Quick and Easy Photo Editing for Beginners

In this instructable, I will show you how to make average photos pop by tweaking a few small things in Photoshop.
By changing a few variables in a single window you will be able to take your dreary and grey photos and turn them into photos that really *pop!*
This is a relatively easy step-open your photo editing software (again, in this case Photoshop) and click the "File" tab, then click the "Open" option, then direct the popup window to the file that you want to open.

Or, just open photoshop and drag the file that you want to edit into the workspace.
This is the first thing that was taught to me in photo editing (once we got all that super hard opening-files stuff behind us).

Find the "Levels" option in your photoshop workspace.  Approaching this from the menu works easiest, as the icons can trick you up a bit.

Find the "Image" button at the top of your workspace, then scroll your mouse down to "Adjustments" and then over to "Levels"
You should have a view that looks like this:
This is the histogram of the photo-it graphically shows the distribution of data throughout the photograph.  In layman's terms, it shows the highs and lows of the colors in your photo. Now heres the general rule of thumb:
When tweaking the levels, always work toward the middle of the histogram.
If there is a depression at the very beginning, move the slider to where the histogram data curve starts.
If there is a spike, move to the next lowest point  past the spike.
If there is a slow curve, move the slider a little ways up the curve to make the colors pop!