantastic tutorial. Thank you for putting it together!

  • ClayLickCreekPottery

    ClayLickCreekPottery said 6 years ago

    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.

  • ClayLickCreekPottery

    ClayLickCreekPottery said 6 years ago

    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.

  • ClayLickCreekPottery

    ClayLickCreekPottery said 6 years ago

    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.

  • autumnvelvetrose

    autumnvelvetrose said 6 years ago

    Great advice!!! Thanks!!

  • Zeedubya

    Zeedubya said 6 years ago

    Thanks so much!

  • fairyladyglass

    fairyladyglass said 6 years ago

    Any advice for really sparkly stuff?

  • PaintedMemoriesByRos

    PaintedMemoriesByRos said 6 years ago

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

  • GretelGirlDraws

    GretelGirlDraws said 6 years ago

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

  • WinterberryJewelry

    WinterberryJewelry said 6 years ago

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

  • sadiedesignsca

    sadiedesignsca said 6 years ago

    Awesome tips. Photoshop makes a big difference!

  • ClassicByNature

    ClassicByNature said 6 years ago

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

  • grimmandgrete

    grimmandgrete said 6 years ago

    Great stuff, thanks for the tips!!

  • naturellechic

    naturellechic said 6 years ago

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

  • kshyu

    kshyu said 6 years ago

    Thank you very much !

  • VintageFrocksOfFancy

    VintageFrocksOfFancy said 6 years ago

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

  • FavreBijoux

    FavreBijoux said 6 years ago

    thank you!!

  • lovelandmisc

    lovelandmisc said 6 years ago

    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

  • rocknwrap

    rocknwrap said 6 years ago

    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?

  • PureSin

    PureSin said 6 years ago

    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.

  • TheMillineryShop

    TheMillineryShop said 6 years ago

    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!

  • lovelandmisc

    lovelandmisc said 6 years ago

    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.

  • FreshRetroGallery

    FreshRetroGallery said 6 years ago

    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.

  • oldish

    oldish said 6 years ago

    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!

  • dragonflymystdesigns

    dragonflymystdesigns said 6 years ago

    Thank you so very much for the great info!!

  • TheVintageApartment

    TheVintageApartment said 6 years ago

    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!

  • scoutcuomo

    scoutcuomo said 6 years ago

    Good pointers! Thankyou

  • lovelandmisc

    lovelandmisc said 6 years ago

    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.

  • DesertSolDesigns

    DesertSolDesigns said 6 years ago

    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!

  • desertstarcreations

    desertstarcreations said 6 years ago

    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...

  • lovelandmisc

    lovelandmisc said 6 years ago

    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.

  • lovelandmisc

    lovelandmisc said 6 years ago

    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.

  • lovelandmisc

    lovelandmisc said 6 years ago

    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. 


  • jancashdesigns1

    jancashdesigns1 said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the information!

  • Funkyfrogg

    Funkyfrogg said 6 years ago

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

  • lovelandmisc

    lovelandmisc said 6 years ago

    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.

  • YellowRooster

    YellowRooster said 6 years ago

    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

  • lovelandmisc

    lovelandmisc said 6 years ago

    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!

  • lovelandmisc

    lovelandmisc said 6 years ago

    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!

  • chromatophobic

    chromatophobic said 6 years ago

    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.

  • chromatophobic

    chromatophobic said 6 years ago

    "photography" =]

  • tinchDesignStudio

    tinchDesignStudio said 6 years ago

    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!

  • EmilyAliceBall

    EmilyAliceBall said 6 years ago

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

  • lovelandmisc

    lovelandmisc said 6 years ago

    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

  • painterofbirds

    painterofbirds said 6 years ago

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

  • AngelinCHINA

    AngelinCHINA said 6 years ago

    Very very important advice !

  • materialistoz

    materialistoz said 6 years ago

    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.

