hints on touching up

Discussion in 'Photography' started by WindAndWaves, Dec 19, 2004.

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    WindAndWaves Guest

    Hi Folks

    I have a Canon 300d. I regularly takes pics with it for websites. Now, I
    was wondering what sort of software/tricks I should use to touch them up -
    if any. Do you have some rules of thumb on this (lighter, clearer, more
    less colourful). I have played around with Photoshop, but I am not 100%
    sure if I know what I am doing....

    TIA

    - Nicolaas
     
    WindAndWaves, Dec 19, 2004
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    SkyPilot Guest

    Nicolass,

    One of the first things I do in my PS "workflow" is to go to Image |
    Adjustments | Levels . Look at the histogram and see if there is any open
    space on either side, especially on the right. If there is, drag the right
    triangle to the edge of the black. Then try moving the center triangle.

    You can also add some sharpness.

    Later

    Brian
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    WindAndWaves Guest


    Thank you Brian - that already cleared up a few things for me.
     
    WindAndWaves, Dec 20, 2004
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    Mike Kohary Guest

    My standard workflow in Photoshop (used for most pictures) is something like
    this:

    - open up Levels (not Auto Level) and adjust the histogram so that the left
    and right markers trim the left and right parts of the histogram to where
    data actually starts. I'm really pleased when I open a histogram and see I
    don't need to do any trimming, because that means I got the exposure
    dead-on. :)

    - apply Unsharp Mask, set to Amount 50%, Radius 1 and Tolerance 0.

    And for most pictures, that's it. Depending on the photo, I may use the
    Clone Stamp for touch-up work (getting rid of zits, etc), and I may adjust
    the middle marker in Levels if I under or over exposed a picture, but not
    too badly.

    Hope this helps,
     
    Mike Kohary, Dec 20, 2004
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    Adrian Scot Guest

    Nicolaas,
    SkyPilot pointed out some very important features of Photoshop.
    Here are my key points about it...

    1st - Histogram functions. This one feature has made the biggest
    individual difference in all of my editing. Access it by clicking
    Image/Adjustments/Levels (top level) and play with it. Remember
    to never work on the originals, as you may want to go back
    later and play with it again in the future.
    2nd - I just touched on it in 1st... NEVER PLAY WITH PICTURES
    UNTIL YOU BACKUP YOUR ORIGINALS. Your original
    jpeg pictures will have information that is crucial to the picture
    and although it may look decent after you are finished with your
    current edit you will, in the future, realize other things about the
    way you are editing and perhaps when you get to making macros
    in Photoshop you may want to go back and use them on your
    past originals.
    3rd - Know that as of Photoshop 7 it now has the "healing brush"
    which is, in my opinion, the most valuable tool it has to offer when
    shooting human subjects. Play with it.
    4th - There is a website you should go to and sign up for the newsletter.
    Sue Chastain is an expert with Photoshop and offers much in the
    way of information for those of us out there still learning it. She
    has a great introduction and even testing for it. You may do so at
    http://graphicssoft.about.com/ Sue has much to teach us all.

    Hope this helps,
    Adrian Scot
    http://v2fun.com/
     
    Adrian Scot, Dec 22, 2004
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