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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #120 on: November 18, 2008, 03:15:26 PM »
Well - this thread 'wasted' a couple of hours!! ;) ;)
Many thanks to you all but especially Stef who has indeed written a book! I've nearly run out of paper ;)
There's so much that sounds really useful - like the 'glass' fix I could have used on my Capital of Culture shot.  I'll bet OH will be interested too - they're supposed to be learning all this on his Degree course but it just ain't transpiring much at the moment. It's a good job he's self motivated.

 A lad at Gar's college has given  us CS3 on 2 pen drives but I've failed abysmally to install it on my pooter. I'm just not criminal minded enough methinks.......

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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #121 on: November 18, 2008, 04:29:55 PM »
Adding that 'shine' to a photo!  [useful for car pictures etc]

Very similar to the 'high pass sharpening technique', but instead of selecting just a couple of pixels (usually 2 pixels) for the high pass filter, make widen it up a little (say 8-10 pixels)

i.e. 

- Add duplicate layer
- Filter > High pass filter (select 8-20 pixels, but experiment)
- Select Soft light blend
- Adjust opacity to get the right effect!

e.g.

Before:


After:


This was done with "15 pixel" High pass filter & 60% Opacity

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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #122 on: November 18, 2008, 09:35:51 PM »
Well - this thread 'wasted' a couple of hours!! ;) ;)
Many thanks to you all but especially Stef who has indeed written a book! I've nearly run out of paper ;)

wildieswife, if you go to this link you will find an index to all stefs great tips and from others also. Makes it easier to find them, rather than printing them all out.
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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #123 on: November 18, 2008, 09:40:07 PM »
Well - this thread 'wasted' a couple of hours!! ;) ;)
Many thanks to you all but especially Stef who has indeed written a book! I've nearly run out of paper ;)

wildieswife, if you go to this link you will find an index to all stefs great tips and from others also. Makes it easier to find them, rather than printing them all out.

Please guys do me a favour and don't pass these print outs on to other people! They are meant (at least my part of the tips) as good will to the members here on the forum but not to the wider world. I am in the progress of writing a PS CS4 book...
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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #124 on: November 18, 2008, 09:51:22 PM »
Stef - will you let us all know when it's published?

Baed on what I've read on here it would definitely be something I would buy.

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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #125 on: November 18, 2008, 10:39:41 PM »
Guys yes I will let you all know. BTW just a polite suggestion: can we discuss all these things outside the darkroom tips- or people will have to scroll through a lot of our conversations to get to what they are looking for?
Perhaps somewhere here:
http://www.dynaxdigital.com/index.php/board,6.0.html
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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #126 on: November 18, 2008, 10:53:00 PM »
Well - this thread 'wasted' a couple of hours!! ;) ;)
Many thanks to you all but especially Stef who has indeed written a book! I've nearly run out of paper ;)

wildieswife, if you go to this link you will find an index to all stefs great tips and from others also. Makes it easier to find them, rather than printing them all out.

Please guys do me a favour and don't pass these print outs on to other people! They are meant (at least my part of the tips) as good will to the members here on the forum but not to the wider world. I am in the progress of writing a PS CS4 book...
Thanks Stef.

No fear- I only printed out because I find it easier on the eyes to read off paper and I assimilate it better too!

I'm sure you'll do well with the book .
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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #127 on: November 22, 2008, 01:46:33 AM »
Printer Settings

I thought I put this up here as well as these settings are very similar for all the different photographic printers. The main players in this field are Epson/ Canon and some HP printers.

