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Photo Editing - How to prepare and sharpen your shots for Instagram

Daniel Gastager, Professional Landscape Photographer

Photo Editing - How to prepare and sharpen your shots for Instagram

Daniel Gastager, Professional Landscape Photographer

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5 Lessons (26m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Chapter 1 - color space for online presentation

    • 3. Chapter 2 - Instagram format optimization

    • 4. Chapter 3 - web sharpening techniques

    • 5. Chapter 4 - creating an action

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About This Class

In this short class, you will learn all the techniques you need to make your images look nice and sharp for the web and especially Instagram. I will show you how to overcome the crop factor on Instagram and how you speed up your web sharpening workflow.

I'm on Instagram for over two years now, and it was fairly successful for me, but it wasn't easy. One of the critical things I learned was to have a beautiful looking feed with good content. The right sharpening process was one of the main reasons which helped my images to get more engagement on social media.

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Daniel Gastager

Professional Landscape Photographer


Hey guys! :) My name is Daniel Gastager, birth name Fleischhacker, and I'm a newly married professional landscape photographer and photo editor based in Rosenheim/Germany.

I'm in photography for over seven years now, and I do use Adobe Photoshop on a daily bases. I love traveling, but I also love shooting beautiful images in my backyard. Photography is a great passion for me, and I love every aspect of it.

It's not just in the field surrounded by beautiful mother nature; it's also about the technical perspective like photo editing in front of my computer. That's where you can get creative and set yourself apart from other photographers.

I won several awards, such as the German national award at the Sony World Photography Awards, six gold medals at the Epson... See full profile

