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4 quick steps to improve an image in Photoshop

A little tweaking in Photoshop can drastically improve a picture. Here’s one example I especially like:

Beer Glass on a Bar Counter

Original Image

When I first saw it, I loved how the colours came out in this picture. The colours counter top and the beer glass complimented each other. The patterned wall in the background created a great contrast. Any hint of monotony was broken by shades on light on the counter and the frames on the wall.

Yet I felt I would be happier with the picture if it popped out more. A few experiments in Photoshop and this is what I settled on:

Edited Image of Beer Glass on Bar's Counter

Edited Image

I’m really happy with the result. It makes the photo more striking and makes the eyes linger on it. I did lose some pattern on the wall, but just the hint of pattern works really well for me.

Here’s what I did:

  1. Cropped the image to get rid of the annoying white light on the top left corner making the object more prominent. 
  2. Created a vignette around the edges to highlight the glass and the light’s pattern on the counter.
  3. Increased the brightness of the image, added a new layer with black, and changed the layer’s mode to “hue”. I then adjusted the layer’s opacity till I was happy with the colours.
  4. Sharpened the image.


P.S. I read about this technique online but unfortunately can’t find the page now. If anyone knows where this comes from, please drop me a line in the comments below so I can link the website.