How I Edit Photos


(Intro music) Hi guys! Today, I’m showing you how I edit my Instagram photos. First, I’m opening up my picture in Photoshop, CC. By the way if you want to know more about how I take pictures I’ll link my video about it in the top right corner right now. So I’m cropping it with the ratio set to square so I can use this photo on Instagram. Make sure the background is set to white so that it’s easier to compare things for when you want a white feed. Now I’m resizing the image to 1280 by 1280 pixels. I used Ctrl+M to open the curves menu, and then use the 3rd dropper to set the white point, and then click on white parts of the picture and click around until you arrive at a brightness level that you think looks good Now I’m going to select the color range and I’ll be selecting the highlights. I messed around a bit with the range, but it doesn’t make a huge difference. Now create a hue and saturation layer, and set the saturation all the way down to negative 100. Then open the layer mask menu, and start editing the selection. So for my pictures, everything is desaturated except for the colorful highlighting bits and since my work is mostly in black pen, It’s fairly easy for me to go through and just unmask all of the highlighty areas. If you’re new to photoshop, and you don’t know exactly how layer masks and all this work, I’ll link some guides about it in the description. And now that I finished it, you can see that the red parts are still saturated while everything else is black and white. Now I’m creating a curves layer and set it so that the darkest part of your picture is as bright as you want it, because we’ll be correcting the rest later. So, fill in the mask on the curves layer completely black, and then use a brush that’s fairly large and with the lowest possible hardness to color in the mask. So first make a gray layer, and color in the parts that are darker. For me, that’s the edges since my camera does some vignette. Again, this might seem a bit weird to you if you’re new to photoshop and don’t really use layer masks. Remember to check the description for some help. So I’m continuously making the brush lighter so that the curves layer is more apparent. So white is when the curves layer is completely visible, and the picture will be increased brightness like completely, whereas when black, the parts that are black on the layer mask aren’t really affected by the curves layer at all and then the different shades of gray in between influence how much an area is affected by the brightness increase. So as you can see, I’ve increased the brightness of the outer edges of the photo. And lastly, I’m going to add my watermark, here are my text settings. I just type in STUDYQUILL which is the name of my account in all caps. And then I rotate it and move it around and put it in a place where it kind of blends in. And the reason I watermark is because a lot of people like to repost my pictures without credit, which is pretty annoying. Please don’t do that. Now I flatten the image, and I save it as a JPEG, and make sure when you’re saving that the quality is set to the maximum. I hope this video was helpful, and you can see all of my photos on my Tumblr and Instagram, which I’ll link in the description. I also upload new videos every Monday and Friday. See you next time!

47 Replies to “How I Edit Photos”

  1. Wow! This is really interesting, I follow your studygram but never realized that some of your pictures are desaturated except for the highlights. Great video as always!

    Quick question: How would you get CS2 for free? I've looked around the Adobe site like you said, but I haven't been able to find it.

  2. Such a great and helpful video as always. You are completely amazing, I love your photos and dedication! Much love and admiration from Brazil, you are a inspiration to me 💚💙💛

  3. love your channel so much!! you’re so talented and all your content is so aesthetic but like minamalistic i cannnn’ttttttt

  4. me: what day is today?
    mom: saturday ?????
    me: oH YES NEW VIDEO FROM STUDYQUILL!!!!!

    p.s thanks for being an inspiration! love u

  5. To anyone that can't use photoshop, I use facetune 2 and polarr to do similar stuff for my studyblr photos. Facetune 2 and Polarr are free, have simpler mechanisms, and are just on your phone!

    for desaturating: Use the B&W (black and white) tool in the 'retouch' section in Facetune 2. Color the whole thing in B&W and then erase the parts with color. I recommend zooming in a lot to erase so you can get maximum precision.
    for whitening with polarr: Use the highlights and whites tools in the 'light' section in Polarr. Increase the whites and highlights to your liking.
    for whitening with facetune 2: Use the glow and whiten tools in the 'retouch' section in Facetune 2. Color in the areas that you want to lighten.

    You can tamper with any other features, but those are pretty much the basics involved for editing photos like this.

    Also, great video! This really helped me see what goes on behind all of your amazing photos!

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