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1. Intro: Hello, everybody. Welcome to my new sculpture class, where I will teach you everything you need to know about rep shopping and also preparing your images for Instagram. In my opinion, you can't avoid INSTAGRAM, especially as a photographer these days. There are so many brands on there, and when you want to get connected with other people or with one off those brands, it's important to have a nice and good looking social media feet. And in this course you will learn how to make your images shine some perfect shopping methods. There's some photos you simply don't want to crop. Let's say you have a vertical nice landscape photo and you don't want to crop it. Ever show your way to overcome it? It's really simple, but I think it's important to talk about it at least once, and I will show you a automatic process so you only have to press a button and your images is ready to post. My name is Daniel Flash, aka I'm, a professional photographer for over six years now, and yeah, I'm using social media on a daily basis. I started out of Instagram like two years ago, and it's been fairly successful for But it's not easy, especially at the beginning. And there is no short card or anything. You need good contact and I will show you how to make it look nice. So wish a lot of fun. Guys. I hope you will enjoy this class and I'm always there. If you have any questions, feel free to post them into community section here on skill share. And don't hesitate to show me your results. I want to see your favorite images. You sharpened and prepared my techniques on post him. He and the project sections on Skill Ship. I'm always there to give you a thumbs up or critique. So, like a set, guys have fun now and see you later. Bye. 2. Chapter 1 - color space for online presentation: Hey, guys, welcome to my short tutorial about my rep sharpening techniques and also my simple steps I like to use before I publish my photos on Instagram. So yeah, it's like a set of short tutorial. I will have four different chapters and yeah, I will guide you through a step by step, um, and show you my short process. But I think it's an important topic because Instagram is really Yeah, a thing, of course. So, yeah, you shouldn't underestimate how your images look online there. So, yeah, that's the reason why I decided to make this tutorial, and yet it's just get started. In this first chapter, we will talk about the color space. It's really short because I mentioned it a lot. Another two tours already, but it's still important to mention it real quick. So yeah, it's just got started. Um, yes, so that's a simple image. We will further rock riff it in a another chapter. But like I said already, I want to mentioned the color space real quick. Since we're preparing our images for the Web, we will, of course, used s RGB. It's the smallest color space you can pick, but It's also the one which is the most supported on the Internet. So they're some sites which already, um, support that though we are to be a much bigger color space, but it's not sure if it using it when you want to publish it on the Web. Since yeah, like I said, the only a few sides it's it's really good for printing, but not for Web. So yeah, that's the reason I will use Assad. Should be. So when we upload our images to Instagram or other social media sites, it won't look bad. And with your colors and so on. So yeah, it's always important to pig s art should be as a default. And even when you edited your shots in Adobe RGB, it's still important to converted to SRT to be at the end before you publish it. Yeah, so that's what we will do. And I will also include this in my action. I set up for the weapon sharpening steps which we will talk about in the next chapters. So yeah, really important little information. Probably nothing new for you, for you, but still both mentioning, in my opinion, So yeah, that's actually enough with this topic in this chapter. And yeah, see you in the next one. But 3. Chapter 2 - Instagram format optimization: Welcome to the next chapter here. We will talk about the different formats Instagram supports or let's say how to overcome this four by five crop you have on instagram because in my opinion, it's really important that you have like a vertical shot because it fills out most off the screen. And that means people see it. Bigger brands see it bigger. Let's say hops, which published shots, see it bigger So they like this more because, like I said, it fills the whole screen. So it's always good when you have some vertical shots you can show, but sometimes they're not appropriate for a four by five crop. What happens, of course. And then I have a simple method. How you can overcome that and still show your whole shot. So that's what we will do right now. Um, yeah. So this is one of my favorite images I ever talk, In my opinion, I took it in Iceland some amazing auroras, and I like the composition a lot with the icy in the foreground and the stones with the reflection off the aura it guides you in perfectly. And let's say now when I would press, see from the crop tool, and I picked four by five. And then I crop it for Instagram because I don't want it. Instagram does it for me. I will do it up front and then I lose everything. As you see, I either loose the Aurora at the top or I'll lose the lovely ice on a to bottom. So, as you see, even a press enter looks bad. And that's what Instagram would actually do when you uploaded it when you uploaded over there. So we but we don't want that. So let's press controls that, and there's actually a really simple way to do it. It's, of course, personal taste, but I like to use white borders on the edges, and I think there's an app out there which also does that. But that's too complicated for me. In my opinion, I like to do it in photo shop. I prepare two images, one for my website and maybe other social media's and one for Instagram. And then I saved them, upload them to the Dropbox, and from there I can publish them on Instagram and with the white borders. I don't lose my image information, so that's what we will do here. So we will press control. I'm not controls. All right, well, just press Z and we will type in the four by five radius. And when I know it's important that I have the colors right here, I need the black color, the opposite. And then I drag it out to you and simply make the image a little bit bigger. And now I have my white borders, and when I publish that on Instagram, it looks like the images in between. So you the white borders fit in perfectly to the white shihm off instagram. And when you're dark mode user off instagram than you, of course, do just the opposite. You use black borders. So you press there, used the opposite here, and you add No, no