What is your favourite trick?

Started Aug 19, 2004 | Discussions
dstefan Contributing Member • Posts: 934
Re: Please more, more I want more tricks !!! (nt)

FWIW -- I like to go into Image/Adjustments/Selective Color (I think that's the name or very close -- I'm not at home with PS to check).

I increase the black amount for dominant colors to add punch. Sometimes add black to whites to tone down without affecting the whole color range. Punches up greens, reds, and blues very nicely.

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Primus Senior Member • Posts: 1,149
Re: A little more focused

Quick fix for the ones ever so slightly OOF: Duplicate layer, run Filter> Other> highpass (setting of 6-10 should do it), change blend mode to Overlay (or hard/soft light for greater/lesser effect). Adjust opacity as needed. This also makes the picture 'pop'. Play around with the filter settings and opacity. Works well as a sharpening tool too.

Increase contrast: Duplicate layer, change blend mode to soft light, adjust opacity.

Fine sharpening after above: Run unsharp mask at 150, 0.5-0.7, 0 for a subtle effect.

Pradeep

ajay kumar New Member • Posts: 18
Re: A little more focused

I like the effect obtained by:

USM Amount 15-30.
Radius 250 (max)
threshold 0

This acts like a sort of haze filter. It improves the quality of almost ALL the pictures I have tried this on. Sort of adds clarity / pop to the pic.

I read it elsewhere, can't remebber where though.
Try it sometime.

Primus wrote:

Quick fix for the ones ever so slightly OOF: Duplicate layer, run
Filter> Other> highpass (setting of 6-10 should do it), change blend
mode to Overlay (or hard/soft light for greater/lesser effect).
Adjust opacity as needed. This also makes the picture 'pop'. Play
around with the filter settings and opacity. Works well as a
sharpening tool too.

Increase contrast: Duplicate layer, change blend mode to soft
light, adjust opacity.

Fine sharpening after above: Run unsharp mask at 150, 0.5-0.7, 0
for a subtle effect.

Pradeep

Primus Senior Member • Posts: 1,149
Re: A little more focused

ajay kumar wrote:

I like the effect obtained by:

USM Amount 15-30.
Radius 250 (max)
threshold 0

This acts like a sort of haze filter. It improves the quality of
almost ALL the pictures I have tried this on. Sort of adds clarity
/ pop to the pic.

I read it elsewhere, can't remebber where though.
Try it sometime.

Ajay:

The above settings are fairly commonly used, I personally try USM 20, Radius 50 and threshold 0. This results in effects very similar to duping the layer and running soft/hard light blend on it. The haze filter is actually a little different, and is a combination of very high USM (150 or more), very low radius (less than 1) and 0 threshold.

Many different ways to skin the cat in photoshop, whatever works for you is good.

Best wishes,

Pradeep

dpnew Senior Member • Posts: 1,153
Re: A little more focused

Primus wrote:

The
haze filter is actually a little different, and is a combination of
very high USM (150 or more), very low radius (less than 1) and 0
threshold.

Huh? That's what I use for sharpening.

ajay kumar wrote:

I like the effect obtained by:

USM Amount 15-30.
Radius 250 (max)
threshold 0

This acts like a sort of haze filter. It improves the quality of
almost ALL the pictures I have tried this on. Sort of adds clarity
/ pop to the pic.

I read it elsewhere, can't remebber where though.
Try it sometime.

Ajay:

The above settings are fairly commonly used, I personally try USM
20, Radius 50 and threshold 0. This results in effects very similar
to duping the layer and running soft/hard light blend on it. The
haze filter is actually a little different, and is a combination of
very high USM (150 or more), very low radius (less than 1) and 0
threshold.

Many different ways to skin the cat in photoshop, whatever works
for you is good.

Best wishes,

Pradeep

Primus Senior Member • Posts: 1,149
Re: A little more focused

dpnew wrote:

Primus wrote:

The
haze filter is actually a little different, and is a combination of
very high USM (150 or more), very low radius (less than 1) and 0
threshold.

Huh? That's what I use for sharpening.

Precisely. Most of us use it as the final step in the workflow to give it that snap, crackle and pop. I have seen it mentioned elsewhere as a 'haze filter' as it seems to 'clear the picture' somewhat.

Like I said, many ways to do the same in PS.

Pradeep

ajay kumar New Member • Posts: 18
Re: A little more focused

From my experiences,

a larger "USM amount" and a small (1.0
a smaller (15-30) USM amount and a very(250) large radius = Haze filter.

Primus wrote:

dpnew wrote:

Primus wrote:

The
haze filter is actually a little different, and is a combination of
very high USM (150 or more), very low radius (less than 1) and 0
threshold.

Huh? That's what I use for sharpening.

Precisely. Most of us use it as the final step in the workflow to
give it that snap, crackle and pop. I have seen it mentioned
elsewhere as a 'haze filter' as it seems to 'clear the picture'
somewhat.

Like I said, many ways to do the same in PS.

Pradeep

Julio Veteran Member • Posts: 4,886
Two portrait tricks...

