1 PHOTOSHOP TRICK FOR BRIGHT BLOG PHOTOS

Jan 11 2015
Brighten your photos using photoshop in under 1 minute with this super easy and quick tutorial + Download a FREE Photoshop Cheatsheet to speed up your workflow!
Imagine being able to create bright and crisp blog photos by editing in less than 1 minute. Super, right? Yes, I have a tutorial to do exactly that. I am using Adobe photoshop CS6, but don’t worry if you don’t have photoshop. You can download their free 30-day trial version here. Also you could subscribe to their Creative cloud monthly subscription service which gives you access to photoshop and many other tools for affordable prices – here. Here is the before and after of this trick!
Step 1 : Open your photo in Photoshop by going to File –> Open –> Browse your file location.

 

Step 2 : If your layers panel isn’t open, locate it by opening Windows –> Layers (select). In your layers panel, right click on the background layer and select Duplicate layer. You could change name of the duplicate layer – background copy or leave it unchanged.
Step 3 : Keep the cursor clicked on the newly created duplicate layer. At the top, Β click on the drop down menu that says normal. Select the option Soft Light from the menu. And tada! Your photo becomes bright and vibrant instantly.
Step 4Β : If you think your photo looks over saturated or too bright, you can control the effect by varying the opacity at the right until you like what you see.

That’s it, it is really a simple trick and takes less than 1 minute to perform once you get the hang of it.Let me know if you guys enjoy such tutorials, I would love to share more with you all! Hope you are having a great weekend! πŸ™‚
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  • I don’t personally like the “burnt” in pictures. Over exposed can sometimes be harsh for the eyes its always better to keep things mellow and easy to view. For example in the second picture the comparison shot, I like the first one better as I can see every detail nicely and it doesn’t glare at the eyes. What do you think?

    TheConscienceFund

    • Hi divya! πŸ™‚ I too don’t like overexposed pictures that hit the eye. Also I guess it depends on each of us, how bright we like our photos. That is why I spoke about using the opacity tool to adjust the brightness, like in the last photo of the tutorial I have it set to 98% but in the comparison shot, I had it to 100%, so it looks much brighter πŸ™‚ xo

  • I don't personally like the "burnt" in pictures. Over exposed can sometimes be harsh for the eyes its always better to keep things mellow and easy to view. For example in the second picture the comparison shot, I like the first one better as I can see every detail nicely and it doesn't glare at the eyes. What do you think?

    TheConscienceFund

  • This is SUCH an amazing trick, Chaitra! Living in Ireland I often struggle with light, and I find that amping the brightness usually leaves the picture dull and in desperate need of some light, and sometimes getting the contrast up isn’t the solution. I’ll definitely give this a shot! I love that look of very bright pictures, for some reason.

    • Thanks Carla, I am super happy it worked so well for you! πŸ™‚ Me too, love bright pictures xo

  • This is SUCH an amazing trick, Chaitra! Living in Ireland I often struggle with light, and I find that amping the brightness usually leaves the picture dull and in desperate need of some light, and sometimes getting the contrast up isn't the solution. I'll definitely give this a shot! I love that look of very bright pictures, for some reason.

  • Loved this tutorial, I’ve never tried it before either so will have to have a go!

    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

    • Hey maddy! πŸ™‚ Thank you, yes definitely do! xo

  • Loved this tutorial, I've never tried it before either so will have to have a go!

    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

  • Abbie

    This is such a great, quick trick!!x

    Abbie|Thoughtsandthunder

    • Yup i agree πŸ™‚ thanks abbie! xo

  • Abbie

    This is such a great, quick trick!!x

    Abbie|Thoughtsandthunder

  • I don’t use photoshop because I personally find it a tad too confusing haha but this seems super easy! So nice of you to share Chaitra πŸ™‚ x

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

    • Yes it is sheri, please try it when you have the time πŸ™‚ xo

  • I don't use photoshop because I personally find it a tad too confusing haha but this seems super easy! So nice of you to share Chaitra πŸ™‚ x

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

  • That’s a cool trick! That’s something I could definitely use because I always struggle getting my photos to brighten up using Photoshop. I usually adjust using curves, but this tool is so much easier and quicker. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

    Dawn | http://www.keepcalmandbeautify.blogspot.com

    • Yes this is much simpler and faster donna, give it a try! xo

  • That's a cool trick! That's something I could definitely use because I always struggle getting my photos to brighten up using Photoshop. I usually adjust using curves, but this tool is so much easier and quicker. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

    Dawn | http://www.keepcalmandbeautify.blogspot.com

  • Great tip!

