What is your favourite trick?

Started Aug 19, 2004 | Discussions
brooke Senior Member • Posts: 1,843
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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?

wwp Regular Member • Posts: 310
auto fx ttc plugin! a bit pricy but worth it.

a bit off your answer, however i think you can download a demo and try it. tons of preset options.
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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?

Vivek_DPR Contributing Member • Posts: 954
You mean Specular not Spectacular ?

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.

Andrew Wilmarth New Member • Posts: 5
Re: What is your favourite trick?

A very good collection of tricks.

Scutellata Regular Member • Posts: 487
Re: What is your favourite trick?

I like to use unsharp mask to the black color channel on the photos that need that extra POP to the color.

French connection wrote:

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

koen velle Junior Member • Posts: 31
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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.

queenzenmom Regular Member • Posts: 223
Re: What is your favourite trick?

I agree - this is my first time to this forum - usually on the Nikon forum and have recently been experimenting with PSE2 - and need all the help I can get - which is why I came to the forum in the first place - this thread is a goldmine!!!!! Thanx for all the trix
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dannyraphael Veteran Member • Posts: 3,494
Adjustment layers - selective application

Great thread. Great idea. I don't believe I read this one among this collection.

It's not unusual for an image to need color or toning adjustments in specific areas, not overall. This is my I approach to these situations:

  • Add the appropriate adjustment layer (Levels, Curves, Hue/Sat, etc.)

  • Apply the adjustment to correct/enhance the areas that need it. (This

usually results in messing up areas that don't need fixing.)

  • Ctrl + I (to invert the mask and "undo" the effect)

  • Airbrush with white in desired areas to (again) reveal the adjustment

layer's effect. Airbrushing allows you to control the degree of application depending on need. (Paint black to "undo" if you overdo it.) You can fine tune by tweaking the adjustment layer's opacity or trying different layer blend modes.

Danny

Isabel Cutler Forum Pro • Posts: 11,174
Nice one, Feivel!

Played around with it and it really livened things up.

I found that if you picture has noise in it, it's a good idea to select just the main subject and leave the background out...because after you've bothered to do noise reduction you only bring it back out by using that unsharp mask setting. I have a series of 3 images to show my results:
http://www.pbase.com/image/33489569 and next two images.
http://www.pbase.com/isabel95
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Digipets

Isabel Cutler Forum Pro • Posts: 11,174
Clarification needed

Good observation Danny...are you talking below of a layer mask or a selection? I assume layer mask.
Isabel

dannyraphael wrote:

Great thread. Great idea. I don't believe I read this one among
this collection.

It's not unusual for an image to need color or toning adjustments
in specific areas, not overall. This is my I approach to these
situations:

  • Add the appropriate adjustment layer (Levels, Curves, Hue/Sat, etc.)

  • Apply the adjustment to correct/enhance the areas that need it.

(This
usually results in messing up areas that don't need fixing.)

  • Ctrl + I (to invert the mask and "undo" the effect)

  • Airbrush with white in desired areas to (again) reveal the

adjustment
layer's effect. Airbrushing allows you to control the degree of
application depending on need. (Paint black to "undo" if you overdo
it.) You can fine tune by tweaking the adjustment layer's opacity
or trying different layer blend modes.

Danny

Artichoke
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Re: one more..

great tip!
thanks, Maria
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dannyraphael Veteran Member • Posts: 3,494
Clarification provided

Hi Isabel:

Thanks for asking. If it wasn't quite clear to you, it probably wasn't for other folks.

Painting B or W on adjustment layers works the same way as it does on layer masks added to regular layers. In this case no layer masks are involved...just the adjustment layers themselves, which are added above the target layer(s).

Try this extreme example:

  • Add a Hue/Sat adjustment layer above any color Background

  • Set Saturation to -100 and close the dialog

  • Set foreground color to black and choose a hard edged brush

  • Flow = 100%, Opacity = 100%

  • Where you paint black on the adjustment layer the effect is suppressed

revealing the color from the BG below

  • Ctrl + I to invert the mask

  • Ctrl + I again to put it back the way it was

  • Switch to white and paint to "undo"

Black and white are the extremes (100% conceal or 100% reveal). By airbrushing black on a white mask or white on black mask results in various degrees of gray (somewhere in between B/W) for controlled applicaiton.

Does this help?
Danny

Isabel Cutler wrote:
Good observation Danny...are you talking below of a layer mask or a
selection? I assume layer mask.
Isabel

dannyraphael wrote:

Great thread. Great idea. I don't believe I read this one among
this collection.

