5 Quick Design Tips to Improve Your Photos
June 14, 2008
Even your most ordinary photo can become a winner with these five design tips. And when you're finished, consider making custom photo books with your best photographs to share them with others.
Tip 1: Crop It
Crop your image to remove unwanted objects or wasted space, placing the focus where you want it to be.
When cropping an image, use the rule of thirds to place important objects on the canvas. Imagine a grid laid out on top of your image, dividing your photo in thirds horizontally and vertically. Position important objects at the intersections of the lines. Avoid placing your subject dead center.
Tip 2: Turn It
Sometimes all it takes is an unexpected perspective to add some energy and movement to a flat photo. Turn your photo at an angle, then crop it. Diagonal lines add movement to the photo.
Tip 3: Extend It
Add extra canvas to a photo, then add text and other embellishments.
Tip 4: Find the Focus
Find the most important part of your photo and de-emphasize the rest. Blurring a busy background helps keep the focus where it belongs.
Convert a color photo to black and white, then recover some color to provide a trendy focus.
Tip 5: Filter It
Turn your ordinary photo into an arresting work of art by experimenting with filters and blend modes.
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Basic Design Principle: Rule of Thirds
Photoshop Elements: Crop an Image
Photoshop Elements: Change Canvas Size (Video Lesson)
Photoshop Elements: Blur the Background (Video Lesson)
Photoshop Elements: Convert to Black and White with Selected Color
Photoshop Elements: Photochrom Vintage Postcard
Photoshop Elements: Poster Effect With Two Filters
Updated on October 23, 2012