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Old Apr 3, 2006, 11:58 AM   #1
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I'm fairly new to the world of photoshop and post processing, but I always hear about tips that people use to make their photos look better, cleaner, sharper, etc etc.

What sites, tips do you guys use for photo processing?

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Old Apr 3, 2006, 12:01 PM   #2
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Most pictures that I take benefit from minor adjustments to the Levels. You can use the auto-level function, and it's usually pretty close, but I prefer to adjust them manually.

Most important; NEVER save as a jpg file more than once. If you need to work on the file for a few days, save the intermediate versions as PSD files, or BMPs, or some other lossless file that results in a huge datafile.

The very, very last step is to save it as a JPG.
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Old Apr 3, 2006, 12:03 PM   #3
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Post processing is teh bomb. I go down the list of blends until i get something good.
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Most pictures that I take benefit from minor adjustments to the Levels. You can use the auto-level function, and it's usually pretty close, but I prefer to adjust them manually.

Most important; NEVER save as a jpg file more than once. If you need to work on the file for a few days, save the intermediate versions as PSD files, or BMPs, or some other lossless file that results in a huge datafile.

The very, very last step is to save it as a JPG.
Hey Djinn,
Any particular reason why you shouldn't save as JPG over and over? Thanks for the trick.

A friend of mine was telling me yesterday that if you really want to resize a pic to blow it up, the best way to do it is to always resize at 110%. You can repeatedly resize at 110%, and not lose too much quality..
true?
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Old Apr 3, 2006, 12:23 PM   #6
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Hey Djinn,
Any particular reason why you shouldn't save as JPG over and over? Thanks for the trick.

A friend of mine was telling me yesterday that if you really want to resize a pic to blow it up, the best way to do it is to always resize at 110%. You can repeatedly resize at 110%, and not lose too much quality..
true?
Because JPG uses compression and everytime you save as jpg alittle of the picture quality is lost. And no you can't resize repeatedly wihtout loosing quality. Because you still got a fixed number of pixels or picture information and you can't have more of it. That's like making something out of nothing.
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Because JPG uses compression and everytime you save as jpg alittle of the picture quality is lost. And no you can't resize repeatedly wihtout loosing quality. Because you still got a fixed number of pixels or picture information and you can't have more of it. That's like making something out of nothing.
Exactly; JPG is a great image format, but you don't want to save an image in a "lossy format" more than once. For that reason, I frequently use the "Lossless JPG Rotation" add-on for Irfanview. It simply rotates and saves your image, without re-compressing it (which would result in a data loss).

Likewise, don't "keep resizing at 110%." Figure out the correct percentage, and resize the image once.
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Use "bicubic smoother" to enlarge, "bicubic sharper" to reduce, do it in one step. Use "smart sharpen" just before printing or saving to web, play with the amount and radius to your liking (100% and 0.9 radius are a good start.) Clone tools will probably be your most used items if you do simple touch-ups like me. Learn how to use the healing brush and patch tool well, they are often 1-step clean-ups if your surrounding colors are similar. If they are not, you need to use the straight clone and adjust the blend..."lighten" blending for dark blemishes is typical.

Never use "auto levels"; you'll soon see why. It tears up the color ratios. Auto contrast, auto color, are sometimes okay. Having said that, I never use them anymore...I do all white balance and contrast manipulations in RAW.
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