Tutorial – Adjustment Layers

This tutorial covers the basics of the main adjustment layers in Photoshop. I chose this topic because I already know the basics of adjustment layers and I find them very useful. Adjustment layers can fix a photo with incorrect exposure or brighten colors to make the photo seem more lively. You can also create more artistic edits by controlling the colors, contrast, and even turning your photo greyscale.

This blog post helped a lot: https://99designs.com/blog/design-tutorials/how-to-use-adobes-adjustment-layers-photoshop-cs6/

Here a printable, simplified version of the tutorial
Tutorial print

I really hope these resources help some of you. Enjoy!



I was very discouraged at first, as I have little experience in photography and was feeling overwhelmed. After some help from my teacher and some practice, I felt that this assignment was at least possible. First, I learned that indoor lighting does not have enough light and that a 4 second shutter speed did not work at high-noon. Then, I tried to copy the examples given by our teacher. The flags, moving car, and streaking headlights photos were shot on the road outside my apartment. The garden was shot in the Rick’s garden on the BYU-Idaho campus. Finally, I gathered enough confidence to try other things, which got me the card and “phantom” shot. While not a traditional blur shot, the “phantom photo” uses the idea of having a moving, subject (me) and a long shutter speed in low light (indoors). It was more for fun anyways.


MakaylaEdward - flag

4:18 PM – May 1, 2016 – outside Birch Plaza – Focal length 18 – f/16 – 1/640 – Nikon D90


MakaylaEdward - card

Card Flying
7:29 PM – May 1, 2016 – outside Birch Plaza, construction site – 32 – f/4.2 – 1/1250 – Nikon D90



MakaylaEdward - Garden

Rick’s Garden
9:35 AM – May 2, 2016 – in the Ricks Garden – 45 – f/25 – 1 – Nikon D90


MakaylaEdward - car

Get a Move on
3:45 PM – April 27, 2016 – in front of Hart building crosswalk – 62 – f/36 – 1/4 – Nikon D90


MakaylaEdward - streak

Making it Past the Red Light
8:22 PM – April 29, 2016 – NorthPoint Apartments – 45 – f/20 – 4 – Nikon D90


MakaylaEdward - phantom

Ghost of a Memory
10:29 PM – May 1, 2016 – at apartment – 105 – f/22 – 3 – Nikon D90