Resize before or after color adjustment?

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  1. Zephyr7

    Zephyr7 TPF Noob!

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    Hi. I was wondering if techniques like adjusting color, brightness, filters etc are best applied before or after reducing an image's size. Thanks!
     
  2. KaraM

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    I do all of my adjustments before I resize - especially if it's portraits for others.



     
  3. Alex_B

    Alex_B No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    well, for most things you mention really it does not matter. However you can save a lot of time later when you do it all before resizing ... just in case you need the original size at some point with all the changes applied ;)

    Sharpening should always be done on the final size though.
     
  4. elsaspet

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    It doesn't matter at all. On full weddings I adjust and then resize, and on portraits (bridals etc) I crop and then adjust. It shouldn't make any difference.
     
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    Well i'm with elsapet on this. the only thing I make sure I do last is sharpen. I'll sharpen by different amounts depending on the size of the image.
     
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    Watch out for sharpening. It MUST be the last step before print. On most web images I bypass that step as it halos. But when I send out photos for reprint, I crop and then blast it with KPD unsharp.
     
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    Oh nevermind. I just reread............duh. Sorry.
     
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    I might work differently from others but I do an initial (light) sharpening along with any global changes (temp, color, brightness, exposure, etc) before I do any pixel level changes. After pixel level changes, I do snapshot then slight area sharpen (USM with tiny radius, 0 threshold). Then save as PSD.

    If I am going to print I size and do flnal area sharpen, smart sharpen, convert profile, convert to 8 bit, save as jpeg.

    If I am going to display on web, I reduce size, convert profile to sRGB, convert to 8 bit, resharpen and save as jpeg
     

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