green borders the opposite. And then you use the black border and that's it. And then I simply save it, and then I can publish it and yeah, it's that simple. And that way I don't lose my lovely um yeah, three by two. Or to buy three information sighs. I mean and not my composition doesn't get destroyed, so yeah, and there's one one more problem you might face. Let's say you have a three by two image. And of course you can publish it on instagram. Sure, but then, um, the older rhythm kind of heights images which don't have this four by five or five by four or the square crop. I don't know why, but I tend to see less likes and engagement on images which don't have that former. And since we're mostly talking about instagram here right now, I show you which former you can pick. So you still have this landscape mode, but you have a better chance to get seen. Yeah, and it's of course not for other social media's there. You can keep the file size and the format as you want. It's just for Instagram. So that's the reason why I like to add it. My shorts in two versions. So what we will do? Here's we will press control J to get a copy off the background layer because we have toe can't work on the back on layer, um, with the step here. So now be repressed Control T When a shift click and I drag it to the middle on both sides , I changed the format without cropping. And I tend to like this for five by four crop, Let's say four months quite well lately. So even when I have a three by two image, which I like, I still try it out in four by five. When I shrink it together, squeeze it together. Because then sometimes it looks even more dramatic because you emphasize the foreground and also the background. And then it looks a bit more. Yeah, like a set dramatic. So I like I tried on every image. Of course, it doesn't work all the time, but here does, in my opinion. So we'll press enter. And now I choose the five by four crop on and drag it here, something like that. And now I have to make sure that I don't lose well, that that I still have the right at just year, cause I have overlapping from the image before when it turned this stone, as you see. So I repressed control T again shift, click and then dragged out. And that's it. And I really like this former five by four. It's better than this crack crop, in my opinion, because in the script But of course, there are images which work in the square crop. But in a landscape shot like this, you lose too much on both sides. Over, Let's say when you squeeze it together like a square crop, as we couldn't do read. Now, if you If yeah, I will show you. You see, it's getting way too dramatic. So I like to used this five by four. So it still looks realistic, and, uh, at the same time, you optimize it a bit for Instagram. So yeah, simple steps. But I think it's something to know. And it's important that you, first of all, when you don't intend to change the former off your image like in general, edited like you want. And then you say for copy by just going to image on and copy image. Where is a duplicate image? There it is. On a then you can add the copy, edit the copy for Instagram, and the other one is your original file. And yeah, that's it. So to summarize it two ways I like to use, I like to put borders on the two by three images so I don't lose my content when the crop doesn't look good. Sometimes it does. And the other step is I'd like to change the former clear. That's it. But it's really powerful, in my opinion. Andi. Yeah, I hope you learned something and let's see you in the next chapter. 4. Chapter 3 - web sharpening techniques: Hey, welcome to the rupture Opening chapter. As the name already says he I will show you my technique I like to use to prepare my images for the Web and, of course, also for Instagram. So yeah, let's dive into it. Um, so here's a shot I really like, which I already mentioned in the first chapter. And, ah, I want to sharpen it for the rep right now. When I go to image image size, it's still big too big. I shrink it down already a bid for demonstration purposes because my computer is not the newest anymore. It doesn't matter, Um, and I want to further shop in it. And do I do it in a two step process that's like the best way. In my opinion, you get a really crisp look, and at the same time you maintain a lot of details. I really like that, and that's what I will show you. So, first of all, we will press control J to make a copy off the background layer, cause we never work on the background layer and then I will, uh, call it's of sharpening, and I will set the blend mode to luminosity because I tend to see color shifts when I use a lot of sharpening filters, especially in red tones, only a little bit. But still, maybe it's just my eyes. So I said it the luminosity. And then I overcome this issue because luminosity only works of contrast. All right, And then, like I said, I have a two step process. So first of all, I go to image size again, and my end result is 2000 or 2000 or 1350 pixels on the vertical side because that's the maximum resolution Instagram supports. And I don't want that. Instagram shrinks it down for me. I want to do it by myself so they don't mess anything up. So that's the final size I want to get. But I don't change the size to it immediately. I have a two step process. Like I said. So first of all, I would go to 2000 700. The double amount doesn't matter if there's Resolution 72 World 300 in it, Andi, then, yeah, I press OK. And now it's already smaller, of course, but it lost already. A little bit of sharpness because off the yeah, downsizing. So what we will do is it now depends on how big the image wants before and how small you want to get it. So the smaller you want to get you image, the more you have to sharpen it. And, yeah, let's say the bigger the amount you're reducing, the more you have to sharpen it. So since we were already at 4000 pixels, we don't have to sharpen it that month that much like when we would start at 7000 pixels on the long side. So let's say when I It's actually quite simple. When I let's the fight. When the final size is something around 1/3 off my starting size, then I like to use three sharpening steps and one final step. And when, Let's say there's like 1/4 or fifth off the starting size. Thin. Yeah, you can imagine four sharpening steps or five sharpening steps, and there's always one final step, which is not counted inside there. So I that I will always use the final step doesn't matter how. Yeah, much I shrink down the image. All right, so here's something around. The third doesn't have to be to accept. So we will use three steps. So we go to filter sharpen and I like to use smart shopping and this is my default amount. I like to use 100% amount and a really small radius since we want to smaller