Eight Image Effects and Where to Use Them

Imaging software changed photography processing. A person uses the software to create the ideas and artistic insights that they have gleaned. It begins with choosing an interesting image.

Effects for all Images

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Take time to really look at an image before editing. What does the image say? How would image editing enhance it? High quality, engaging image creation often happens with basic techniques used skillfully. When you take the time to hone these techniques, it will show in your images.

One: Filter the Noise

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Images often have two issues due to the photographic process itself and the phenomena is called noise filtering. Dots of light occur in the dark areas and points of dark occur in the light areas of an image. Color noise is splotches of translucent color scattered across an image like the sheen of oil on a water puddle. Learn how to edit images by filtering out the noise first.

Two: Capture the Strays

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Stray light almost always occurs in any image. It results in softened edges. If you sharpen the image overall, it offsets the issues and establishes firm boundaries.

Three: Cut and Focus

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Cropping allows one to focus on the most interesting aspects of the image. It becomes even more provocative or engaging to look at. It removes the distractions.

Four: Time to Color

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Global enhancement makes changes in the color tones of the image. Changing the colors creates an emphasis or different interpretation. Contrast and gradient in color evoke the most emotions. Changing the color quality either in the whole image or a part of the image can radically change the photo’s look or appeal. Imaging software allows selective coloring and deepening or lightening of color depth.

Five: Peek-a-Boo Editing

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Some images need more or the artist wants to do something innovative. Digital processing allows experimentation with its non destructive editing feature through its adjustment layers. Doing edits in layers allows maximum creativity since a person can try a technique, check, and easily return to the original image if not acceptable.The feature allows removal of unwanted elements in a photo.

Six: Manipulating for Mood

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A graph called a histogram displays all the tonal qualities of light in an image. Knowing the range of lights and dark gives information on the composition and balance. The vertical axis gives the count of pixels, and the horizontal axis gives level of light. Manipulating the histogram can give a desired effect in contrast or depict a specific mood.

Seven: Many Photos Made Into One

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Merging and slicing allows a montage of several images. Each photographic piece can have a special technique applied or each piece can have color adjustment to create a whole image.

Creating special effects by learning basic tools put creativity in the hands of a human. Playful manipulation of images puts a personal stamp and voice on the work making for true artistic expression.


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