Follow our step-by-step real estate photo editing guide to achieve a beautiful, green lawn for your listing.
There is nothing more pleasing to the eye than a healthy, well-manicured lawn. A healthy, lush lawn can tell you about the owners of the property; how well they look after it, how much time and effort they put into their property, and what state the rest of the house is likely to be in.
Homes with well-cared-for exteriors are usually properties with well-cared-for interiors.
That’s why it’s so important to project the image of a beautiful lawn when it comes to your real estate photography. And this is where real estate photo editing can come in handy.
10 Steps In Photoshop to Create A Lawn:
- Start by importing your real estate photos into Lightroom and doing the basic adjustment.
- Then move them into Photoshop by right-clicking and selecting the prompt ‘Edit in Adobe Photoshop’.
- In Photoshop, duplicate the photo.
- Import a stock photo of the lawn you want to use for your listing. (Make sure that the kind of grass you’re using is similar to the original grass you’re replacing. It must feel natural)
- Resize and position the lawn in the imported photo to match up with your original.
- Now hold down the ALT button and click the Masking button to achieve Inverted Masking.
- Using a Pen tool (P), or a Lasso tool (L), trace around the lawn you want to replace.
- Make sure to feather your selection (between 0.5% to 1.5%) so that the edges of your masking look smooth.
- Press the DELETE button.
- Your ugly lawn disappears and is replaced by the beautiful stock photo lawn.
If you think the lawn needs a few more minor adjustments, you can unselect it from the rest of the photo by clicking the Chainlink icon to unlink the lawn, then you can move it around and adjust it in any number of ways, without disrupting the masking.
Here are two quick ways to make small adjustments to the lawn in your real estate photo:
- Press CTL / SHIFT / A to adjust the color and brightness of the grass so that it matches the rest of the photo.
- Lessen the opacity of the grass to make it more natural and blend with the existing lawn.
When you are done, click ‘Save’ and the new adjusted photo will automatically go back to Lightroom.
Try this technique for yourself next time you’re editing your real estate photos. Remember to follow your local MLS restrictions when it comes to altering images for marketing purposes.
If you are unhappy with your own editing, give PhotoUp a try. They have a team of professional real estate photo editors waiting to take the burden of editing off of your plate.
Our teams of editors and designers have been doing real estate photo editing work for years. We know what works, what looks natural, and how to bring out the best in the exteriors of your images.