As a scrapbooker, I love taking photos. I also love Lightroom 4 for editing photos. However, there are times when I take a photo and I just want to get it scrapped. Luckily, Photoshop has an option for quickly editing a photo. This option is Levels. (Levels also exist in Photoshop Elements and Gimp. Levels works the same way in all three programs, but is accessed via different menu options.)
You can access Levels in Photoshop by choosing Image>Adjustments>Levels. (The shortcut is Command+L on a Mac or Control+L in Windows. This shortcut also works in Photoshop Elements.)
When the Levels Dialog box opens, you have a couple of options to quickly edit your photos. One option is to click on the Auto button. I always go with this option first as it is quick and easy. If you want to experiment more, you can take advantage of the eye droppers on the right-side of the Levels dialogue box. Choose either the White (right dropper), Black (left dropper) or Gray (middle dropper) dropper and then click on a similarly colored spot in your photo to help Photoshop determine how to adjust the Levels. When you are done, click Okay and the changes will be applied.
That’s it. A simple way to get your photo edited so you can get scrapping. Here are a couple of examples of the difference using Levels can make in your photo. I used the Auto option in both of these examples.
As you can see, adjusting Levels can be a quick way to edit that photo for you layout. I don’t know about you, but I am aways looking for ways to get things done quicker.
I hope you find this tip helpful. If you have any questions, please leave the in comments and I will be glad to answer them.