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Photo Editing with Google Photos

teacher avatar Phil Ebiner, Video | Photo | Design

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6 Lessons (27m)
    • 1. Intro to Google Photos

    • 2. Importing and Organizing

    • 3. Editing Photos with Google Photos

    • 4. Download and Sharing Photos

    • 5. Full Edit - Macro Photo

    • 6. Full Edit - Landscape Photo

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About This Class

Learn how to edit on the go with the Google Photos Web App. 

In this course, you'll learn:

  1. Importing and Organizing in Google Photos
  2. Editing Photos in Google Photos
  3. Downloading Photos and Sharing from Google Photos

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Phil Ebiner

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Since 2012 have been teaching people like you everything I know. I create courses that teach you how to creatively share your story through photography, video, design, and marketing.

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1. Intro to Google Photos: Welcome to this new photo editing section of the photography match of class. This section is about using Google photos to organize and edit your photos. What I like about Google photos is it's available in the cloud. You can access your photos anywhere. You can edit them from your desktop. You can use your mobile device to access them as well. They have mobile APs that allow you to automatically up upload photos from your phone to Google photos, and it's great for Mac or PC users, so anybody in this class can use it. You will need a Google account to sign up for Google photos, so if you haven't done that, sign up for a Google account or just go to google dot com slash photos or photos dot google dot com. Click on the goat of photos Google Photos Button and then sign up with your Google account or choose create account. So now you'll be ready to start importing and organizing and editing your photos in Google photos. The one thing I will say is that you can't upload an edit Raw files with Google photos, so that is the one downside. It's a great way to store your J Peg compressed images, and you can even edit them there. But as we know from learning in this class, you can't have the full capabilities of editing a J Peg image like you do with the raw image. So it's great for backing up. It's great for your everyday use of just doing quick edits for social media or posting online. And it's also a great way to back up your edited files your edited compress files for archival purposes. So go ahead and download the project files the practice photos, which are J peg images that will be working on in the next a few lessons. 2. Importing and Organizing: in this lesson, we're going to start importing in organizing our photos. You'll notice the workspace is fairly easy and simple. You've got sort of a big button in the middle. If you haven't uploaded any photos, you can literally just click and drag to add photos. Or you can click this upload button in the top right corner. And then over here you can see that you can use photos you can organize with albums, there's an assistant. If you click that, that helps you kind of create things like photo books, collages, animations. You can easily share photos with other people, which is another awesome thing about Google photos. And then you can also create photo books right within here for printing, click the upload button and then select all five of the J Peg photos from the Google Photos Practice folder that you downloaded. They also have a desktop upload er, so if you click this, it's going to take you to a cool app. Or if you download that it's available for both Mac and PC. You can upload photos to your Google photos cloud space directly from your desktop. If you want to do that to make it easier for the next time. So you see that they're uploading right here. We'll wait till they are complete. So once they've uploaded, you should see them in your main sort of view up here. But you'll also notice that there are a couple options down here. Add Toe Album and shared album. It's a really good idea to organize your photos as you go along by adding them toe albums. Because the way that the photo stream, which is just your main photos sort of folder works, is it's by date. And when you start uploading a lot of photos that can get kind of hard to find them. And also, if you're uploading photos like in this album that were taken on different days, then they're going to be mixed up into all of your other photos that you're uploading. So click add to album, choose new album, and we're just going to call this photo editing practice. Once you've named it, you can click and drag to reorder them if you want. If you have a lot which is good for sharing, you can actually add text in between your photos, sort of as a way of creating a cool like flow. If you want to share this as a sort of photo presentation, you can do that. Click this and you can see that you can add text here. You can also tag your photos in different locations, and you also have an option for sorting your photos from by date, oldest or newest or recently added, which can help to find photos. If you upload a