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15 Photoshop fixes: solve common photo problems with these Photoshop CC tips

Photoshop fixes
(Image credit: James Paterson)

Very often, you can see what the problem is with a photo, but it's not so obvious what you can do about it. With our 15 Photoshop fixes, we've picked  top technical issues you can encounter, and we show you how to fix them in Photoshop or Adobe Camera Raw.

Some issues are pretty obvious, like high ISO noise or sensor spots, but there's still an art to correcting them in software so that the results are as 'invisible' as possible. Other techniques like straightening skewed images might look obvious but actually have more than one solution, while some everyday exposure errors can be easier to fix than others.

Can you really fix camera shake or focus errors? You can, up to a point, but it depends on sound and careful editing technique, not 'magic' plug-ins.

More often than not, though, you just want to restore the vibrancy and contrast to your photos. Digital cameras are very cautious in the way they render tones and colors, and sometimes you need to apply a little digital leverage to make your images come out as you intended.

So here's our list of 15 top Photoshop fixes. Just click on the image thumbnail or title to see the full article. Happy photo-fixing!

• Read more: 32 Lightroom tutorials

How to get Photoshop

If you're not yet using Photoshop and Adobe Camera Raw, there's a 7-day free trial which should give you enough time to make your mind up, and maybe try out a few of the techniques above on your photos.

After that, you'll need to subscribe to an Adobe Photography Plan to keep using the software. Adobe offers three subscription based Photography Plans which you can click on below. We recommend either the regular Photography Plan, or the Photography Plan (1TB) which costs more but comes with 1TB online storage in case you decide to go with Lightroom CC.

For this set of tutorials and for anyone who likes to work on a single main computer, we recommend the regular Creative Cloud Photography Plan. This is the cheapest way to get started and it includes not just Photoshop CC and Adobe Camera Raw, but Lightroom CC too.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is the Group Reviews editor for Digital Camera World and across Future's entire photography portfolio. Previously he has been Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar. He has been writing about digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. 


Rod's near-encyclopedic knowledge of cameras both old and new makes him an invaluable resource, whether we need to ask a question about transparencies or the latest X-Trans sensor. He owns all manner of cameras, from Nikon DSLRs through Olympus, Sony and Fujifilm bodies, and on any given day you'll see him using kit from just about every manufacturer.