  • dandeliondaydreamer

    dandeliondaydreamer said 6 years ago

    Very insightful! Thank you for your jam packed post!

  • BlueberryCream

    BlueberryCream said 6 years ago

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

  • CuppcakeCouture

    CuppcakeCouture said 6 years ago

    This is great! thanks so much!

  • lovelandmisc

    lovelandmisc said 6 years ago

    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

  • BlueberryCream

    BlueberryCream said 6 years ago

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

  • lovelandmisc

    lovelandmisc said 6 years ago

    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.

  • myalexasstore10

    myalexasstore10 said 6 years ago

    Thanks great tips!

  • tinchDesignStudio

    tinchDesignStudio said 6 years ago

    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!

  • tinchDesignStudio

    tinchDesignStudio said 6 years ago

    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!

  • PaperDesignsbyLisa

    PaperDesignsbyLisa said 6 years ago

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

  • lovelandmisc

    lovelandmisc said 6 years ago

    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.

  • authorsdaughter

    authorsdaughter said 6 years ago

    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.

  • PinkNeedleDesign

    PinkNeedleDesign said 6 years ago

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

  • arsniccandy

    arsniccandy said 6 years ago

    Having good fotos is important. Thank you*~*

  • LuLusApple

    LuLusApple said 6 years ago

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

  • MaJentaDesigns

    MaJentaDesigns said 6 years ago

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

  • cyndiesmithdesigns

    cyndiesmithdesigns said 6 years ago

    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!

  • BlueberryCream

    BlueberryCream said 6 years ago

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

  • art4ear

    art4ear said 6 years ago

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

  • BlkSheepProductions

    BlkSheepProductions said 6 years ago

    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!

  • babbleon

    babbleon said 6 years ago

    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.

  • natashaaloha

    natashaaloha said 6 years ago

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

  • babybayrs

    babybayrs said 6 years ago

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

  • AmericaP

    AmericaP said 6 years ago

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

  • vintagefairyfinds

    vintagefairyfinds said 6 years ago

    Great info! Thank you!

  • JanellJewelry

    JanellJewelry said 6 years ago

    Wonderful tips! thanks.

  • TheHappyAcorn

    TheHappyAcorn said 6 years ago

    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!

  • carlossantiago

    carlossantiago said 6 years ago

    thanks for the info!

  • lovelandmisc

    lovelandmisc said 6 years ago

    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!

  • Flickrtastic

    Flickrtastic said 6 years ago

    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!!

  • amradesigns

    amradesigns said 6 years ago

    Great post! Thanks

  • Lunatiger

    Lunatiger said 6 years ago

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

  • babybayrs

    babybayrs said 6 years ago

    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

  • TheMonkeyCannon

    TheMonkeyCannon said 6 years ago

    Wonderful info ! Thanks !

  • BKCouture

    BKCouture said 6 years ago

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

  • eliwill

    eliwill said 6 years ago

    bookmarked this! thanks! this is great!

  • lovelandmisc

    lovelandmisc said 6 years ago

    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

  • artrageousclay

    artrageousclay said 6 years ago

    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.

  • BrittsFineArt

    BrittsFineArt said 6 years ago

    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!

  • lavendarblue

    lavendarblue said 6 years ago

    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!

  • Junienone

    Junienone said 6 years ago

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

  • Noei

    Noei said 6 years ago

    great post! will helps a lot! Thanks!

  • AndreaFuentesDesigns

    AndreaFuentesDesigns said 6 years ago

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

  • Four20mooN

    Four20mooN said 6 years ago

    Wish I could afford Photoshop! Great tips though :)

  • MattiOnline

    MattiOnline said 6 years ago

    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...

  • e5jewel

    e5jewel said 6 years ago

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

  • StudioCollections

    StudioCollections said 6 years ago

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

  • MelissaBeeArtDenver

    MelissaBeeArtDenver said 6 years ago

    I needed this! Thank you so much!

