ADJUSTING DIGITAL PHOTO FILES

Copy photo file to computer.

  1. 1. Open file and Open "Save As " Photoshop .psd file:
    1. Adjust size if necessary

  2. Make Auto adjustments as needed
    1. Auto Tone - undo if results not an improvement
    2. Auto Contrast - undo if results not an improvement
    3. Auto Color - undo if results not an improvement

  3. Make necessary adjustments as needed
    1. To overall photo or
    2. Selected areas

  4. If necessary adjust tonal range:
    1. Create "Levels" adjustment layer and adjust tonal range by:
      1. Re-map Histogram by moving in highlights and shadow markers as necessary then adjust midtone as necessary slide
      2. If necessary adjust specific areas of poor contrast
        A.   Select area of poor contrast or create a mask
        B.  Make "Levels" adjustment layer
        C. Adjust levels using sliders
  5. "Save" Photoshop file

  6. If necessary correct color
    1. Create "Levels" adjustment layer
      1. Set black and or white and or grey points as necessary - to remove color casts
    2. If necessary create "Hue & Saturation" adjustment layer
      1. Select presets to adjust color curacy and intensity
      2. Pull down specific hues
        1. Use eyedroppers to select
        2. Use sliders to adjust

  7. If necessary sharpen image or a specific area of image:
    1. Duplicate the layer
      1. Change pull down menu to "Overlay"
      2. Select "Filter" - "Other" - "High pass"pixels
        1. Set Radius between .5 - 5
  8. 6.a. Or as an alterntive method:
    1. Select "Filter" "Smart Sharpen"
      1. Set Amount to 60-90%
      2. Set Radius to 2.0
    2. Select "Advanced"
      1. Select "Shadows"
        1. Set Amount to 60-110%
        2. Set Tonal Width 30%-100%
        3. Set Radius 1-10%
      2. Select "Highlights"
        1. Set Amount to 60-110%
        2. Set Tonal Width 30%-100%
        3. Set Radius 1-10%

  9. "Save a copy"

  10. "Save a copy" of the copy and "Flatten" if necessary