Now that your photos are taken…..

This is where your own creative touch comes into play. For my tutorial I am going to open up Photoshop CC and share with you how I prefer to edit my photos for printing. As with any number of creative endeavours, there is absolutely no wrong way and there is no certain outcome that you have to reach with editing your photos. It really is a matter of preference.

For me, I like to have well focused, bright photos that are slightly softened. That typically means I brighten just a tiny bit past what your eye thinks is good. I always begin with brightening the photos, because brightening can cover a multitude of sins. I can’t tell you how many times I have opened up a photo and thought it was possibly un-salvageable, and then brightened it and found it to be perfect! This will help bring the image into focus immediately, because our eye is drawn to bright images.

One of the challenges I face most often, however, is faces. When you brighten too much it can cause you to loose details in faces, especially for subjects who are fair skinned. In our family we have three people who are fair skinned, one who is in the middle (me!), and two children who are olive toned so therefore a bit darker. I usually adjust my camera settings for the lighter folk, and then use my Dodge tool in Photoshop to brighten the olive skin a bit.

I have often said that chances are, if you are taking digital photos then you will have to crop them somehow in order to have them printed. That is always the final step for me, after brightening and sharpening just a tiny bit. Remember that each of these edits only needs a tiny increment in order to pack a large punch!

I invite you to my desktop to walk through my own post-processing to prepare photos for printing!

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Thank you so much for joining me for this mini class! Of course, if you have any questions I would love to hear from you! You can always email me at

Have a wonderful Holiday season and beyond!!!