Sometimes flashy colors and dramatic styles aren’t the answer. When you’re working with images of family, friends, and special moments, keep it simple with soft and bright looks. Learn how to lift shadows, draw more attention to your subjects, and spread some positive vibes.
Reduce & Remove Shadows
Harsh shadows can be a big a distraction. That’s why we show you how to reduce and remove them with the precision tools in Photoshop. Create a brighter, more balanced exposure and help your subjects shine. And if you want to master the art of photo editing, check out Photo Editing 101-301!
You’ll be amazed at what brightening up an image can do to help tell a story. Even photos that don’t appear to be too dark can be completely transformed with these professional lightening effects. Try these bright and clean looks on your family, special event, and lifestyle photos!
LIGHTING EFFECTS WITH GRADIENTS
Brightening a photo is easy right? Well, it can be, but it’s also easy to lose important contrast and definition when you brighten everything at the same level. We show you how to apply different levels of brightness to different areas of an image, preserving precious shape, definition, and details.
Soft Lighting Effects
Whether it’s an open window or an evening sunset, we show you how to create soft and realistic light rays to enhance the natural light sources in any image. Then take your lighting and coloring skills to the next level with Advanced Lighting & Coloring.
One major benefit of making an image lighter is that it can reveal details that might have been lost in the shadows. Learn how to reduce and remove harsh shadows for a more balanced and detailed image.
BRIGHT, SOFT LIGHTING
Enhance those happy, quiet, and intimate moments. Like any style of color grading, these looks lend themselves to a particular kind of photograph. When you want to bring a smile to someone’s face, bright and airy has got you covered.
Simplify Your Photos
Remove distracting shadows. Add soft lighting effects. Apply gentle coloring. Keep the editing simple and let the people, places, and moments in your photos do the talking.
This course isn’t about ultra-stylized looks and flashy color grading. But it’s still possible to enhance and add colors to a photo without going overboard. Learn how to make subtle and simple adjustments for a powerful overall effect.
REMOVE DISTRACTING SHADOWS
Bright & Fresh Looks
Learn how to remove harsh shadows and help your subjects stand out with bright and airy coloring in Photoshop!
Simplify Your Photos
ENHANCE LIGHT SOURCES
Levels & Curves
Levels and Curves can do it all! From details exposure adjustments, to flawless color grading, we spend a lot of time showing you just how much these powerful tools can accompish. Take the next step and learn more about the power of Curves and Levels in How to Master Adjustment Layers in Photoshop
Gradients & Gradient Maps
Gradients are a great way to seamlessly blend effects into an image. From soft lighting effects, like sunlight shimmering through a window, to subtle color grading, using Gradient Maps to blend colors into the highlights, midtones, and shadows, Gradients are a great tool for every photo editor.
If you came here for professional techniques, Blend If is sure to satisfy. Blend any effect into an image based on highlight, midtone, and shadow levels for the maximum amount of control and precision.
Coloring in Photoshop
Coloring is one of the most subjective parts of the editing process, and this is just one of many styles out there. We show you how to let the content of an image guide your creative process so you can quickly decide if an image feels bright and airy, or perhaps it might be on the Dark & Moody side.
Realistic Light Rays & Light Leaks
Learn how to use tools like Gradients and the Brush Tool to create realistic lighting effects! Whether you want some light rays shimmering through a window or light flares from a beautiful sunset, we’ll show you how to do it.
Brightening photos is great, but it can be easy to lose some of the focus on the subject. We show you how to lift sculpt the highlights in an image, creating a general brightening effect while making sure the subject is still the star of the show.
FRESH & CLEAN LOOKS
Family & Wedding Photos
Perfect for photos of weddings and family gatherings, these bright looks will help enhance the love and positive vibes. Whether your a pro, or just the family photographer, we’ll show you how to make your images shine. And if lifestyle photos are your thing, we think you’ll love Soft Portrait Retouching
Moments & Memories
This course is all about preserving the special moments and memories in your photographs. From intimate moments to wide open space, learn how to get the most out of family and lifestyle images.
Bright & Clean Lifestyle Photos
Like sheets fresh out of the wash, or a baby fresh out of the bath, these looks are a great way to give your images a warm and clean look. Bright, simple styles that go a long way.
PHLEARN Founder – Class Instructor
Aaron Nace is a photographer, Photoshop artist and founder of PHLEARN. He is the #1 Photoshop instructor in the world with millions of YouTube subscribers.
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