While other applications are catching up, I find the Photoshop and Lightroom subscription to be the best option for Fine Art photography. It's not the easiest or the cheapest, but it provides the most features and the best features. Other image editing applications are not subscription-based and seem more affordable at first but new versions require a new purchase.
The most important feature of Photoshop is layers. With layers we can make corrections, change their We can change their order and specify their intensity. We can apply adjustments on a layer that affects only the layer beneath it. Adjustments on layers are non-destructive: they can be enabled or disabled at any time.
With Lightroom, all of our edits are in sequence: we can go back several steps but we lose whatever we adjustments we have made in the meanwhile. With Photoshop layers, our creative process is entirely asynchronous: we are not locked in to the order in which we work. This compelling Photoshop advantage is demonstrated over and over in the following Photoshop videos.
These videos are at an intermediate level. Looking for introductory tutorials on Photoshop ? The free video series entitled 30 Days of Photoshop from PHLEARN is highly recommended ! Other great resources are PIXimperfect and the Photoshop Training Channel. Also see Julieanne Kost's blog.
Let's apply a layer in Photoshop to emulate the soft-focus effect of a vintage portrait lens.
Let's use the Smart Sharpen tool on a separate adjustment layer: a non-destructive approach. To mitigate any "over-sharpened" artifacts, we adjust the layer's Blend If property.
Let's improve the sky, using Photoshop's Sky Replacement feature. Then let's convert it to a smart object and apply further non-destructive adjustments.
Let's enhance the sense of depth in a photograph, using layers that have been converted to smart objects.
Let's brush-in our corrections... exactly where they are required.
Let's use Lightroom Classic to correct the extreme brightness range in the raw file of a photograph taken inside a cathedral in Rome. These tools are also available in Adobe Camera Raw.
Here's a remarkably fast and easy way to tone monochrome images.
Images from digital cameras with interchangeable lenses and scanned film are prone to dust spots. Removing spots can be troublesome and time-consuming. The Adobe Camera Raw Filter makes it much easier to find and remove spots from your images. This tool can be used with images of all types, not just raw files. It's perfect for tidying up sensor dust in areas like the sky, where spots are abundant but hard to discern.
Images from digital cameras with interchangeable lenses and scanned film are prone to dust spots. Removing spots can be troublesome and time-consuming. The Lightroom Classic Healing Tool makes it much easier to find and remove spots from your images. It's perfect for tidying up sensor dust in areas like the sky, where spots are abundant but hard to discern.
Here's a more aesthetic view of spotting: we remove distracting elements to make the picture look more appealing. We remove spots on layers: a non-destructive approach.
Sometimes, we only want to PARTIALLY eliminate a distracting element. Using the Healing Brush tool on a separate layer, we can adjust the layer's Fill property to can control how much the clutter is removed.
Let's select and adjust the flower - but not the leaves - with the Photoshop Color Range tool. This method can be a vastly more effective than the usual object selection tools. We can modify areas according to their brightness range or color. Watch the video below and click here to read an illustrated article.
Let's select and adjust the sky - but not the buildings - with the Photoshop Color Range selection tool.