Earlier, I made more printable for you guys, but as I was editing, I thought to myself - why not share how I do this?!
I'm sharing how I take and edit photos of printables for the wonderful internet.
What Are Printables?
Printable are pretty much anything you can download and print. There are printable templates, spreadsheets, layouts, stickers, and more.
Creatives have made successful businesses with their printables, so if you're looking to get into that market, you might find these editing tips useful to help market your printable goodies.
Life free stuff? Check out this post and grab Free Printable Quotes (Part 1).
What You'll Need
Personally, I use Photoshop, but you can use any editing program that you're comfortable with. How can I use any program, you ask?
Lighting. Yes, lighting is the most important thing when it comes to taking photos and editing. If your light isn't right, your photos won't look right.
Don't have funds for expensive lights? You don't need any. Excellent and cheap lighting sources:
Sunlight - not direct sunlight. Place object near a window that receives light, but make sure the light is not shining directly into the window (will product too much glare).
LED flashlight (any light source) with bright white or daylight bulb and a sheet of white printer paper or white parchment paper. Shine the light behind the paper (diffuser) and place off to the side of the object you're photographing, similar to my lighting setup below.
Cheap LED Lamp Setup (my version of indirect light)
My DIY LED Light Panel (what I use in addition to my cheap lamp setup)
Or this DIY Huge LED Light Panel for bigger projects
How to Take Pictures of Printables
I have been using this lighting setup for a while now, and I'm super happy with how my photos turn out. Black sheet is crinkled tissue paper from a gift box.
If you prefer bright backgrounds, you can use a white table, sheet of matte white poster board or white bed sheet.
In the reflection, you can see my lamps - hehe. I'm cheap, and it works. To reduce glare in the shots, I sit next to the printables and angle my camera to avoid shooting the glare. You can also move the printables around to see which positioning works best.
How to Edit Pictures of Printables
When I'm satisfied with my shots (I take about 5-7 for each position), I upload them to my computer and use Photoshop.
If you're taking pictures on your phone, I recommend Aviary and PS Express (iOs only) for quick and easy editing. They're either free or really cheap (depends on when you're reading this), and they make editing photos super simple.
Editing tip: Just adjust brightness and contrast if you're starting out. Mess around with the other settings when you have time.
How I Edit on Photoshop - and pretty much any app
SEO Your Image Name
After I've made my adjustments, I like to save the image as another file, leaving the original as is, in case I want to try editing another way later.
When saving my image files, I always integrate SEO (search engine optimization), so that when I post them online, it'll be more likely to show up on Google searches.
These photos are named: Take and Edit Pictures of Printables 1...2...3, etc.
SEO is super easy, and super helpful if you want your stuff to be seen on Google, which we all want.
Before and After Photos
So there you have it - take and edit pictures of printables with ease!
You can use Photoshop or you can use your phone. It doesn't matter as long as you remember to light it well and keep your adjustments simple: Brightness, Contrast and Size (optional).