lot, check this check mark up here or click it to be done with this album. Go back. And so now we have our main photos stream over here. Like I said, this is by date. If you click on albums on the left, you will see all of the albums here. You can also organize by people, places, things and collages. And as you add more photos, these things will start to be populated. Here is my personal Google photos, and you can see here if I choose people and it has pets and how which have been added. We have all the different people, and we can go through here and check the tags. So if we go see my face or click my face, you can see all the photos that I've been tagged in. And then, if you want, give me a name. So it knows that this is myself, and I put it under my contact information, my Google contact information. So it's all saved in the Google universe. So a lot of cool stuff with organization there that will start to populate as you upload more photos. So back here, the next thing we're going to start to do is edit your photos in Google photos, and we'll do that in the next lesson. 3. Editing Photos with Google Photos: time to start editing our photos. The first thing that we always do is learn how to crop our photos first. If you want to go into the editor, just click on a photo. It's going to bring it up full screen. If you're in the album of you, just goto the specific album and then click on the photo and then click this adjustments or this at it. But in up here, So the crop a photo. Just click this crop button in the top, right? And here there are presets if you click this button in the top right for the aspect ratios , so the free aspect ratio will allow you to just click and drag and create any sort of aspect that you want. Once you're done clicking and dragging the corners, you can click and move the photo itself to put it in the crop. And the cool thing is, it has this sort of grid that allows you to use sort of like the rule of thirds placing will on the third line if you want. Now I'm going to edit this as a square, which is perfect for social media or sort of an like, ah, profile image. So I'm going to use this like so And then when you do this, you have this rotation guide on the right side. If you click and drag up or down, you can rotate the image, and the grid again helps you level horizons, straining out things. Make sure the eyes air flatten level perfectly like that. You can also just completely rotate your image with this. Rotate button up here. Think like done. Next. You have these filters that you can see here that if you just click through these filters, it applies sort of a manual filter. You're probably aware or comfortable with using filters. If you use an app like Instagram, where you can just pop on a filter, you have the strength of the filter down here to decrease or increase the strength of that filter. If you want to go back and undo any changes, just click original up here. I want to show you the manual adjustments you can make in Google photos. You have this sort of slider tab up here, and you have these sliders that you can drag left to right for a light, which is the exposure, making your photo brighter or darker. You have your color, which is your saturation, making it less saturation saturated, all black and white or more saturated. You also have this pop filter, which is sort of like a clarity filter. If you're aware and use light room, it sharpens things that adds more detail for Portrait's. It gives us sort of grungy feel, which I don't like, but it could be your style. You'll also see that we have these drop down menus next toe, light and color. This gives you more fine tuning adjustments that again are similar to what you would use in something like light room or photo shop. So instead of making an overall light adjustment, you can adjust specific parts of your images. So you have an overall exposure, which is basically making the entire image brighter or darker. You have contrast, which makes if you take it to the right. It makes the dark parts darker at the light parts lighter, making it more contrast. E make sliding to the left makes it less contrast e the darks become later, the lights become darker amore, flat image. Then you have these four sliders for highlights shadows, whites and blacks, and these addressed individual parts of the image, so the highlights will just adjust. The highlights shadows just sort of the darker parts. And so for this image, I want to bring it up just a little bit. The whites I'm going to bring up just a little bit, too. And then the blacks bringing dragging up makes him were contrast. Driving to the left brings up the blacks, making a little bit lighter. Something like that looks a little bit better to me, and then you have this vignette. Dragging to the right will increase the vignette, sort of focusing your attention on the center of the frame. Great for Portrait's great for different styles of photography, not something I add toe all of my photos. But vignettes are pretty cool for focusing the attention on the center of your photo. Cool so you can play around with those sort of more advanced adjustments under light, then under color. We also have more adjustments, so I'm going to reset the color slider and go through. Each of