Friday, July 27, 2007


Photographing artwork may be one of the most difficult jobs for an artist. Luckily, I have a fabulous husband that knows everything about cameras, lights and computers. Not so lucky, he is super busy and enjoys seeing me figure things out for myself. So, I thought that I would share my process with those of you who are not very computer literate (like me).

I love Photoshop. It makes it so easy for me to correct my photography errors. I know that light is the key to getting good photographs but I do not have a professional lighting set up yet. So, I have fallen in love with a few simple tools on Photoshop.

Once I pull an image into Photoshop, I try to keep the touchups to a minimum. I would rather be in my studio than stuck on the computer. First I crop, then I go to Image, Adjustments and adjust the Levels to get rid of empty information.

Then I tweak the color by using Image, Adjustments, Color Balance. I push up the Blue in the Shadows, the Green in the Midtones, and the Red in the highlights. This gives my work a richer look, more true to the real-life colors.

Then I tweak the Image, Adjustments, Brightness/Contrast if necessary. That is usually it. I shrink the image size and Save to Web. It usually takes only a few minutes to make a dramatic difference.
Here are some before and after shots.


Cathy said...

thank goodness for photoshop! i rely on it too much though. i'm planning to do a small photography course later this year so i can get a better handle on my camera :)

Pam McFadyen said...

I probably should as well. my husband keep talking about getting some light boxes but we haven't gotten around to it yet. I hear that they are well worth it!

Aria Images by Melody said...

I love photoshop as well. :)
I like your blog. Hope you dont mind me linking your blog to mine. I am an Etsy seller as well. :)

Pam McFadyen said...

No problem! Feel free to link away and I will check you out too!

Cynthia said...

I LOVE photoshop!

I'd like to take a digital photography class myself - that and taxes for small businesses!