It's not unusual for an image to need color or toning adjustments
in specific areas, not overall. This is my I approach to these
situations:

  • Add the appropriate adjustment layer (Levels, Curves, Hue/Sat, etc.)

  • Apply the adjustment to correct/enhance the areas that need it.

(This
usually results in messing up areas that don't need fixing.)

  • Ctrl + I (to invert the mask and "undo" the effect)

  • Airbrush with white in desired areas to (again) reveal the

adjustment
layer's effect. Airbrushing allows you to control the degree of
application depending on need. (Paint black to "undo" if you overdo
it.) You can fine tune by tweaking the adjustment layer's opacity
or trying different layer blend modes.

Danny

Isabel Cutler Forum Pro • Posts: 11,174
I didn't know that!

dannyraphael wrote:

Hi Isabel:

Thanks for asking. If it wasn't quite clear to you, it probably
wasn't for other folks.

Painting B or W on adjustment layers works the same way as it does
on layer masks added to regular layers. In this case no layer masks
are involved...just the adjustment layers themselves, which are

Wow, Danny! This is a major find for me! I can see all sorts of possibilities from this new fact to absorb and REMEMBER!!!!
I love this!!! Thank you for the clarification.
Isabel

added above the target layer(s).

Try this extreme example:

  • Add a Hue/Sat adjustment layer above any color Background

  • Set Saturation to -100 and close the dialog

  • Set foreground color to black and choose a hard edged brush

  • Flow = 100%, Opacity = 100%

  • Where you paint black on the adjustment layer the effect is

suppressed
revealing the color from the BG below

  • Ctrl + I to invert the mask

  • Ctrl + I again to put it back the way it was

  • Switch to white and paint to "undo"

Black and white are the extremes (100% conceal or 100% reveal). By
airbrushing black on a white mask or white on black mask results in
various degrees of gray (somewhere in between B/W) for controlled
applicaiton.

Does this help?
Danny

Isabel Cutler wrote:
Good observation Danny...are you talking below of a layer mask or a
selection? I assume layer mask.
Isabel

dannyraphael wrote:

Great thread. Great idea. I don't believe I read this one among
this collection.

It's not unusual for an image to need color or toning adjustments
in specific areas, not overall. This is my I approach to these
situations:

  • Add the appropriate adjustment layer (Levels, Curves, Hue/Sat, etc.)

  • Apply the adjustment to correct/enhance the areas that need it.

(This
usually results in messing up areas that don't need fixing.)

  • Ctrl + I (to invert the mask and "undo" the effect)

  • Airbrush with white in desired areas to (again) reveal the

adjustment
layer's effect. Airbrushing allows you to control the degree of
application depending on need. (Paint black to "undo" if you overdo
it.) You can fine tune by tweaking the adjustment layer's opacity
or trying different layer blend modes.

Danny

Kent C Forum Pro • Posts: 25,803
Re: I didn't know that!

Isabel

Painting B or W on adjustment layers works the same way as it does
on layer masks added to regular layers. In this case no layer masks
are involved...just the adjustment layers themselves, which are

Wow, Danny! This is a major find for me! I can see all sorts of
possibilities from this new fact to absorb and REMEMBER!!!!
I love this!!! Thank you for the clarification.

Also, in case you didn't know, if you make a selection first, then open up an adjustment layer, the selection will already be in the mask, in black, of the adjustment layer.

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Isabel Cutler Forum Pro • Posts: 11,174
I didn't know that either!

Gee whiz! I don't think I'm in danger of becoming a Certified Adobe Expert in this century!
Thanks!
Isabel

parikh Regular Member • Posts: 182
one more if permitted

Isabel Cutler wrote:
Gee whiz! I don't think I'm in danger of becoming a Certified
Adobe Expert in this century!
Thanks!
Isabel

This is to enhance the colors of the image especially taken with low to mid end digital cameras, generally suffering from poor color saturation.

Typical adj. layer with hue/saturation would result in ugly artifacts. This method might be a better alternative.

duplicate background> select the copy> image> adjustment> hue and saturation> increase the saturation to around 60-70 (image will look to be absolutely thrashy)> go to filter> noise> median(select around 6 )> filter> blur> gausssian blur(select around 4)> set the blend mode to color> dial the opacity as per the liking.

Enriches the colors in otherwise bland images without the accompanying artifacts.
cheers,
parikh

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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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Another one...

collect all these PS tips and read it on your lunch break tomorrow. Thanks everybody for all the pointers. this will make me a better person and a better PS user....
Noli

nowhereatoll Veteran Member • Posts: 8,285
Ill take some of this.

cant get too many tricks up your sleeve!

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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