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Photographic editing is the process of reworking an original photo, either produced by film or digital, to create the artistic vision of the photographer.

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Free Batch Photo Watermaker?

I want to place a small logo in the bottom of about 100 images at onces. Is there a cool, free and easy program I can download where I can do this? I basically want to place a signature watermark in ...
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Comparing 1:1 zoom on a 27“ screen at 2560 x 1440 vs 22” screen at 1680 x 1050

When using Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom for example, and zooming the photo at 1:1 ratio, when you work on a 22" screen at 1680 x 1050, there is an great inside zoom. On such a screen the pixel are ...
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What should I consider when designing my physical environment for photo editing?

I am in the process of building a controlled environment in which to edit photos. Other questions have addressed the gamut, the monitor and color calibration, but for the most accurate display of ...
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How do I adjust colour casts between photos taken at different times?

I have several photos of similar subjects on the same background. As they were taken outside at different times, the lighting conditions are different, and so the colours in the photos aren't ...
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How to select children from a complex background?

I am trying to figure out how to select a group of children from the background. The image below is not the one I am using, but it is similar in that there is no clear distinction between the children ...
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How to identify photoshop-edited files

If I have saved an image in JPG format after doing some edits, is there a way to identify that it is edited with Photoshop?
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Should I save an image as png, jpeg or bmp?

If I edit an image file using some application like Gimp, Photoshop or MSPaint, while saving I will be asked to select the required file-format. There are different formats available, the common ones ...
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How does one get these HDR effects?

While I'm not a big fan of HDR images that hase been pushed over-the-top, I must admit that most of the images found on this Flickr site strike a good balance between very vivid colors and a "natural" ...
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How can I reproduce this effect I created?

Below is a photo I took outside my house. I was messing around in Photoshop with different effects, and really like the outcome (bottom image). The problem is I don't remember everything I did to it. ...
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Why does opening photos in Windows preview result in a yellowish tint?

I have a weird case wich I expect someone can solve. I have edited some photos in Lightroom and exported them to Flickr. When I download them in another computer and open them in the Windows Preview ...
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How to Bulk-Crop many images whitespace?

I want to crop the white space in 300 pictures Is there any software out there that does it?
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How much of a good fashion or surreal photo is post-production?

I tend to like photos that look dramatic or otherworldly (particularly when capturing things that may actually be fairly mundane). Aside from obvious things like air-brushing or photo-manipulations ...
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How do I tile pictures in a grid?

This is a very basic question I know. But how do I tile pictures in a grid? Like, I have 6 pictures all with the exact same dimensions, and I want to tile them in a 2 row, 3 column grid. I have been ...
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What photography workflow software can be kept on a central server?

At my company we do a lot of photo shoots for our products, at the moment we just organize the photo per photo shoot but with this system its hard to recover a photo of a product, you have to go over ...
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Resource for guidance on achieving specific styles and 'looks' independent of software

Lately I've found that I can usually capture the image the way I envision it as far as exposure and composition but I begin to flail around in getting it from RAW file or negative/transparency to ...
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Ideas to make a great wall paper

I have few photos in portrait mode. I wish to make a good wallpaper by removing the background and applying various photoshop techniques. Can you please suggest me few tutorials or ideas to make a ...
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What laptop specs are important for intensive image editing work?

How important is the following in purchasing a laptop that will be used for image editing: processor speed amount of RAM integrated vs. dedicated graphics card HD speed (SSD; or 5400/7200/10000 rpm) ...
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What open source software for auto-alignment of photographs?

Do you know any open source tool to automatically align images, similar to the auto align feature in Photoshop?
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What software do I use to remove part of a photo and blend that space?

I have a picture of a very old house but there's a real estate sign in the yard. What software would I use to remove that sign and blend the background? I really don't want to purchase anthing ...
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How can I get accurate photo colors on a laptop screen?

My editing mainly involves these things: Adjusting the colors, white balance , brightness (slightly , to get that subtle combination) Cropping of the images. I have recently bought a laptop and I ...
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How to create a photo mosaic?

Hi i am new to photography, i have a pic of my friend's which i would like to make it special. I would like to combine his 20 to 30 pics to form his face or any other nice pic of his. What software ...
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How do you mark a photo as complete and done with edits in Aperture?

I love Apple Aperture, but it seems to be missing a very important function I strive for. I want to be able to lock a photo, meaning once locked I can no longer make changes to that photo. In ...
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Recommendations for Photo Editing/Organization Software?

I have a MacBook Pro, while my wife has a PC. We have a NAS device on our network where we store all of our pictures. This gives us the ability to both view our photos from one simple location, ...
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Printing out a photo taken in Landscape, in Portrait

I have a selection of photos on my PC that were taken in Landscape, but I want to make Portrait. The reason for this is so they can fit Portrait slots in a multi picture frame. I have chosen these ...
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Small Studio/Objects Containing White : Getting A Pure White Background

This is a question that pops up occasionally, and I wanted to ask it a bit differently because this is an issue 1) that lots of people have; and 2) is a bit different from working with clearly defined ...
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Are there any general rules to prepare a picture for print?