  • Great tip!

  • This is a really helpful tip, I wish I had Photoshop but I’ll definitely be taking advantage of the 30 day free trial.

    Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    xx

    • Yes definitely do emily πŸ™‚ Let me know how it works for you xo

  • This is a really helpful tip, I wish I had Photoshop but I'll definitely be taking advantage of the 30 day free trial.

    Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    xx

  • Lily Liseno

    This is a great tip, thank you! I usually up the brightness and the contrast, especially if I am editing a picture on my phone, but I like this effect a lot too! I think I will start using it.

    • πŸ™‚ Hi Lily! Yup it is much quicker. You are so welcome xo

  • Lily Liseno

    This is a great tip, thank you! I usually up the brightness and the contrast, especially if I am editing a picture on my phone, but I like this effect a lot too! I think I will start using it.

  • Such a simple trick, I love it thank you!!

    Joanna xx

    http://www.the-orchard.me

  • Such a simple trick, I love it thank you!!

    Joanna xx

    http://www.the-orchard.me

  • Love this tip! Thanks for sharing!! Xo

    Sarah | Beautybyrah

    • Welcome sarah! πŸ™‚ xo

  • Love this tip! Thanks for sharing!! Xo

    Sarah | Beautybyrah

  • awesome!

  • awesome!

  • Such a simple and quick tip, love it!

    • Awesome, enjoy πŸ™‚ xo

  • Such a simple and quick tip, love it!

  • Great post! I have always wondered how bloggers make their images brighter, I’m hopeless when it come to editing so this is just what I need x

    http://www.sheintheknow.co.uk

    • Thanks rebecca! πŸ™‚ great to hear you like it! xo

  • rebecca

    Great post! I have always wondered how bloggers make their images brighter, I'm hopeless when it come to editing so this is just what I need x

    http://www.sheintheknow.co.uk

  • Ouu I’ve never thought of trying this technique, thank you for sharing xx

    Ioanna | Hearting.co.uk

    • Welcome Ioanna! πŸ™‚ Let me know how it goes xo

  • Ouu I've never thought of trying this technique, thank you for sharing xx

    Ioanna | Hearting.co.uk

  • jho

    This is an awesome tutorial. HAHA. I just used this post to fiddle with an old pic.

    I like posting vibrant photographs on my blog so this will definitely help. Thanks.

    http://oliveneedpopeye.blogspot.com

    • πŸ™‚ Great to hear that jho! Did you like the results you got? xo

  • jho

    This is an awesome tutorial. HAHA. I just used this post to fiddle with an old pic.

    I like posting vibrant photographs on my blog so this will definitely help. Thanks.

    http://oliveneedpopeye.blogspot.com

  • This is such a good tip! I usually use curves & exposure to edit my photos but will be giving this a go instead x

    Charlotte / coloursandcarousels

    • Yup this is faster, thanks charlotte! πŸ™‚ xo

  • This is such a good tip! I usually use curves & exposure to edit my photos but will be giving this a go instead x

    Charlotte / coloursandcarousels

  • Sam W

    This is such a clever tip! Your photography is beautiful too! πŸ™‚ xx

    • Awesome sam, hope it helps! Thanks a lot xo

  • Sam W

    This is such a clever tip! You're photography is beautiful too! πŸ™‚ xx

  • Jenny

    This is a really helpful post! i’ll be sure to try out this technique πŸ™‚

    Jenny – http://www.jnylng.blogspot.co.uk

    • Awesome, let me know how it works for you jenny! xo

  • Jenny

    This is a really helpful post! i'll be sure to try out this technique πŸ™‚

    Jenny – http://www.jnylng.blogspot.co.uk

  • This is amazing, I have heard people speak about this but never seen a tutorial.
    Thanks for leaving me your link tonight from the chat πŸ™‚

