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I don’t always change the colors, because it can often times make the photo look less real. You can change the saturation and temperature here. Increasing the saturation will increase the separation between the colors in the photo. When I started to increase the saturation here, colors like red and blue became more vibrant. The temperature of a photo is how “warm” or
cold” the light in a photo is, which affects the color. When you increase the temperature, the photo will appear more reddish or orange, and when you decrease it, more blueish. Because I didn’t like how it made Jack look reddish, I opted not to keep these changes for the remainder of the tutorial. But below, here are four photos. The top two are what it looks like when I increase and decrease the saturation, and the bottom two are when I increase and decrease temperature.
Basically, sharpening a photo is meant to make it pop more. When doing sharpen, remember that a little bit goes a long way, and be sure to balance it with the clarity tool. You can choose the “unsharp mask” function, but since this is a beginner’s tutorial, we’ll save that for another time. I hardly ever sharpen my photos, but when I do, I definitely try not to go overboard. Because, when you do, you end up with a grainy photo like this:
I think that we all have seen photos that have been airbrushed way too much (um…Hollywood anyone?!) However, I really like to use the airbrush feature just to touch up areas a little bit. In this photo, I just used it slightly over Jack’s brow, to get rid of some of the graininess that was there originally. It just softens up the area. The PicMonkey tool has a natural airbrush feature, and a strong one. I always use natural…because, well, I prefer natural! I did change the fade a little bit, just so it wasn’t as strong.
Finally, the eye brighten tool. This just helps to make eyes pop a little bit more. Jack has beautiful eyes to begin with, but they were a little darker than usual in this photo. I lowered the fade a little bit, so it wouldn’t change his eyes too much. You can also lighten up eyes with this feature as well. With a click of the button, his beautiful eyes stand out just a little bit more.
And there you have it, a few basic tips to make your photos look a little better using PicMonkey.
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Katie is a Colorado-native, BYU graduated, and most importantly, wife to one and mother to three beautiful boys. She is passionate about sharing her experiences with others – especially about pregnancy, breastfeeding, cooking, and crafts. She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She loves spending time with her family and helping others find joy in family life.