|Original Photo||Altered Photo||Workshop||Options|
need lipstick! (30)
Just for fun :)
(710) [2006-09-24 20:19:43]  |
|Applied the lipstick for you!|
Soft edged brush - chose a mid red/purple (RGB 182, 4, 37), blend mode Color. Painted over the lips - done :D
casuaris casuaris (80) *
Noise reduction with NeatImage
(710) [2006-08-31 08:45:14]  |
|Load the pic into NeatImage, then click on the DeviceNoiseProfile tab. Since the image was captured in RGB, I'd switch the WorkingColorSpace to RGB.|
Find an area without any important detail - the background to the right of his head is good - now select it by dragging a box. You'll get a warning about the RGB values not being uniform, ignore that - for the best noise profile you want an area without any detail at all, just noise - but there aren't any areas like that in the image.
Now go to the NoiseFilterSettings tab and draw a big box to see the effect of our current filter settings. Not pretty was it? That's due to the non-uniform profile area. It's fixable though! Look at the image again, you'll see that the noise is fine or medium - there aren't many large blotches, so under NoiseReductionAmounts set the Low slider to 0%. Looks a bit better doesn't it? Now play with each of the sliders in turn - try them at 0, wait for it to redraw, then try at 100. Now you know what the slider does - try finding the optimal value for it :)
Load back into Photoshop on top of the original image - turn the Layer on and off to see what effect we've had. In this case the results were mostly positive, except for a bit of detail lost around the edges - so use a soft-edged eraser to knock that out.
Finally SmartSharpen 75%, 0.8px, 0 to bring out the fine detail :)
(710) [2006-08-30 19:27:24]  |
|Rotated 1°CCW to align it to the guide lines in the centre of the web.|
Cropped off the top and bottom to accentuate the area of interest IMO.
Increased saturation +15 to add a bit more bite, along with minor USM (50%, 10px, 0).
Finally added a little vignetting using Filter/Distort/LensCorrection +35 darken.
Just an idea :)
Green Bottle Fly (2)
Shadows/Highlights, Cloning, Curves
(710) [2006-07-29 11:21:59]  |
|Ran Shadows/Highlights 60%/0 to brighten up the image, then ran Curves with an s-shaped curve (like this to increase contrast without damaging the highlights.|
Extended the canvas using Canvas Size, then made a copy of the hind leg using Rectangular Marquee - pasted in and turned on "Show Transform Controls". Grabbed the bottom right handle and rotated until the leg orientation matched. Then used a soft-edged eraser to nibble away the background around it.
Finally used the Clone Tool to paint back in the missing sections of background. Used a soft-edged tool @ 100%. The trick to successful cloning is to run along lines of detail, in this case the veins on the leaf.
Hope you find it useful :D
Popular Hawkmoth Compare and Contrast (16)
A little post pro...
(710) [2006-07-10 17:36:39]  |
|...less than five minutes in Photoshop, and the Nikon now has the edge ;)|
AutoColor (faded to 65%) to alter the colours back to your preference. SmartSharpen 65%, 0.8px, 0 (Lens Blur) to bring out the fine detail a little more (low radius = fine detail, high radius = coarse detail)
Finally HighPass Sharpening @ 25% to give it a little more bite. See high pass @ LL for more detail on that technique.
Bee Orchids (9)
Neat Image, Curves, Filter
(710) [2006-06-27 20:41:51]  |
|A fairly quick three step workshop:|
First loaded into Photoshop and ran Image/Adjustments/PhotoFilter, selected the 85-filter (a warming filter), and ran that at 25% - to warm up the slightly over cool colours.
Then ran Curves, two points - one point top quarter pulled top left, the other on the low quarter, pulled to the original line - to form an s-shape. That increases brightness and apparent contrast in one step - without blowing the highlights.
Final step, loaded into NeatImage (easier if you have the plug-in), selected the clear area just above the flower for the Rough Noise Analyser area. Added some sharpening in the Noise Filter Settings tab - high 65%, low 100% to bring out detail.
That's it, hope you like it :D
::Giant Steps:: (27)
(710) [2006-03-15 20:29:21]  |
|just bringing the rock detail out a bit more, slightly exaggerated for effect.|
used shadows/highlights with the following settings:
color correction: +20
midtone contrast: +38
Snowy Squirrel 1 (10)
(710) [2006-02-18 11:31:42]  |
|AutoColor to enhance the whiteness of the snow.|
Shadows/Highlights - 75%/0 to bring out the shadow detail.
LAB A-B blur - converted to LABcolor, applied a 4px Gaussian Blur to the A and B channels - to reduce chroma noise.
High Pass Sharpening - NewLayerViaCopy, HighPass filter radius 10px. Merge mode Hard Light @ 30% to bring out detail.
Cropped to decentre the squirrel.
Hope you like it :)
Are You Tasty? (30)
LAB-AB-blur, NeatImage, Sharpening
(710) [2005-12-20 14:00:31]  |
|Purpose: To fix the chromatic aberration (coloured fringes), reduce noise, and bring out a bit more detail.|
How? Converted to LAB mode, selected A-channel applied GaussianBlur 4px, repeated with B-channel. Also reduces colour noise.
Loaded into NeatImage, used the top right hand area to create a noise profile. Filtered.
Sharpened using USM three passes on L channel: (10% 20px 0) (40% 1.2px 0) (20% 0.8px 0). Faded to 45% - could have used lower values, but I have that setup as an Action.
Ran a high-pass Sharpen: NewLayerViaCopy, HighPass 10px. Merge HardLight. (30%)
Finally if there were any fringes remaining, used CloneTool in Color mode to mop them up :)
I hope you like it!
RAW Workshop I (46) *
(710) [2005-11-12 09:34:16]  |
WB: As shot
Luma Smoothing: 0
Color NR: 15
CA Red/Cyan: +6
CA Blue/Yell: -32
Tone Curve: Strong Contrast
Image size 25% Bicubic Sharper
Smart Sharpen: 25%, 8.7px.
Smart Sharpen: 50%, 0.8px
Knocked out the edges with a soft edged eraser to prevent haloes
Curves to heavily accentuate low end and thus bring out eye detail
Eraser to all except the eye.
Save For Web