How to Edit Food Pictures

Hi everyone. I originally posted this over at my personal blog a few weeks ago, but I decided to post it here as well since there are a lot of food bloggers out there. This is just an easy way to lightly edit your photos before you post them. Hope it helps.

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When it comes to my image processing I am really into a natural look so I do not do that much when it comes to editing. I do not have a lot of natural light in my house so I use a few actions to lighten my images. If I do not use my own images I use image stock from Shutterstock. Every now and again, I love a good black and white image or a little color applied, but usually I think natural images look the best and most realistic.

I use PhotoShop CS6 to edit my images. Over the years I have tried a lot of actions, but my three favorites are Totally Rad, Florabella and The Pioneer Womans. I take all of my pictures with a Canon EOS 550d. I have really loved this camera and wish that I was a better photographer. I am hoping the next place we live in has a lot of natural light so I can finally learn more.

When I take pictures for my blog, I try to take several shots of the same thing since a lot of them end up looking bad. I transfer all the images to my laptop, then go through them deleting the ones that are bad and keeping the ones that I like and choose to use. I usually use 1-4 images so I open them up in PhotoShop to start the editing process. So here is the steps that I usually take.

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1. Outdoor images are always bright, but most of mine is taken indoors with some lighting issues. To remove some of the shadows I go to IMAGE-ADJUSTMENTS-SHADOW/HIGHLIGHTS From there I adjust the shadow amounts to 5 or 6. I never recommend going over those two numbers.

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2. After this I run my favorite auto correcting action by Totally Rad called claire-ify which is in the TRA2 – THE REVENGE set.

3. Sometimes it still needs a bit of lighting so I run The Pioneer Woman’s slight lighten action.

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4. Sometimes photos taken indoors can have a yellow tone to them. To take some of the yellow out I use The Pioneer Womans cooler action. Usually it takes too much yellow out and can make things blue, so I highlight the action in the layer bar and adjust the opacity to half or whatever looks normal.

5. After the editing is complete I flatten the image and add a new layer. LAYER-NEW LAYER-LAYER and then I add my watermark with my already made brush in black and white and then I lighten the opacity so it can only be seen slightly.

6. I also always resize my images the correct size I need them as well as making them web ready and naming them for SEO.

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