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Basic Photoshop CS6 Edit

Hey Guys! I decided to put together a tutorial for a basic edit. This is how I edit basically ALL of my photographs! It’s simple and that’s how I think it SHOULD be. I’m not a big fan of super saturated colors and super smoothed out skin. I love simple edits.


  • Kylie - Thanks for sharing this! I have so much to learn in PS. I think this would be pretty similar for CS5, right?ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Kate - Thank you so much for sharing this! I found it via someone’s pin on Pinterest. Do you happen to know if this would work in PSE? I know it’ll look a little different and the steps might change, but I’m hoping the end product could still turn out the same!ReplyCancel

  • Kaelie - Beautiful. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Erica - Thank you so much for this tutorial! I love how it’s making my photos look so far!ReplyCancel

  • zelna - thanks for sharingReplyCancel

  • Kelly - Would LOVE a cheat sheet like this for PSE.
    I am new to it and a bit overwhelmedReplyCancel

  • Leslie - Would love for PSE! ThansReplyCancel

  • Power Problems and Friday Fun Finds « jess . jots - […] to edit photos in CS6…hoping it’s close to CS5 so I can learn […]ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Drew Photography {Feature me Friday} | - […] Today I am featuring her to show off an easy clean way to edit using photoshop. I love finding editing tips and tricks! There are so many tool in photoshop that figuring out exactly where to begin may seem a bit overwhelming. Its always nice to see which direction people like to take with their edits and how they achieve that look. So, Jessica was kind enough to share with everyone her easy clean edits using photoshop.  Here is her tutorial, “Basic Photoshop CS6 Edit.” […]ReplyCancel

  • Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke Photography - Always fun to see how other photogs edit…I’ve never done the monochrome thing, I’ll have to try it.ReplyCancel

  • Sam Cash - Thank you for such a well laid out tutorial. Fabulous format . I’m off to try it right now and experiment with it on some food shots too. More like this please!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - Wow, thanks so much for sharing! I’m very new to photo editing and it is so helpful to see how other people do it.ReplyCancel

  • [email protected] - That is so great of you to share this tutorial…thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Mastering Lighting » Jessica Drew Photography - […] edit I used here is my basic edit, which you can find here. The only thing I changed was when I did the first adjustment in curves, I didn’t bump it as […]ReplyCancel

  • shannon - I’m just checking… the channel mixer/monochrome layer is a black and white edit right? Or does creating that layer actually impact the end result of the color edit? I’ve used channel mixer for B&W’s, but never in the process of editing color. Just checking. Thanks. Beautiful pics!ReplyCancel

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  • Jillian Teeter - Thank you for the tutorail! I am trying to develope and fine tune my own personal style. I love these simple clean edits!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie - Oh how I wish I had seen this before I ordered our Christmas cards this year! I have so much to learn about CS6. Thanks for this tutorial. I’m pinning it and hopefully will be a pro at this edit by the time our pictures come around next year!

  • Mark C - Hi Jessica,

    I can’t thank you enough for posting this tutorial. I’ve just purchased CS6 with the intent of doing exactly this with my workflow. Thanks for the step by step instructions. You’ve saved me potentially weeks/months and helped bring thousands of my future images up to where I want to.

    Keep up the great work.

    Great to see you’re also a Canon 5D2 user.

    Thanks MarkReplyCancel

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  • Meghan - Thank you for this post! I always feel like I am over editing, I especially hate it when the SOTC photo seems to not need much! This is perfect! And I used CS5 and got similar results for those thinking about trying this 🙂ReplyCancel

  • SweetMarie83 - I have an ancient version of PSP so I didn’t think this would work but I gave it a shot and mine actually has all these features. I LOVE simply edited photos like this and the picture I tried turned out absolutely gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing this!ReplyCancel

  • Amy B - This is great, but these exact setting will really only work if ALL of your photos are exposed exactly the same, and really, how easy is that to do? Editing in groups of photos with the same exposure is the best way to process large photo projects, and it’s super easy with Lightroom or Camera Raw. Not all photos are the same, and therefore not all photos will need the same editing. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • pam - To all who feel “overwhelmed” by Photoshop Thank you ! I’m not Alone…
    And thanks so so much for the post/share!!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay Pennell - Is this using adobe photoshop lightroom?ReplyCancel

  • Jesus Merino - OMG!! Finally….YES…I totally agree with you…SIMPLE is BETTER…. You have no idea how long I’ve been searching for someone to tell it straight and to the point!!! THANK YOU !!!ReplyCancel

  • Lorena Fernández-Fernández - Thank you so much! I agree it needs to be simple, I will try your and let you know. Thanks a lot for sharing!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sweta - Hi Jessica
    Thank you for this simple steps to edit a favorite picture to a wow one. The effect is awesome. I like the detailing of the eyes. I generally use CS4 for editing as I am comfortable with that.ReplyCancel

  • Larry - You look stunning as you enhance the image. Keep up the nice work!ReplyCancel

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  • Miranda Tucker - Thank you so much! I’m a self-taught photographer, and I’ve really got an eye for photos but I don’t have the finances to take classes to optimize my photoshop skills. This was really helpful!ReplyCancel

  • ZRD - I got linked to this from a friend’s Pinterest page, and I’m a bit confused — why are you doing these edits in Photoshop as opposed to Lightroom? It seems like these are all possible in LR, which would create a much easier / cleaner workflow. Thanks for clarifying.ReplyCancel

  • Brittany s - Could you please do a tutorial on Black and White photos?
    I can never seem to get the right shade.
    Also I am trying to learn how to take sharper photos. It is so difficult when shooting my kids.
    Thanks in advance!!!ReplyCancel

  • photoshop services online - Wow!! Unbelievable!! It’s really hard to believe that this professional photograph has been made with these simple tricks! Really nice!ReplyCancel

  • how to remove the background of an image - I want to know how to remove the background of an image? Is this possible in Photoshop cs6? If yes then please share the knowledge. I am waiting for this.ReplyCancel

  • Zegno Fotograaf Hilversum - Thank you for the good tutorial. Well done.ReplyCancel

  • Zegno Fotograaf Hilversum - Your tutorial gives a beautiful and strong effect.
    In af few steps a much more beautiful picture.ReplyCancel

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  • rebecca - Oh my goodness, I love you. This is exactly the kind of look I drool over and never knew how to get it. This is so easy and explained so well. I tried it on a 2 year old studio session I just did and can’t believe the difference this makes in the finished look. Amazing.

    For those with elements, The Coffee Shop Blog makes adjustable actions – Channel Mixer and Curves- so you can do this in elements too.

    Found you on pinterest and I am hooked. Best tips ever!ReplyCancel

  • sydney - what is the channel mixer for? 🙂ReplyCancel

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  • charles - Very interesting……excellent explanationReplyCancel

  • Sharin Vile - Hi Jessica,

    I am from Vanuatu a small island in the south pacific Ocean. I was looking for help on how i can edit my photographs and found your website. TO be honest, i can’t thank you enough for this simple easy tutorial with a very excellent explanation. This will really help me with my editing. I have just started doing Photography in my little space.. still learning too. i have read your website and followed you on IG too. My Photography name on IG is Smiley4otography 🙂

    Thank you so much again Jess