Printing with Epson 2880 and Photoshop CS+: But this works pretty much the same for all other printers at least until step 2

file > print > use the following settings in this first dialogue box:

1. at the top right hand side it needs to say "colour management"; below that tick "document" under colour handling and this is very important choose: "Photoshop Manages Colors"; under printer profile choose the profile for your particular paper (if you have not the right one for your particular paper you can download them from the website); Rendering Intent choose "Relative Colorimetric"; tick "Black Point Compensation";

now to the left: starting again at the top:
Printer: choose your printer; directly under that the layout: landscape or portrait; you can choose to tick further down "scale to fit media" if you like;
now go back up on the left hand side where it says "page setup > click and a second dialogue will open that shows and interface which depends on your particular printer

2. go to the "main tab"
under "media type" check that it is the right setting for your paper; color: decide on whether this is black and white as the next steps depend on that!

for colour prints:
> choose colour; print quality: choose "quality options" put 4 in it and leave high speed on (there have been tests that showed it is not worth turning it off- for other printers please do turn it off) The numbers you put in under quality options change the dpis. 4 is a good choice IMHO.
> make sure that under mode it says "custom and off no color adjustment"; finally check the paper size and you can click print- you are done.

For black and white it is slightly different and I only put here what you need to change from color:
under color obviously put "advanced b+w"; under "mode" it will now highlight "color controls" > click the Advanced next to it: here you can set your toning and so on. I usually use the following settings here:
toning: neutral
tone: darker (works better for most)

The rest is playing around and I am more than willing to go into the more special settings should there be need for it?

The most important part of all the above is to set the printer to "photoshop manages colors and to make sure color management for color prints is set to off in the second dialogue box!!!
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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #128 on: November 25, 2008, 08:13:09 PM »
Correction of an Underexposed Image

Some time ago I psoted a tip about how to rescue underexposed images. This tip basically suggested to make a copy of the background layer > set the blending mode to "screen" and reduce the opacity.

Here is another way that I came across yesterday:

1. create a new empty layer over you background and fill the layer with white. This can be done by either: by first hitting D on the keyboard and then ctrl + Backspace or on Macs cmd + del
2. Set the blending mode of this white layer to "overlay"
3. Now just lower the opacity of that layer

Sometimes the one or the other method works better- so just give it a try.

Happy photoshopping!
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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #129 on: November 26, 2008, 08:51:46 PM »
Tethered Shooting and Import

This is not strictly a darkroom technique but I think it is worthwhile keeping it in this thread for future use.

You can shoot in tethered mode with Adobe Bridge and in Lightroom as Fother has very rightly pointed out to me in a pm. You can do this with the help of a combination of the software that came bundled with your camera and with setting Adobe Bridge in a way that it monitors the folder in which the images are stored by your camera's software. This is basically a way around buying a dedicated software program that is designed to operate in tethered mode. The only requirement is that the camera is connected to your computer via an usb cable and that obviously the camera is capable of shooting tethered.

This is what you have to do:

(1)
Connect your camera via USB to your computer > set in the camera menu under the settings no 2: usb connection to: "remote PC" > open the program "Sony Image Data Suite" on your computer > open remote camera control > under "save in" -> choose a folder and remember the name of it! (This is where the images a stored and this will be the folder Adobe Bridge needs to watch)

In the next step you need to point Bridge to the same watch folder as you have just set up under "remote camera control":  please do the following- and I assume that you want to see the newest image at the top of the content area in the Bridge window:

(2)
Open Bridge > click "view" > sort > choose "ascending order" (sorts the files in reverse order so that the newest is on top) > in the folder menu on the left hand side make sure you select the folder that you have assigned under camera control

Now all should be fine and once you start shooting with the remote control Bridge should update your files with the latest one appearing on top of your screen. You might have to re-arrange the Bridge layout a bit so it suits you- just play around with the layout of Bridge!

Hope this is helpful?

In this case not happy photoshopping but happy tethered shooting!
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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #130 on: November 29, 2008, 03:47:40 PM »
I need to make cheat sheets to remember all these tricks. Thanks Stef for all the tips.
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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #131 on: November 29, 2008, 04:34:53 PM »
Ascot's index is a huge help in finding what you might need!

http://www.dynaxdigital.com/index.php/topic,5034.0.html
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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #132 on: December 14, 2008, 08:44:00 PM »
Colour Range used as a selection tool:

Colour range is unfortunately completely underrated eventhough I consider it as one of the most useful tools in PS.

So where can you find it and what can you do with it?

Well go to: select > colour range.

