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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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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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Which image viewers and editors for the Mac are able to handle really large files?

Are there any editors or viewers (other than Photoshop CSx) for MacOS that can handle files larger than 30000x30000 pixels?
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How to choose a good external monitor for photo editing

I have a 13 inch macbook pro and its about the only computer I own. I'm very much into photography these days and the small 13" screen somehow doesn't feel adequate to get a real feel of the photos. ...
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What should I consider for cropping aspect ratios?

The question What things should one take into account when looking at cropping a photo? asks about factors that affect composition during cropping. I'm interested in a very specific sub-set of this, ...
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Is there a desktop application for easy photo effects, like Camera+ for the iPhone?

I'm searching a desktop equivalent of the Camera+ iPhone app. The app Camera+ has predefined effects which can be added to images. Basically, all I want is a desktop application which is able to ...
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How do I remove the blue glow that surrounds the windows in my photograph?

Here is a picture. How do I remove the blue glow that surrounds the windows in the top right corner? Here's a second example: Not sure if this information is any use, but the picture was taken ...
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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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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 do I achieve the color tone effect in this sample photo in Photoshop?

In post-processing, how do i achieve a high dynamic range, but low local contrast, monotone (but not necessarily grayscale) effect for photos? An example would be this "li river" shot, which has a ...
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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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Good budget display for photo editing?

I need a computer screen for editing photos (and playing games, but that's another story). Maximum price is around 200$. Sizewise 21-22" would be nice. Thanks in advance, -christian
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Are “Windows Photo Viewer” rotations lossless?

Can I rotate lossily compressed photos that I view in Windows Photo Viewer without worrying about losing even more information to compression?
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What should be considered for employee photos to put on company's website?

I work in the entertainment industry and am looking to produce friendly looking images of our employees (sales managers, customer support people, and so on) to put on our company's website. What ...
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Taking/Editing personal photos

I am new to this group. I am just a beginner in photography. I would like to take some personal photographs (especially of kids). Kindly give your suggestions/tips for making it good. Best way of ...
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How can one determine the ideal resampling algorithm for a given type of image?

Was reading this question and got to thinking. How exactly can you determine what the best resampling solution is? I have a concept, albeit somewhat vague, of what the basic methods do. Are there ...
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Quality difference in editing NEF (Nikon Electronic Format) on Capture NX2 vs other software

I'm a new Nikon D90 user, and i was shooting jpeg till now. I'm planning to start shooting raw from now. What i've heard is that Nikon's camera profile is dynamically generated according to selected ...
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Why do photos look best without any sharpening?

Maybe it's a subjective question, but most of the time my photos look best when I leave the Sharpening slider of Lightroom in a value close or equal to zero. Which are the benefits of digital ...
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How to watermark a folder of photographs?

1) I dont know how to write a watermark, like a copyright notice, on a photo. 2) I have a folder of photos which I wish to watermark with the same watermark. How should I write a watermark on a ...
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Image processing & editing: what is an “unmanipulated” image?

What is considered an "unmanipulated" image? As defined by photo.net: Unmanipulated a single uninterrupted exposure cropping to taste common adjustments to the entire image, e.g., ...
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Can the effects of a polarizer be replicated in post-processing?

According to my knowledge Polarizing filters are mainly used to make sky appear more bluish in the day sunlight which gives more dramatic effect to your pictures. I don't have polarizing filters yet ...
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What are the best practices for taking pictures of a canvas?

Please share your experience about: Lighting Objectives Setup Colorimetry Photo-Editing ...
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Post-processing to remove background reflections on bald heads

I've done a series of chroma key shots of some co-workers for our website and generally everything came out great, except one of our guys is bald and, well, the green is reflecting onto his head. So, ...
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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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Software to auto correct lens distortion based on photo

A photo contains digital information about the make of the camera the focal length,etc. Does any software use this information and auto correct the lens distortion in the photo. I know that Photoshop ...
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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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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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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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What should I look for in a display meant for photo editing? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Monitor for photo processing After reading answers to this question "Why do my photos look better on an iMac" I am wondering what should I be looking for when choosing a ...
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Why do my photos look better on an iMac?

I've been given a long term loan of a 27" iMac. Looking at my photos on flickr and iphoto, they look, eh, just better, they seem to pop more than they did on the other PCs. Why is that? The other ...
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How many photos should I keep?

When I started with digital photography, I used to keep a copy of ALL the photos I took on a backup drive, "just in case". As the years have gone by, I have become more ruthless, permanently deleting ...
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What software would help me make an image square (rather than off-kilter)?

I need a program that will square an out-of-square photo. For some images, I can just rotate, but even then getting the scene precisely level can be tedious. It'd be nice to do it automatically. For ...
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Is there any method to transfer edits made in Lightroom to Aperture or vice versa?

I am always on the fence between Lightroom and Aperture, but I am also thinking about the future, when new software shows up. Is there any way to export edits made in one of the programs and import it ...
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Quick Motion Capture

I frequently take pictures for our Ping Pong activity, but I am a newbie at photography. My pictures are mostly result like the following(the ball is blurry). So I have few questions: Does this ...
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What things should one take into account when looking at cropping a photo?

When looking at cropping a photo: How do you decide whether to crop it or not (for starters)? What things should you take into account - both practical and artistic? I guess that this question is ...
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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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How can I edit pictures of people that have vitiligo?

It's a question about photo editing : What would be a trick to reduce the visibility of the white stains of the skin due to "vitiligo" (Vitiligo is a strange illness(?) that make the skin been totally ...
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Stitching star map images together [closed]

Is there a way I can stitch the star maps found here together to make a really large one? I've opened the PDF's in gimp, saved them as PNGs, and have tried to change the perspective of each so that ...
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How can I link two layer masks together in Photoshop?

I'm trying to apply two adjustment layers to a parts of a photo in Adobe Photoshop. The adjustment layers are masked to the same section of the photo; so I have to copy the contents of one layer mask ...
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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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Can anyone recommend a good open-source photo management platforms for power users?

Short version of the question: Does anyone know of any good open-source photo management/editing suites, a la Aperture or Lightroom? I'd want it to run on MacOS X, by the way, though options that ...
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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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How to remove markings from black and white photo?

I scanned in an old B&W photo that has pen scribbles on it. What's the best way to remove these marks and restore the photo? Here are the examples: I don't have access to Adobe photo ...
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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 reduce glare from glass during photo editing?

I have taken a picture of a person standing inside the house via a window. being outside, of course there is glare. I don't mind the glare as an artistic item, but wondered if there is a way to ...
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How does the Curves tool work in GIMP?

I started using GIMP recently, and came across an option called Curves under the Colors menu. What does this tool do, and how do I use it correctly? I get some good colors if I make a graph in 'S' ...
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Panaroma software for ubuntu?

Software for stitching photos together for panaroma view in Ubuntu ? Any link where I can get proper installation guide ? I use GIMP and picasa. Picasa doesnot seem to have much control in stitching ...
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Is it possible to add a curves adjustment to multiple photos in Aperture?

So, I know how to add an adjustment to multiple photos using the photos => add adjustment menu, and it works great for things like auto-enhance, but when I try to do the same thing with curves (I like ...
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Do professionals all edit their pictures heavily?

I am wondering how many serious photographers do heavy editing in Photoshop after taking those pictures. Do all or most professional photographers do that? Or they just do a simple cropping and ...
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How Do I Use Layer Masks in Photoshop CS5? [closed]

I use photoshop cs5 and I want to know how to do a mask layer (i think thats what i want)? i want to edit the foreground separate to the background and I can''t figure out the easiest way to separate ...
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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 ...