What is your favourite trick?

Started Aug 19, 2004 | Discussions
mandrake Regular Member • Posts: 285
Re: Feivel,

feivel wrote:

you could
you could also do auto levels
you could also move the ends of the line in curves to the right and
left
theres lots of ways to do any one thing in ps
the problem with autocontrast is that you cant watch the picture or
the clipping display (when holding the alt key) if there are
important pixels before the "hill"

It shouldn't matter. Auto-contrast and auto-levels will not clip any detail at all if your default setting tells it not to. My understanding of the difference between auto-levels and auto-contrast is that auto-levels will move the sliders in to the lightest light and darkest dark in each color channel independently, and auto-contrast will move them in the same amount in each channel, using the darkest dark and the lightest light overall. If you're only moving the sliders in to the point where you don't clip any information, just set clipping off and use whichever auto-xxx that does what you want.

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feivel Forum Pro • Posts: 10,168
Re: Feivel,

sometimes there is some info before the main hill, sometimes you want to clip it sometimes you dont
sometimes there is some info before the hill on one side but not the other

sometimes it is on both sides and you want to lose one side and maintain the other
etc.

if you have to reset the auto function to customize it to each use, it's not very auto anymore

manual clipping makes much more sense to me unless you wish to sacrifice image quality for ease

in any case using auto contrast is a good trick, just not the one i chose to mention

feivel

D Juan Hundred Senior Member • Posts: 1,364
Mandrake...

You don't understand. feivel is an "artiste", and would never stoop so low as to use an "auto" function.

It would be much like a 19 year old boy buying a Corvette with automatic transmission. It just isn't done.

mandrake wrote:

feivel wrote:

you could
you could also do auto levels
you could also move the ends of the line in curves to the right and
left
theres lots of ways to do any one thing in ps
the problem with autocontrast is that you cant watch the picture or
the clipping display (when holding the alt key) if there are
important pixels before the "hill"

It shouldn't matter. Auto-contrast and auto-levels will not clip
any detail at all if your default setting tells it not to. My
understanding of the difference between auto-levels and
auto-contrast is that auto-levels will move the sliders in to the
lightest light and darkest dark in each color channel
independently, and auto-contrast will move them in the same amount
in each channel, using the darkest dark and the lightest light
overall. If you're only moving the sliders in to the point where
you don't clip any information, just set clipping off and use
whichever auto-xxx that does what you want.

feivel Forum Pro • Posts: 10,168
Re: 2 more

D Juan Hundred wrote:
Toggle through the blending modes

Hold the shift key down and hit the "+" key

i LIKE that one!

(not sure if it's appropriate for an artiste though)?

mandrake Regular Member • Posts: 285
Re: Yes it does

D Juan Hundred wrote:

Bob,
Bernd is right (with CS, at least). Since I don't use the history
much, I never noticed. And, if you don't know what blend mode to
use, as I normally don't, it helps me to decide.

It's also a real pain when you're recording an action. Each toggle becomes a new step in the action.

D Juan Hundred Senior Member • Posts: 1,364
Re: Yes it does

Mandrake,

IMHO, you would use the blend toggle to decide what blending mode is best for what you are trying to achieve. Certainly, you would have already decided that before attempting to record an action.

Don't you usually go through a process manually before deciding to make an action out of it?

mandrake wrote:

D Juan Hundred wrote:

Bob,
Bernd is right (with CS, at least). Since I don't use the history
much, I never noticed. And, if you don't know what blend mode to
use, as I normally don't, it helps me to decide.

It's also a real pain when you're recording an action. Each toggle
becomes a new step in the action.

mandrake Regular Member • Posts: 285
Re: Yes it does

D Juan Hundred wrote:

Mandrake,

IMHO, you would use the blend toggle to decide what blending mode
is best for what you are trying to achieve. Certainly, you would
have already decided that before attempting to record an action.

Don't you usually go through a process manually before deciding to
make an action out of it?

When I'm doing an action I might mistakenly use the toggle to get down to the blend mode I know I want. I also sometimes use the mouse-toggle-shortcut (not sure of the official name) to change layer opacity and this always creates a new action step also. It drives me crazy.

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thomas1973 Veteran Member • Posts: 5,477
This is good!

Julio wrote:

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

I don't know... I'd love to use it on my old people candids - to make them look even more weatherbeaten and give them even more character. Thanks for the great tip! (Wish I had some candids on digital, all I have is B&W film, oh well, later :-))

Thomas

Linda Vich Regular Member • Posts: 390
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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?

feivel Forum Pro • Posts: 10,168
this is the twelfth bookmark nt

Linda Vich wrote:

French connection wrote:

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

shudder
shudder Veteran Member • Posts: 4,447
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gotta read this later...

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tarkan Contributing Member • Posts: 614
Re: 14 [nt]

same here !!!!!

shudder wrote:
gotta read this later...

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Jd3 Contributing Member • Posts: 547
Re: Great thread !

I have enough tricks in here to keep me busy for weeks ! thanks all !
Jd3

mandrake wrote:

French connection wrote:

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

thomas1973 Veteran Member • Posts: 5,477
Quick B&W contrast tip

A quick one I often use for adding contrast to a flat looking B&W, is just to copy the background image to a new layer, and change layer blend mode to "soft light". Bring down opacity to taste. I'm often pleasantly surprised by results of this easy trick.

For special subjects, hard light can be used, but it gives a very, eh, hard effect... I used that on some shots I took in Auschwitz last year, it made them more raw looking, and suited the uneasy feel of the KZ camp.

Thomas.

French connection wrote:

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

thomas1973 Veteran Member • Posts: 5,477
STOP BOOKMARKING (read)...

You're filling up the thread, and maxing it out with only bookmarks.

That'll lead to less room for all these smart tricks

Here's a BOOKMARK TIPS
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In your internet browser, open the favourites menu, click "Add favourite..." and just add this web address for easy viewing later :-))

That way it won't get lost in your "My threads" view after a couple of days, but stay on your computer where you can find it, forever. Good tip, eh!?!
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But this is a VERY good thread, anddef worth keeping! I know I will!

Thomas.

tarkan wrote:
same here !!!!!

shudder wrote:
gotta read this later...

stoney monks Forum Member • Posts: 76
Re: What is your favourite trick?

One that I haven't seen mentioned which is great for portraits is to duplicate layer set layer to soft light radius at about 30
adjust the layer opacity to suit your taste

stoney monks Forum Member • Posts: 76
oops

correction after setting layer to soft light go to filters blur gaussian blur and set radius at about 30

stoney monks wrote:

One that I haven't seen mentioned which is great for portraits is
to duplicate layer set layer to soft light radius at about 30
adjust the layer opacity to suit your taste

parikh Regular Member • Posts: 182
Re: I tried it Parikh! What do you think?.....

Isabel Cutler wrote:

Thank you for sharing this trick. Tell me, did I overdo?
Before your technique:

After:

Isabel

http://www.pbase.com/isabel95
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Digipets

Isabel,
I feel it looks just right. Anycase, depends on the output mode also.
regards,
parikh

Christian Sirois Regular Member • Posts: 342
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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?

alrmc4 Junior Member • Posts: 39
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Kent C wrote:

High pass ‘accident’ skin fix

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1006&message=7904390

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