Want to add impact to your otherwise average landscape image? Thanks to a few simple Photoshop Elements tricks you don’t have to keep wasting photos. In this Photoshop Elements tutorial we explain 4 ways you can use Curves and the Gradient tool to make your landscapes stand out.
Your digital camera can produce landscape shots with wonderful colours and contrast. But even if you get all your camera settings spot-on, you’ll sometimes find that images lack punch, especially if the contrast is strong and the camera overexposes shadows or underexposes highlights as a result.
Take our landscape image for example: it looks flat and dull, and certainly doesn’t do the dramatic subject justice.
Fortunately, there are lots of ways in which you can boost colour and contrast in Elements. One of the most effective tools for doing this is Adjust Colour Curves, which enables you to improve contrast by lightening or darkening particular parts of the tonal range.
You can, for example, lighten just the highlights in a shot that contains lots of dark tones, or darken only the shadows in an image that’s predominantly bright.
Photoshop Elements Tricks for Landscapes: 01 Adjust Color Curves
Open the start image in Elements, and go to Enhance > Adjust Colour > Adjust Colour Curves.
Start by selecting Increase Midtones from the Style Options.
For more precise adjustments you can use the Highlights, Midtone Brightness, Contrast and Shadows sliders: in this case, drag all the sliders a little way to the right to boost the colours and contrast.
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