    Megan xx
    http://www.auroradust.com

    • Nice to know πŸ™‚ Thanks megan! xo

  • This is amazing, I have heard people speak about this but never seen a tutorial.
    Thanks for leaving me your link tonight from the chat πŸ™‚

    Megan xx
    http://www.auroradust.com

  • Thank you so much for this tip. I’m new to blogging and I want to learn how to improve not only my photography skills but also editing pictures. You’re awesome!

    A whole lot of serendipity

    • Oh thats great Miriam! Hope this helps! πŸ™‚ Thanks a lot. U r too! xo

  • Thank you so much for this tip! I'm new to blogging and I want to learn how to improve not only my photography skills but also editing pictures! You're awesome!

    A whole lot of serendipity

  • Thank you!! This is fantastic!

    • Welcome ashley! πŸ™‚ xo

  • Thank you!! This is fantastic!

  • Emily Leung

    I will definitely try this out! I am by no means an expert with Photoshop though I have learned a bit since I’m on my school’s newspaper staff. My favorite things to do when editing photos are playing with levels, then brightness and contrast, and then the dodge tool on either a white background or focal points like a face. I used to focus on having the whitest background possible, but now I am aiming to have the clearest photo possible. You have some beautiful photography!

    Emily // ahemitsemme.blogspot.com

    • Thank you emily, the dodge tool is an interesting one πŸ™‚ Have to learn more about it! πŸ™‚ xo

  • Emily Leung

    I will definitely try this out! I am by no means an expert with Photoshop though I have learned a bit since I'm on my school's newspaper staff. My favorite things to do when editing photos are playing with levels, then brightness and contrast, and then the dodge tool on either a white background or focal points like a face. I used to focus on having the whitest background possible, but now I am aiming to have the clearest photo possible. You have some beautiful photography!

    Emily // ahemitsemme.blogspot.com

  • Excellent tip – REALLY easy! Yes, I would definitely love to see this kind of tutorial in the future. Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

    • Great to hear that yuni, will be posting more of these! xo

  • Excellent tips – REALLY easy! Yes, I would definitely love to see this kind of tutorial in the future. Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  • πŸ™‚ Hi Lily! Yup it is much quicker. You are so welcome xo

  • Welcome Joanna! πŸ™‚

  • Welcome sarah! πŸ™‚ xo

  • Thanks rebecca! πŸ™‚ great to hear you like it! xo

  • Welcome Ioanna! πŸ™‚ Let me know how it goes xo

  • πŸ™‚ Great to hear that jho! Did you like the results you got? xo

  • Awesome sam, hope it helps! Thanks a lot xo

  • Yup this is faster, thanks charlotte! πŸ™‚ xo

  • Great to hear that yuni, will be posting more of these! xo

  • Thanks sweety! xo

  • Great tip especially as the lighting has been really bad and I haven’t been able to take decent bright photos.

    Zeynab xx

    The Beautifully Disastrous

    • Thanks zeynab, hope it helps! πŸ™‚ xo

  • Great tip especially as the lighting has been really bad and I haven't been able to take decent bright photos.

    Zeynab xx

    The Beautifully Disastrous

  • Thanks zeynab, hope it helps! πŸ™‚ xo

  • Welcome ashley! πŸ™‚ xo

  • Thank you emily, the dodge tool is an interesting one πŸ™‚ Have to learn more about it! πŸ™‚ xo

  • Oh thats great Miriam! Hope this helps! πŸ™‚ Thanks a lot. U r too! xo

  • Nice to know πŸ™‚ Thanks megan! xo

  • Awesome, let me know how it works for you jenny! xo

  • Awesome, enjoy πŸ™‚ xo

  • Thanks for this Chaitra πŸ™‚ I am trying to be a better photograher and a better blogger, these posts really help πŸ™‚ And I am so in love with your pictures!

