5 Incredibly Simple Photoshop Hacks

You don't need to me a photography maven to achieve stunning photography - yes, the right gear is always going to help and a keen eye is perhaps most important.  But gear and perspective can never remove blemishes nor add surreal scenes to seemingly ordinary shots - that's where old trusted Photoshop comes in. 

Here are 5 dead easy hacks you can use today!

1. Install these free Photoshop actions to get Instagram-like filters.


Download them here.

2. Use the Dodge and Burn tool to get sparkling eyes.

Dodge will lighten. Burn will darken. So zoom very close in there and follow this easy, three-step tutorial.

3. Enhance a photo by crossing it with another photo with a better color palette. You’ll get pleasantly interesting results.


Open a photo with an interesting color palette, like a great work of art. Then open up your photo you wish to edit. Select Image >> Adjustments >> Match Color, and then select the photo of the famous art as the source. You can play with Luminance and Color Intensity if you want. Hit OK and there you go.

4. Merge a photo of your child with their own artwork.

Get the super easy tutorial here.

5. Use the Orton Effect to get a dramatic lighting effect.

1. Open the photo in Photoshop.
2. Duplicate the layer that the photo is on (Command + J in the Layers window).
3. Set the new layer’s blending mode to Screen.
4. Duplicate the layer again.
5. Apply a Gaussian Blur by going to Filter >> Blur >> Gaussian Blur. Play around with the value. Set the blending mode for this layer to Multiply.