  • CarlasFunkyArt

    CarlasFunkyArt said 6 years ago

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

  • customstuff

    customstuff said 6 years ago

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

  • GoldEgg

    GoldEgg said 6 years ago

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

  • mondaymornings

    mondaymornings said 6 years ago

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

  • VeronicaBCreations

    VeronicaBCreations said 6 years ago

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

  • valeriephoto

    valeriephoto said 6 years ago

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

  • Soniaymonica

    Soniaymonica said 6 years ago

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

  • lapdogstudio

    lapdogstudio said 6 years ago

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

  • DiannasDivineDesigns

    DiannasDivineDesigns said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the good advice

  • HandmadeWithLove1986

    HandmadeWithLove1986 said 6 years ago

    fantastic...great info :)

  • melaniegracedesigns

    melaniegracedesigns said 6 years ago

    Super helpful:)

  • ihearttoys

    ihearttoys said 6 years ago

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

  • PEACEandWELLNESS

    PEACEandWELLNESS said 6 years ago

    Excellent advice! I need to get busy. :D

  • ladybug9753

    ladybug9753 said 6 years ago

    Such great info. Thanks for sharing!

  • hookrat

    hookrat said 6 years ago

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

  • HoneyFromTheBee

    HoneyFromTheBee said 6 years ago

    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!

  • foxdesignsjewelry

    foxdesignsjewelry said 6 years ago

    Any tips for someone who is using iphoto?

  • buddyxdesigns

    buddyxdesigns said 6 years ago

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

  • PuddingProof

    PuddingProof said 6 years ago

    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!

  • Hapagirls

    Hapagirls said 6 years ago

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

  • matspeaks

    matspeaks said 6 years ago

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

  • sassandperil

    sassandperil said 6 years ago

    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 ^_^

  • caseylm93

    caseylm93 said 6 years ago

    Thanks so much!

  • Agent137

    Agent137 said 6 years ago

    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!

  • HrtsofStone

    HrtsofStone said 6 years ago

    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!

  • olushka

    olushka said 6 years ago

    very useful tips. thank you so much!

  • auctionjunkies

    auctionjunkies said 6 years ago

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

  • Velvetmanna

    Velvetmanna said 6 years ago

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

  • zehland

    zehland said 6 years ago

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

  • tfamily5

    tfamily5 said 6 years ago

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

  • ElizabethMD

    ElizabethMD said 6 years ago

    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.

  • IceCreamCandy

    IceCreamCandy said 6 years ago

    great post!!

  • renegadeperceptions

    renegadeperceptions said 6 years ago

    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. :)

  • andwhatelseisthere

    andwhatelseisthere said 6 years ago

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

  • virukka

    virukka said 6 years ago

    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!

  • leilalou

    leilalou said 6 years ago

    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!

  • SonasCandles

    SonasCandles said 6 years ago

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

  • HowardAvenue

    HowardAvenue said 6 years ago

    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!

  • MonaDianeConner

    MonaDianeConner said 6 years ago

    thank you Mike!

  • ladyrachelscreation7

    ladyrachelscreation7 said 6 years ago

    Wonderful information, thanks for sharing!!Christine

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 6 years ago

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

  • gilaglassbead

    gilaglassbead said 6 years ago

    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.

  • BelladonnasJoy

    BelladonnasJoy said 6 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing this useful info.

  • AMSkrafts

    AMSkrafts said 6 years ago

    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.

  • ErikaPrice

    ErikaPrice said 6 years ago

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

  • Dryw

    Dryw said 6 years ago

    Useful info, ty!

  • CharlotteM85

    CharlotteM85 said 6 years ago

    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!

  • ToranjCreation

    ToranjCreation said 6 years ago

    Thank you soooooo much for all the tips!

  • ToranjCreation

    ToranjCreation said 6 years ago

    Thank you soooooo much for all the tips!

  • empapers

    empapers said 6 years ago

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

  • saraaires

    saraaires said 6 years ago

    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".

