How to Get Started with Photo Editing’s Easiest Tools
If you want to get started with photo editing, one of the best places to begin is with its easiest tools. Make no mistake there are a lot of tools available in almost all photo editors that are very user-friendly and easy to use, and yet can have a big impact on the quality of your photos.
Some of the easiest tools in photo editors that you should start with are:
- Automated white balance
Arguably the easiest way to start editing a photo is to use the automated white balance tool that is in almost every editor nowadays. Essentially it will attempt to balance the colors so that they are closer to real life, and will specifically remove any orange or blueish tint that may have been present because the white balance was off.
While useful this tool isn’t perfect, and if you want you can then refine the white balance by adjusting the color parameters. That is a bit trickier, but it will provide you with a better understanding of how they work.
- Level or rotate
Often when you snap a photo it may not be perfectly level, especially if you’re holding the camera in your hands.That can be corrected in a photo editor relatively easily with either the level or rotate tool.
In most cases the tool will have a grid that you can use to level the photo easily so that its horizon or some other line is completely straight. On top of that it should automatically crop the photo slightly to make it fit the frame.
On its own the crop tool is arguably one of the most useful tools in a photo editor as you can use it to change the dimensions and aspect ratio of your images, or to remove unwanted parts. It is at its best when used in conjunction with composition techniques such as the rule of thirds, in which case it can directly improve the frame and composition of your photos.
- Filters and effects
Most editors nowadays have their own collection of filters which is a decent way to stylize your images and give them a specific mood. While the exact selection that is available will depend on the editor that you’re using, it is worth exploring your options to see what is there.
Some editors will allow you to download additional filters and effects, while with others you’ll be limited to the original range that is available.
If you’re still at the stage where you’re looking for a PC or Mac photo editor, try to find one that is user-friendly, for example Movavi Photo Editor for Mac.That way you will find it easier to explore and experiment with the features that are available, rather than having to struggle every step of the way.
All in all regardless of the editor that you use however,the four tools listed above are a good place to start. As you use them and edit your photos you’ll become more familiar with photo editing in general, and can start to move on to some of the more advanced tools.