If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to add some “pop” to your photos without having to get too crazy, I have just the solution for you! It’s fast, easy, and hard to argue with the results. So if you’re new to Photoshop and looking to try some new things, or just looking for a quick contrast and color tweak then read on! You won’t regret it. 🙂
Simply open your photo in Photoshop (doesn’t really matter which version you are using at this point). Duplicate your photo as a layer (‘Command J’ for Mac users or ‘Ctrl J’ for you PC users). There is a drop down menu in your layers panel that should be automatically selected to say normal. Click that drop down menu and scroll down to the option for Soft Light and select. You will immediately see the difference. At this point there is probably a little too much going on so go ahead and bring down your opacity with the opacity slider bar at the top right of your layers panel. For JPG images you will probably want to bring down the opacity to somewhere between 20-50% depending on your preference. If you are working in a TIFF or other format you may be closer to 15%. Really depends photo to photo. But either way you should see a pretty big difference in color and contrast and it should add that little extra pop you are looking for.
I used a photo from my most recent engagement session as an example so you can see some of the results for yourself. It’s simple but I think it makes a big difference! Check it out:
I hope this has been helpful. Now enjoy and feel free to comment with any questions!