Using Lightroom and Photoshop to Improve your Blog Photography

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I constantly see bloggers asking about photography tools they can use to make images for their blog.

Many people suggest Canva or PicMonkey for making images for blogging.


At first, I used to comment and say, “I use Photoshop and I love it.”

The common response was either “Photoshop is too hard to learn” or “it costs too much, I’m looking for something free.”

In this post I share a solution to the second response —> 12 Frugal Photo Editing Sites for Bloggers on a Budget.

You can get Creative Cloud for Photographers with Lightroom and Photoshop for $10 a month, which is the same price as the paid versions of Canva and PicMonkey.

Sign up for Lightroom and Photoshop for $10 a month here (affiliate link): Creative Cloud for Photographers

But what about the first response? Is Photoshop too hard to learn?

Because I come from a photography background, I have been using Photoshop for many years. I actually started as a digital scrapbooker before I used it for just photography.

Back then, you had to buy an actual disc for hundreds of dollars each time they came out with a new version if you wanted to stay up to date. Crazy, right?!

But to answer the question, yes Photoshop takes some time to learn. It isn’t something you can just pop on to and know what to do right away.

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Today, I wanted to talk about why I love these two Adobe products for blogging. The effort to learn has a big payoff in being able to do what you want with your images and graphics.

Lightroom

In my post processing workflow, I start in Lightroom. It is here where I import photos, choose the pictures I want to continue editing and do the majority of my editing.

In Lightroom, I can change things like exposure, contrast, and all of the other editing features most software has. I can change the white balance, crop, straighten and do minor corrections.

If a photo is pretty good, straight out of camera, I can do everything I need to do in Lightroom without even going to Photoshop.

Let me show you in the video below how I take a regular photo and make it better in Lightroom:

Lightroom Video 1: Basic Edits in Lightroom from Julie Gropp on Vimeo.

Photoshop

Like I said above, I have been using Photoshop for many years.

Before Lightroom came along, I would do all of my editing in Photoshop.

Now, I use Lightroom for overall editing and small changes.

Then if a photo needs more help, I pull it into Photoshop.

The options are almost endless in Photoshop of how you can change a photo.

Most of the time, I use Photoshop to take out distractions or mistakes in a photo with the correction tools.

I can make a horizontal photo vertical with the Content Aware fill feature (depending on the photo).

I can use the brush tool to hide or enhance parts of the photo.

How to Make a Pinterest pin in Photoshop:

I also use Photoshop to make Pinterest pins. I have made a template for my pins, so I can just type the correct text and add an image. That way my pins all look the same.

Making graphics is very easy in Photoshop, once you know how to use the program. There really are no limits to how you can change an image or make a graphic.

Let me show you how I use the template I made to make a Pinterest pin very quickly:

I hope these videos have helped you see that once you learn the basics of Lightroom and Photoshop, you can do so much with these tools that surpass other photo editing software.

Action Steps:

  1. Click on one of the resources below to watch videos on how to use Photoshop or Lightroom.
  2. Sign up for Lightroom and Photoshop for $10 a month.
  3. Get in there and play around. You might just be surprised how fast you can learn these tools.

Lightroom and Photoshop are very powerful tools that can help you take your photos and graphics to the next level. I know they can be complicated at first, but if you check out the resources below, they will become manageable. One of the best things about blogging for me is learning new things and conquering new fears. So don’t be afraid, just try it and see. And if you have questions, don’t be afraid to email me and ask. I’ve got your back!

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Resources:

Adobe Photoshop Tutorial for Beginners Videos by Mister Ninja Boy

Lightroom CC for Beginners Video on the Photoshop Training Channel

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How do you use Lightroom or Photoshop for your blog? Let us know in the comments below!




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