Nowadays it is easier than ever to edit photos, thanks in part to the availability of more user-friendly editors as well as more intelligent and automated editing tools. However photo editing does still require skill and experience – and it will take time for you to acquire both.
The only way for you to improve is to actually jump right in and start editing photos. While you’re doing that however, you should be aware of a few common mistakes that people tend to make and try to avoid them:
- Editing the original copy of the photo
As a rule you should always create a new copy of your photo and edit it – without touching the original. The reason for that is simple: You don’t want to accidentally save over the original photo and end up with an edited version that you can’t restore.
On top of that it is always a good practice to back up the original separately anyway – so that it isn’t accidentally deleted.
- Over-editing photos and making them look unnatural
Although editing will let you make many improvements to your photo – if you over-edit a photo it may start to look unnatural, and become less appealing. As a rule you should always try to start with a photo that is already fairly good, and just touch up and make as few adjustments as possible.
Try to be especially careful if you apply filters or other visual effects to your photos. For example although Movavi Photo Editor will let you easily apply filters by following the steps at https://www.movavi.com/support/how-to/photo-effects-and-filters.html, you should limit your usage of it and only apply them situationally.
- Over-cropping and removing too much of the photo
Until you know exactly how the image is going to be displayed as well as its dimensions, cropping it is a risk. If you over-crop and remove too much of your photo, you may have to restore the original and re-do all the other alterations that you made from scratch as well.
Make no mistake being able to crop your photos is a powerful tool, especially in conjunction with the rule of thirds or other composition techniques. That being said it should be used under the right circumstances, and with all the information that you need.
- Sharpening too much when trying to improve the focus
While sharpening is a widely-accepted way to improve the focus of photos and make it look less blurry – it comes with the risk that you’ll sharpen your photo too much. If you aren’t careful you could end up with a lot of photo noise when you sharpen your photo, along with artifacts, halos, and other unwanted effects.
As you may have noticed, the key to not making most of these mistakes is to be careful when you edit your photos and not go overboard. That is the foundation of good editing in general, and you should make it a habit to weigh every alteration.