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How to Edit Photos For Your Blog at Light Speed

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Photo editing can be time consuming and onerous — especially when you’re in a rush to produce a large amount of content. But, there are some tricks you can use to automate most of the process.

I had a friend in Taiwan who was a club photographer. He’d have to shoot until 3 or 4am and then go home and edit 50 photos and send them to the client before morning, so he had to create an extremely efficient workflow. In this tutorial I will show you how he did it, and how I edit photos when I’m in a rush.

This process uses the Photoshop ‘batch’ and ‘action’ automation tools, as well as several automatic image correction tools. It isn’t perfect. It works better for some photos than for others, but it will improve the vast majority of photos extremely quickly and will also resize the photos to fit your blog perfectly.

If you don’t have Photoshop and can’t afford to sign up for the current version, you can download a free old version that Photoshop released with serial numbers last year.

**The install for Mac is actually for Power PC devices, so you’ll need Mac OS X v.10.2.8–v.10.3.8 or Rosetta to get it working.

Last, there is one caveat to the tutorial below: you must straighten and crop all photos before following the steps below for best results.

 

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7 Responses to How to Edit Photos For Your Blog at Light Speed

  1. Darcie Connell April 10, 2014 at 11:54 am #

    Great video Matt. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Ronny April 12, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

    Of all the tasks I undertake, this is one of the biggest pains in the butt I can think of … this should improve my life considerably once I get this down … thanks Matt!

  3. Matthew April 22, 2014 at 5:44 am #

    Great tips, Matt. Although the link for the Photoshop download didn’t work for me.

    • Matt Gibson April 22, 2014 at 7:02 am #

      Thanks for the head’s up Matthew! The link has been updated.

  4. Uptourist March 25, 2015 at 9:44 pm #

    Thanks for this one. It is a skill that’s worth learning for all of us travel bloggers. With all the photos we are taking, we really need a process that’s quicker so that we can release the photos in the soonest time possible.

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