In yearbook, we learned many new skills in Adobe Photoshop. We learned how to fix underexposure, add more colors to the photo, how to fix backlit photos, etc. People tend to think Photoshop as some skills that are really complicated and hard to use, but surprisingly, these skills only took about three or four steps!
How to fix underexposed photos:
Underexposure fix was the first skill we learned. Underexposure means your photo is too dark. In order to fix an underexposed photo, you have to press Ctrl + J to duplicate the layer. Then, all you have to do is go to the Layers panel, click the Blending Mode dropdown list, and choose Screen. You can always drop the Opacity if you find the effect too strong.
Before fixing underexposure & after
How to add more colors to the photo:
Sometimes, your photo might be too flat. Which means, there are no image-popping colors. Then what you can do is to add more colors to the photo, using this simple skill. First, you have to press Ctrl + J to duplicate the layer. Then, once again, click on the Layers panel and choose Overlay from the Blending Mode dropdown list. Like what you did with underexposure fix, you may always drop the Opacity.
Before blending colors in (overlay) & after
How to fix backlit photos:
Sometimes, you might forget to turn on your flash while taking a picture. Which will give you a result of backlit photos. In order to fix backlit photos, you must make another layer first by pressing Ctrl + J. Then, from the top corner of the Photoshop, choose Image, then Adjustments, then Shadows/Highlights. This step will bring you a pop-up screen of Shadows and Highlights. Drag the Shadows slider to the right to brighten up the dark areas. If you are not happy with the vibrance of the colors, click the Show More Options checkbox. Then, under the Adjustment section, drag the Color Correction slider to the right to increase the intensity of the colors. You can also drag the Midtone Contrast slider to the right to increase the contrast of the area that was brightened. Click OK when you’re done.