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Editing your 360 photos

17th July 2020

Occasionally photographs are taken on a gloomy day, a room has little or no light, or the colour balance is completely off.

Editing 360 photographs can seem daunting as the 4k quality is spread across an entire frame making the file a large size.

Many editing platforms will compress your JPEG that you take from the camera, which will decrease the quality of your image. This is also the case when you Whatsapp, email or send the image over a platform instead of uploading it.

When you have downloaded the image to your phone, we recommend uploading it to a file stream such as Google Drive or Dropbox if you use them, or transferring the file over Wetransfer.com which has a free option. Email can also be used, as long as you ensure the file is sent as its original file size and bear in mind it will take a little while to send.

As you are handling high quality, large files, we recommend using Photoshop for your image editing. it is commonly believed that Photoshop is expensive, but if you invest as a single App you can download it for around £10 a month.

Photoshop

Photoshop will often look different depending on which viewer you are using. You can change the viewer in the top right corner, below the exit symbol.

For the purpose of this blog, we are using 'Essentials'.

We are going to show you some of our favourite (simple) tools for editing your images.

Shadows and Highlights

Often an image is simply too dark, or too bright. The shadows/highlight tool is a quick fix for this and can be mainly adjusted with a preview until the image fits your expectations.

Before & After

The changes are subtle, not making the image seem edited which can make the viewer question the reliability of the image.

Notice:

- The window was blown out with highlights and the detail has been brought back in

- The dark shadows have been lifted

- More detail around the light

- Better balance across the room

Before

After

Want to go a step further?

Another one of our go-to tools is Levels. You can also find this in Image - Adjustments, or press Ctrl + L.

This tool is particular helpful when there is a lack of definition in an image, or highlights are blown out in the sky or windows.

Levels allows you to control the Black, Mid Tones and Highlights all in one place.

The final product...

Before

After

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