  • Handmadebyani

    Handmadebyani said 6 years ago

    Thanks for Sharing!!!

  • WombatsPicnic

    WombatsPicnic said 6 years ago

    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!

  • pinkbijou

    pinkbijou said 6 years ago

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

  • maro47

    maro47 said 6 years ago

    I'll try this. Great tutorial!

  • ambassadorcrochet

    ambassadorcrochet said 6 years ago

    Great tips! Thank you.

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    Fantastic post, thanks for all the tips!

  • SwelleBoutique

    SwelleBoutique said 6 years ago

    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!

  • exwoo

    exwoo said 6 years ago

    Thanks for Sharing <3

  • askartelija09

    askartelija09 said 6 years ago

    Great and helpfull info! Thanks!

  • gazellejewelry

    gazellejewelry said 6 years ago

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

  • lalalandArt

    lalalandArt said 6 years ago

    Great tutorial! Thank you for sharing these useful tips!

  • AdeloCreations

    AdeloCreations said 6 years ago

    Photography is my other passion. Great article!

  • zdrop

    zdrop said 6 years ago

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

  • zdrop

    zdrop said 6 years ago

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

  • YOURDAILYJEWELS

    YOURDAILYJEWELS said 6 years ago

    you take the scary out of photoshop. Thank you

  • YOURDAILYJEWELS

    YOURDAILYJEWELS said 6 years ago

    you take the scary out of photoshop. Thank you

  • Tzugumik

    Tzugumik said 6 years ago

    really interesting!

  • Viverre

    Viverre said 6 years ago

    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. ;)

  • SewEnglish

    SewEnglish said 6 years ago

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

  • sunshynesilverwear

    sunshynesilverwear said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the tips!

  • FeltedByMags

    FeltedByMags said 6 years ago

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

  • BooBooArtLLC

    BooBooArtLLC said 6 years ago

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

  • WexfordTreasures

    WexfordTreasures said 6 years ago

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing.

  • NatashaFraserJewelry

    NatashaFraserJewelry said 6 years ago

    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!

  • sevgi

    sevgi said 6 years ago

    so helpful! thank you :)

  • FatCatCrafts

    FatCatCrafts said 6 years ago

    Very helpful, thank you!

  • rusticcarvings

    rusticcarvings said 6 years ago

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

  • ElegantPartyBoutique

    ElegantPartyBoutique said 6 years ago

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

  • lovelytrifles

    lovelytrifles said 6 years ago

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

  • thepapermoonstudio

    thepapermoonstudio said 6 years ago

    I use Photoshop also. Thanks!!

  • babyblingbyjen

    babyblingbyjen said 6 years ago

    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!

  • bloomstreetvintage

    bloomstreetvintage said 6 years ago

    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.

  • lilelephants

    lilelephants said 6 years ago

    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

  • angeldamico

    angeldamico said 6 years ago

    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

  • Janimie

    Janimie said 6 years ago

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

  • LilacSaloon

    LilacSaloon said 6 years ago

    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! :)

  • Janimie

    Janimie said 6 years ago

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

  • poeticpaper

    poeticpaper said 6 years ago

    Very informative article, thank you!

  • birribe

    birribe said 6 years ago

    Thanks for this great article, I will read over again

  • camilita

    camilita said 6 years ago

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

  • angeldamico

    angeldamico said 6 years ago

    @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

  • fivenahalf

    fivenahalf said 6 years ago

    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.

  • LeBelleCose

    LeBelleCose said 6 years ago

    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!

  • woodbeedesign

    woodbeedesign said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the tips look forward to trying them out.

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  • scgeraci

    scgeraci said 6 years ago

    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.

  • PennyLuck

    PennyLuck said 6 years ago

    Good tips, thanks.

