What do you do to your pics in photoshop?

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  1. cpimp

    cpimp TPF Noob!

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    I am a beginner level photographer (recently purchased a fuji s5100) and probably still a beginner in photoshop too. When I want to do some basic editing to a pic I:
    Try autocolor (undo it if i dont like it)
    Mess with brightness/contrast
    Try the Unsharp mask
    Crop if needed

    and on occasion I'll:
    mess with color balance
    convert to b/w

    Thats all i really know how to do, what are the basic tools you guys use often?
     
  2. Artemis

    Artemis Just Punked Himself

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    Really that...ill sometimes dodge and burn eyes and use the airbrush to remove blemeshes on portraits :)
     
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    K_Duffer TPF Noob!

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    I'm fairly new to PS as well, but the two tools that I seem to use more than others seem to be "levels" and "curves." White balance, color and exposure are probably what I play with the most, and I use levels and curves to do that. This is mostly when I shoot with my P&S digital since exposure control is not the best.

    Otherwise, like Artemise, I use PS to help evening out blemishes on skin and get rid of red eye.
     
  4. cpimp

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    Artemis: What do you mean by dodge- As in use the dodge tool? I just played with it for a sec and it just seems to make things lighter?

    That curves thing is pretty sweet, glad i learned about that one. Anybody else have some input?
     
  5. Meysha

    Meysha still being picky Vicky

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    LEVELS! I use the levels tool on every single photo (probably just a sign of my crap camera).
    I mainly use the contrast control, burn, blur, sharpen and also a fair bit in the liquify filter when doing people photos. - It's the easiest way to lose a few kilos, fix that nose etc! I also use a fair few different blending modes to give different effects.
    It's so hard just to name a few things. I use so many different tools all the time.

    EDIT: I forgot the clone tool, the patch tool <- my favourite!, the healing brush! I think these tools are some of the hardest to learn how to use and to get your head around - but they are the best tools for editing IMO.
     
  6. danalec99

    danalec99 TPF Noob!

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    Channel Mixer
    Brightness/Contrast
    Shadow/Highlight
    Hue/Saturation
    Curves
    Stamp
    ...in no particular order and on an if needed basis.

    And finally the Unsharp Mark.

    I shoot RAW, so I play with the levers in the RAW developer in Photoshop CS prior to the above formalities. :)

    Regards,
    D
     
  7. SLOShooter

    SLOShooter TPF Noob!

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    The first thing I do to every photo is add first, a levels layer, next a hur/saturation layer, and thirdly a brightness/contrast layer. I don't always end up making changes to all three but I always experiment a bit with the levels, hue/contrast, and brightness/contrast, before I settle in on how I want the image to look.

    After that try adding color filters, burn/dodge, blurs, yada yada, possibilities are endless.
     
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    depends. i use curves and levels alot as well. after those i do color balance or channel mixer if i need to, then some dodging and burning maybe after that. if i'm too lazy to dodge and burn i'll just change the brightness/contrast settings.
     

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