As a matter of fact, all images need photo processing. Accordingly, images that have no photo processing, appear flat and lifeless. In this case, the photo process I use is simple to follow.
In the first place, download the images from the camera to the PC. Accordingly, the processing can be individual or as a batch. Of course, if you batch process to save time, you must check each image individually for minor adjustments after.
Process for Photo Processing
In the first place, the correct white balance has to be set in-camera ( see XRITE for product details )In general, I follow this process. First, correct the colour balance of the image, (see Blog article for information) then correct lens corrections and improve the image detail.
Accordingly, the next actions take place in the basic panel of ACR. In the first place I select the colour profile. As a result, I use the histogram to ensure that the triangles on the left and right are black for the next step. Consequently, the next step involves moving the exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, whites and black sliders.
In general, move the slider right to lighten and left to darken.
Makes the bright areas brighter (move slider left) and dark areas darker (move slider right)).
Move the slider right the light areas dull. Move it left the light areas brighten. Be careful when moving right the image may start to blow.
Move the slider right the shadow areas get darker. Move the slider right the shadow areas get lighter
Move the slider right the white areas darken. Move the slider to the left the white areas lighten. Be careful when moving right the image may start to blow.
Move the slider right the dark area darkens. Move the slider right the dark areas lighten. Be careful when moving right the image may start to blow.
Move the slider to the left and you soften the picture. Move to the right to sharpen the picture.
Additional Sliders for Photo Processing
Vibrance and Saturation
The Vibrance slider affects the intensity of colours. It has the strongest effect on muted colours in the image. The Saturation slider increases the colour intensity of all colours in the image.
Five sliders in Noise Reduction
Accordingly, these are used when you have a high ISO picture. The noise that appears in the image can be smoothed with these.
Final steps in the photo processing
In this case, ensure the two triangles on the histogram are black. As a result, once the adjustments have been made to your satisfaction you can save or open your image. Consequently opening your image will enable you to do further work in Photoshop.
I hope that this process has helped in your post-processing. However, if this has raised questions, feel free to contact me.
Editing in photoshop
Coupled with processing your images in Bridge/ACR, the next step is editing using photoshop. When you have finished processing in bridge click the open image button.
When the image opens in photoshop it does so on a background locked layer. Before doing any editing you must make a duplicate of the background layer. Once you have done this delete the original background layer. As a result, this helps preserve the original image.
Level Adjustment Layer
In the first place, my first task in editing using photoshop is to add a levels adjustment layer.
In this case, the adjustments made by moving the left and right triangles under the histogram. For this reason, move both of the triangles only to where the histogram starts to climb on the graph. By the same token, for accurate measurement hold the option/alt key and move the triangle. In addition, as you start to see something in the image you have gone far enough. Then move the middle triangle to a setting of 1.2, you will notice that the image lightens.
Curves Adjustment Layer
In addition, the curves layer is a graph that defines the image through contrast.
In this case, the histogram shows the brightness of every pixel in the image. Consequently, it’s an indication of the image’s tonal range.
In this case, those pixels on the left are the dark and on the right the light.
In the first place, looking at the chart you have a straight line running from bottom left to top right. For this reason, adjustments made by moving the straight line.
This image demonstrates how the image’s lightened when moving the points like this image.
My preferred way to adjust is by moving the line either up or down. As a matter of fact, normally two places on the line require moving in order to form an S curve. Consequently, moving the curve adjusts contrast in the mid-tones.
Equally important, when dragging the line take care, you want to create a shallow S-curve.
Further Editing using photoshop
Once you have the image adjusted through levels and curves you can then merge the visible layers into one. Now you can perform further editing of the image as required.
Furthermore, if this blog’s raised questions about the process, please feel free to contact Martin.
Cutting out with Studio Magic 1
Cutting out with Studio Magic 1 enables you to cut subjects from a photograph with reasonable ease. Studio Magic 1 is a software plugin for Photoshop available from Layer Cakes Elements
Studio Magic 1 enables you to cut subjects from a photograph with reasonable ease.
Preparing the image to cut the subjects out.
For the purpose of this tutorial, I have prepared a short video. In this case, I am using a couple on a green background. In the first place, the task is to remove the subjects from the green background. To begin with I am using the magic wand tool set at a tolerance of 30. In like manner, select the green background by clicking all around the green. As a matter of fact, to make this easier you may want to go to the select tab, scroll down to similar and click. On the positive side, this picks up any other green that’s not highlighted.
As can be seen you may find that you have selected some of the subject as well. In that case, if you use the lasso tool to circle the stray unwanted area you can remove them.
With this in mind, go to select scroll tab and scroll down to inverse and click. As soon as you do this the subjects will have marching ants around them only.
Studio Magic 1 preparing to cut the subjects out
At this point use the studio magic 1 plug-in. In this case, select the cut-out tab and make sure the promask button is ticked. As soon as you have done this click the detailed cut-out button.
The select and mask process is similar to this. Use the refine edge brush tool to go around the hair and any areas that the green background is showing through. When you have done this just push the OK button. As a result, the subjects will now be on a grey background.
You need to ensure that all the green has been removed, zoom into the image and check.
At the same time to make life easier double click in the layers the grey thumbnail. With the colour palette displayed to change the grey to white and click OK. Generally speaking, the white makes the image easier to work on.
In the meantime, I have already selected a new background of a bar from Layer Cake Elements Virtual Studio Pak. In this case, copy, highlight the white layer in your composited image and paste. You can now see above the white layer a new layer with the bar in.
In addition, change the bar layer into a smart object by right-clicking on the layer. You can now see that there is a cross on the image.
As a result, you can now stretch the image to fit without distorting the pixels. Once stretched you have your image.
Adding a shadow
To make it a little more realistic you may need to add a shadow. Studio Magic 1 can easily help you with that too.
Ensure you are on the top layer and click the layer mask. Open studio magic 1 plugin and click the shadow caster tab, next click the Create New Shadow tab. You can preview the shadows using the preview tab and select which one suits your need. When you have selected the shadow you will have to adjust the settings to get the height, intensity, slant and softness to your liking.
You now have your image. That has to be easier than judging the settings in Photoshop. Don’t forget to save the image.
Cutting out with Studio Magic 1 could not be more simpler.
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