  • Ebrown2503

    Ebrown2503 said 6 years ago

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

  • LivvyJ

    LivvyJ said 6 years ago

    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. :)

  • mythreepeonies

    mythreepeonies said 6 years ago

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

  • davita

    davita said 6 years ago

    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!

  • EcoBeadsTagua

    EcoBeadsTagua said 6 years ago

    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?

  • dgordon

    dgordon said 6 years ago

    excellent!

  • GimCarry

    GimCarry said 6 years ago

    Very great articles Thanks!!

  • verlaivans

    verlaivans said 6 years ago

    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!

  • FeltShmelt

    FeltShmelt said 6 years ago

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

  • sarahndipities

    sarahndipities said 6 years ago

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

  • WildHoneyPieVintage

    WildHoneyPieVintage said 6 years ago

    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?

  • DeepBlueNotion

    DeepBlueNotion said 6 years ago

    OMG! Thank you!

  • photokitchen

    photokitchen said 6 years ago

    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

  • EverybodyElse

    EverybodyElse said 6 years ago

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

  • EverybodyElse

    EverybodyElse said 6 years ago

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

  • LowellandSon

    LowellandSon said 6 years ago

    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.

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 6 years ago

    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!

  • wrapcycle

    wrapcycle said 6 years ago

    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!

  • LowellandSon

    LowellandSon said 6 years ago

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

  • hklinger

    hklinger said 6 years ago

    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 :)

  • gigantour

    gigantour said 6 years ago

    excellent advice

  • DotD

    DotD said 6 years ago

    thanks for the very good advice

  • birchstreetpaperie

    birchstreetpaperie said 6 years ago

    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!

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 6 years ago

    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!

  • beliz82

    beliz82 said 6 years ago

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

  • EccentricAccessories

    EccentricAccessories said 6 years ago

    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.

  • EccentricAccessories

    EccentricAccessories said 6 years ago

    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.

  • AromaVana

    AromaVana said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing and good luck with all your endeavors!

  • MyBeadedTreasures

    MyBeadedTreasures said 6 years ago

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

  • Marvidrio

    Marvidrio said 6 years ago

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

  • nikacollection

    nikacollection said 6 years ago

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

  • BettinaDesignsSilk

    BettinaDesignsSilk said 6 years ago

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

  • marywig

    marywig said 6 years ago

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

  • valnsal

    valnsal said 6 years ago

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

  • seedsofhawaii

    seedsofhawaii said 6 years ago

    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.

  • TheOmegaWorkshop

    TheOmegaWorkshop said 6 years ago

    Great advice. Nicely explained and very inspiring!

  • thefinaltouchstore

    thefinaltouchstore said 6 years ago

    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.

  • TheLittleRagamuffin

    TheLittleRagamuffin said 6 years ago

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

  • CornettsCreations

    CornettsCreations said 6 years ago

    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!

  • SweetHeartStudio

    SweetHeartStudio said 6 years ago

    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!

  • ModernPlastics

    ModernPlastics said 6 years ago

    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!

  • artofisaac

    artofisaac said 6 years ago

    Good advice, thanks.

  • monatao

    monatao said 6 years ago

    very very useful information, thanks a lot!

  • scrapbookcompleted

    scrapbookcompleted said 6 years ago

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

  • lovelandmisc

    lovelandmisc said 6 years ago

    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

  • lovelandmisc

    lovelandmisc said 6 years ago

    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.

  • lovelandmisc

    lovelandmisc said 6 years ago

    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.)

  • lovelandmisc

    lovelandmisc said 6 years ago

    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.

  • lovelandmisc

    lovelandmisc said 6 years ago

    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.

  • lovelandmisc

    lovelandmisc said 6 years ago

    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!

  • lovelandmisc

    lovelandmisc said 6 years ago

    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.

  • GiniMckellar

    GiniMckellar said 6 years ago

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

  • FunkyFriendsFactory

    FunkyFriendsFactory said 6 years ago

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

  • InvitingJoy

    InvitingJoy said 6 years ago

    Love this. Thank you!

