This is the first post in a week-long craft photography blog hop featuring Sister Diane from CraftyPod, Megan from RadMegan, Stacey from FreshStitches, Michele from Michele Made Me, and Haley from The Zen of Making. (Hey, that’s me!) As soon as they become available, you’ll be able to find links to the other tutorials in this series at the bottom of this post!
Retouching unsightly spots, stains, and scratches in the backgrounds of craft photos is one of the dirty little secrets of DIY pros. It’s like picking your nose or watching trashy reality TV—we all do it, but nobody ever talks about it.
The fact of the matter is, most professional crafters spend just as much time editing photos as they do actually making the project and writing the tutorial. For us, getting the right lighting, color, and look in a photo is every bit as important as good writing and top-notch crafting skills. The photo is, after all, what drives the pins, the shares, the likes, and, most importantly, the traffic.
Before you start shaking your head, take a look at the photo below.
The spots and scratches on the cutting mat draw the eye away from the focus of the photo and make the items resting on it look a little bit messy and disorganized.
Now take a look at this one.
Without the distraction of spots and scratches, the photo looks much cleaner and more professional. (It’s also way more likely to get pinned or featured on one of the big craft-related sites.) See? Five minutes of editing really can make a huge difference!
Ready to try it for yourself? Let’s get started!
In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to retouch spots using both Photoshop and iPhoto. As you go through the steps, keep an eye out for the red circles on each photo—they’ll let you know you where to look and what to do.
If you don’t use a Mac or don’t have the applications above, don’t fret! The concepts in this tutorial are applicable to other photo editing programs or online tools—you’ll just have to poke around a bit to find the right options. For Windows users, I’ve also included the Windows keyboard strokes in Photoshop section of the tutorial.