What most people don't know is the following and this will explain what you can do with it:
When the dialogue box opens up- at the top it will say "sampled colors" with a little downward arrow next to it. Click that one. Now the interesting part here is not the colours at the top but the three last ones which say: highlights/ midtones and shadows. Now it might perhaps dawn on you where I am getting with this... these three options are next to brilliant! Why? Well just think of the following: you have an image that shows noise. Well where does it usually show noise? Yep- the shadows. Now just select with this tool the shadows and click O.K. You will see that all shadow parts of your image are automatically selected. How neat is this? Now you just need to apply either noise ninja on that selection or go to filter > noise >  reduce noise. Make sure you look at your image at 100%. Also: should there be parts selected in your image that you don't want selected than just click Q on your keyboard > make sure the foreground colour is white and use the brush tool to paint over the parts that you don't want to have selected and then apply your noise reduction.

What else can you do with that? Well tons of things!  You want to slightly darken only the highlights? (Bet you want that one regularly!) Well just choose the highlights in color range > click O.K. > then feather the selection by going into select > modify > feather > put about 2-5 pixels in there > and either use levels/ curves/ brightness to tone the highlights down. Now is this cool or not?

You want to increase the midtone contrast? Well again just choose the midtones and work with levels or whatever else tool you like on those midtones!

Please do tell me that this is fantastic! And admit that you have never used that one before ;)

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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #133 on: December 15, 2008, 07:42:48 PM »
Sharpening

This is a very neat way to sharpen images without accentuating noise. It is particularly good for stuff such as architecture but just give it a try and you'll see how useful it can be:
1. Duplicate your background layer
2. Filter > Stylize > Emboss > use somewhere around 2-4 pixels; play around with the amount but 100% is not bad; use the angle only if you have shadows in your image => try to match the angle with the direction of the shadows > click O.K
3. Image > Adjustment > Desaturate (if you don't do that you will introduce colour fringes!)
4. Set the blending option of this layer either to soft light or hard light and play around with the opacity of this layer

The following is important!

(a) Check very carefully your image at 100% to see that you have not introduced any obvious bevelling in particularly the highlight areas!!!
(b) The best use of this method is: to apply a layer mask (Layer > Layer Mask > Hide All) and then use a brush -> set the foreground colour to white by clicking D and then X on your keyboard -> now just paint over the parts that you want to sharpen. By playing around with the opacity of the brush beacuse you can strengthen or weaken the sharpening effect by doing this.

It works wonders on eyes in portraits! Best of luck with it and as usual:

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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #134 on: January 20, 2009, 08:52:06 PM »
Beauty Tip: How to smooth skin blemishes with the help of Camera RAW

Just came across this tip yesterday and found it to be very useful- actually brilliant!

1.   Open your image in camera raw (you can do this also with Jpegs and Tiffs!) and make all the usual adjustments
2.   Hold the shift key and click “open” to open the image in Photoshop as a smart object
3.   Duplicate the smart object layer in Photoshop by> Layer > Smart Object> New Smart Object via copy (You can not just drag the layer down
     to the bottom of the layer palette to duplicate it- this does not work for the next step!)
4.   Double click the duplicated smart object layer and camera raw will open this layer once again
5.   Move the clarity slider to at least -40 or more and watch what happens to the skin(!)
6.   Once happy with the skin in raw just click “O.K.” and you are back in Photoshop
7.   Layer > Layer Mask > Hide All => this will hide the effect of the smooth skin completely
8.   Choose the brush tool and make sure it is a soft brush. Set the foreground colour to white
9.   Start brushing on the face (make sure you have the black mask on the layer selected- just click it!).
10.  Play around with the opacity of the brush. Once finished: play around with the opacity of the layer if the effect is too strong.

Hope it works for you!

Happy photoshopping!
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BTW before I forget: you can do the above steps also for eyes/teeth/landscapes... this time just change the sliders in ACR that give you the result you want and then paint the effect into your image in Photoshop. But the one slider that Photoshop's raw converter has that is difficult to replicate is the clarity slider. So try this one first. For eyes: just move the clarity slider up!
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