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Adding confetti
I found a snow plug-in for photoshop (free somewhere) that lets you change the colour and size of the flakes, it did a reasonable job of faking comfetti although I only played with it.

5 23/05/2012 - 12:55 PM
By swanseamale47
Removing lines from a photograph with Photoshop
I'm not sure you should be "fixing" this, these need to be accurite I suspect, cloning or repairing the image means it's altered, you might loose something important. I'd suggest you get your film from elsewhere or return it as damaged, the makers must know if it's being xrayed if it's the normal practice and shouldn't sell abroad if their products going to be faulity when it arrives.

10 23/05/2012 - 2:30 PM
By Paul Morgan
Page curl effect in CS5
This might do what you want not sure as I havent tried it.
page curl

9 28/05/2012 - 9:00 AM
By cattyal
making photoshop brushes
If the object is flat and the original texture big enough it might work, but there are other ways, you could select the area and use the texturiser (and load your texture) if the object isn't flat and you need to "wrap" the texture over it look up displacement maps.

7 06/06/2011 - 4:16 AM
By tepot
Albelli competition.
Thank you Tracy.

4 06/05/2011 - 10:06 PM
By swanseamale47
Albelli competition.
Thank you Tracey Smile

4 06/05/2011 - 10:06 PM
By swanseamale47
Giant brides and small men in shoes!
Somebody please tell me thats not going to be the next craze here!

8 12/05/2011 - 10:24 AM
By spaceman
Albelli competition.
Just having a read of the terms and conditions and I'm wondering exactly this means. Does that mean they wont use them or they may use them but not for products I don't like, if so how will they know what I like or dislke??

Photos will used by the Sponsor for the sole purpose of the Royal Wedding Celebration Photo Book, and none will be acknowledged or returned. Sponsor shall have the right to edit, adapt and publish any or all of the Photos to fit into the format of the Wedding Book, and may use for the sole purpose of the The Peoples Royal Wedding Book. Albelli will not use the photographs to advertise products that the entrant would not approve of. Albelli has no intent to exploit the entrants images or to reproduce the submitted photographs without your permission. The Sponsor and Administrator are not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, invalid, un-intelligible or misdirected Photos, which are disqualified. All of the Sponsorís decisions are final.

4 06/05/2011 - 10:06 PM
By swanseamale47
Saving JPEGs Issue?
Your not saving as jpeg 2000 by mistake? does the file have the correct .jog extension on the name, if you rename it's sometimes possible to put in the name after the extension, try renaming the file A.jpg and see if it works then.

6 10/04/2011 - 9:18 AM
By IanD
Lightroom Sharpening
You should ideally view at 100% when sharpening, neither Lightroom or Photoshop display sharpening or noise reduction properly at other resolutions, if you must use a lower magnification try and keep it at 50% or 25% in-between amounts can give a misleading display otherwise.

11 01/04/2011 - 8:59 PM
By darranl
Lightroom sharpening.
Which version of photoshop do you have, the sharpening in CS5 and LR3 are essentailly the same (they share a processing engine) do you have export sharpening set in LR?

4 19/03/2011 - 11:26 PM
By swanseamale47
No they are not essential but they do help, the ND filter can be mimicked in photoshop or a bracked exposure can be blended, but a polarizing filter can't really be replicated in the polar effect but the boost to colour saturation can be.
As for the quality, you get what you pay for, but I saw a lab test a few years back that showed the differences between the various filters, and while there was a difference the test suggested in real world shooting unless you bought dodgy real cheapie filters you wouldn't be able to tell the difference.

7 23/03/2011 - 12:09 AM
By Nick_w
Which should I choose Canon 70-200 F4 IS or Sigma 70-200 F2.8?
I have used the Sigma many times, it's a good lens, plenty sharp enough, I haven't compared it to the canon though.

14 17/03/2011 - 9:01 AM
By ianrobinson
Canon Raw conversion problems
As dave says above, Adobe supply a FREE converter that will convert your Canon raw file to adobe DNG (a sort of adobe raw) these will open in CS3 exactly the same as your normal raw files would.

