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Advanced Photoshop landscape editing workflow

In this Photoshop tutorial, Colin Smith shows the entire process of editing landscape photos, start to finish. This tutorial joins all the dots and shows the production pipeline for photo retouching and editing,

I have made tutorials on individual techniques (And I’ll link them all here). Rather than do small tutorials, I have put everything together so you can see how I actually retouch and edit a real photograph. This is a photo I shot with my DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone. It doesn’t matter what camera you use, the steps are the same. This video tutorial shows me working on the Wacom Cintiq 16. I did a review on the tablet here | Buy tablet here (This isn’t sponsored).

Here is the photo before (SOOC) Straight Out Of Camera

And here is the photo after my edits. (see it on Instagram)

There are a lot of techniques we go through for this image, but I really want you to concentrate on the way it all works together and the decision-making process. Unlike regular tutorials, where I am highlighting a single technique, this is an unrehearsed real-world approach to how I edit my photos every day. As anyone who has been here at the CAFE for a while knows, I love to share my tips and techniques with you, but I am first a working artist and secondarily an educator. Experimenting and practice is how I come up with my techniques. Some decisions aren’t right or wrong, they are subjective and really depend on your style and the mood you are trying to communicate.

If you aren’t happy with your edits right now, don’t worry. Keep practicing and in time things will begin to click. Please follow me on Instagram for regular updates that might help inspire you.

Individual tutorials for the techniques used in this tutorial

Here are tutorials for you to bookmark. If you do all these tutorials, you will build up the basic skills that can be combined to make any image look great.


Thanks for checking this out here at the cafe 🙂



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25 responses to “Advanced Photoshop landscape editing workflow”

  1. a good combination of both in depth single focus and a full workflow provides a good educational strategy that helps the student in specific areas and then is able to apply the learnings to files that would be appropriate for the individual. Good tutorial, enjoyed it.

  2. Nice presentation. I have a similar workflow but use different steps to achieve similar results. Yours seem more efficient and I will try them. One comment about your final, if you look at the hard edges (rocks against sky) there is a thin halo that most people will not notice. I normally take those out using darken blend mode and paint or clone the sky into the halo.

  3. Finding this format much more interesting and relaxing, step by step is so regimented, not really getting as much thought process. Thanks for being so innovative!

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