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Easy Photo Editing : MacBook Edition

Easy Photo Editing: MacBook Edition!

Have you ever taken a photo on your phone and thought, “Oh, this is such a cute photo!…Except it’s a little dark.” Or worse, “Why is my skin green color green?” So you put your phone away and sadly that cute photo goes unseen. For shame! It doesn’t have to be that way! For today’s By-The-Way Thursday, I’m here to show you a few easy photo editing tips for MacBook users. We’ll be using 2 photos I took on my Samsung, and the MacBook default photo viewing software, Preview.

This is Preview

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1. Open Photo in Preview

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2. In Preview, go to Tool > Adjust Color

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3. This screen will pop up. Don’t get scared, this is the fun part!

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4. Play with the adjustments until the photo looks correct!

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KEEP READING FOR A MORE DETAILED EXPLANATION ON EACH OF PREVIEW’S ADJUSTMENT SLIDERS!

 

a. Here’s the selfie I took (no editing done).

Now we’re going to go down the line of each slider
(except sepia…no one cares about sepia. I’m kidding! That one’s just pretty self explanatory).

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b. Exposure: Basically makes your overall photo brighter or darker.

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c. Contrast: The difference between highlights & shadows. High contrast = big difference, Low contrast = more equal highlights & shadows.

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d. Highlights & Shadows: Filling in highlights so they’re not so bright. Filling in Shadows so they’re not so dark.

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e. Saturation: Making colors more or less vivid (no saturation at all = black & white).

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f. Temperature: Adding orange or blue light. This is one of the most important for changing skin tones or mood. If your photo is too orange, add blue. If it’s too blue, add orange!

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g. Tint: Adding magenta or green tones. Like temperature, this is important for adjusting skin tones!

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h. Sharpness: Make images sharper or softer.

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Look at that! So much you can do with a program that comes FREE with your MacBook! Now go have some fun making your images prettier.

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