Wednesday 7 June 2017

PHOTOGRAPHY: How to Edit DIY Maternity Silhouette Photos using PS Express

On Monday I published the photos from a mini DIY maternity silhouette photoshoot and today I'm going to be taking you through step-by-step how I edited the photos. It's a really quick and simple process and completely free too! I can upload photos straight from my camera onto my phone/tablet via wifi, which makes life so easy and editing pictures really quick. I prefer to edit on my tablet because it has a bigger screen, but this could be done on either.

Here's my step-by-step guide on how to edit silhouette photos:

1) Once you have downloaded your chosen photos then you'll need to open up the PS Express app (free to download).
2) Choose a photo to edit and select it. You're screen should look like this:
3) Right at the bottom of the screen select the third icon along (looks like three lines). This is where the photo editing features are. Select Exposure and drag the blue dot along the line until it reaches 30. This will brighten your photo.
4) Next, select Contrast and drag the blue button along the line to 100.
5) Select Highlights and drag the blue dot along to 30.
6) Select Shadows and drag the blue dot down the line to -100.
7) Select Whites and move the dot to 10.
8) Go along to Color and select Temperature. Move the blue dot along to -7.
9) Select Vibrancy and drag the dot along the line to 10.
10) Go along to Effects and select Clarity. Drag the blue dot along the line to 12.
That's it! Once you've done those steps a few times then you'll be able to edit the photos really quickly. You can, of course, play around with the different editing features yourself. I prefer my photos to be cool toned, hence reducing their temperature to -7, but if you like warmer toned photos then increase the temperature. It's fun to play around and find your own editing style.

Before and After:
As you can see there isn't a huge difference between the two photos; I just increased the brightness from the light source and darkened my silhouette to create a greater contrast.

What's your favourite way of editing photos?

Feel free to leave a comment - I love reading every single one :)

Helen x


  1. I love these silhouettes, they make such a great keepsake. Great tips on editing the original photo too x

  2. Thank you very much for sharing the tutorial to edit photos in Photoshop and make them pretty look.
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  3. These are such lovely photos, I am sure so many people will find this how to guide really useful xx

  4. When my mummy has the time she likes editing photos in Photoshop and she tends to find RAW images work the best off her camera. This is a great smartphone alternative though! Great tips x

  5. Fantastic tips! I edit all my photos, it just always looks so much better.

  6. Such a great moment to treasure. I wish I had took more photos when I was pregnant. Great tutorial and picture :)

  7. These are such special photos and edited so well! I'm so impressed, I wouldn't have a clue!

  8. Great tutorial and this will be my go to guide for silhouettes. What a lovely way to capture a precious moment. Elinor x

  9. Great tutorial, I wish I had done something like this when I was pregnant

  10. Simple but very effective, makes the photo much more vivid

  11. Great photography tips here. I will try editing some of my photos like this.

  12. What a fab tutorial! Such a nice keepsake to treasure too :) x

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