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In this instructable I'll go over how I edit my photos for my instructables and for the products in my Etsy store. I don't spend a ton of time doing it, but I ALWAYS do a little tweaking on my phone or computer. There are quite a few quick and easy ways to edit your photos and make them look great!

Whether you're using a cellphone, a point and shoot or a DSLR camera, it's always a good idea to edit your photos. Just a few simple tweaks can take your photos from meh to amazing!

With the amount of projects we get posted on the site every day, basic photo editing will help your projects stand out and get noticed. This is especially important if you want to get your project featured to the front page and end up in contest finalists. :D

P.S. Are you using a smartphone to take photos? Check out my How to Take Great Photos With an iPhone tutorial!

P.P.S. Curious about how to make a collage of images for Pinterest or other social media sites? Check out Penolopy Bulnick's ible Easily Create Long Pins for Pinterest.

Step 1: Start With a Good Base Photo

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Above are four photos, all taken with the same camera and completely unedited.

Clockwise starting with top left:

  • indirect daylight (taken next to a window) - ohhhhhhhhh yeeeeeaaaaahhhh that's good
  • inside with overhead lighting (no flash) - see how washed out the colors are?
  • inside with overhead lighting (with flash on) - lots of sharp shadows and bright spots, colors are strange
  • inside with overhead lighting (no flash, no tripod, shaky hands) - eek! not even saveable.

See what a huge difference nice indirect sunlight makes?

Before you start photographing a project, make sure you think about how you want to photograph it. If you take bad photos, it will be harder to rescue them during editing. While you can always tweak the brightness, contrast and saturation, you probably won't be able to fix blurry photos, extremely dark photos or photos taken with a bright flash as easily.

Here are the basic rules I follow for taking photos:

  • natural, indirect sunlight is always best. Document during the day near a window if possible.
  • If you don't have a good indirect light, try using a light box or two to three diffused lights.
  • Try to avoid using the flash if possible - if you have the option on your camera use a flash diffuser instead.
  • If you're taking detailed and up close photos make sure to use the macro setting on your camera. This tutorial will walk you through it!
  • In you're shooting in low light or you have an older camera - use a tripod! Older cameras tend to not have any sort of stabilization feature, and low lighting is always where camera shake shows up the worst. I have both a tabletop tripod and standard tripod for this reason.
  • Clean up the area you're shooting in! Try to keep the surface you're working on and the wall behind it nice and clear (or at least organized) if possible. If not, take process shots in another location. You want your project to be the focal point.
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hettye4 years ago
Very comprehensive and useful. Thank you for the links embedded. I am shooting photos for my web site and this is exactly what I needed. One question, do you have a suggestion for close ups of metal, shiny objects? Hot spots being the main problem. Anyway. Thanks for the I'ble
Euticus hettye8 months ago
Try spraying with a light coat of hairspray.

"close ups of metal, shiny objects"

Shiny objects pick up REFLECTIONS of everything - including LIGHT SOURCES - esp Point Light sources. Even your camera - and lens.

Can you cover the area with an off-white sheet? Object, camera & You? This should diffuse the light sources evenly.

You will still need to adjust your angle and may want to pull your camera back and use the OPTICAL zoom to get the 'close-up' while avoiding a reflection from the camera lens.

Reflections are necessary to help define the shape of the object - all you need do is eliminate those that are DISTRACTING.

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A shareware program I've used for YEARS on my Mac is Graphic Converter (https://www.lemkesoft.de/en/products/graphicconver... It's very powerful and a "try before you buy". I "could" get by using the share version, but I use it so much it's worth it to pay the US$40 to unlock it!

Thank you for a lot of the tips, though. I did a tutorial (years ago) on taking pics for eBay. How to make images as few kb as possible and still be really good. Being able to post larger pictures makes it a lot easier!

Wow so nice, thanks for sharing with us.

poojaR281 year ago

nice article thanks for sharing

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MaggieF21 year ago
Thank you for the information> Going off to try some of these tips now. I'm constantly teaching myself how to do new things, I might as well teach others once I figure them out. These tips will help. Also read your post on taking pictures with an I-Phone.
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I've been learning to edit photos for the last 3 months now and have to say that this tutorial really adds value to my newly found skills set. I've also been using (among others) a brilliant tutorial which will change the way you approach the editing of your photos, the link is: https://tinyurl.com/y7l7jost for anyone interested. Thanks again for a great tutorial.

enayah1231 year ago

this is pretty good advice because i am writing my first instructable and I NEEDED tips for taking good I mean good pics.

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I use the free Infranview and a real old PSP,exe I started with twenty years ago - and am still learning how to use. If you have MS Word, you can adjust phots in that program (basics). As well, you can do some editing with Paint (comes with almost every PC)

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Beekeeper2 years ago

Hi there

I am just about to write and post my first Instructable and have tried to upload my photos but only 3 or 4 went through whereas I have 10 or 12. The average size of my photos is 3MB which I suspect is too large. Please can you tell me what is the ideal size for an Instructable?

Thanks

Your tips are most useful and practical! I now feel much more confident in my photo editing skills. Thanks heaps!
KVSBUNNY2 years ago

great I'ble! My current woe, however is not addressed. A number of photos that I uploaded last night, keep coming up (in my draft) upside down, or sideways! What gives? Also I can't get the photos in the order I want, even though I individually uploaded photos. This is happening even if the order I want them in, was the order in which they were taken. Help!

Signed, frustrated~ KVSBUNNY

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Okok5 years ago
A great program for photo editing is paint.net (not the paint that comes with Photoshop).
It's free, available at softonic and other sites, works with layers and is a simplified version of Photoshop.
KannyDirby Okok3 years ago

I'll second that. Paint.NET is one of my favorite quick and easy image editors. It operates similarly to the old-school Microsoft Paint program that used to come preinstalled on Windows PCs (...maybe it still does?). Only this comes with far more features and functionality, without a complex UI. It's simple and very easy to use with just the right amount of tools. Best of all, it's free! Perfect for beginners who are just learning the basics yet also very handy for the professional that just needs a simple tool for those quick adjustments. Here's the official site, http://www.getpaint.net/ :)

nice tips

Well, i hope i could get used to doing it.
Thanks for sharing this great tips dude!

DIYmal3 years ago

Thanks soooooo much for this! I now kow how to edit my own photos!

taifur3 years ago

Excellent

KarishmaM23 years ago

Thank you for sharing this info. For years I thought I might be over saturating or over-hueing images.

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EllianeW4 years ago

I love Super Refocus and Super Denoising.

Super Refocus professionally adds focus and depth to your Photos. It easily defines a focus area and achieves lens blur, motion blur effects. Super Refocus extends filter and lens functionality beyond your camera and allows you to adjustable controls to add custom focus options to make any photo stand-out.

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Nayr23_4 years ago

Photoshop is indeed the powerhouse in image editing, however for basic editing you can use Photoshop alternatives such as those shown on this page. http://screenshot.net/photoshop-alternative.html

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