Simple Photoshop tutorial

Finished photo of guitar printThis is a simple tutorial using Photoshop layers and paths to enhance a picture of one of my guitar prints. I wanted to make the images seem a bit cooler and grundgy but without obscuring or altering the print itself.

Finished photo of guitar print

This is the image I started with, fairly simple with the print on the back of a red sofa leaning against the wall. Lit with just natural light and careful to avoid reflections in the glass. The first thing to do is adjust the brightness and contrast by going to Image > Adjustments > Brightness and Contrast and sliding the arrows until the best balance is achieved:

Adjusting the brightness and contrast in Photoshop

Next create a new path and trace around the frame and the sofa:

Draw a path around the frame

When the path is complete, select it using the paths drop down menu. Make sure you are working in a new layer and fill the path with black:

Fill the path in black

In this new layer, change the layer properties to ‘Overlay’, this allows us to change the colour of the background but still shows the detail in the wall and makes the colour look much more natural:

Set layer properties to 'Overlay'

On another new layer, create a gradient from the top left corner. Change this layer’s properties to ‘Overlay’, and change the opacity to 50%:

Add a gradient

And that is it! Pretty simple really but shows how a few simple Photoshop tricks can enhance your pictures. The print itself is unchanged, we haven’t edited that but the setting it’s in looks much more professional.

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