fixing jpgs

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by jones, Dec 30, 2010.

  1. jones

    Voivod Guest

    I never claimed to have killfiled anyone, doofus. You'd hardly be
    entertaining from behind a filter.
     
    Voivod, Jan 2, 2011
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  2. jones

    Joel Guest

    You are no specialer than others. You will be sent to 300 days vacation
     
    Joel, Jan 3, 2011
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  3. jones

    Voivod Guest

    It has it's moments. How about you feeling you need to make a comment
    here? Your life must TRULY suck.
    Wow, that was... scathing. I think I might cry now. You have hurted my
    feeli... seriously I can't even pretend that hurt. Why dont'cha see if
    there's a 'Flaming for Dummies' and give it a study, shitlips.
     
    Voivod, Jan 3, 2011
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  4. jones

    Voivod Guest

    So I get a free vacation if I top post?
     
    Voivod, Jan 3, 2011
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  5. jones

    Voivod Guest

    No, you're imagining this. Go back to sleep...
     
    Voivod, Jan 3, 2011
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  6. jones

    Voivod Guest

    Aww, another name lame! How cute of you to regress to grammar school
    level insults.
     
    Voivod, Jan 3, 2011
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  7. jones

    jones Guest

    Thank you for your help.

    The only thing I can do is my best. I am taking out scratches, odd pixels
    and general tidying up.

    Some of the photos are not very sharp, so I am blurring the background so
    the people will stand out a bit more. If the photo are beyond help, I turn
    them to BW/Greyscale instead of the colours they came with.

    I have tried the Sharpen tool, but most of the time it makes things worse,
    so I undo.

    Will keep plodding along, he only has a few hundred to tidy up. I did offer,
    so I shouldn't complain :)



    Sorry sweety, u probably can do nothing to get the images better then
    they are (except; you could do something to make them "look better"...
    depending on purpose you need them for...) Do not re-save them as jpgs
    too many times. One time was too many for originals. Check what was
    the compression they came in... this only to know what you actually
    have in your hands... after editing save as jpgs only at highest q
    with least compression or better without compression (maybe tiff)...
    try not to edit "too much" whatever you do... any rotating, skewing
    will move pixels and damage some detail areas and you don't want them
    to do that... also keep editing at minimum if doing something with
    color, contrast or any value there...
     
    jones, Jan 5, 2011
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  8. jones

    Kele Guest

    Jones, you never said what you're using to fix photos. I play with HDR, see
    here: http://www.stuckincustoms.com/hdr-tutorial. Software can do fake HDR
    with single photos. Reason I mention is that a blurred picture can look
    sharper after HDR processing. Another blurred photo trick is to convert it
    to a cartoon; yup I'm a Photoshop plug-in cheat. With layers, the affect
    can be decreased so the original shines through - subtle but effective.
    There are some awesome color cast correction plug-ins too. Are you top
    posting!?

    ------------

    Thank you for your help.

    The only thing I can do is my best. I am taking out scratches, odd pixels
    and general tidying up.

    Some of the photos are not very sharp, so I am blurring the background so
    the people will stand out a bit more. If the photo are beyond help, I turn
    them to BW/Greyscale instead of the colours they came with.

    I have tried the Sharpen tool, but most of the time it makes things worse,
    so I undo.

    Will keep plodding along, he only has a few hundred to tidy up. I did offer,
    so I shouldn't complain :)
     
    Kele, Jan 5, 2011
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  9. jones

    Kele Guest

    I was wondering before switching to overlay. It's like a focus with minimal
    change to the field. I just did an A><B comparison with your provided
    method against nik Sharpener Pro 3 (my previously made "subtle" preset) and
    I can't barely tell a difference - maybe a little halo with the high pass if
    I look for it. Combining the high pass and nik layers work for a stronger
    affect. Looks like instead of 1.5, 1.8 makes for more sharpening (I bet
    that setting should coincide somehow with the image size). I probably
    looked at the high pass filter and wondered what would I ever do with that.

    Mahalo Nui Loa, John



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    Copy to new layer
    Filter - Other - High Pass (use 1.5 pixels)
    Set layer mode to Overlay
    Set layer transparency down, if necessary, until it looks best

    Does that look better than using sharpening?
     
    Kele, Jan 6, 2011
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  10. jones

    jones Guest

    "Kele" < wrote in message news


    I work with three progs - Photoshop - PSP - and good old standby Microsoft
    Paint.

    As I am still learning Photoshop, I find it easier to move among the 3 progs
    for options that I feel the others don't have.

    But will definitely check out your link. Thank you.
     
    jones, Jan 6, 2011
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  11. I was just going to post that. Its much better than any sharpening and
    mostly better than USM (which I only use at levels to reduce the effect
    of the in camera anti-alias filter.)

    I'd recommend layer mode to soft light (experiment between overlay, soft
    light hard light, etc. and different levels of opacity/transparency).

    Also I'd add that sometimes it can emphasise noise in out of focus
    areas, in which case erase those areas in the High Pass layer.

    I only use PS Elements 5 but it all works for me.

    Mike
    --
    Michael J Davis

    www.flickr.com/photos/watchman

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    Photography takes an instant out of time,
    altering life by holding it still. - Dorothea Lange
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    Michael J Davis, Jan 7, 2011
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  12. jones

    Joel Guest

    I didn't see the original message, didn't see any reply but this one. But
    as a professional photographer and photo-retoucher I would say.

    1. Use the best lens to get the best image so there won't be anything wrong
    with the quality to be fixed or improved

    2. I almost never use any shapen option, except sometime (only when I don't
    feel right) I apply a little sharpen around the eyes or small part of female
    portrait.

    IOW, you should use the camera, lens to get the sharpness and great
    quality image. Then you may soften a little instead of sharpen.
     
    Joel, Jan 7, 2011
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  13. jones

    N Guest

    "Joel" wrote in message
    I didn't see the original message, didn't see any reply but this one. But
    as a professional photographer and photo-retoucher I would say.

    1. Use the best lens to get the best image so there won't be anything wrong
    with the quality to be fixed or improved

    2. I almost never use any sharpen option, except sometime (only when I don't
    feel right) I apply a little sharpen around the eyes or small part of female
    portrait.

    IOW, you should use the camera, lens to get the sharpness and great
    quality image. Then you may soften a little instead of sharpen.
    =================================================

    Try this:

    http://groups.google.com/group/alt.graphics.photoshop/browse_thread/thread/80c31a4acc521dd9?hl=en#

    This thread isn't about photography.
     
    N, Jan 7, 2011
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  14. jones

    jones Guest

    Just to let you know that the photos are coming better with "Unmask". But
    will definitely keep all the suggestions, as there is always room for
    improvement on my part. So the tips will help me progress.

    Thanks everyone.
     
    jones, Jan 8, 2011
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    Joel Guest

    Why would I want to try the one I killfiled? IOW, I have my reader set to
    killfile any message from Google's group, and that's the reason I didn't see
    any don't need to try.
     
    Joel, Jan 8, 2011
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