10 Photoshop Tricks To Fix Your Worst Photos

Starting out in Photoshop can be scary, especially if you’ve never used a graphics tool as robust as it. With a little effort anyone can learn to be comfortable with Photoshop, but there’s a difference between being comfortable in Adobe’s flagship software and being useful with it.

Yet you don’t necessarily need to be a design industry veteran or have completed a nine-week course to work a little magic with Photoshop. The heavy-duty image editing app may look daunting if you’re a complete beginner, but these ten tricks will take you a few steps closer to Photoshop mastery. Ever wanted to fix that family photo where your dad photobombed the kids or some funky lighting made the color of the image all awful looking? With these tips that’s a possibility.

How to remove objects from photos in Photoshop

The classic Photoshop trick used to be a chore, but is now made much easier with the Content-Aware Fill tool—though it doesn’t work perfectly in every situation. Use the lasso tool to run a selection around your object and some of the immediate background, then choose Edit, Fill and pick Content-Aware from the drop-down (keep Color Adaptation ticked as well).

How to remove blemishes from pictures in Photoshop

Content-Aware Fill isn’t the only super-smart tool in Photoshop’s collection: the Spot Healing Brush ‘rubs out’ small inconsistencies, marks and blemishes using the other information in the image. Choose it from the toolbar (it looks like a band-aid), then paint over the spots you want to get rid of.

How to remove a color cast in Photoshop

Photoshop can quickly fix those pictures that have a strange color cast to them (often caused by indoor or unusual lighting). Go to Image, Adjustments, Match Color and click the button marked Neutralize, then click OK. It won’t work perfectly every time but it should give you decent results in a lot of cases without much manual tweaking required.

Howe to soften an image in Photoshop

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