How to edit your pictures of flowers: adjusting colour and composition
01 Open in Camera Raw
Go to File > Open, select masterclass_start.dng and click Open to open the image in Adobe Camera Raw. We’ll make a few adjustments to enhance the colours and contrast our image.
If you’ve shot your own images you’ll need to make similar adjustments, tweaking the settings to suit. Start by setting Exposure to +0.15 to make the image a little brighter.
02 Tweak the white balance
To warm up the image a little, and enhance the sunny feel, set the Temperature slider to 6750. Next set Highlights to -45, to pull back some of the overexposed highlight areas.
03 Colour and Clarity
Set the Clarity slider to +15 to bring out more of the fine detail in your pictures of flowers. Set Vibrance to +20 to boost the pale greens without affecting the more saturated colours, then set Saturation to +10 to give all the colours in the image a boost.
04 Crop in
Click-and-hold on the Crop tool, and select the 2 to 3 crop ratio. Crop into the picture roughly as shown, to make the most interesting and colourful flowers more prominent in the frame. Press Enter to apply the crop, then select Open Image to open the image into the main Elements editor.
05 Boost the contrast
Add a Levels adjustment layer, and set the Midtones slider to 1.45 and Shadows to 15 to brighten the picture and boost the contrast. Next, add another Levels layer, and this time set the Midtones to 194 to lighten the image further.
Click the layer mask, and press Ctrl+I to invert it and hide the adjustment. Select the Brush tool, and paint over the shadowed flower with a small white brush to bring out its detail.
PAGE 1: Composing pictures of flowers from the ground up
PAGE 2: How to set up your pictures of flowers – steps 1-3
PAGE 3: How to set up your pictures of flowers – steps 4-6
PAGE 4: How to edit your pictures of flowers – adjusting colour and composition
PAGE 5: How to edit your pictures of flowers – adding the new backdrop
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