Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Let's get Digital: Week 1

I decided to start something new. In hopes of getting more readers, and hopefully teaching someone something they didn't know.  As you can see it's called Let's get Digital. I will come every Wednesday with a new challenge. I have been in graphic design for about 4 years now. I do some work in it, and hope to do more. I have always preferred digital design the best. So, I will teach you all how to do something in a graphic editing program. I use Photoshop CS5, but if you are new to graphic design, I would suggest starting out with The Gimp. I started out using it, and it has a lot of the same features as Photoshop. It's pretty easy to use. You could also download the trial version of Photoshop if you like. On to the challenge.

[Click on the pictures for full size images.]
This week I'm going to show you an easy way to brighten a photo. Here's what we are starting with:

It's a little darker than I would like it to be, so I chose this one to edit. So first we need to add a new layer like below:

I have circled the "new layer" button down on the bottom right. Click that and it will put a new layer in your frame, like I circled. 

Our next step is to make the new layer white. To do this, go to edit, the fill, fill with color, and make the color white #ffffff . Your layer should be covering up your picture so you can't see it, like mine is above.

The next step is simple.Make sure you white layer is selected like mine is [it's circled]. Click on the drop box I have circled in the middle there that says "normal" usually, but mine says "overlay". You want to click on that and change it to "overlay" like I have shown. At first it's going to look strange. The other thing I have circled is the "opacity", change it like mine shows to 50. Now if you don't like those you can always mess around to find your right number.

The next step is optional, but I like it. I used the dodge tool, circled on the left. I selected my picture layer [shown circled], and went around my person. It just makes the person stand out more. 

And here is my finished project. My cute son! It's a subtle change, but it makes a difference. It would make a big difference with a really dark photo. If you ever need a photo edited, feel free to contact me [] and I will work with you on prices and what you want. 

Show me what you can do, and join me in this challenge. Add this button to your sidebar, and leave me a comment saying you will being joining in for the challenege!


  1. Oh, what a great idea! Just this past year I've learned how to "diddle" with my Illustrator software...but no longer have the "Photoshop" that originally was included in the package. Lucky to have gotten the computer that had the Illustrator loaded when we divorced. I have been wanting to learn how to take a photo and "drop" out the background. Hope you'll consider a "tute" about that!

    Just visiting and checking out your blog! Your blog club sister!!

  2. That's a good idea. I should make a tut for that. It's actually pretty easy. I don't play in Illustrator much, but hopefully it's the same type of instructions for both.


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