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Requests or suggestions for new Darkroom Tips.
« on: March 29, 2008, 07:10:49 AM »
If you need help with Adobe photoshop/Elements/Lightroom, or have suggestions for tips that we can add to the growing list, please post your request/ideas in this thread.

If you have a tip that you wish to share, please post it in this other thread.

Thank you.
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Re: Requests or suggestions for new Darkroom Tips.
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2008, 02:35:30 AM »
Ascot- I would suggest (if I may) that if somebody has a request or needs help that the answer is directly posted in the relevant thread with a reference under the request where the answer is? This would avoid posting double?
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Re: Requests or suggestions for new Darkroom Tips.
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2008, 03:49:12 AM »
Ascot- I would suggest (if I may) that if somebody has a request or needs help that the answer is directly posted in the relevant thread with a reference under the request where the answer is? This would avoid posting double?
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Stef, I apologize for this communication glitch, but I thought I was doing that. The link in my first post in this thread is pointing those who wish to share a tip, to do so in the main 'Add a tip for Photoshop please!' thread, which is the relevant thread. I was also starting a new thread (this thread) where members could ask for help or suggest tips, without clogging up the main thread. No Tips would go into this thread.

If I understand you correctly, you feel that the questions and/or suggestions should all go into the 'Add a tip for Photoshop please!' thread. If that is what you mean, then I am more than happy to correct it. It may be better to keep everything in one place. Is this what you mean?
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Re: Requests or suggestions for new Darkroom Tips.
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2008, 10:53:06 PM »
Sorry mea culpa- no I wholly agree with you!!! People should ask here and get the answer in the relevant thread! I just thought for instance if somebody asks for a particular thing in this thread and I should be able to give him/her the answer than I would do that in the PS tips section but would also post here that I have answered the question. So that the person who asked knows he got an answer and where the answer is?
No I full agree no questions in the PS/ IR or Macro threads! Only here.
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Re: Requests or suggestions for new Darkroom Tips.
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2008, 03:14:48 AM »
If you wish to post in this thread that you have answered a request/suggestion in the 'Add a tip for Photoshop please!' thread, then go for it, do what you feel is necessary, or best.

Bear in mind that I will be keeping the Index up to date, so that members can more easily find what interests them, saving you the time of answering requests that you may have already answered. In the end it's your choice, I will still maintain the Index. :)

Now all we need are requests/suggestions. :D
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Re: Requests or suggestions for new Darkroom Tips.
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2008, 11:54:40 PM »
Stef, could I request a repeat of (This Tip), but posted in the Digital darkroom?

It's very interesting, but as it relies on questions by others and will soon be lost as it goes down the page, it would be nice to have it redone and in the detail that you find would be suitable. No rush, just if you get some spare time after you get back from vacation.

Thank you.
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Re: Requests or suggestions for new Darkroom Tips.
« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2008, 01:24:20 AM »
Ascot- no problem...well Springtide had the colour swatches... will give an explanation soon in darkroom tips.
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applying a texture layer to a photo
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2008, 03:09:01 PM »
Hi All.
Has anyone applied a texture layer to a photograph in cs2 or 3? I have a few texture shots (brick walls, etc) stored in picasa and I am interested in learning how to appy it to a picture as a layer in cs3. I don't really want the colour of the brick so much as the pattern.
So, anyone know how to do this?
Could you explain it to me?
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Re: applying a texture layer to a photo
« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2008, 04:38:58 PM »
Sounds like this might be a question for me ;)

1. Open your image you want the texture applied to in PS
2. Open the image with the texture
3. Click the image with the texture to activate it. Make sure that both images are the same orientation (makes it easier)
4. Ctrl + A > click on the image you want the testure applied to > ctrl +V (cmd for apple)
5. edit > transform > scale > if you hold shift +ctrl at the same time and pull one of the corners you can adjust the size of the texture layer without changing its perspective.
6. You have now the texture layer on top of the image layer which you can't see
7. Now set the layer blending mode either to darken/ multiply/overlay/soft light/ and change the opacity of that layer to somewhere around 50%

Tip: any of these layer blending options might work. The easiest is to first lower the opacity to 50% then click in the layer palette where it says "normal" so that normal changes to blue colour. What you can then do is just scroll down through all layer blending modes by using the downwards arrow next to your number pad on your keyboard!
Voila- just should find easily the right blending mode in a couple of seconds!

Any questions- feel free! Let us know how you get on :D
Best of luck and happy photoshopping!
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Re: Requests or suggestions for new Darkroom Tips.
« Reply #9 on: June 18, 2008, 04:28:57 AM »
Does anyone know how to batch re-size (down size) photos in CS# without reducing the quality or changing the originals?

