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Re: A Toad in the Hand
In reply to Hendrikus, May 22, 2012

Hendrikus wrote:

nemesix wrote:

Two different versions, one with detail enhancement on the whole picture, the other with it just on the toad. I like the first one, but it's my father holding the toad and he doesn't like how his hands look so I made the second one for him.

Forgive my ignorance but what is "detail enhancement"?

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It's a way of making it appear that there's more information about the differences between pixels on the image than there actually is. The technical procedure your software goes through to achieve it can vary, but there are very popular photoshop plug-ins called Topaz and Color Efex that make it easy. It's also one of the steps done in most HDR photography to get a really interesting look.

In the case of these photos, if you look at the skin on the hand, the detail enhanced version looks more weathered and gnarled, while the other version looks more natural (but less dramatic). Both toads have been enhanced, because detailed toad skin looks cool
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