Using Photoshop to Make a Picture Look More Cozy

by | Jan 29, 2016 | Stories & Expeditions, Tips & Tricks | 1 comment

After tweaking a shot taken soon after the snowstorm Jonas last weekend, I figured it would be easier to show the many tweaks and edits I made in Lightroom and Photoshop in a video instead of in written text and screenshots.

Watch how each step in the process and each layer in Photoshop work together to make a dark, uninviting picture undergo a cozy, idealistic transformation!


Very seldom do I take such liberties to fix up a picture like I did with this one. But even if you’re a realist, it’s very important that you do know how to make major edits in programs like Photoshop. The tastes of those for whom you work are most often different than your own. Being a good photographer is more than just knowing how to take pictures that you like. It’s knowing how to utilize each tool in the photographers toolbox, be it camera or software, to create the kind of pictures that meet the needs around us. In this day and age, Photoshop is one of those indispensable tools.

And now that you’ve seen what can be done in Photoshop, click here to watch a 15min video tutorial on how it was done. PRO Members can watch the detailed tutorial for a beginning-to-end, step-by-step look into how the image was created.

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1 Comment

  1. Donald S.

    Very interesting! I’m a realist and still I appreciate the way you’ve used the tools here. With the end in mind, taking the liberty to emphasize the values and colors makes this a “Thomas Kinkade of photography”.


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