TIME TO GET EDITING SWEET BRUSH O’ MINE
Take your neon ’80s portrait to the next level with a few editing tweaks
01 remove distractions
Load up your image in Photoshop CC and use the Patch tool (J) to draw around any unwanted light spots, then click and drag the selected area over an unaffected bit of your shot. The Patch tool will match the texture of the dragged area and cut out bad spots.
03 every Tweak you make
Start by increasing the Exposure by +0.3 to make the image a bit brighter. Then lift the Shadows with +20 to bring out some detail in the darker areas of the photograph; this is especially noticeable around the tyres and grilles on the car here.
02 convert To a smart object
Let’s convert our layer to a smart object to give us some more options. Right-click on the layer and go to Convert to Smart Object, then head to Filter> camera Raw Filter. Changes you make in Camera Raw are non-destructive, so you can adjust them later.
04 Pour some light on me
With the Radial filter, draw a circle around the subjects. Under Effects tick Inside and hover over the drop pin to see the masked area you’re affecting. Now to brighten the shot boost Exposure +1.5, lift Shadows +20 and drop Blacks -20 to keep contrast centralized.