  • SaharsCloset

    SaharsCloset said 6 years ago

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

  • sharonfiorini

    sharonfiorini said 6 years ago

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

  • sharonfiorini

    sharonfiorini said 6 years ago

    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.

  • DestinysCreations

    DestinysCreations said 6 years ago

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

  • DestinysCreations

    DestinysCreations said 6 years ago

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

  • LaNuSa

    LaNuSa said 6 years ago

    thanks!!!

  • LaNuSa

    LaNuSa said 6 years ago

    thanks!!!

  • JudiFitzPatrick

    JudiFitzPatrick said 6 years ago

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

  • simplybarefoot

    simplybarefoot said 6 years ago

    Very helpful!

  • simplybarefoot

    simplybarefoot said 6 years ago

    Very helpful!

  • JacquelineJewelry

    JacquelineJewelry said 6 years ago

    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.

  • JacquelineJewelry

    JacquelineJewelry said 6 years ago

    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.

  • peanutmm

    peanutmm said 6 years ago

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

  • TheScrapBasket

    TheScrapBasket said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing all the great information! Very helpful!

  • airbrushjohn

    airbrushjohn said 6 years ago

    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.

  • AlisaBrides

    AlisaBrides said 6 years ago

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

  • UmiDesign

    UmiDesign said 6 years ago

    Thanks for very helpful info.

  • silkartfrombrazil

    silkartfrombrazil said 6 years ago

    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!

  • fangdangles

    fangdangles said 6 years ago

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

  • TheSewingGin

    TheSewingGin said 6 years ago

    Good info. Thanks.

  • gardendiva

    gardendiva said 6 years ago

    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.

  • GemdropsoftheFalls

    GemdropsoftheFalls said 6 years ago

    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!

  • weaverwood

    weaverwood said 6 years ago

    Lots of helpful info,Thanks

  • EccentricAccessories

    EccentricAccessories said 6 years ago

    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.

  • LoveAppleBoutique

    LoveAppleBoutique said 6 years ago

    great info......thanks

  • LoveAppleBoutique

    LoveAppleBoutique said 6 years ago

    great info......thanks

  • deeAndersen

    deeAndersen said 6 years ago

    Excellent!! thanks

  • TheSnapDragonsLair

    TheSnapDragonsLair said 6 years ago

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

  • HighPriestess

    HighPriestess said 6 years ago

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

  • Vikulya

    Vikulya said 6 years ago

    So interesting,thanks a lot!

  • AlyandCompany

    AlyandCompany said 6 years ago

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

  • robynousbyjewelry

    robynousbyjewelry said 6 years ago

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

  • SmurphyPurses

    SmurphyPurses said 6 years ago

    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!

  • AppleGlassOriginals

    AppleGlassOriginals said 6 years ago

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

  • artworksbycarol

    artworksbycarol said 6 years ago

    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.

  • ChloesCollars

    ChloesCollars said 6 years ago

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

  • BooandBooFactory

    BooandBooFactory said 6 years ago

    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!

  • GlassnMore

    GlassnMore said 6 years ago

    Thanks

  • theearlygirl

    theearlygirl said 6 years ago

    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.

  • WireEffectsbyKendra

    WireEffectsbyKendra said 6 years ago

    Thank you for the tips!!!

  • jjhcreations

    jjhcreations said 6 years ago

    Great tips! Thank you.

  • pennyroyalty

    pennyroyalty said 6 years ago

    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!

  • FairyWhisperArt

    FairyWhisperArt said 6 years ago

    Thankyou for the info x

  • tigerbee

    tigerbee said 6 years ago

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

  • LitaDesigns

    LitaDesigns said 6 years ago

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

  • FancyLynnDesigns

    FancyLynnDesigns said 6 years ago

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

  • zelda110

    zelda110 said 6 years ago

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

  • SpackleTheGap

    SpackleTheGap said 6 years ago

    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!!!

