Let's talk about a super simple way to fix those gray overcast photos
with just a few clicks in Photoshop Elements (I'm using PSE 9 for those
But first...I may be dating myself here, but I remember watching this Clairol Loving Care hair color commercial when I was a kid where the woman was singing about "I'm gonna wash that gray right outta my hair!" (a takeoff on the song "I'm Gonna Wash that Man Right Outta My Hair" from the musical South Pacific). Now, every time I fix one of my photos from gray to white, I think of that song. And now you will too.
But, I digress. On to the tutorial!
Disclaimer: I am not a Photoshop "expert"! I am, just like most of you out there, always looking for quick and easy ways to edit my photos without spending a lot of time and money on it. So...as with every post on my blog, this is just an account of my way of doing things. I hope it helps you too!
Here's my original photo of one of my Tote2Go ID Wallets. I love the wallet, but the photo...it's okay - nice and clear, but gray as a Seattle winter's day...
|Yuck. Gray, gray, go away...don't come back another day...|
Open up your image in Photoshop Elements make sure that layer is selected and then click "Ctrl + L" to bring up the layer adjustment menu like this:
When you have that menu up, click on the little eyedropper symbol that has the white color in it - this is called the "set white point" tool (at least that's what it says when you hover over it ;) shown here:
|The white dropper is what we're using today. Experiment with the black and gray one if you're feeling adventurous too!|
For instance, clicking on a dark gray area of the photo will cause the photo to brighten up TOO much because you are essentially telling the program that that gray area is what you want to be white - yikes!
|Ouch! My eyes! My eyes! Too bright!!!|
|So pretty! A clean, white background with shadows and highlights to show some depth. YES!!!|
|Before and After: No other adjustments...just the magic "set white point" eyedropper!|
How do you usually brighten up your photos? I'd love to know!
Leave me a comment below and let's talk! :)