Ultimate Food Photo Edit Tutorial: How I Edit my Photos

Today I am sharing with you the ultimate food photo edit tutorial where I reveal every trick in my book to help you edit your pictures better  in Photoshop.

I am going to share a whole bunch of my trade secrets with you today: how to do a better food photo edit. Now this post is focused on food photography but you can use these tricks for any picture. Of course the idea is to take a better picture in the first place that requires as little editing as possible. I am still working on that. But even the most seasoned food photographer will need to touch up a few things in post-production.

I am letting the cat out of the bag, they do the same thing as I am about to show you!

food photo edit before and after

I played around for years with Photoshop without really knowing what I was doing. Then one day I came across a few excellent tips on a food blog (cannot remember where) and I was very happy with the results. Again later on I took an advanced Photoshop class through work for my day job but picked up many gold nuggets I could use on the food photography.

Photoshop for Food Photography

I am going to use a photo from my Boozy Peaches and Cream Trifle recipe blog post for demonstration purposes. Now I don’t use every single one of the steps below each time. Every photo is different. But for this tutorial I have applied every Photoshop trick I know to help you edit your pictures better, including the best way to sharpen an image: the high pass filter technique. I bet many of you did not know that one!

Now this tutorial is for Photoshop but many of the features are available in Lightroom. Also this tutorial assumes you are somewhat already familiar with Photoshop and know where the basic features are located. On with the food photo edit tutorial…

Food Photo Edit Tutorial

For each step I will show you a screen shot of Photoshop. Please check below for a printable version of the steps without the pictures. Make sure to print it out and follow along with your own images.

  1. Open Photoshop
  2. Open a photo in Photoshop food photo edit
  3. Make sure Layers panel is open on the right (Windows, Layers)
  4. Crop your imagefood photo editfood photo edit
  5. Apply an Auto Tone shift+ctrl Lfood photo edit
  6. Duplicate your layer ctrl J
  7. In layers select soft light from drop down and adjust opacity to around 30%food photo editfood photo edit
  8. Duplicate your layer ctrl J
  9. In layers select overlayfood photo edit
  10. Select brush tool and pick the color whitefood photo edit
  11. Select a size for the area you want to paint and lower harshness to zerofood photo edit
  12. Paint in the areas you want to highlightfood photo edit
  13. In the layers panel set your overlay at around 20% (I went back and set it at 15% later)food photo edit
  14. Open a Curves layer to adjust tonal range: add highlight by adding and moving one point on the top of the diagonal line. And add shadow by adding and moving one point on the bottom of the line. Don’t overdue it.food photo edit
  15. Open a Vibrance layer, here I chose vibrance on the slider at 30 (avoid the saturation slider)food photo edit
  16. I am happy with the edit but I want to sharpen the image a bit. First step is to flatten all my layersfood photo edit
  17. Duplicate your layer ctrl Jfood photo edit
  18. Turn your photo black and white by pressing crtl Ufood photo edit
  19. In layers select overlayfood photo edit
  20. Go in Filter, Other, High Passfood photo edit
  21. In the High Pass window select a radius, usually around 1.5 to 3. Check preview. Press OK.food photo edit
  22. ‘Save as’ with a new name (good to keep original just in case)food photo edit

And you are done!

Optional: add your watermark. And save for web (shift+alt+ctrl S) to reduce size to around 90 kb for the blog post so that it can load faster.
NOTE: every time I say open a ### layer, click the circle that is half dark half white in the menu in the bottom right . If you go here you create a layer for each modification, which means you are not destroying the original layer.

food photo edit

Ultimate Food Photo Edit Tutorial

Today I am sharing with you the ultimate food photo edit tutorial where I reveal every trick in my book to help you edit your pictures better in Photoshop.

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Ingredients

  • A digital photo
  • Photoshop

Instructions

  1. Open Photoshop
  2. Open a photo in Photoshop
  3. Make sure Layers panel is open on the right (Windows, Layers)
  4. Crop your image
  5. Apply an auto Tone shift+ctrl L
  6. Duplicate your layer ctrl J
  7. In layers select soft light from drop down and adjust opacity to around 30%
  8. Duplicate your layer ctrl J
  9. In layers select overlay
  10. Select brush tool and pick the color white
  11. Select a size for the area you want to paint and lower harshness to zero
  12. Paint in the areas you want to highlight
  13. In the layers panel set your overlay at around 20% (I went back and set it at 15% later)
  14. Open a Curves layer to adjust tonal range: add highlight by adding and moving one point on the top of the diagonal line. And add shadow by adding and moving one point on the bottom of the line. Don't overdue it.
  15. Open a Vibrance layer, here I chose vibrance on the slider at 30 (avoid the saturation slider)
  16. I am happy with the edit but I want to sharpen the image a bit. First step is to flatten all my layers
  17. Duplicate your layer ctrl J
  18. Turn your photo black and white by pressing crtl U
  19. In layers select overlay
  20. Go in Filter, Other, High Pass
  21. In the High Pass window select a radius, usually around 1.5 to 3. Check preview. Press OK.
  22. 'Save as' with a new name (good to keep original just in case). And you are done!

Notes

Optional: add your watermark. And save for web (shift+alt+ctrl S) to reduce size to around 90 kb for the blog post so that it can load faster. NOTE: every time I say open a ### layer, click the circle that is half dark half white in the menu in the bottom right . If you go here you create a layer for each modification, which means you are not destroying the original layer.

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I really hope you found this food photo edit tutorial really helpful and that it will take your photo editing skills to the next level.

  • If you have any question please ask them in the comment box below!
  • Have you got any extra tips to share?
  • What software do you use edit photos?

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