  • jetadorn

    jetadorn said 6 years ago

    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!

  • StyleDezigns

    StyleDezigns said 6 years ago

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

  • StyleDezigns

    StyleDezigns said 6 years ago

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

  • StyleDezigns

    StyleDezigns said 6 years ago

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

  • StyleDezigns

    StyleDezigns said 6 years ago

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

  • MystyMeadows

    MystyMeadows said 6 years ago

    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.

  • dhsfengshui

    dhsfengshui said 6 years ago

    Thank you for the post. Very helpful!!!

  • desertstarcreations

    desertstarcreations said 6 years ago

    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.

  • lovelandmisc

    lovelandmisc said 6 years ago

    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.

  • OverAndOverAgain

    OverAndOverAgain said 6 years ago

    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!

  • dpsdesign

    dpsdesign said 6 years ago

    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!

  • SilverDragon

    SilverDragon said 6 years ago

    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.

  • tigesandweince

    tigesandweince said 6 years ago

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

  • SperanzaJewelry

    SperanzaJewelry said 6 years ago

    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!

  • AstridNicoleEtcetera

    AstridNicoleEtcetera said 6 years ago

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

  • Three3Ladybugs

    Three3Ladybugs said 6 years ago

    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!

  • FiberMixers

    FiberMixers said 6 years ago

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

  • AMWestchester

    AMWestchester said 6 years ago

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

  • EastwoodArt

    EastwoodArt said 6 years ago

    Excellent! Thank you!

  • Chameleonite

    Chameleonite said 6 years ago

    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! :)

  • AutismLoveHope

    AutismLoveHope said 6 years ago

    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

  • SerantoniDesigns

    SerantoniDesigns said 6 years ago

    Touche'!

  • usewhatyouhave

    usewhatyouhave said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the advice. :)

  • LittleCritters00

    LittleCritters00 said 6 years ago

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

  • GrayFlannelDesign

    GrayFlannelDesign said 6 years ago

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

  • GrayFlannelDesign

    GrayFlannelDesign said 6 years ago

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

  • AngelicaV

    AngelicaV said 6 years ago

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

  • BlackHeartRevolution

    BlackHeartRevolution said 6 years ago

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

  • HeatherDear

    HeatherDear said 6 years ago

    Really helpful! Thank you so much

  • mcclouddesigns

    mcclouddesigns said 6 years ago

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

  • BallyhooJewelry

    BallyhooJewelry said 6 years ago

    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.

  • ToniLynnDove

    ToniLynnDove said 6 years ago

    ahhh... cool stuff

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 6 years ago

    Great article and helpful tips!

  • SomethingSeaBlue

    SomethingSeaBlue said 6 years ago

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

  • AquamarsBoutique

    AquamarsBoutique said 6 years ago

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

  • KimBalee9

    KimBalee9 said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 6 years ago

    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 :)

  • naughtyshorts

    naughtyshorts said 6 years ago

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

  • TropicalGarden

    TropicalGarden said 6 years ago

    Great information, very helpful! Thank you!!

  • MeToYouCrochet

    MeToYouCrochet said 6 years ago

    Great tips !!!!

  • TheWinglessDesigns

    TheWinglessDesigns said 6 years ago

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

  • Katuna

    Katuna said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the Awesome Information!

  • artesana

    artesana said 6 years ago

    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.

  • MademoiselleG

    MademoiselleG said 6 years ago

    Very helpfull, thanks!

  • EchoesOfSummer

    EchoesOfSummer said 6 years ago

    Great tips, much appreciated!

  • craftincrystal

    craftincrystal said 6 years ago

    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. ;-)

  • ClayRunway

    ClayRunway said 6 years ago

    Very nice tips!

  • CuteJewels

    CuteJewels said 6 years ago

    Very good info, many thanks!