Left Forum unlike Ford Adobe don't charge for the updates to camera raw, you BUY an oil filter or spark plugs (and they are not made by Ford either)

6 09/03/2011 - 7:20 PM
By swanseamale47
Canon EOS 550D / Nikon D90

Quote: If you buy Canon, you'll need to use Canon lenses!

Nikon has kept the same lens mount for the past 51 years, so we can use nearly all our oldest lenses on the newest higher-end bodies, such as the D90. The D90 is good enough to keep - without the nagging feeling that you need to up-grade it.

On a more practical level, you'd be wise to choose whichever feels nicer to use. Then you'll be happy to keep your kit for a lot longer without wishing that you should have chiosen the other make.

While the mount has remained more or less unchanged there are compatability issues with some models and all the older lens are obviously manual focus and will only work in certain modes, so this is slightly misleading.

8 06/03/2011 - 2:51 PM
By swanseamale47
Web Sharpening

Quote: The Lights Right has a sharpening tool kit that can be quite useful....HERE

Do check...but as I remember you copy and paste these files into C>Program Files>Adobe> Your version of Photoshop>Presets>scripts............

It includes a Capture Sharpen, Creative sharpen and an Output Sharpen

These are based on the well known PK sharpner and are very good.

38 07/09/2012 - 11:31 AM
By teepee
adding colour to black and white
Or download Gimp for free. Is the photo your working with in black and white or do you have a full colour version to work from, adding colour to a b+w only version may not work so well depending on the tones.

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4 19/03/2012 - 4:38 AM
By nexus7
Nik Silver Efex Pro 2
I'm not convinced theres enough new to justify a $99 upgrade price, thats around half of the full price of something like lightroom which does so much more, and at $199 for the full version it's pretty steep for what is essentially a B+W conversion, even if it is a good one.

27 16/08/2011 - 2:57 PM
By ade_mcfade
Nik Silver Efex Pro 2
There have been some issues reported with slow running (mostly on windows) I have tried it but it's a LOT slower than version 1.0 on my computer. Not that impressed yet but only tried it last night.

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27 16/08/2011 - 2:57 PM
By ade_mcfade
Web Sharpening
Some people favor a 3 step sharpeming, others will just do 1 or 2 of the steps.
! capture sharpening (to replace the loss of sharpening by the AA filter on the camera.
2 Creative sharpening, maybe the forground in a landscape or the eyes in a portrait.
3 output sharpening, this is done for type and size of finished image.
Some people will use the camera raw sharpen as a capture sharpen, then add the creative sharpen in photoshop proper, maybe with edge masking or using layer mast to localise the sharpening.

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38 07/09/2012 - 11:31 AM
By teepee
Serif Photoplusx4
The D5000 appears to be supported but you may need to update the program for the latest raw version.

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4 16/02/2011 - 1:12 PM
By swanseamale47
Question about AI Servo mode and action shots
One shot af, best for still shots, the camera locks focus.
Ai servo af, suitable for moving subjects, focus is continuously ajusted.
Ai focus af, suitable when you cant decide, depending on subject movemet the camera will switch between both modes.
This from the handbook of I think the 400d but should be pretty much the same.

11 17/02/2011 - 5:41 PM
By FastDog
Colour Correction

Quote: Are you referring to page 200??

Which book?, Scott's got quite a few out.
Edit it's page 147 of Scotts the "Adobe photoshop book CS5 for digital photographers" (I think)

10 10/02/2011 - 9:21 AM
By John_Frid
Photoshop speed test!

Quote: For instance my scores are with 20 history states.

WIN 7 64bit
Core2 Q8300
4GB DDR2 800

28 seconds (1 history state)

Why did you run it with 20 history states?? Surely the results will all be completely meaningless if we're all setting things up differently.

20 is the default, probably left it at that.

