How to Photoshop Pictures

By Dan Richter

With the advent of digital photography and image editing software, you don't have to be a professional photographer or computer genius to edit your photos. Using Adobe Photoshop, one of the most popular image-editing software programs in the world, you can re-size your photos, get rid of red-eye, edit the content and colors of the image, and even blur and airbrush imperfections.

Things You'll Need

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Digital photo files

Step 1

Open Adobe Photoshop. Click on "File" and then "Open" on the top toolbar and then locate the digital photo you want to edit in Photoshop. Then click "Open" again.

Step 2

Click on the "Image" tab on the top toolbar to access a list of various adjustment tools that you can use to edit your image. Under the "Image" list you can choose to make your photo black and white (AKA grayscale), change the color contrast and brightness, resize the image, invert and mirror the image or rotate the picture.

Step 3

Use the toolbar on the left to make additional edits to your image. The left toolbar features tools like a paintbrush, which allows you to color on your image in any color you want; erase, which allows you to erase any edits you've made to the photo; crop, which allows you to crop your photo; blur, which allows you to blur any part of your image; text box, which allows you to add text to your image; and the lasso and rectangular marquee tools, which allow you copy, cut and paste parts of your image.

Step 4

Consult the "History" window on the right side of the screen. This window shows you a step-by-step list of all of the modifications and actions you have performed on your image. To delete an action you performed on the image, scroll through the list of edits you made and find the one you want to change or delete. Right-click on the action you want to delete and then click on "Delete." That action will then be undone on your image.

Step 5

Click on "File" and then "Save" to save all of the changes you have made to your image.

Tips & Warnings

  • To get a good feel for the program and all of its tools, experiment with each of the tools and use them on your photo to see what they can do. Just remember to not save your work when you are done, otherwise your digital image will be permanently distorted.