  • MySoCalledVintage

    MySoCalledVintage said 6 years ago

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

  • Marolsha

    Marolsha said 6 years ago

    Great tips ! Thank you ! :)

  • beadedembellishments

    beadedembellishments said 6 years ago

    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

  • LafesHiddenTreasures

    LafesHiddenTreasures said 6 years ago

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

  • NecessiTees

    NecessiTees said 6 years ago

    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:)

  • LaCeramique

    LaCeramique said 6 years ago

    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?

  • cindyloudogscarves

    cindyloudogscarves said 6 years ago

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

  • sparrowsalvage

    sparrowsalvage said 6 years ago

    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.

  • EverydayCookies

    EverydayCookies said 6 years ago

    VERY helpful...thanks!

  • teniamariecreations

    teniamariecreations said 6 years ago

    Awesome advice! I appreciate it!!

  • thirstees

    thirstees said 6 years ago

    Boy I need help lol :)

  • FMdesigns

    FMdesigns said 6 years ago

    Awesome tips!

  • lizdezign

    lizdezign said 6 years ago

    This is great information - Thank you!

  • thecareerscrapper

    thecareerscrapper said 6 years ago

    great info! thanks!

  • AlisaBrides

    AlisaBrides said 6 years ago

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

  • ElnaDesigns

    ElnaDesigns said 6 years ago

    great advice, thank you for sharing :)

  • cuppafog

    cuppafog said 6 years ago

    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!

  • AlissaRose

    AlissaRose said 6 years ago

    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!

  • strawberrycouture

    strawberrycouture said 6 years ago

    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!!!

  • KooKooCraft

    KooKooCraft said 6 years ago

    great tips! thanks!

  • VenitasVintage

    VenitasVintage said 6 years ago

    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!

  • megliles

    megliles said 6 years ago

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

  • byjlc

    byjlc said 6 years ago

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

  • byjlc

    byjlc said 6 years ago

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

  • denises72

    denises72 said 6 years ago

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

  • SigalFJewelry

    SigalFJewelry said 6 years ago

    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!!!

  • prettystardesigns

    prettystardesigns said 6 years ago

    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 :)

  • ArttoWearGallery

    ArttoWearGallery said 6 years ago

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

  • kjwike

    kjwike said 6 years ago

    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?

  • KriketBroadhurst

    KriketBroadhurst said 6 years ago

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

  • KriketBroadhurst

    KriketBroadhurst said 6 years ago

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

  • swankness

    swankness said 6 years ago

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

  • StringUsAlong

    StringUsAlong said 6 years ago

    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.

  • cynthialinsenbardt

    cynthialinsenbardt said 6 years ago

    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!

  • Avenue33

    Avenue33 said 6 years ago

    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..

  • VonlenskaVintage

    VonlenskaVintage said 6 years ago

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

  • hautebath

    hautebath said 6 years ago

    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

  • Melissababycreations

    Melissababycreations said 6 years ago

    Very helpful! Thanks for the great tips!

  • DianesNoteCards

    DianesNoteCards said 6 years ago

    Good information clearly presented! Thanks!

  • MandBJewellery

    MandBJewellery said 6 years ago

    Awesome tips, thank you

  • birchbaykay

    birchbaykay said 6 years ago

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

  • ElizabethCaffey

    ElizabethCaffey said 6 years ago

    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:)

  • rahyaeb

    rahyaeb said 6 years ago

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

  • MarmaladePark

    MarmaladePark said 6 years ago

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

  • InnerEvolution

    InnerEvolution said 5 years ago

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

  • luxuriouslynatural

    luxuriouslynatural said 5 years ago

    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.

  • Kimmyt5025

    Kimmyt5025 said 5 years ago

    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.

  • rebeccahorst1

    Rebecca Horst from ok2beyou said 4 years ago

    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

  • carolgonzales2

    Carol Gonzales from WhenYouSeekUnique said 3 years ago

    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.

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