29 09/02/2011 - 5:09 PM
By swanseamale47
pictures are hard to change?
1. Is it only the same few images that wont ajust or is it lots of images?
2. Whats your workflow, do you copy the images off the card if so are you doing it with the camera connected to the computer or a card reader?
3. What camera model and what version of photoshop?
4. What happens when you try to change it, do the sliders move or is it greyed out?

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13 07/02/2011 - 1:01 AM
By HuntedDragon
Removing ICC profiles
It might be safer to save them somewhere just in case.

5 26/01/2011 - 5:52 PM
By Dave_Canon
Wedding Template Software
Check out fotofusion, they have some good stuff, also the album compay you use may well have their own free stuff.

10 27/01/2011 - 12:13 PM
By XxPaulxX
Ken Rockwell & RAW
Ken is a somewhat controversial figure, he admits a lot of what he says is "tongue in cheek"
Raw isn't for everyone, but the fact remains it's better quality (12 or 14 bit as opposed to 8 bit jpeg) and if your using lightroom the processing is essentially the same. Can you see a difference? well it depends on what your doing to the image, but if your making big ajustments your better off starting with more rather than less.

60 05/02/2011 - 1:31 PM
By Just Jas
You don't need to use special software to copyright your images, you already own the copyright. If your refering to marking your images you can make a brush with your logo in photoshop and just click that on your pics. Another way to mark your pics is to make an action to apply your logo to batches.
As for special software, to be honest if you can see the image on the net it can be stolen, you can disable right clicking etc but at the end of the day if somebody wants to steal it they can.

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2 26/01/2011 - 8:49 AM
By jken
CS5 help
It needs open gl drawing enabled in the gpu (graphics) in photoshop go to edit/preference/proformance and the options bottom right, if it's greyed out you'll either need to update your graphics drivers or update the card itself for one with proper GPU support (theres a list on Adobes site of recomended cards somewhere)

1 21/01/2011 - 1:44 PM
By swanseamale47
Some of the cheap radio triggers are pretty poor quality, and seem unreliable, I have seen lot's of negative comments posted on the web about them.
I would suggest you find someone here who has bought some and check out their feelings before possibly wasting your money, sometimes cheapest isn't always best value.

3 21/01/2011 - 1:36 PM
By swanseamale47
CA Mode in Rebel T2i
The lens used will also affect the amount in focus. Theres a lot of factors that come into play that affect depth of field.

3 21/01/2011 - 1:33 PM
By swanseamale47
The grass is lit from the left and fairly low down so it's picking up the tops of the grass rather than filling in between.

7 04/01/2011 - 4:37 PM
By swanseamale47
Bracketing & HDR
Generally a single shot will work but wont give as good an image, they also tend to suffer more noise. Some of the HDR software will produce an image from a single raw/jpeg without having to resort to making the different versions in photoshop first.

10 24/12/2010 - 9:11 PM
By swanseamale47
The Gimp - as good as PS?

Quote: I have never read as much clap-trap as I have read from so many snobbish people on their high-horses as I have done on this issue. Gimp is very good, it is on a par to PS in many ways and does get the job done and it does it well. If someone has paid out mega money for PS, then of course they will attack Gimp and try to knock it down just because Gimp is free and PS is not! But, if you want to manipulate photographic images and you don't want to, or cannot, pay a vast amount of money, then Gimp is a very good alternative. So please put an end to all the biased comments and embrace a very good and free alternative to PS.

I'm afraid I cannot argree with this, Gimp was a passable-ish match for the older version of photoshop, probably around PS4 or 5 but they were the dogs whatsits in 1998 (not CS4 or 5) it's certainly has no comparrison with the latest versions, it lacks many of the tools, the interface is poor and the proformance can be erratic.
It's not about being snobbish, Gimp is a pretty good basic image editor, it's free and in experienced hands it can do most of the things needed, but the OP asked if Gimp was as good as Photoshop and sadly it's not.

48 11/01/2011 - 4:21 PM
By Jolemery
Awesome effects

Quote: You can't really do a dragan effect with an action, theres a lot of burning and dodging in the real thing.

re read what I said. Tho there's nothing stopping you having a 50% grey dodge burn/ layer and placing stops in the action. But as I said you need to know what each and every stage does exactly. There's no need to dodge and burn on the actual pixels. Besides there's other ways too Wink

I did re-read your post but see no mention of burning and dodging.