This could be another for Stef to answer, however if anyone else knows, please show your tip in the Add a tip for Photoshop please!

You may not get a prize, but your heart will be lightened by the knowledge that you may have helped a few members of our forum. :)
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working with raw
« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2008, 11:56:10 AM »
Do you think we could get a stickied thread about working with raw, and all the little ins and outs of it.
As i just played with my first raw image last night in CS3 and was blown away by all the sliders and curves and buttons and histograms and color-o-grams

but i did end up with an interesting picture in the end color wise, some sort of warm black and white.

anyways what i am basically asking for is a thread / lessons to guide the uninciated such as myself through the misteries of RAW in the hopes that it will become less intimidating and more of a usefull tool.
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Re: working with raw
« Reply #11 on: September 18, 2008, 12:15:33 PM »
Do you think we could get a stickied thread about working with raw, and all the little ins and outs of it.
As i just played with my first raw image last night in CS3 and was blown away by all the sliders and curves and buttons and histograms and color-o-grams

but i did end up with an interesting picture in the end color wise, some sort of warm black and white.

anyways what i am basically asking for is a thread / lessons to guide the uninciated such as myself through the misteries of RAW in the hopes that it will become less intimidating and more of a usefull tool.
Thanks

I'm not sure what you shoot and how much you shoot, but if the answer is 'varied' and 'lots' I would suggest getting dedicated software for a RAW workflow, like Lightroom, DXO, Bibble Labs, Phase One etc rather than CS3.
The reason for stating this, is because you then treat RAW's just like you treat a Jpeg file.
I tend to find that CS3 is great for doing those one off photos, but your unlikely to process large amounts of RAW within CS3 as it's too time consuming, and you'll switch back to Jpeg.

FYI - I took my first Jpeg shots with the A700 last week, and I've owned the A700 for almost a year!  The advanced DRO also works pretty well, but was shooting 3MP files - which I just wanted small photos for (for Ebay pics)
I just don't use Jpegs for master files at all.  Just use them for uploading to Flickr etc.

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Re: working with raw
« Reply #12 on: September 18, 2008, 02:06:31 PM »
For my images that I really want top quality, I only use the raw file. But if it's for the web (or for here) then it's just quick and easy to use the jpeg.

Here, at Adobe's White Papers, there's some articles on working with raw: http://www.adobe.com/digitalimag/ps_pro_primers.html

And here is the basic processing(large video file) that I do, please excuse the narrator's voice (and here's the better detailed screenshot).
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Re: working with raw
« Reply #13 on: September 18, 2008, 02:17:53 PM »
Having just decided to try out RAW after some recommendations regarding the shots I put up from Warwick Castle visit I'd say give Capture One v4.1 a try. The site gives a few video guides on using it and there's a 30 try/buy on it.

It comes across as a very easy program to use on a KISS principle... euros 99.00... $129 US ?

On a side note; SONY have now issued a version 3 of their "Image Data Suite for Windows";

http://support.sony-europe.com/dime/downloads/downloads.aspx?site=odw_en_GB&m=DSLR-A700&f=sids_win

and Mac OS.
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Re: Requests or suggestions for new Darkroom Tips.
« Reply #14 on: September 19, 2008, 04:04:39 AM »
Do you think we could get a stickied thread about working with raw, and all the little ins and outs of it.
As i just played with my first raw image last night in CS3 and was blown away by all the sliders and curves and buttons and histograms and color-o-grams

but i did end up with an interesting picture in the end color wise, some sort of warm black and white.

anyways what i am basically asking for is a thread / lessons to guide the uninciated such as myself through the misteries of RAW in the hopes that it will become less intimidating and more of a usefull tool.
Thanks

Doctore- well frankly that's not soo easy. My suggestion with all my students is to first of all get yourself a good book and work it through. Then come back and ask specific questions. I am more than willing to try my best to answer them but it is always easier if you have done some footwork first- if you know what I mean. Firstly there are quite a few raw processing softwares out there- the only one I am quite efficient in- is Photoshop's Raw Converter (some of you might know that I am writing a book for advanced Photoshop users- the reason for it being "advanced" is that there is a bit of a lack in that area) anyhow back to the topic: to start explaining raw from scratch is very time consuming and it's easier to answer precise questions- at least for me. Scott Kelby is a oogd adress for books from the US and also Martin Evening for books from the UK (very different approaches to the same topic so have a look at both if you can) And there are books particularly for raw conversion- if you need a list let me know.
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Re: Requests or suggestions for new Darkroom Tips.
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