The Edit Photo Button: Brilliant Photoshop Tool Can Transform Any Image into a Masterpiece

Has anyone ever told you that you're cheating when you apply any post-processing to your image after the initial capture of that image? Well, the reality is that what you were told is completely true. You see, for decades, cameras have had the innate ability to perceive what the scene should look like. In fact, all cameras have always been built with special recognition and reproduction capabilities that quite literally take all the hard work away from the photographer. This leaves you, the photographer, with a much easier job. The advent of the Edit Photo button within Photoshop is simply another way that technology has made our job, as photographers, much easier.

I remember the first time that I had the chance to press the shutter, and to experience what it was like watching my camera start creating the perfect picture. I have no idea how it works, but I am so glad that I don't have to do any of those calculations on my own. The camera knows! Call it intuition, maybe instinct, but every camera in existence has the ability to pre-determine what every picture should look like. I guess you could say that this first part of the article is really about how you should trust your camera. The camera's instincts are never wrong. But, what we're really here to talk about is the incredible post-production tool inside Photoshop called the "Edit Photo" button. It's seriously amazing.

The premise behind the Edit Photo button is pretty simple. See, way back in time, when Photoshop was still relatively young, Adobe realized that it was silly for anyone to actually want to change how an image looks once it leaves the camera. But, they were also considerate enough to realize that even though that is the case for most of us, that there will always be a few people here and there that will want to change the image anyway. Knowing that these sorts of people will never stop taking pictures and they will certainly never stop modifying those pictures afterwards, Adobe was gracious enough to give us the all-powerful Edit Photo button. This mechanics of the button are still unknown. What is known about it is that it has the ability to take any image, any photograph, any drawing, anything really, and transform that image instantly into a masterpiece. All you have to do is open up the image that requires modification, press the button, and then your entire post-processing job is complete!

I'm not going to lie, it's pretty embarrassing to admit how long it took me to figure out how to harness this awesome power, but over the years I have come to rely 100% on this simple tool to process all my images. But then, I am one of those weirdos who initially thought that it was important to modify the photographs even after the initial camera exposure, so naturally automated processes like an Edit Photo button eventually made sense to me. I'm pretty excited to see where this technology goes! Who knows, maybe it'll even get to the point where the camera can exchange ideas with the computer via cellular data, and we won't even have to process the images anymore (this is not to say that the images needed to be processed in the first place, just that it would be an option).

But, it's like lots of really smart people have said across the ages; "It's better to work smarter than it is to work harder." The Edit Photo button just seems like one of those smart things that will save us all a lot of time in the long run!

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Gary Randall's picture

One button camera and one button processing!!! Soon I won't even have to show up to get the shot Rex!! The camera will know what my mind pictures, transfers the data from my mind to the camera, into photoshoop and then uploaded to all of my social media outlets with a blink of my eyelid.

I won't even have to leave my recliner. Man... Ain't technology grand?

Gary Randall's picture

But that look on Lee's face. :D

Rex Jones's picture

Hahaha, it's so amazing!! Technology is so incredible. What a time to live in!!

Lee's face, haha, I had the hardest time keeping a straight face for the whole video!

michael buehrle's picture

I've been looking for hours for that dam thing. i must not have the latest version

aaronbratkovics's picture

Art is art lol. When I found out in school that the greats did this with the film too I was like "Ah I'm clear. I'll do want I want." Let the creativity rain <3 I think it separates us as photogs/artists etc. I cry every time I see Joey Lawrence's color/toning on his images.

Rex Jones's picture

Exactly! I fully believe that if you're happy with what you're creating, then that is literally all that matters. :)

Elan Govan's picture


John Skinner's picture

There's 7 minutes I won't ever get back.

Rex Jones's picture

True. That time is gone forever and for that I am sorry. ;)

joe o sullivan's picture

If I had those 7 minutes back I'd just watch it again.. Possibly my favourite video this week.

ron fya's picture

That button is not in Photoshop. It's in Instagram you morons !

Rex Jones's picture

Shoot. You're right!!

Carlos Santero's picture

Great stuff guys! I use this Button since 10 years and Iam so happy with this!
Other photographers ask me for this Button and now I can Link to your Tutolial. That´s so great!!!!

Maybe you can make a Tutorial about the PTAIMF Button on the new Canon 1-DX Wildlife edition?
Iam so happy with this new PTAIMF (PutTheAnimalInMyFocus) Button!

Before I had this Button, animals run away faster than I can push the trigger. Now with the new PTAIMF Button animals can´t go away without my permission.

Maybe I become a wildlife photographer of the Year with this Button.

Rex Jones's picture

That's awesome!! I'm so excited for you! I'm still figuring out how to make the most about the PTAIMF Button, but as soon as I've had the chance to really put it to use, I'll definitely be making that into a tutorial. :)

Jay Jay's picture

Don't forget the original Photoshop- darkroom film processing technique, along with dodging and burning, names Adobe carried over from those days. Ansel and other photogs all used it. (If we were still shooting film, we would all be using it too).

Rex Jones's picture

You're absolutely right. :) I have found that the people who inspire me most with their imagery, are ones who treat Photoshop post-production most like they would a wet-lab darkroom.

I've spent my fair share of time in the darkroom with enlargers and I still feel like I've barely scratched the surface when it comes to learning those original photography processing techniques.

Robert Nurse's picture

"but every camera in existence has the ability to pre-determine what every picture should look like" - Funny