Top Photo Editing Best Practices

On December 8, 2015, in Guides, by Harry Jackson

Photo editing doesn’t have to be a difficult task. Nor does it necessarily need to take much of your time.


The following photo editing best practices will help you accomplish more in simple and less time consuming manner. Moreover they will help turn your photos to a masterpiece after retouching.


  • Resize for the best view
1. Resize for the best view

Image source: PicMonkey

Your photos needs to be optimized with your viewing context in mind. If the dimensions are too large, it will take more time for your viewers to download and view them on the web.


And if the dimensions are too small, most browsers will simply expand them to fit a large or expanded view. Which will make your photos look awkward and unprofessional.


In essence, you need to figure out the dimensions that will be best suited for your users. And resize or crop your images to those dimensions.


If it is for the purpose of printing, see this pixels to inches conversion chat to better understand standard photo print sizes. That is suited for most applications.


  • Crop for the best composition
2. Crop for the best composition

Image source: PicMonkey

Most pictures are best taken at close range. But if your photos were taken from a distance too far away from your target, you don’t have to worry. Because you can use a handy crop tool such as this one here from PicMonkey to get your pictures closer to the action.


With a good crop tool, you will be able to remove parts of your photos while changing the shape of it as well. To maintain the dimensions while doing that, select the Scale Photo function in PicMonkey’s crop tool and input the dimensions you want.


To make your pictures look even more perfect, use a crop tool and a rotate tool as well. Which will help to make sure your photos are aligned properly and composed perfectly.


  • Remove backgrounds that could be distracting for view


3. Remove backgrounds that could be distracting for view

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When framing your photo shots, avoid backgrounds that could be distracting for view.


But if a bind happens, using photo editing tools such as the Clone, Crop, and Soften tool will help you get better results. If there is an unwanted background image, the crop tool will do for a start.


If removing an unwanted and distracting background proves difficult, use the Soften tool. Which works like a blur to blur out problematic image backgrounds for a better focus on your target image.  And remember to use the Effect Brush tool after the Soften tool to paint it exactly where you want.


If the problem seems too problematic, you can use an advanced method such as what is available with the Clone tool. To make background image mistakes disappear with ease. See a tutorial on how to use it here.


And if you still can’t get it work the way you want, using PicMonkey’s Textiles will help you replace a background image completely. With any other image of your choice. Such as an image of your own or with provided textures in the Textiles tools.


  • Fade it for a better look
4. Fade it for a better look

Image source: PicMonkey

Photo editing effects can make a good impact to your pictures. But you don’t want to overdo it so as to get it right. Because too much of an effect can take away the needed attention from your image.


You can find the perfect mix by making use of the Fade slider tool to avoid over editing your pictures. Which will help you to fade different effects to different points of your choice.


  • Sharpen your pictures at 100% as the last step

Sharpen tools helps to clean up a picture. But only use the sharpen tool when your picture is zoomed to 100%. Because if you use the sharpen tool at another zoom size, your picture will be temporarily re-sized to fit the screen of your PC. And when your picture is temporarily being re-sized, you won’t be able to see exactly what the sharpen tool is doing.


It is recommended that you choose a detail where sharpening your image will give the best effect. Such as the eyes. But if is for printing, sharpen your image a little bit more than you need. Because printing will result to some minor blur on an image. Due to the ink bleeding nature of printers.


Which is why some slight over-sharpening of your pictures before printing is necessary. So as to make up for the minor blur that will occur as a result of printing.


And you should only use the Sharpen tool as your very last step in the photo editing process. For the best results when applying the knowledge you have on photo editing best practices.


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