Photoshop love + resources

for you from nirrimi  curve by Nirrimi Hankinson modern things curve by Julia Trotti One of the things I have loved about blogging...

for you from nirrimi curve by Nirrimi Hankinson

modern things curve by Julia Trotti

One of the things I have loved about blogging is that it has helped me get back in touch with one of my first loves photography. I first started out in photography when I was little and my Dad taught me to use his old Minolta SLR, then I moved to the darkroom and at uni I finally got into digital, but again I'm back to what I love best, film photography.

Although I do almost all my photography in film, I do still do some very simple and quick editing in Photoshop. I try not to do too much touching up because the beauty of film is in the imperfections, but when I do my favourite tools/resources are...

Curves:  Hands down my favourite! If you haven't heard of curves or never used them before they are the quickest way to give a touch up to a photo, from minor brightening/contrast to a full vintage wash.  And what is even better is that there are some super talented photographers out there you can get curves from if you are time poor like me or don't really know where to start with creating your own.

My favourite resources for curves...
// The Colour Shop:  by Nirimmi Hankinson
// Julia Trotti:  Julia has a whole selection of free curves on her blog.
Instructions on how to use and install curves found here.

Other favourite editing tools: 
These are my top most used tools in Photoshop, a quick search of the Adobe website help (or even google) will give you a video tutorial!
// Spot Heal:  After scanning this tool is great for removing little bits of dust and scratches.
// Dodge & Burn: My favourite tool and reminds me of being in the darkroom!
// Levels: This is a must for getting your true white and true black, again a tool that reminds me of being in the darkroom using filters.
// Lens Flare: I love lens flare! better if you can get it naturally, but I have added the occasional artificial one.

Good resources...
// Adobe ANZ FB page:  Great for links to tips and tutorials on how to do different effects in Photoshop for the newbie like me.
// Pugly Pixel:  One of my goals this year is to learn to make more collages and graphics for my blog. Pugly Pixel has a huge collection of cute graphics specifically for blogging.

So how do you like to edit your photos? any favourite resources/curve sites/tips? Do share!....

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  1. I love the curves from Colour Shop and Julia Trotti! That's where I get most of them from. Most of the time, I just play around with different curves and levels, adding more or less contrast. It's very different and just depends on which photo.

  2. Film is amazing. I like how you put it:

    "the beauty of film is the imperfections"

  3. I'm a big fan of using photoshop actions to add a little something to my pictures too! I love the Julia Trotti ones, I can't wait to try some of them out~

    Some of my favourites are:
    Actions by Night Fate
    And these ones from WishWishWish.

  4. Thanks for the links!
    I always love your photography.
    I am a big fan of pugley pixel but I hadn't heard of The Colour Shop or Julia Trotti so can't wait to check them out.

    I also find actions very useful and as Lyndall mentioned Night Fate has some great ones. I also use actions from - she is AMAZING! She has free ones too!

    My favourite photoshop trick - I have a very small digital camera so I like to add depth on the odd photo by copying the background to a new layer, applying a lens blur then using a mask or eraser I cut the blur away to create a focal point.

  5. Curves are such magical things ! :) they do such wonders to your iamges ! I'm such a fan of some of J.Trotti's curves :)

  6. you're the one introducing me to julia trotti's curves, so thank you!! i love photoshop :)

  7. Curves are so much fun and so quick to use, I love creating my own too, thanks for sharing the links :)
    secret stare

  8. I've just started following your blog. Really enjoying it!

  9. i rely so heavily on the curves tool, but i totally agree that you have to just the film shine sometime. the imperfection is part of what makes it great.

  10. Thanks for sharing your photoshop tips! I am a new Melbourne based photographer & blogger. Would love you to check out my stuff.

    Benni Knop

  11. My favourite used to be levels, but now I'm addicted to contrast, because I like my pictures with bright colors and a deep feeling, and also selective color when I need to fix some colors or make them pop-up.
    Thank you so much for the links.

  12. Thanks for the links and tips - Pugly Pixel is one of my faves! She does some awesome things over there!

  13. I learned a lot from Pugly Pixel too! I use Instagram inspired actions by Daniel Box (via Pugly Pixel) for my photos. You can get it here if you're interested. :) Nice day!

  14. Thank you so much for compiling this post. I've been looking all over for some helpful posts on photoshop skills for bloggers and these links are so helpful x

  15. Thank you so much for posting this! I have a graphic design background but still struggle with making my photos pop! I didn't know these resources existed. Thanks for sharing! Also, Beautiful blog as always..

  16. curves are quite a help.
    have you tried gradient map. its amazing when its used as a layer. the quickest trick.

    Some free Curves as well!

  18. Ah, i've been searching everywhere for some good quality post-processing sets and it looks like the Color Shop has everything i've been wanting! So inspiring.
    Also, how good is Pugly Pixel! I'm a newbie to blogging and her resources have helped me so much.

    Caitlin in Catland


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