these saturation is the color vibrance, basically of all the colors in the frame, so everything is going to become more vibrant and colorful if you drag to the right or become less saturated. Dragging to the left warmth is how you can actually adjust the white balance of your image . Dragging to the right will make it more warm toe left more cool. So for this image, it's a little bit cool. And so for this one in particular, I would drag to the right a little bit to get the colors to look a little bit more natural . Tint is going from green to magenta, depending on the lighting situation. If you're shooting under fluorescent lights or different types of light, you might have sort of a green tint to your photos, and you want toe combat that by adding some magenta to it, or you can use it just to give it some sort of cool style. This skin tone slider will increase or decrease the saturation of your skin tones. So if you just want to make someone's skin tone pop a little bit more, drag it to the right. The other thing you can do is drag the saturation to the right, which brings up the colors for the entire image But when you do that, sometimes skin tones don't look that good, because when you're adding too much saturation to people, skin, especially Caucasian or light skin, you get all this red and there, and that looks a little awkward. So if we dragged down the skin tone now this decreases the saturation of the skin. But we're leaving the saturation of all the other colors at cell in the background. So this is going to be a lot of your yellows, your oranges and some red that you're affecting with skin tone. And then Deep Blue is adjusting the blues. So if you want to make those blues in the back on a little bit darker, more contrast, E drag it up, less saturated. Less contrast, E drag it to the right so I like, especially with this image, making them a little bit more contrast, e and saturated. And so those are the manual adjustments you can make with the light and color sliders, and now you're ready to share this with the world, which will cover some options for downloading and sharing. In the next lesson, 4. Download and Sharing Photos: so say you go through your at it and you want to download this so you can share it on your computer or, you know, print it out or whatever. You can click these three dots for the more options and then choose down, load or use the keyboard shortcut Shift D clicking that bring up the download option. It's going to process it. You can choose where you want to save it. Let's save it in our Google photos at its and we'll call this practice group photo Google one. So now on my finder, we have this photo that we can go ahead and share online on another platform, or we can print it out or just save it to our own backup storage. You have other options Under more options, you can download the original if you want. Or you could add to album to a shared album, which is a great way to collaborate with other people. Use as your album cover removed from album or moved to trash. If you are thinking well, I have like this at it, but I want to Reese start from scratch, click the edit button and then choose Undo edit. Now I'm gonna not going to do that because I like how I've edited this and I want to keep it. But that's how you would undo any edits. If you want to quickly share this with someone online, click this share button right here. Looks like the sort of arrow with the three dots. And then all of your email contacts will pop up, and you can search through your email contacts or down below. You can click one of these buttons to get the link. The URL For this photo. You can share it to Google, plus Facebook or Twitter. Just by clicking these buttons, you'll have to connect your account if you're not connected already to do so. So that's how you download and share photos with Google photos. In the next lessons, I'm going to do a couple full editing lessons just to show you how I would properly at it. My photos using the Google photos app so you can see my work flow If you haven't watched any of any of my other editing sections, this is sort of a good base of showing you at least my process for editing photos. There are a lot of other sections about photo editing in this class, where we dive into a little bit more deeper, how you edit photos, especially if you're using the raw photos and using in the editor, like photo shop or light room, which we recommend so that you have a lot more options for editing your photos. That being said, you can still do a lot right here in Google photos, and it's a great way to get started. 