Photoshop Like Me

I have been using Photoshop for as long as I have been shooting with a digital camera, which is 6 years this summer. Over the years, I have been fielding questions about how I edit my images. Finally, I am letting others in on my Photoshop secrets. The key to making my photos look the way they do is Photoshop Curves.

Over the weekend, I created an Etsy shop so that lovely readers like you can take make improve the look and feel of your own photographs. I wanted to keep these curves affordable, starting at $7.50CAD. And for the rest of this week, blog readers will enjoy a special discount, just use the coupon code – JITLOVE – and get 20% off of your purchase. I stocked the shop with 4 of my most frequently used curves:

KingstonI spent four years living in Kingston Canada, a city with long, dark winters. In those dark seasons, the photographs I captured would turn out to be darker than I liked. Living in Kingston inspired me to create this curve. With a gentle effect, it is my go to curve for any photograph. I call it the Photoshop curve for lazy photographers. ($7.50CAD) <click to purchase>

Kingston: : A Photoshop Curve

SeattleI grew up a few hours outside of Seattle and visited frequently. Every memory of mine of the city is full of rain and dramatic clouds. Seattle inspired the photoshop curve of the same name. The effect adds drama to an image by darkening the shadows. This curve creates best to create a dark mood and emphasis blue tones of a photograph. ($7.50CAD) <click to purchase>

Seattle: A Photoshop Curve

Oslo: Oslo is one of my favorite cities to photograph because of its vibrant street scene. I created this photoshop curve to give the same pop of brightness and color to my images. Compared to its sister curve – Kingston – this curve adds much more noticeable brightness and vibrance to an image. It works on a variety of images and conditions. ($7.50CAD) <click to purchase>

Oslo: A Photoshop Curve

Napa: After a weekend in Napa Valley, I fell in love with the warmth of the always sunny Napa and orange flow it casts on everything. I created this curve, Napa, to add warmth and a beautiful sun glow to my images. This curve will bring flat images to life. ($10.00CAD) <click to purchase>
Napa: A Photoshop Curve

I hope you will drop by my Etsy store for a purchase, and hurry because you can get 20% off when you make your purchase this week, just use the coupon code – “JITLOVE”. 

And here’s how to use the curves in photoshop:

1)

after purchase, the curves will be sent to you a file. download the curves to either one of these locations:

for PC – C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop [your version]\Presets\Curves
for MAC – User/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop [your version]/Presets/Curves

2) this step is borrowed from a fellow photographer Julia Trotti

for mac:

– open photoshop and the picture you want to edit
– press command + m to open the curves window
– open the little box next to the “presets” bar
– choose the option “load preset”, and find the curve you downloaded

windows:

– open photoshop and the picture you want to edit
– press command + m to open the curves window
– press the “load” button
– find your downloaded curve and press “ok”

Happy photo editing!

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10 responses to “Photoshop Like Me

    • 1) after purchase, the curves will be sent to you a file. download the curves to either one of these locations:

      for PC – C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop [your version]\Presets\Curves
      for MAC – User/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop [your version]/Presets/Curves

      After that, it’ll automatically be added to your Photoshop. So open up your photoshop, add a curve layer, and then select the curve you want to apply!

      Also, you gave me a good idea – I should do a tutorial! =)

  1. It is an ATN (photoshop action)?
    I did created a lot of photoshop action, to speed up my photo editing too. On the curve you describe, kind of confuse, just like to check whether it is the same ATN method. or.. ??

    • A curve is different from an action, actions generally have several steps and layers within it. Whereas a curve is just 1 layer (or 1 type of layer – you can have several curve layers).

      If you browse the before/after images on my Etsy shop, you’ll see that even with 1 curve layer, it can change the colors/brightness/contrast of the image quite dramatically.

  2. Hey Trazy, have you thought of giving an special price for the a pack of the 4 curves? i’d love to give it to myself as an early Chritmas present hehe

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