An article for those who are looking for photo editing programs with useful features, a clear interface and which will not spoil the quality of images a hundredfold.
1. Photoshop Fix
The first stage of processing is the elimination of imperfections in the photo: wrinkles, spots on clothes, carrots in the teeth, and so on.
We go to the “Recovery” section and see several tools here, one of them is “Spot Restore”.
Zoom in on the photo, click on the conditional pimple and it will disappear — the program analyzes what is next to the selected “object” and automatically paints it in the desired color. Thanks to this tool, we can remove other distracting things from the frame: people who accidentally got into the frame, unnecessary objects in the background.
Using Spot Repair and the Stamp tool in the same tab, we can duplicate a section of the image to, for example, recreate the background of a photo. With a “stamp” we select the area that we will copy, and with a brush we paint over the desired area.
But be careful. Strokes with a brush should not be continuous: if you paint over an area without lifting your finger-brush from the screen, then it will be painted over not only with what you copied, but also with what is next to the copied area — that is, the copy point does not remain the same constantly, the movement of your finger and “track» corresponds to what is next to the copy object.
Another cool tool in the Liquify tab is Face.
If your face — eyes, nose, mouth — is clearly visible, then the program recognizes points with which you can correct facial features: make your forehead higher or less wide, eyes more open, change their slope, lower your chin, remove cheeks, etc. .d.
For example, I enlarged the upper and lower lip, made the nose less wide, narrowed the face and slightly opened my eyes. You may not notice, but my heart is calmer))
In the same tab, the “Deformation” tool — with the help of it you yourself change what you need: reduce the nose, add volume to the lips, narrow the waist — in general, everything you need for a perfect picture on Instagram. For example, I love to add volume to the hair, it often makes a big difference in a shot.
After all these manipulations, you can go to the “Smoothing” tab and use it, for example, to make the skin of the face even closer to the ideal. The main thing — do not overdo it!
An important advantage of this program is that the quality of the photo is not lost, and if it is lost, it is almost not noticeable even when approaching.
So, I prefer photos with natural light, without filters, so I often stop at this stage of processing. But if not, then move on to the next application.
If I have not been able to, for example, make my face thinner so that it looks natural, then I go to the Snapseed application.
Consider an example. The photographer did not set the light in the studio very well: there is too much light on the face, the cheekbones are not emphasized, the face seems too round, and therefore a little full — it will not work, because in fact we are slender beauties. We need to solve the problem.
On the toolbar, I select “Selective Correction” — here you can lighten / darken, add / reduce saturation, contrast and detail not completely on the whole photo, but on a specific area.
I select the area around the cheekbones, narrow the range and lower the brightness. It turns out that we do not deform the face in any way, but simply arrange the light as if it were done by an experienced photographer in the studio or if we were made up by a makeup artist using face contouring.
I also like to use the Curves tool in Snapseed — not everyone knows how to work with it, but if you learn, then you will have a good tool for working with exposure — contrast, image brightness.
VSCO is an editor that is best known for having a large number of filters.
Once I accidentally purchased an annual subscription to VSCO for almost 1600 rubles. For you to understand the tragedy, it was almost the last money on my card.
Then I was very upset — the company does not return money, unlike some other applications.
But as you can understand, in the end I did not regret it — otherwise this application would not have been in my top.
So, if I don’t like natural processing or I want to add atmosphere to the frame, I go to VSCO to add some kind of filter or grain.
From convenient chips: I like that you can copy the settings from one photo and paste it on another, not yet processed picture.
It is also convenient to create layouts for stories here.
Be careful — VSCO spoils the quality of your photo, albeit slightly:
- If you used Photoshop Fix and then came to VSCO, then everything will be fine.
- If you’ve been to Photoshop Fix, then Snapseed, and then VSCO, you’ll be fine.
- But there are applications that significantly degrade the quality of the image, so if you have already visited several other applications not mentioned in the article, or, for example, edited the image several times in Photoshop Fix, and did not change everything at once, then the quality will deteriorate greatly and it will be pretty noticeable.
I use this application to create and use presets — you just take and copy all the settings to another photo and, if necessary, adapt them to each individual case.
Unlike VSCO, in Lightroom, presets can be transferred from one phone to another. Did you like how your friend edited the photo? Let him save it in DNG format, send it to you, for example, via AirDrop, and that’s it — copy the settings from her photo to yours. And you don’t need to memorize by numbers what kind of contrast there was there, how much “clarity” and so on.
There is also a handy curves tool for light and color correction.
Lightroom does not spoil the quality of your photo.
5. Edit photos on iPhone
The iPhone filters are certainly not worth our attention, but the exposure settings are perhaps underestimated.
I often use the Shine and Highlights tools. The first gives the photo that natural light, and the second — better “Saturation” will give the photo colors.
And the quality, of course, does not deteriorate.