Photoshop Friday: Photoshop Hacks, Part 1

Hack # 5: Enhance a photo by crossing it with another photo with a better color palette.

Any of my blogger peeps out there using Photoshop to enhance graphics? I don’t normally use it for my blog and usually opt for some simple Instagram effects. If there were more hours in a day I’d skip the Instagramming and go straight to Photoshop to add filters and adjustments myself just to enhance colors and make photos more vibrant. In my life outside of running, my real job is teaching Photoshop and Web Design to high school students. It’s a lot of fun. When I can get the kids to buy into what I’m teaching, they seem to like it (as much as they can like school, I suppose). I don’t like to use textbooks (boring) but they are often a necessary evil teach a concept initially, and then we can do cool projects from there. Enter today’s lesson. I swear, I have a point relative to blogging.

My Photoshop class was getting a little stale this year, and I came across an article with 21 Incredibly Simple Photoshop Hacks Everyone Should Know. Buzzfeed is good to get their attention because I know they’re familiar with the site. Of course, Buzzfeed is blocked for my kids at school. But computer geeks like myself know how to print to PDF and get a saved copy of a web site that kids can reference online without having to visit the site. I’m tricky like that. Take THAT, district technology department.

Today’s assignment started with the kids reading the article and simply responding to a forum asking them which of the hacks they want to try in class. I knew we could easily do #5 on the list today because we covered the concepts in a previous chapter. I have tons of camera raw graphics in desperate need of a lighting fix on my phone that I could use as an example. I put together a fun assignment where they got to use their own pictures and try hack #5 and they seemed to really like it.

As I was reading through their responses to the writing portion of the assignment, I realized how many of these tricks and tips would be useful to any bloggers out there that use Photoshop. While I watched them complete the assignment with minimal instruction, the kids could do it with little difficulty. Even with no special training, many of these fixes are super easy and really fun. If you’re a Photoshop user, you should check this article out. We have CS5 at school, but I’m sure they would be easy to do with any version.

Since we did # 5 in class today and my example for the kiddos was a picture I took on a run, I figured I would share it. Here is the before and after:

Hello fall colors!! I realize my results are a bit dramatic, but you have to be dramatic to keep the attention of a 16 year old. I merged the color palette from the piece of artwork below – lots of vibrant colors to make a seemingly lackluster photo more vibrant:


It’s simple. Have both graphics open, but have the picture you are trying to improve as your active graphic. Visit Image –> Adjustments –> Match Color and start playing with the settings. The effect is so basic but pretty incredible! Stay tuned for more Photoshop hacks over the next few weeks!



33 thoughts on “Photoshop Friday: Photoshop Hacks, Part 1

  1. suzysuzyheather October 23, 2015 / 11:09 am

    Oh, beauuuuutiful! Jake (my 10th grader) is huge into photography (and guitar, and rugby, and the principal’s office) and he looooves Photoshop. I will send him these posts of yours.

    • allisonfiorini October 24, 2015 / 7:46 am

      Thanks lady!!! I love it too. I had lots of time to really play with it this week with the kiddos at work. I’ll definitely be posting some more tips – I have a good one for next week!

  2. Shawna October 23, 2015 / 1:10 pm

    so pretty! love the colors. i used to use Photoshop marginally for a job years ago, and i’d love to re-learn it.

  3. Hanna @ TheMillennialNextDoor October 23, 2015 / 1:35 pm

    Wow! That is amazing! I also don’t know anything about photoshop.

    • allisonfiorini October 24, 2015 / 7:52 am

      Thanks! It’s pretty easy, just not the most intuitive program. I do love it though!

  4. Hollie October 23, 2015 / 1:57 pm

    This was awesome. I want to honestly come take your class so I could actually learn something about photoshop and photography ha ha.

    • allisonfiorini October 24, 2015 / 7:53 am

      Ha! That would be so fun. I’d make sure to put you in the section that has a bunch of cross country runners in it so you’d feel right at home!

