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How to Edit Pet Photos for Instagram

August 6, 2019

– Hey guys. In this video I’m gonna
show you how I edit a photo of Disney in Light Room and Photoshop. The look I was going for was
somewhat fancy and warm tones, so it’s a little bit
imaginative, so stay tuned. (upbeat music) The plan here is to replace
the sky in this photo, saturate the patches on
his coat a little bit and also take a look at that leash and delete that out of the photo. I’m gonna right-click
on my photograph here, and I am going to create a virtual copy. This is just a great way to create multiple versions of a single shot. For all of you out there trying to make those Instagram bangers, you gotta get the five
by four crop goin on. So, what you’re gonna do is, you’re gonna just go
over to the crop tool, and just click on original, and in here we’re gonna enter custom, and for our aspect ration
we’re gonna enter five by four. Oh yeah. Okay, great. Now, this just happens
to be a vertical photo, but if for some reason
you had a horizontal photo and you wanted to keep it that way, just push the x key, and you can get the five
by four horizontal crop. But, we’re gonna keep this one vertical, and all I’m basically doing is trying to use the rule
of thirds here to line up. See I lined up the top
grid with his eyeball, just to get the user to kind
of like, focus in on that. I like to try to keep a
little bit of head room. I’m okay with that. Alright, so once you’re done, just click done. I’m just gonna do a couple
of quick adjustments in Light Room that I don’t really wanna fool around in Photoshop doing. So one of the first things
I’m gonna do here is, I’m just gonna work on the eyes. You could always zoom in, just hit the command key, and then equals, and that will move you right in, because I wanna get into his eyes. So one of the first things
we’re gonna do here is, I’m gonna take a brush, or you could press the K key. Alright, and that’s gonna
bring up the brush tool. And one of the first
things that I wanna do, is I wanna lift the exposure a little bit. Not by much, maybe just by .5, and then also for the eyes, I wanna boost the clarity
just a little bit. So, it’s already defaulting to four and I’m okay with that. You can see here that I
have my brush ready to go. If you wanna make your brush bigger, just use the bracket key on the right to make it a little bit bigger, or the bracket key on the left to make it just a little bit smaller. If you wanna see what you’re
doing while you’re painting, press the O key. Alright, so, I’m just gonna go ahead and paint over the entire eyeball, boost the exposure, and boost the clarity. And again on the other eye. And you can already tell that we’ve brightened up
those eyes a little bit. Now, another thing that
I wanna go ahead and do is I wanna actually isolate
those catchlights in his eye, and boost those a little bit. So what I’m gonna do, is I’m gonna go back in
and I’m actually gonna boost the clarity of
just those catchlights that you see in there on that side and then on that side. So, I’m gonna use K for my brush tool, make my brush just a little bit smaller because I really wanna get in there. Then, what I’m gonna do is not so much in the clarity this time, but just the exposure. I’m gonna go in and I am going to paint on those catchlights. And here. There. Then again on this eye here. Alright, because really in any portrait, even a dog, you’re basically wanting to draw the viewer to the eyes. Outstanding. Great. So one of the next things that I wanna do, is I wanna think about his fur here. I’m gonna take a new brush and not worry about exposure
here, just sharpness. I’m gonna boost it by a bit. So maybe 33. And I’m gonna boost
the clarity just a bit. And what we’re gonna do is, I’m mainly focusing on his face here. So gonna make a brush,
a pretty large brush, and we’re just going to
go ahead and paint in. Paint in some sharpness and clarity on his coat. You could be as detailed or as general as you would like to be with this. This is basically like a portrait. And I’m not gonna add it to his tongue. Just basically his face. Alright, so there you have it. Now once again, before and after, we can hide those
adjustments with the H key. So before, and after. Very good. We’re gonna zoom back out. Then take the radial filter here, and just draw a little oval over Disney. I’m basically just trying
to focus on his face here, and what I’m gonna do
with the radial filter is I’m gonna reduce the
sharpness and drop the shadows. So we have before and after, we’ll hide those adjustments. Before. You can see it’s just
getting a little bit darker. Alright, so the next thing
that we wanna go ahead and do is make some slight
adjustments on the tongue. So I’m gonna go ahead
and make a new brush. Actually, what I wanna do is I’m gonna raise those
shadows up just a little bit. Then zoom in so I can
see what I’m doin’ here. Before. After. So we just lightened up the
tongue just a little bit. We’re gonna go ahead and
edit this in Adobe Photoshop. So we have our photo of
Disney here in Photoshop, and one of the first things I’m gonna do to make this photo a little
bit more interesting, is replace this blown out sky with something a little
bit more interesting. Here’s just a photo that I
downloaded from the internet. Just gonna make it a little bit bigger. I’m gonna flip horizontal. Let’s put it kinda, over here. Select off of that. Change my blending mode to multiply. Select my layer. It’s gonna tell me that I
need to rasterize the object. And what I’m gonna do is just
paint with a very large brush. Just across the bottom there. ‘Cause I don’t want that sky on my houses. And just to make it a
little bit more interesting and realistic, I’m just
going to filter, blur, and gaussian blur. 30 pixels, that’s fine. So that just blends it
in a little bit better. So the next step we’re going to do is we’re gonna add a gradient map with these colors in the
