Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Applying and removing effects, part of Photos for OS X: Enhancing Images.
- Now that you understand how to work with a copy of an image, let's explore adding effects. Remember, effects can be added nondestructively to your image. This includes the ability to add filters, color corrections, or even cropping. The focus today is enhancing your images, but I will cover some of these other things like cropping at a basic level. Let's open up this image of a macaw. All right, let's close that info window, and in this case, I'll roll up to the side here and I'm gonna choose Edit. Now if you don't want that bar to have to keep popping up, you can go under the View menu and say Always Show Toolbar in Full Screen.
And you'll see that you're in full screen mode, but it leaves this toolbar across the top. I'll leave this here for a while for the next few adjustments, and you can decide if you like it or if you prefer to minimize it and have more screen real estate. Let's click the Edit button. You'll see now that you can make quick adjustments. You can use a one-click enhancement, and if we revert back to the original there, you'll see that the image was pretty well shot but it made minor adjustments to contrast and saturation. You can also, of course, rotate or crop a photo.
Let's just crop in a little bit and rotate slightly so that back wall is straight. There we go, and I'll readjust the crop. There we go. Crop in a little from the left. And we should be able to put a little bit of head room back in there. There we go, and all those adjustments are made. As we continue to work down, you'll see there's the one-click filters, and we'll explore those later.
And, of course, our adjustments. Now I've had several adjustments added here. We'll explore how to add and subtract these in just a moment, but for now, let's just make a couple of basic adjustments. For example, clicking Auto Light and then drag the Light slider over to brighten up the image. And then maybe pull the Color slider over to the right just a little more to enhance it. If you wanna see the before and after, press the "m" key and you can toggle between the two states.
And you see here that we've done a nice job of brightening up the image as well as boosting the overall saturation and vibrancy of the colors. Now there's a lot to these adjustments, and we're gonna go in depth in just a moment. But for now, I'll click the Done button. You'll notice that the image shows me the new state. Remember, it's gonna show you the adjusted image back here in your library.
- Applying and removing effects
- Reading the histogram
- Working nondestructively
- Making primary color and exposure adjustments
- Reusing image adjustments
- Enhancing images with advanced adjustments
- Recovering shadows and highlights
- Creating and manipulating black-and-white images
- Styling photos
- Adding and combining filters