5. Full Edit - Macro Photo: in this lesson, I'm going to practice editing this macro photo going through my entire sort of workflow. Let's go ahead and click the edit button up here. And if you want to fall along, please do. I'm doing the workflow that I would do if I was reading this photo and light room or photo shop or anywhere else. And the first thing that I always do is crop. So I'm going to click the crop and rotate button, and for this one, you might choose an aspect ratio that you think is best for you. But I'm gonna choose 16 by nine, which is perfect. If you're wanting to put this as something like a desktop screensaver. It's the standard size for TVs, for computer laptop screens and for mobile phones nowadays. So since I've selected that aspect ratio, when I click and drag the corner in, it locks that aspect so I don't have to worry about it, sort of losing that ratio. I want to get in here close to that ant, the macro aunt, and so I'm trick clicking and dragging, and I also want to use this rule of thirds putting the ant on that intersection of the third. And I like this because it creates this sort of nice balance with the darks in the top, right? Sort of the darks in the bottom, right? And then our aunt right there in the rule of thirds in the intersection. Then I'm going to click Done. I'm going to skip these filters filters agree, if you want to slap on a quick sort of edit. But I like adjusting things manually. The next thing that I always do when I'm editing photos is adjust the white balance, so that was under color. So if I go under warmth, I can adjust the warmth of this image making cooler warmer, the other part of white balances to hint. And this photo seems to have somewhat of a green tint. To me, that is not necessarily how it looked naturally. So I'm gonna choose the tent and drag to the right just a little bit to bring back some of that magenta. I'm also going to drag the warmth to the right just slightly to get some of that warmth back. I don't like how it looks when it's a little cool, and if you want you might give it a little more style, dragging it more to the right. Since there's no skin tones, I'm not going to really adjust this skin tone slider deep blue. There are some blues in that background if I want to make deeper, but I'm not going to do that. I might just go ahead and make my saturation a little bit more saturated here while we're in the color tools. Next, I look at my overall exposure, so let's drop down our light sliders. Overall, the exposure is pretty good. I might bring it down just a little bit overall, and I do want to make it more contrast. E. I can either do that with the contrast slider or individually with the's letters below. For example, by bringing down the shadows and up the highlights, we can make things more contrast. E. The yellow is a little bit too bright, so I might bring down the highlights just a bit to get some of that detail back in the flower petal. One thing you can do is click and hold to compare the before and after, which is a cool way to see what you've done. So far I might also bring see what bringing down the wives does. But when I do that, you can see if I go to an extreme. It kind of gives the sort of dark black overlay that doesn't look good. And so I usually stay away. When editing J Peg photos in Google photos, I stay away from bringing down the whites too much. Now, if I want to add a little bit more contrast, I might bring up the block shifts a little bit, kind of like that. Spring out some of that contrast and info in the ant here in terms of Evan. Yet, I'll just play around, see if I like it. I think for this photo just a very subtle thing. All of our attention is already sort of going to the ant right now. Anyways, it's like the one piece of thing in this photo that draws our attention, so that's pretty good. And then, lastly, I will play around with this pop slider, especially for this sort of landscape photo. This is good for macro photos for landscapes for nature photos. When you want to bring that detail back when you're doing it with people's faces. It can start to look a little too grungy really quickly. But here, having quite a bit looks pretty good. So I'm gonna drag that around there. So now if we see the before and after, what a change. I mean, it's not completely different photo, but I think the colors look nicer with sharpness, which is brought back with that pop looks a little bit better, a little bit more contrast in the whole image itself, which I like a lot, too. So that is what I would do with this photo. So that is just my process. I hope you enjoyed it. I'd love to see what you do with a photo like this one. So feel free to edit it, download it or share the u. R L just by clicking, done and then clicking the share option right here to get the girl. Now notice that since we cropped it 16 by nine, this is a full screen photo now for my computer, which is perfect if I want to use something like this as my desktop backdrop cool. So let's go into our next photo, which is going to be Let's actually go to Let's go to this one, and I'll do a an edit of this photo in the next lesson. 