  5. thisrunnersrecipes October 23, 2015 / 2:54 pm

    So beautiful and vibrant! After a year of teaching myself Photoshop (I learned it in high school but sadly don’t remember much from that) I still have so much to learn – and this is so helpful, thank you!

    • allisonfiorini October 24, 2015 / 7:53 am

      Thank you! It is really fun – I’ve been teaching it for two years but I still learn little tips and tricks that amaze me every single day. Love it!

    • allisonfiorini October 24, 2015 / 7:54 am

      LOL! Thanks lady! You would LOVE using this program. You have a fabulous blog already and would probably love working with PS for your graphics!

      • Jess@Pink Payne October 24, 2015 / 7:59 am

        Oh gosh. I feel like my blog is always a work in progress. It takes me HOURS to figure anything out on my days off work lol 😉

      • allisonfiorini October 24, 2015 / 7:59 am

        Well, I think it looks great!!

  6. Lisa @ TechChick Adventures October 23, 2015 / 3:04 pm

    OMG, you officially have the coolest job ever!!! I’m so jealous! I was pretty proficient at PSE for a while. Took some classes centered around digital scrapbooking. I learned some really great techniques. But then I got a newer version of PSE and was kind of lost with the menus and such since I hasn’t used it in awhile. Need to revisit those training videos!!

    • allisonfiorini October 24, 2015 / 7:55 am

      It is a pretty fun job! It was getting a little stale recently though so these little tutorials and hacks were a fun addition to this week. The one my kids all want to really learn is #8, where you can remove the tourists from your pictures. I need to take whole bunch of pictures and get on that one!

  7. Fallon @ Slacker Runner October 23, 2015 / 6:16 pm

    What a change! I know nothing about Photoshop. Which is sad considering I used to do photography as a side job/ hobby.

    • allisonfiorini October 24, 2015 / 7:57 am

      Ahhhh if you enjoy photography you’d LOVE Photoshop!

  8. Brittany October 24, 2015 / 8:33 am

    I am a photoshop noob. I have no idea how to use it.

    • allisonfiorini October 24, 2015 / 8:34 am

      It’s way fun! BUTTT you don’t need it. Your pictures are fabulous all on their own 🙂

  9. klregan October 26, 2015 / 11:31 am

    Oh wow! This is so beautiful. I’ve used very basic photoshop just to enhance the coloring of some of my pictures, but I didn’t know how to do this!

    • allisonfiorini October 27, 2015 / 9:01 am

      It’s such a fun, quick way to add pretty filters. Enjoy!

  10. cupcakesandmiles October 26, 2015 / 12:07 pm

    I love this!!! What an awesome way to get your students interested in learning such a valuable tool once they join the workforce.

    I don’t use the Adobe suite for my blogging pics, mostly because I use it so much for work that by time I get home, I don’t want to look at it. 😉

    • allisonfiorini October 27, 2015 / 9:01 am

      Same – I am sick of it by noon most days!!!

  11. hellyontherun October 26, 2015 / 7:11 pm

    I’m so out of it when it comes to any sort of technology. Any. I would be a perfect student for you!!!

  12. Nora @ 2 Generations Running October 26, 2015 / 8:34 pm

    Ooh, that’s so cool! 🙂 I took a photoshop class when I was in high school and college, but unfortunately I don’t have photoshop or Adobe Illustrated anymore. Still, I’ve been able to use what I learned making graphics for my blog on other programs, which has been neat. Great idea to reference Buzzfeed! I would’ve LOVED that! 🙂

    • allisonfiorini October 27, 2015 / 9:38 am

      I love Illustrator and would LOVE to teach that, too! Such a great program!!

  13. kilax October 27, 2015 / 9:52 am

    I love love love PS. Anytime I use an online editing program or something on my phone (if I am not by my home computer with PS) I feel it’s lacking. LOL! I can’t wait to read the article, thanks for sharing! And what a fun job! 🙂

    • allisonfiorini October 27, 2015 / 10:23 am

      I’ve been having a blast playing around with that article – so many fun little tips and tricks I never thought to try! Thanks for stopping by and thanks for reading!

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