What is your favourite trick?

Started Aug 19, 2004 | Discussions
tapaninyc Contributing Member • Posts: 903
Re: What is your favourite trick?

This is the routine I follow with a new photo:

(first I think would be white balance which I do with my camera's software)
1. Levels: set black,white,gamma (Ctrl-L)

2. Guick saturation adjustments.

3. Run Unsharpen Mask 60,20,0. click a undo back and forth to decide if this is an improvement. USM 60,20,0 is not really sharpening, but a way to reduse grayness or haziness from the image. It will burn any borderline highlights, so be careful! (i've made this an action, so it is always a click away).

Tom Bennett wrote:
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?

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feivel Forum Pro • Posts: 10,168
Re: What is your favourite trick?

see this histogram
i would move the left slider to about 210 and the right slider to about 850

feivel

gychang wrote:
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

tko Forum Pro • Posts: 13,381
unsharp mask wide radius

Go to unsharp mask, use a very wide radius (> 50), small amount (10-50%). Provides local contrast enhancement very quickly. Can remove haze, improve distant backgrounds, add snap, etc.

This picture was very boring until I did this - brought out all the colors (too bad I don't have the original handy) - so it can improve many types of images.

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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?

Gary Grundy Contributing Member • Posts: 969
Re: What is your favourite trick?

AutoColor
Then edit menu Fade AutoColor
Play with Mode and Opacity

Also Creative Highpass Sharpening from thelightsrightstudio free TLR action set.

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delic Senior Member • Posts: 1,540
Hold Alt key while changing levels...

to monitor blowing out your highlights and shadows.. The preview pane shows which pixels are getting blown out..

French connection wrote:

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

Herper Regular Member • Posts: 280
Landscape and Architecture Color/Contrast Punch

Equalize
Fade, Blend mode Soft light 50%

French connection wrote:

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

Vera Veteran Member • Posts: 8,796
my favourite photo shop trick is for sharpening eyes...

Herper wrote:
Equalize
Fade, Blend mode Soft light 50%

French connection wrote:

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

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using the history brush. after normal sharpening take a snapshot. go back to your layer and over sharpen the the image with usm go back to the history palette and take a new snapshot. click on the oversharpened snapshot. open the original layer and paint in the sharpening with the history brush

this worked with this stranger in a restaurant for just sharpening the eyes

Vera

Giraffe1 Junior Member • Posts: 49
RAW tricks

I like to preprocess all my RAW files in the File browser before opening them in photoshop.

To do this in the Camera Raw dialogue make your adjustments and then hold down the ALT key and the OK button changes to UPDATE. Just click UPDATE to apply your new settings without opening the image in Photoshop.

My 2nd shortcut is after I do the above and want to open the photo in Photoshop I do not want to open the RAW dialogue box. To do this just hold down SHIFT while double clicking on the photo in file browser. You will bypass the Camera Raw dialogue and open up directly in photoshop.

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kevin agar Forum Member • Posts: 63
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Giraffe1 wrote:

I like to preprocess all my RAW files in the File browser before
opening them in photoshop.

To do this in the Camera Raw dialogue make your adjustments and
then hold down the ALT key and the OK button changes to UPDATE.
Just click UPDATE to apply your new settings without opening the
image in Photoshop.

My 2nd shortcut is after I do the above and want to open the photo
in Photoshop I do not want to open the RAW dialogue box. To do this
just hold down SHIFT while double clicking on the photo in file
browser. You will bypass the Camera Raw dialogue and open up
directly in photoshop.

mark moe Senior Member • Posts: 1,446
Maria

Very cool never would have thought of it

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

parikh Regular Member • Posts: 182
one more for soft focus dreamy effect

kevin agar wrote:

Giraffe1 wrote:

I like to preprocess all my RAW files in the File browser before
opening them in photoshop.

To do this in the Camera Raw dialogue make your adjustments and
then hold down the ALT key and the OK button changes to UPDATE.
Just click UPDATE to apply your new settings without opening the
image in Photoshop.

My 2nd shortcut is after I do the above and want to open the photo
in Photoshop I do not want to open the RAW dialogue box. To do this
just hold down SHIFT while double clicking on the photo in file
browser. You will bypass the Camera Raw dialogue and open up
directly in photoshop.

Dup the layer> hipass filter of around 10> invert the layer> blend it to softlight mode> adj the opacity

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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?

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tlong3234 Senior Member • Posts: 2,441
Re: What is your favourite trick?

What a great thread! Thanks!

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jimmiec Contributing Member • Posts: 652
One of the rarely disscused PS features....

The ALT key used in Curves is very powerful.

Hold the ALT key while sliding the white and/or Black sliders. A black screen will appear and show the pixels that are being clipped. I adjust to where there is no clipping, solid black screen unless spectacular highlight are present which I may allow clipping.

This works on both the White and Black slider, not the middle one.

French connection wrote:

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

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Kent C Forum Pro • Posts: 25,803
You mean in Levels...nt

jimmiec wrote:
The ALT key used in Curves is very powerful.

Hold the ALT key while sliding the white and/or Black sliders. A
black screen will appear and show the pixels that are being
clipped. I adjust to where there is no clipping, solid black screen
unless spectacular highlight are present which I may allow clipping.

This works on both the White and Black slider, not the middle one.

French connection wrote:

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

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BobMert Senior Member • Posts: 1,306
Re: Landscape and Architecture Color/Contrast Punch

Outstanding
Thanks
Bob

Herper wrote:
Equalize
Fade, Blend mode Soft light 50%

French connection wrote:

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

jimmiec Contributing Member • Posts: 652
Levels Not Curves.... (nt)

Yes,

jimmiec wrote:
The ALT key used in Curves is very powerful.

Hold the ALT key while sliding the white and/or Black sliders. A
black screen will appear and show the pixels that are being
clipped. I adjust to where there is no clipping, solid black screen
unless spectacular highlight are present which I may allow clipping.

This works on both the White and Black slider, not the middle one.

French connection wrote:

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

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Keith Andrews Forum Member • Posts: 54
Great tricks (nt)

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?

thanks, I always learn from your input.

gychang

feivel wrote:

see this histogram
i would move the left slider to about 210 and the right slider to
about 850

feivel

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