This is quite pitiful. I’ve obtained Photoshop CS5, but haven’t had the opportunity to devote a full day to learning the ins and outs. Can’t wait for that day.
In the meantime, with the lack of an uber fancy camera and the desire to get more creative with my Waterstone product photos, I’ve turned to Picnik. Have you tried it? I’ll show you a few befores and afters and tell you how I got the effects.
With the all of the photos, I imported the desired size to Picnik, then went to the create tab. With the green tote shown above, I clicked the “soften” tab. I used the “fade” scale to soften the entire picture as much as possible. Then I click “original” in the side box and set the brush to the desired size. I very carefully moved the brush over the main focus, my recycled tote. That’s all it takes! Below are a few more Picnik
With this photo, I not only used the black and white tab to focus on the handbag, I also went to the edit tab and flipped the picture horizontally to get the effect I wanted.
While they’re not perfect, I’m very happy with the results and feel that the changes bring focus to my product and not to my model.
Now it’s your turn
What tricks do you have up your sleeve when editing photos