Today I went to the photo shop to print some pictures. Before that, I checked them and they seemed ok. (Not under/overexposed, good contrast). However, when I got them printed, some of them were ...
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Can I batch process Nikon RAW (.nef) files to make them look like the camera's jpg compression?

I normally shoot my D80 in JPG mode, because I like the way the JPGs end up looking, and I have had a hard time manually processing the .nef files to look as nice to my eye. Sometimes the image ...
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How to adjust high contrast edges in Aperture 3

I am working on this photo in Aperture 3 (this is a partial area of the shot). It's a night shot with a 30s shutter speed, so there are areas, namely above the roof that are blown out. This compared ...
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Is there an “Exposure” setting In GIMP comparable to that in Photoshop's Image Adjustments?

In Photoshop, there is an Exposure feature in Image-Adjustments-Exposure which changes the image as if you actually changed the shutter speed on the camera. This effect is generally much more ...
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What are the disadvantages of focus stacking?

Taking a few landscape shots and was wondering how you would make both the front and back of the photos sharper. Came across Focus Stacking but my biggest concern right now is the quality of the ...
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Has anyone used Alien Skin Bokeh?

I was wondering if anyone has had experience with using the Alien Skin Bokeh application. Is it worthwhile, or it gimmicky? Thanks!
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Calibrating monitor for editing photos for publishing on web [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What software shows the most accurate version of a photograph for web viewing? I have a bunch of photos taken in rather difficult lighting conditions and I am trying to ...
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How to achieve Japanese-painting like effect with Gimp?

In a recent blog post Trey Ratcliff shares the following picture: About the processing he says: To achieve it [...], you can duplicate the layer then do some extreme sharpening and a black and ...
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How necessary is accurate masking while editing an image?

I'm editing an image of a bronze statue of a horse and rider shot against the sky. The image is excessively blue of course and I want to mask out the statue so I can edit this spearately from the sky. ...
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What are the rules for editing a photo?

I just got a comment that I must edit my photo. God know how many hours I have spent editing my photos. Thus I was a little bit surprised. It was explained that there are certain rules when doing ...
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How were these portrait photos edited to get this look?

3 photos, and I realize perhaps 3 different techniques, but all of them are producing some sort of "unreal" look I don't know how to describe and a skin texture in the 3rd photo (how3.jpg) that I ...
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Is rotation an intrinsic lossy operation (for angles not multiple of 90 degrees)?

mattdm's statement "that blur is largely reversible if you do the exact same thing in reverse" raised the question in my mind. The rotation is a geometric transformation of the image that consist of a ...
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Where lays the border between correcting photo and creating a new one using PC?

There are two physical different steps on creating the photo: Actual shooting (including preparing to shooting) Post processing on PC (all what starts after downloading the photo to PC) On the ...
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Photo editor to automatically detect image face and plant another image on top

I have created a video and exported it as individual photos. I currently have around 200 of them. I am looking for an editing tool that will automatically detect the face in each image and apply an ...
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Expanding a bokeh background using the clone stamp and other tools

I want to expand this image to the right using Photoshop Elements: So far, the results are not that impressive. I copy/pasted bits of the image and tried various things with the clone stamp and ...
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How do I prevent / fix out of square images?

I took photos of a lot of different framed art pieces that I wish to sell. The frames of these art pieces are either square or rectangular. In my images, the top of the frame appears to be wider than ...
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What does the under/overexposure warning mean in image editing software?

We all know exposure warnings that a digital camera offers: If shows which parts are so bright or dark that there's no more distinction towards even brighter or darker areas possible. Meaning that ...
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Is it better to edit photos with a high pixel per inch monitor?

Title says it all Is it better to edit photos with a high pixel per inch (PPI) monitor or is a bigger monitor better? eg. My current monitor Panel Size: 23.6“ Wide Screen True Resolution: 1920X1080 ...
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Will software make a bigger difference in the quality of my work than more hardware?

The photography budget genie took a **** on my driveway so now I have some money to spend on gear. The only thing that is stopping me is that I am wondering whether it would be more worthwhile to ...
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Best Android photo editing apps?

What are the best photo editing applications for an Android camera phone such as the Nexus One, Droid, Droid Incredible, HTC Evo, etc... Please list the advantages or disadvantages of the application ...
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Is there any Linux software that can import picasa.ini edits?

I accumulated years of edits over my photographs in Picasa. Picasa works as a non-destructive editor, so it doesn't change the original files but saves all modifications in its database and in ...
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Why is Camera RAW changing my original raw file?

I opened a RAW image in Adobe Camera Raw, did some cropping and colour adjustments, and then opened it in Photoshop to work on it further. When i returned to Bridge, I realised that the original RAW ...
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Resize to the photo.stackexchange.com header photo size with Lightroom

I want to submit a photo to the photo.stackoverflow.com header thread (like here). They ask for a specific image size (375x210). Is there an easy way to resize and crop an image to this size using ...
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What are the advantages of online photo editors like picnik.com?

Why do you use online photo editors like picnik.com instead of desktop software? Note: Google have recently announced that as of April 19, 2012, picnik will be discontinued.
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What is the best method to extract a subject from a Greenscreen?

I am searching for a better method to cut people out of my greenscreen backdrop ... The main problem is the hair ... Actually I use the freeware Easygreenscreen Photoshop action I also know the ...