6. Full Edit - Landscape Photo: this photo is going to be a little bit tricky to add it in Google photos because it is a J peg image since we shot this in the raw format. You editing this in light room or photo shop would be really awesome because you can bring up the exposure right now is way to dark. Let's see, though, how much we can do with Google photos. So click the edit tab, get into our edit menu. Let me go straight into our edit adjustments. The crop for now looks fine. I can't really tell what I want to do with this photo because it's too dark. So what I'm going to do is go into our slider first for the lights later. I'm just gonna take the whole light adjustment and drag to the right. Actually, there is quite a bit of information that we're still getting in this photo, which is pretty amazing. So I'm going to do it individually. So let's just take this overall exposure slider. Drag it up. We're basically going to dry all the way to the right, the shadows. Same thing. We're gonna bring the shadows up. The blacks, see, when you bring up the blacks. The problem is it starts to get a little washed out. So I'm gonna leave the blacks, as is the highlights. There's really not much highlights going on, so I'm gonna leave. That is, as is, and the white I'm gonna actually bring down to try to come back and get a little bit more information back in the sky over here. Maybe bring up the shot is just a little bit more. Bring down the shadows. And as I bring up the shadows, we start to lose a little bit of contrast. So I'll probably bring the blacks up just ever so slightly. Or maybe the contrast lighter to get a little bit more contrast then. Yet for these kind of wide open landscapes I don't like to add, um I just feel like it looks a little unnatural, so I'm gonna leave that off now is play with the color. So adding color to this image, I think will make it look a lot better. It's pretty bland right now to be awe honest. So let's crank up this saturation. We start to get a lot of those blues back in the mountains this was taking in the morning with this big shadow over these hills. If we want a warm Yeah, actually, warming it up looks really nice. I like that. I mean, if you want that sort of blue tone, that's fine, but I'm gonna warm it up. I think that looks a lot nicer. I think the white balance might have been a little off the auto white balance or whatever setting Sam had clicking on our image before and after. What a dramatic difference so far. If we do want to bring back some of those blues in the mountains in the background, we can drag up. The blue slider may be doing that, but also making a little warmer. So these colors truly start to pop when you're increasing saturation. Very like portrait. You gotta be a little bit more careful. I don't want to make this look unnatural, but adding more color definitely seems to help the tent. I don't think is really gonna do much for me. I don't want to add this sort of magenta or green, so I'm gonna leave that off and then, lastly for Pop, this is going to be good for landscapes. as well. So bringing out some of those details If I want some of that grungy look, I can do that, but I'm just going to bring back a little bit more information there. Now that I can see what I'm working with, I'm going to go in to my crop tool and I want to change my aspect ratio or just lock it down as original. So now I can drag and zoom in just a little bit. I feel like these houses on the hill right here are kind of your main focus. So I'm gonna drag down so that we have sort of these two lines these lines of these hills and these lines of the mountains sort of on the rule of thirds line, which I think looks good. And then also this house and this street right here, which is the brightest part of our image, which automatically the brightest part of your image is usually the place that eyes air drawn to that is on this horizontal sort of rule of thirds line. So I think something like that looks pretty good. We can try to go in a lot, but this is a J peg image. So we're starting to lose a little bit of quality there. So I'm I'm gonna just zoom out just a little bit try to get back on that road. Third line, Jack up. Ah, yeah, me drag out just a little bit. Like seeing these layers of the mountains. I mean, that's the thing I love about this photo. Most is the layers. I know. It's the quality is a little hard for you to see on the video because you're seeing a video screen record of me on Google photos editing this, But to me, the qualities pretty good. And I love seeing these layers the mountains in the background, this hill in the background, these ones here. And then you have all the houses down below. I actually like this at it. So I am impressed with what you could do with Google photos in terms of bringing up the information in this photo. Gonna click done. And now we can see the before and after I mean the before. Let's go back to this image that before there's like no information in parts of these hills in this JPEG image that we uploaded the fact that it still maintained that information is pretty impressive. Of course, you would have more info and be able to do more with this without getting any distortion or anything editing the raw photo. But I don't want to sound like a broken record. You know, by now that Roth photos are better. I'm impressed, though. With this, J. Peg added in Google photos. All right, I hope you enjoyed this lesson in this series of lessons on Google photos. We would love to see any edits that you do. So go ahead and work through a few of these photos or any photos of your own. They're there for you to practice with. And, of course, we want you to share them with me and us the other instructors in the course, or tag us on social media, post them to instagram, post them to Facebook, post into Google plus or wherever you want to share your voters and make sure you tag us or send them to us so we can check them out. Give you some likes and subscribers as well. Thank you so much and we'll see you in another lesson.