pixel, the small pixels to be sharpened and we have used this lens blur. That's fine. I don't change that and don't mess with the rest. So that's fine. And now we will use this three times. So one to three. I mean, we Suman you see while okay it's way to shop, of course, but it's fine now we go toe image, image size and we use our final amount. Impress. Okay, and now we are at 100% because it's smaller off course now. But you see, everything is really nice and crisp. I like it because when you downsize your images, you loose sharpness, a lot of sharpness, and in my opinion, it works better when you sharpen your images before and then you shrink them down. Because then you actually loose something off the over, sharpening the over shop look because you lose sharpness and that looks better than when you should get down first, and then you have it really blurry or soft, and when you then sharpen it, it looks verse, because when you sharpen something soft, it doesn't look as good like when you reduce the sharpness from something which was to shop . But we're only talking for Web shopping in here right now, not for printing or anything. It's just for weapon, all right, and now one final step, which always use I go to smart shopping again. I use half off the amount and one pixel for some final Christmas. And the cool thing is, I have two separated layer here. So when I turn this on and off, you see they lose sharpness, especially in the foreground, and sometimes it can be to shop. Let's save and you have, like, you would have five stops sharpening steps because you want to a really small result. It's like 1/5 from the starting size it can over. You can look over sharpened sometimes, so you can still play with the capacity here, and but I also like to use is a like to create a new layer and recall it blur and I like to slightly blur the image. So I go to filter blur, cause in blue, I use around the amount off at seven. A have 1350 pixels I like to use like, Yeah, 13.5 pixels and let's save and 1/2. Ah, 3000 then 30 pixels and so one. And then I go down to, like, 5% And then it's a bit less shop, but still nice to look at. And yeah, that's my whole process. Pretty simple. And but it really powerful. And in the next chapter, the last one, I will quickly show you how to create an action. So you don't have to do this by hand all the time, so, yeah, see you there. 5. Chapter 4 - creating an action: All right. Welcome to the final chapter. I already showed you my shopping steps and also how I like to overcome the format issues on Instagram. And now I will simply show you how to create an action for Yeah, what we did in the last chapter. So, like I said before, you don't have to do it my hand all the time. So let's get started here. So here we have a vertical image. And yeah, since this tutorial is mostly about Instagram, I will first of all, press control J I mean, I will do that before I create the action. And then I press control T and I will squeeze it together. So I have my five by four former and I actually really like it here in this landscape because it makes the mountains look more dramatic. Yes, something like that. Then it will flip the image again. And then now let's go to image image size. And you see my wife is I my escape. Ah, side is 5600 the vertical one is 4480. And before I said instagram has maximum off 1350 pixels on the vertical site, since phones are vertical, but you're only they only allow maximum off Ah, 10 80 on the landscape side. And that's what we will work with when we have a landscape image. So we intend to get there to 1080 10 80 and now we shrink the image down by like five times , like five times. So we will use Fight five shopping steps. So first of all, we would create the action. That's what this topic is about. So we were going to this play button here, and then you go to already have some rupture opening actions, as you can see here. So now we will click on it. But it's not for Instagram issue. See, the bigger and we will create on this icon here and call it insta grim, sharpening landscape five times. That's mostly what I used because usually I, um, reduce the size of my final images, and there are big, so they're not pre pre downsized like the one before. No press OK, because I know my camera. It has 30 megapixels saw five times. It's fine, all right, and now everything gets recorded. So first of all repressed control. J said it to luminosity. Call it whip, shop and thing. Then we go to image image size. So we will, first of all, growth to rule the double amount 2160. And now we will shop in the head out of it. So shop in smart shop and one to three full five really shop and now we go to image image size 10 80 Press. OK, yeah, there it is. And now we will stop recording because everything we do now will also be recorded. And that's bad. So there it is, our new action, and now we can use it all the time if we want. If the image looks to shop for you now, you can like a set. Of course, work with capacity. Let's say maybe to like 95 for something, but when you turn it off completely, you see the image gets like super blurry, and now it's nice and crisp. And let's go back in our history to the starting point here. All right, now let's press our action and you will see it goes automatically and so clamber up, sharpening play. There it is and no Sometimes when you shop in things like the strong, you could lose color. As I said, you can simply use a hue saturation layer and bump up your color for maybe, like, seven points or something. And then you're good to go. And now you press control old shift s and there you use those settings. You mean you pick convert to s RGB use document profile. I mean, you can uncheck it if you want, but you make sure that you still really use s rgb if you forgot to convert it before quality 100 and here we used by cubic and then safe and that's it. Simple, but a really powerful. And I hope you guys learn something new. Um, yeah, it's already mentioned couple times Instagram It's really important. So this sharpening process and also the technique I like to use to change the former is a really cool thing which helped my instagram feed a lot. And I hope it will have you guys too. And yeah, if you have any questions, ask them in the community section here on skill share. I'm always there to help and show your projects. Guys, I want to see your shots, you shop and let's say you don't have to show me sharpened shots. Show me your shots. You have what you like to post on instagram and some of your favorite images. Maybe some of your most popular images on instagram post them in the project section. I'm there to critique or give you a thumbs up and really curious. So yeah, like I already said, I hope you learned something new and, yeah, see you next time, but