Photo Editing Tutorials

Photo editing is at the core of producing great photography today. Without good photo editing skills, you simply can’t compete with the best photographers. Because of this, many photographers are reluctant to share their hard-won skills and knowledge. At the same time, there’s a lot of misinformation circulated. Often this is because people are embarrassed to admit they don’t know better. Sometimes people are just repeating the mistakes of others.

This is one of the reasons I changed the direction of Lenscraft. I wanted to focus on providing tutorials for photographers of all levels. Especially those photographers who have tried but struggled to learn in the past.

Learn Photo Editing Skills with Lenscraft

If you quickly want to learn how to edit your photos, Lenscraft can help. I have a wide range of free and paid resources. You will find lots of free photo editing tutorials on the site. These are covering many of the most popular software editing packages. And if you can’t find quite what you’re looking for, why not contact me. I often answer people’s questions by developing new tutorials for the site.

Start by reading the Mac and PC Photo Editors page for ideas of the best photo editing packages available.

Photo Editing Tutorial Listing

Below is a list of all Lenscraft tutorials in the Photo Editing category.

Capture One Soft Proofing

In this tutorial, we’re looking at Capture One Soft Proofing. We’ll discuss what Soft Proofing is before looking at how it works in Capture One. We’ll also look at the Capture One Proofing function which is a useful feature to help you proof your photos.

RAW Format Photography for Maximum Quality

If you think you understand RAW Format Photography, this tutorial may hold a few surprises for you. It’s not that it’s a confusing subject, it’s more that it’s easy to overlook some important points about the subject. In this article, we are going to delve into RAW format photography and examine how you can take advantage of the technology.

Affinity Photo High Pass Sharpening

The High Pass filter in Affinity Photo appears to cause confusion. That’s a shame as it’s a very effective and useful filter to use for sharpening photographs. In this tutorial we’ll examine:

How to use the High Pass filter in Affinity Photo.
Consider why you might want to use this.
Explore different ways to control the High Pass sharpening effect.

This tutorial also includes a video demonstrating High Pass Sharpening in Affinity Photo.

Affinity Photo Unsharp Mask Filter

In this tutorial, I’m going to explain how to sharpen a photo with the Unsharp Mask filter in Affinity Photo Desktop. I’ll cover what the different sliders do in the Unsharp Mask and how you can use these to improve your sharpening results. This means you’ll achieve much sharper photographs but also cleaner images with fewer sharpening problems.

Mastering the Photoshop Smart Sharpen Filter

In this article we look at mastering the Photoshop Smart Sharpen filter, answering questions like:

Why use the Smart Sharpen filter?
What do all the sharpening controls do?
Where in my workflow does Smart Sharpening fit?

If you’ve tried to use Smart Sharpening with limited success or even given up with frustration, don’t worry. It’s not as difficult as it appears at first glance. By the end of this tutorial, you’ll be using the Photoshop Smart Sharpen filter like a professional.

Photoshop Image Sharpening Options

There are lots of ways to sharpen an image in Photoshop. You’ll find some in the Filter menu but there are many other less obvious techniques to use like High Pass Sharpening. In this tutorial, we’re going to look at the Photoshop Sharpen menu to better understand the various options.

You’ll learn about:

How image sharpening works.
The menu options to ignore and why.
A simple way to use the Smart Sharpen filter.

Capture One Plugins and the Nik Collection

Are you aware that Capture One now supports using Plugins? Phase One who develops Capture One introduced support for Plugins in version 12 of their software. Interestingly, it isn’t just the Pro version of Capture One that supports plugins. If you’re using the free Capture One Express edition to edit your Sony or Fuji RAW files, you also get plugin support. This tutorial explains how.

Easy Ways to Straighten an Image in Photoshop

Like most tasks in Photoshop, there are several methods you can use to straighten an image. In this tutorial, we are going to look at three of the easiest. We will cover using the:

Ruler Tool to draw and automatically straighten an image.
Crop Tool to crop and automatically level an image.
RAW Filter which can straighten an image and correct all kinds of perspective problems.

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Photo Editing Tutorials