Easy, realistic skin smoothing:

1. Channel mixer adjustment layer - just click ok without any changes - set mode to luminosity and reopen the adjustment layer.
2. Clheck monochrome; red 70%, Green 25% Blue 0% (total=95%)

3. On the channel mixer mask use a black brush to remove the effect from the eyes, lips and any other areas you want .

Conversely... If you want to deliberately coarsen... make the adjustment in step 2 be Red 0%, Green 35%, Blue 70% (total=105%)

Here's an example - nothing done to raw conversion other than the steps above and cropping:

kelly Regular Member • Posts: 119
No hard mix avail as an option

I'm new to PS but learning quickly. In my Photoshop 6.0 I don't have the option of Hard Mix. Could it be called something else? Thanks

mandrake wrote:

French connection wrote:

Hello all!
What is your favourite ttrick to enhance pics in one or two (max
3steps) in PS?

My favorite trick is to saturate colors in a way I particularly
like. I use it mostly with outdoor photos, though that's mainly
because I primarily take outdoor photos. It generally brings out
deeper blues in the sky and warmer tones in things that need them.

Take your image and make a duplicate layer of it. Use the 'Apply
Image' tool in PhotoShop CS (Image-> Apply Image... -- you can also
probably use Calculations or just do it manually with layers if you
know what you're doing, but it's easy with Apply Image). What you
want to do is blend in an inverted blue channel in hard mix mode.

In the Apply Image Dialog, choose Channel: Blue, click Invert,
Blending: Hard Mix. At 100% opacity this will show you the colors
you will be superimposing on your photo. Now bring the opacity down
to 15-25% to see the effect. Sometimes the green channel is a
better choice than blue.

Kent C Forum Pro • Posts: 25,803
Re: What is your favourite trick?

High pass ‘accident’ skin fix

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Bob Quinn Senior Member • Posts: 2,206
Re: What is your favourite trick?

Here's a useful trick for textures. I learned it here from someone, though I don't remember who.

Create a median gray layer (Shift-Backspace on a new empty layer, choose the median gray fill). Set the blending mode to overlay. Now put your texture on that, which will remain separate from your image layer. If you notice a repeating pattern, click Filter > Pattern Maker to alter it.

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French connection wrote:

Hello all!
What is your favourite ttrick to enhance pics in one or two (max
3steps) in PS?

gychang Regular Member • Posts: 412
Re: What is your favourite trick?

what do mean by the "hill" of the histogram?, when I tried I am left with pure black and white...

gychang

feivel wrote:

go to levels
bring left and right triangles in until they meet the "hill" of the
histogram

then

go to unsharp mask
amount 15
radius 30
threshold zero

mandrake Regular Member • Posts: 285
Re: No hard mix avail as an option

kelly wrote:

I'm new to PS but learning quickly. In my Photoshop 6.0 I don't
have the option of Hard Mix. Could it be called something else?
Thanks

I doubt it. I think hard mix is a fairly new blending mode in PS. I didn't have 7.0 so I don't know if it was in there.

mandrake Regular Member • Posts: 285
Re: Two portrait tricks...

Julio wrote:

Easy, realistic skin smoothing:
1. Channel mixer adjustment layer - just click ok without any
changes - set mode to luminosity and reopen the adjustment layer.
2. Clheck monochrome; red 70%, Green 25% Blue 0% (total=95%)
3. On the channel mixer mask use a black brush to remove the effect
from the eyes, lips and any other areas you want .
Conversely... If you want to deliberately coarsen... make the
adjustment in step 2 be Red 0%, Green 35%, Blue 70% (total=105%)

I've done similar things with the red channel to smooth skin tone, but never tried to deliberately coarsen it. That looks pretty awesome. Now if I just had a picture of someone I didn't really like.

Tom Bennett Veteran Member • Posts: 4,284
Re: What is your favourite trick?

Selective color neutral and black It is overlooked a lot and it can really put that final touch to your perfect picture

French connection wrote:

Hello all!
What is your favourite ttrick to enhance pics in one or two (max
3steps) in PS?

Julio Veteran Member • Posts: 4,886
Re: Two portrait tricks...

mandrake wrote:

I've done similar things with the red channel to smooth skin tone,
but never tried to deliberately coarsen it. That looks pretty
awesome. Now if I just had a picture of someone I didn't really
like.

lol... yeah, I stumbled on that a few weeks back during the Dragan craze... definitely limited in its application scope

MelissaM Senior Member • Posts: 1,409
Thanks Feivel (nt)

feivel wrote:

French connection wrote:

Hello all!
What is your favourite ttrick to enhance pics in one or two (max
3steps) in PS?

go to levels
bring left and right triangles in until they meet the "hill" of the
histogram

then

go to unsharp mask
amount 15
radius 30
threshold zero

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Maria Holmes Senior Member • Posts: 1,238
one more..

Make a duplicate layer of your image. Go to Filter, Stylize, Emboss. Play with the emboss settings, but try 5 pixels, 80% just to start. Click OK. Set layer blending mode to overlay and look at how much pop this gives your image! Maria Holmes

Norton Regular Member • Posts: 115
Bookmark (nt)

Maria Holmes wrote:

Make a duplicate layer of your image. Go to Filter, Stylize,
Emboss. Play with the emboss settings, but try 5 pixels, 80% just
to start. Click OK. Set layer blending mode to overlay and look at
how much pop this gives your image! Maria Holmes

selwynbr Senior Member • Posts: 1,592
Pop with curves

Get the middle of the curves straight & more "vertical".

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