Almost 60% of Americans might find social media filters troubling, but photo editing is a key part of photography. It can help your images spring to life and create a universal brand aesthetic.
If you run a professional business website, there’s no excuse for not editing website photos.
But if you’re a newbie at using photo editing tools, you might not know whether you are making common photo editing mistakes or not.
Knowledge is power, so once you read on and discover what they are, you won’t make them again. And your website will have stunning, well-edited photos your users will love!
1. Exporting Images the Wrong Size
If you have no idea how you are exporting and editing photo size from your software right now, then it is likely wrong.
There are two reasons why you need to pay close attention to image sizes. First, posting huge images (over 1MB) on your website will decrease your site speed.
Second, you might be posting images that don’t fit the pixel width that your website’s design needs. Check your website’s source code to see what pixel width you need to fill the space and then export your images at this exact size.
Some “resize image online” plugins and websites will allow you to change sizes after you’ve exported a photo from your editing software.
2. Not Checking Different Screens
Some of the colors in photos look different on desktop, laptop, and smartphone screens. If you are not checking how your photos look on more than one screen, you’re making one of the most common photo editing mistakes.
Photos often look darker on mobile, so increase the exposure on your photos to combat this. Most people browse websites on their mobile devices these days, so it’s more important they look good on smartphones.
3. Relying on Outdated Trends
Vignettes. Spot color. Soft focus.
If you are using any of these techniques in your website photos, they are out-of-date and will make your website look unprofessional.
Stick to classic photo editing styles, so your website always looks modern and fresh.
4. Using Poor Quality Images
Do you edit photos shot in a RAW format by a DSLR camera or shot on a smartphone?
If it’s the latter, editing photo details and making intricate adjustments will not make any difference. Your website’s photos won’t look as good because they are not high-quality enough.
Always use the best equipment you can to create the best photos.
5. Creating Unrealistic Models
Airbrushing and excessive retouching are out. Real people with real flaws are in!
If you are using models to promote your website business, make sure you do not change their appearance too much. Editing out blemishes is fine, but don’t change their body size, teeth color, or remove any other so-called “imperfections.”
Don’t Make These Common Photo Editing Mistakes
There is no point in spending hours on your editing software if you keep making simple and common photo editing mistakes. And now you know what those are, you can avoid them so your website will look professional and pretty.
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