  • Thanks for this Chaitra πŸ™‚ I am trying to be a better photograher and a better blogger, these posts really help πŸ™‚ And I am so in love with your pictures!

  • I LITERALLY learned this trick over the weekend and had a post up about it this afternoon (I suggested Screen instead of Soft Light). It’s crazy how much of a difference that one little change can make.

  • I LITERALLY learned this trick over the weekend and had a post up about it this afternoon (I suggested Screen instead of Soft Light). It's crazy how much of a difference that one little change can make.

  • Mel

    Thank you, I’m new to photoshop and am enjoying dabbling! That’s really great and you’ve made it so easy! Please do some more! Xx

  • Mel

    Thank you, I'm new to photoshop and am enjoying dabbling! That's really great and you've made it so easy! Please do some more! Xx

  • Great tip!Love it!Thank you,babe.x
    http://www.ninzbeauty.com

  • ninz

    Great tip!Love it!Thank you,babe.x
    http://www.ninzbeauty.com

  • What a great tip! I’ll definitely try this out next time. Thanks!

    Anouk | http://www.franklyanouk.blogspot.be

  • What a great tip! I'll definitely try this out next time. Thanks!

    Anouk | http://www.franklyanouk.blogspot.be

  • Wow, all my years of photoshopping I never knew this handy little tip! I even do graphics at uni haha – really impressed, thank you!

    P.s. I’m holding an Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics giveaway on my blog πŸ™‚
    allthatshimmers.co.uk xo

  • Wow, all my years of photoshopping I never knew this handy little tip! I even do graphics at uni haha – really impressed, thank you!

    P.s. I'm holding an Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics giveaway on my blog πŸ™‚
    allthatshimmers.co.uk xo

  • Hi! this is a great tip, and super fast as well! I really love your blog, I’ve just started mine and I guess I’ve read all of yours for inspiration… πŸ˜›
    Keep up the great work!

    http://www.creamsandotherthings.com

  • I duplicate the base photo, set the new layer to Screen (and adjust opacity accordingly), and then do a Soft Light layer.

  • I duplicate the base photo, set the new layer to Screen (and adjust opacity accordingly), and then do a Soft Light layer.

  • GREAT TIP:)

  • GREAT TIP:)

  • This was super helpful, thank you πŸ™‚

    ALL SHE NEEDS

  • Such a great tip! I'll have to try this with my photos in the future πŸ™‚

    Lauren | laurenthedaydreamer.co.uk

  • So welcome lovely xo

  • Thanks! πŸ™‚ x

  • Ah so glad to hear that sweety! You are so welcome! xo

  • ha ha, yes, I like screen too! But it smtimes washes out my photos, so i stick to soft light! xo

  • πŸ™‚ I will mel, definitely! Thank you xo

  • So glad Emma πŸ™‚ Thanks! xo

  • Aww thanks a lot virginia, means a lot xo

  • Nice! Screen is a great option too for underexposed photos xo

  • Thanks lauren. Let me know if you try it! xo

  • Welcome lovely πŸ™‚ xo

  • Great to hear that anouk! xo

  • Great tips πŸ™‚ I find the iPhone also has some fantastic APPS πŸ™‚ I love Camera 360, there's a 'cool' filter on there which helps brighten images too http://www.sheheart.net

  • Omg, this post literally changed my life, haha! Thank you so much!

  • what a great simple tip! i usually mess about with exposure and curves which can be quite harsh.

  • Great tip!

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  • Thank you!

  • My one of the most favorite Photoshop tricks is to use the patch tool for swapping the things within a image! Photoshop sometimes works like a magician.

  • Thanks for this post Chaitra! By the way, I added your stock photos on my recent blog post. http://bynajmah.com/collection-of-free-stock-photos/

  • Love this easy tip~

    Happy New Year
    Akane
    http://www.humancat.co

  • The Sunday Mode

    This is such a handy tip! I’m just starting to learn the ropes of photoshop so posts like this are really helpful as a beginner πŸ™‚

    http://www.thesundaymode.blogspot.com.au

  • Whow… never knew this! Thank you so much!!!

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