anyone use 3rd party plugins for photoshop or PSP?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Glen S, Jan 26, 2005.

  1. Glen S

    Glen S Guest

    I'm pretty pleased overall with the results my new Epson R300 gives me,
    some of the 8X10's are absolutely flawless and difficult, in some cases
    almost impossible to tell from a lab print. However, some still have the
    tiniest to not so tiny indication of dots when looking at them *really*
    close. I always use best quality when printing, and usually use the
    bundled Epson software to print with. These prints are mostly from
    negative scans done with my Nikon LS-2000 and printed in their native
    tiff format. I usually scan with digital ice enabled, and seldom do any
    retouching except for slight lightenng adjustments if needed.

    I have heard of some plugins for PSP/Photoshop that will eliminate noise
    & graininess from photo's, but I have not even yet begun to use even a
    fraction of the features these programs have and am reluctant to add
    more at this time.

    Am I wasting my time and is this just a limitation of the printer?

    Is printing from tiff rather than jpegs generally a better practice?

    As you can see I am relatively inexperienced at this & all advice and
    suggestions are welcome!

    TIA
     
    Glen S, Jan 26, 2005
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  2. Two noise reduction plugins I have are: Noise Ninja and Neat Image. Both
    work well in reducing noise introduced by the sensor in low light/high
    ISO images.

    If you have a jpeg, you gain nothing by converting it to a TIFF and
    printing. OTOH, *editing* in jpeg will lose some tiny amount of detail
    in the process of recompressing.
     
    John McWilliams, Jan 26, 2005
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  3. Glen S

    Glen S Guest

    But I don't start out with a jpeg, both my film(Ls-2000) and flatbed
    (HP4C) scanners save to tiff files, and for the sake of disk space I was
    considering converting them to jpeg's. However since I just bought a
    dual layer dvd burner that may not be as big an issue now..

    I was just curious though, if tiff files have generally better printed
    results than a jpeg of the same pic, perhaps I'll try one tonight and
    see for myself.

    The plugins you have sound like they are worth a look at, are they for
    PSP or photoshop?
     
    Glen S, Jan 26, 2005
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  4. I have them in PS CS, don't know if they are compatible with PSP.

    It'd be an oddity if the same image, opened and saved as a JPEG, and
    then also opened and saved as a TIFF printed differently, all other
    things being equal.

    There's a degradation of image each time you edit and resave as a JPEG,
    but some tests have shown that it's imperceptible even after dozens of
    such resaves. YMMV, IIRC, etc. but the lossy part of JPEGs is frequently
    overplayed.
     
    John McWilliams, Jan 27, 2005
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  5. Glen S

    Glen S Guest

    I'm not sure what resolution I am scanning at with the film scanner,
    likely whatever the default is as I more or less just hooked it up,
    installed the software and started scanning. The images are about 8 meg
    tiff files when scanned and my negatives for the most part are ASA200 &
    100, with the odd 400.

    I am fairly new at this so I havent had a lot of time to spend playing
    with it yet. I do need to spend some more time with the image programs
    and using layers etc.. to make enhancements/corrections. I also found
    vuescan's software nicer to use than Nikons for the film scanner, with
    the added "nice to have" of being able to scan from either scanner from
    the same program. The only trouble is, I have the free linux version and
    it won't write to my ntfs partitions so I can go back in to windows and
    work in PSP or PS, both of which I am just learning and learning to use
    GIMP at the same time may just overload my tired old brain! I guess I
    could create a small fat partition for photos or get a memory stick
    tho...(or shell out the $$ for the windows version of vuescan)

    Are there any good online intermediate to semi advanced tutorials on any
    of these editing prog's?

    tia
     
    Glen S, Jan 27, 2005
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