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15 20/12/2010 - 12:31 PM
By swanseamale47
Problems with Photoshop CS5
Can you tell us the file sizes of the images that are causing the crash and the the filenames correct?

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7 21/12/2010 - 10:34 PM
By Nick_w
Awesome effects
You can't really do a dragan effect with an action, theres a lot of burning and dodging in the real thing.

15 20/12/2010 - 12:31 PM
By swanseamale47
dng converter
.Dng is another sort of raw file, you might be able to view it with windows with the right codex but your best bet is adobe bridge if you have a newer version of photoshop or or something like faststone image viewer or picassa (both free)

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15 23/12/2010 - 11:56 AM
By Dave_Canon
adobe camera raw update
Try resetting preferences, open photoshop and while it's loading hold down CTRL+ALT+SHIFT, that'll get you a box asking if you want to reset preferences.

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19 18/12/2010 - 3:09 PM
By calmat
Awesome effects
Check out the totally radical actions, these are popular with some wedding and urban photographers, you will pay for them though as they are not free.

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15 20/12/2010 - 12:31 PM
By swanseamale47
adobe camera raw update
The 5.4 update shouldn't affect the registry it's simply a plug-in it should be in either C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Plug-Ins\CS\File Formats or C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\Plug-Ins\CS\File Formats Just cut and paste the 88bf file somewhere else and put back in the 2.4 one.

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19 18/12/2010 - 3:09 PM
By calmat
A couple of questions on displaying digitally
A tv is intended for viewing moving images, it miy not be the best medium for viewing images, you may also have trouble colour callibrating it.

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2 01/12/2010 - 9:24 AM
By swanseamale47
Manual for CS5
Another vote for Martin Evenings book, Scott Kelbys jokey style I personally find a bit irritating, but I thought CS5 for dummies looked quite comprehensive. I suspect it depends on the level your at now if you know the basics I'd go for martin Evening, if you know nothing the Dummies (no offence meant) might be a better bet as it explains things for a beginner.

19 01/12/2010 - 3:01 PM
By Tonyd3
Worthwhile plugins to purchase
My choices would be
1 PK sharpner (actually a script) much better for a sharpening workflow(check out the free but similar TLR sharpening actions).
2 Noiseware pro (IMHO the best)
3 Silver effects pro (for black and white)
4 Portraiture (from imagenic) like portrait pro-ish but a plug-in
5 Bokeh (by alien skin) great for OOf effects.

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7 24/11/2010 - 6:02 PM
By swanseamale47
Batch converting .tiff to .jpg
Photoshop will do it, as said above use a batch action or better yet a droplet. Then go and have dinner with 80.000 it could take a while.

20 12/07/2013 - 9:39 PM
By EddieAC
Printer profiling
Theres a lot of factors at play here, are you sure your monitor is callibrated correctly? what software are you printing from lightroom, photoshop etc? is the printer using it's profile or the softwares or something else? are you using the proper printer settings for the paper etc etc, theres so many variables it's nearly impossible to give an easy answer here.

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16 14/11/2010 - 10:32 AM
By photofrenzy
Laptop in the Field?
We have used them for studio or location shoots, mostly to show clients, but I wouldn't want to lug one around cross country for long.

12 11/11/2010 - 8:53 AM
By swanseamale47
Adding text to an image
Create a duplicate layer, add your text layer on top with the text in white, switch the text layer blend mode to difference. That'll work ok in some cases, but you may (depending on image) have to select your text, switch to the duplicate layer and desaturate the area behind the text on some colour images, you may even have to use threshold on the duplicate layer (behind the text)

5 09/11/2010 - 11:11 PM
By Jestertheclown
how to unfreeze crop tool option bar
Weird issues with PS can sometimes be solved by resetting preference as a last resort.

2 30/10/2011 - 7:18 PM
By StevenJLewis