shadows and the highlights that I let you know about. So we’re gonna go down here, and we’re gonna select gradient map. I know it looks a little scary. Just double-click on that there. And basically this just allows us to put a certain hue in the
shadows or the highlights. So just double click there, and here you can enter
like a custom number. So in the shadow we’re gonna use 174153, which is somewhat of
like a teal-ish color. And then in the highlights, we’re gonna use this number, DC6 Bravo, 00, which is sort of like a orange color. I know, it looks a little bit scary, but we’re gonna change the
blending mode to soft light. So, soft light. Okay, still a little bit much there, so what we could also do
is reduce the opacity. Yeah, so just a hint of it. Maybe around 40%. So the next thing we’re gonna do, is we’re gonna add some color
balance to the mid tones. And basically what this allows us to do is add some variation to the photo without affecting the
brightness or the contrast. We’re gonna add color
balance to our mid tones, and for the red, will be six or perhaps eight. Okay, so we just add a little bit there, and then we’re gonna
add some in the blues. Plus five. ‘Cause I don’t want Disney
to be like this blue dog. So what I’m gonna go ahead and do, is select on my mask here, and I’m just gonna make my
brush a little bit smaller, and I am going to paint with black. Press the X key. Alright, so when you’re
painting with white, you’re revealing. When you’re painting with black, you are concealing. Alright, I do not want
Disney to be a blue dog. So I’m just gonna paint back in his true colors there. ‘Cause I don’t need Disney to be blue. I just want him to be himself. So he’s back in the game. Alright so now that we have him back, and our color balance is added. We’re gonna add a photo filter. And this is basically just going
to give us some warm tones. So I’m just gonna keep everything as-is. This is warming filter 85, keep the density at 25. Next thing I do wanna mask out him, because once again I don’t
want that to affect Disney, so. B for my brush tool. Painting with black. And again, I don’t want that
extra warmth affecting Disney. The next thing we’re gonna do is add some saturation to those
orange patches on his coat. Hue, Saturation. And with that, I’m just going to increase
my saturation by maybe 21. But this time I don’t wanna
saturate the entire image. So what I’m gonna do is I’m actually going to go ahead invert my mask. So just for Mac, just command I. Or control I. And basically this time
I’m gonna paint with white because I want to reveal. So I’m gonna push my X key
to change that to white, so I can reveal that. Adjust the size of my brush
with the bracket keys, you know, left bracket makes
it a little bit smaller, and the right bracket makes
it a little bit bigger. And I’m just gonna paint in
these orange patches here. Just to add a little bit of saturation to those areas of his coat. Make my brush a little bit smaller. Just kinda get in there. Again, I’m being just really quick. But I’m just kinda highlighting
some of his unique features. So now I’m gonna add another photo filter. Now, I’m going to go ahead
and add some brightness. ‘Cause what I wanna do is add some light over in that top left corner. I’m gonna add, it’s like a star or your sun. A little burst here. But, to get rid of that black background, you can change the
blending mode to screen. Alright, so now I just have my light. And I’m just gonna place it over here, but I’m also gonna drop the opacity to somewhere around, maybe 70%. And good. Now it’s blending in there. But I’m also going to add, filter, blur, gaussian blur, just make it a little bit more interesting and I’m gonna keep that at 30 pixels. The next thing I’m gonna do, is I’m gonna add a gradient fill. So gradient, go here,
select this last one, this one’s gonna be black. So okay. You’re gonna go over to
your gradient tool here. So now we have that selected. We’re gonna change our
blending mode to soft light. And I’m also gonna change
the opacity to about 59%. So we don’t come on too strong. And you’re basically just
gonna take that gradient tool that you selected here, and just slide from the
top to the bottom here. You’re gonna see what it does. Just adds a little bit there. Now I’m gonna add a levels adjustment. And what levels allows you to do is basically set your
black point and set your, what’s true black, what’s true light. So by raising your black point, you can make it more
of a matte like finish. So I’m gonna adjust my darkest point, my shadows, to eight, as opposed to zero. So just lift that up. And I’m gonna change
my output levels to 15. Alright, so you can see the
effect that we have there. So the next thing that I’m gonna do after we have our levels complete, is I’m going to add a color lookup table. Just to give it a final look. So we go here, to color look up, 3D lut. We’re gonna scroll down
to Kodak 5218, Kodak 2395. And there you have it. But, of course, we’re not gonna keep that at a hundred percent, it’s
just a little bit much. So we’re gonna drop the opacity of that lut down to our liking. Somewhere around 40, 41. This is basically how I edited this photo of Disney in Light Room and Photoshop. If you liked what you saw here, or you wanna do a little bit of something, please feel free to give
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  • Reply Emotional2000 April 28, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    Very creative and imaginative video! Thanks for sharing your editing style! #DingleDays

  • Reply Adrian Alford Photography April 29, 2019 at 5:36 am

    Awesome video, really enjoyed it.  Many thanks for sharing.  Cheers!

  • Reply May Aguirre April 29, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    Super helpful—thank you!!!!

  • Reply danceking2006 May 8, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    Thanks for the editing tips, really helping me dive into the editing process! Can’t wait to try these tips out on my followers! Keep the videos coming!

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