Fix a photo: background distractions removed in 3 steps

Fix a photo: background distractions removed in 3 steps

Many promising photos are let down by a poor or distracting background. Anything in the distance that competes for attention will naturally draw the eye away from the subject and the impact of the shot will instantly be lost.

A common problem is shooting with your subject too close to the background. This means that anything behind the subject appears in partial focus and the subject itself doesn’t stand out. Other potential hazards include photo background distractions such as burnt-out areas, out-of-focus ‘blobs’, competing colours and unwanted intrusions, such as foliage. The good news is that they are all easily avoided. Here’s how…

How to correct leaning buildings in Photoshop Elements

Barrel Distortion: how to correct leaning buildings in Photoshop

Do you often find leaning buildings in your architectural photos? This is called barrel distortion.

The most likely cause of barrel distortion is shooting a building from too close a distance. When shooting too close, you’ll need to zoom out to a wide-angle focal length, which can result in noticeable barrel distortion, making the top, bottom and sides of a building appear to bow outwards. For those instances when you just can’t shoot it any other way, here is how you can correct distortion on the computer using Photoshop.

Photoshop Elements: red eye removal in 4 simple steps

Red eye removal in Photoshop Elements

Red eye has long been the bane of photographers. How many times have we photographed our friends and family in a variety of social scenarios, and the flash photography leaves our pictures of people looking like demons!

Red-eye occurs when your camera uses a burst of flash to capture a decent exposure. In low-light conditions our pupils open wide so that we can see more clearly. This means that a sudden influx of light from the camera will illuminate the eyes’ interior, bouncing off the blood vessels on our retinas – and adding a sinister red glow to our subject’s eyes.

Tutorial: Fix dull skies in Photoshop

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Discover how to adjust grey, rainy skies using Photoshop’s Curves and adjustment layers to add impact to your autumn and winter landscape photos

Boost colour in Photoshop Elements

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Improve exposure in Photoshop Elements

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How to add a border in Photoshop Elements

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Correct camera distortion in Photoshop Elements

Learn how to remove lens distortion from your photographs using Photoshop Elements Digital Camera’s 10-part series ‘Teach Yourself Photoshop’ builds into a complete video reference library. These easy-to-follow video guides will take you on a start-to-finish journey through perfecting your photos in the digital darkroom. In this video you’ll find out how to use the… Continue reading

A guide to selection Tools in Photoshop Elements

How to use the selection tools to remove backgrounds in Photoshop Elements Digital Camera’s 10-part series ‘Teach Yourself Photoshop’ builds into a complete video reference library. These easy-to-follow video guides will take you on a start-to-finish journey through perfecting your photos in the digital darkroom. In this video you’ll find an introduction to the different… Continue reading

How to avoid noise in your photos

Photoshop Guide 3.5: How to remove noise from your photographs in Photoshop Elements Digital Camera’s 10-part series ‘Teach Yourself Photoshop’ builds into a complete video reference library. These easy-to-follow video guides will take you on a start-to-finish journey through perfecting your photos in the digital darkroom. In this video you’ll find out how to remove… Continue reading