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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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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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Is Adobe Photoshop worth the money?

I am starting to invest a little more money into my photography business. I've gone from a hobbyist to being asked to take professional shots, so I have the lights and other equipment. I'm upgrading ...
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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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How to start learning photo editing? What are the first few photo editing websites/books someone should read? [closed]

I'm a beginners trying to learn photo editing. How do I start learning photo editing? What are the first few photo editing websites/books someone should read? Added: I meant Photo editing as ...
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How can I edit photos on an Android tablet without needing to copy them to the device?

I am looking for an app running on Android tablets for basic photo touch up such as red-eye, color and contrast adjustments. Nothing fancy there, but I could not find an app allowing to edit a file ...
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What's the best approach when taking a picture of an item that's going to have the background cropped off?

I know my way around Photoshop, so simply enough, I would like to know how can I make things easier on myself when taking the picture of an item that's gonna have the background deleted. What should I ...
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Are there any free but comparable alternatives to Lightroom?

Does anyone have any recommendations for free software that provides the key features of Lightroom in one package? The main things I am looking for are: RAW photo editing Library management Multiple ...
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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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Photo Editing/Effects

I just started Photo Editing (Noob). Can anyone help me get photo effect like link1 from image "link2". Any help would be greatly appreciated. LINK 1 ...
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Resizing large size images retaining good quality for the web

I have a Canon 550D camera, with the goal of capturing images of books for my website. When I tale a picture of my products the resulting image has a very large size. I use the "Paint" program (in ...
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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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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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Image overlay and processing [closed]

If I overlay an image( lets say A) with another image(B) using 50% transparency. is it possible to recover A without knowing what B is? Dose overlaying make it hard to extract the original content? ...
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In what way will affordable high density displays affect photography?

The last 6 months have been quite revolutionary for the display technology with the new iPad & Retina Macbook Pro and their 200+ ppi displays that double the typical pixel densities. I have seen ...
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What does the “I'm feeling lucky” function in Picasa 3 do?

I took a bunch of pictures this weekend and then ran them through Picasa's "I'm feeling lucky" function. As always, I was pretty impressed with the differences. Here's an example: Unprocessed ...
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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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How does Dell UltraSharp U2412M perform for photo editing? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What should I look for in a monitor for photo processing? I'm buying a monitor which I'll be using for editing with Lightroom and Photoshop. Problem is I'm far from ...
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Reasonable file size for printing high quality photography as A3 posters?

I bought some photos and need to send them off for printing. The printing company asked for the final files to be in PDF format, so I've converted them using Illustrator and Photoshop. I also added a ...
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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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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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Professional grade alternative to Photoshop

What are some professional-level alternatives to Photoshop (I am specifically interested in solutions available for Windows)? I am not a professional, but I personally find Photoshop is not that ...
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Photo editing: Is it ethically ok?

I am a very basic level amateur photographer. My question is "Is it ethically correct to edit photos to make my photos look good?". I believe that the photos taken by my camera should not be touched ...
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how to cut a silver object against darker background?

I got a few photos of a cassette. The cassette is made of steel. It’s against various backgrounds. I was playing with it a little in Gimp but have not come up with a good and fast solution how to ...
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How to make a image fade out in two sides just like this [closed]

Ho can you create an image that will fade into the background so that it can be used at various widths (fade out + the same color background color). Thus it could be used at any screen resolution.
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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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Why does Lightroom create a new copy of the image before editing it by another program?

Why does Lightroom always create a new copy of the image whenever I edit the image with a 3rd party plugin? Why not just add an option to let you choose if you want to use the original raw file, ...
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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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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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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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How to remove flaws from multiple images?

I have just returned from a trek that I cannot repeat. In archiving the photos I took on this trek, I realised that for one series of photographs I had something on the lens (probably yak shit). This ...
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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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What is lost when RAW is exported to TIFF for editing?

Is anything lost when you export from (Canon) RAW files to TIFF? For context: I backup and archive my RAW files, and keep a separate (Aperture) library for exported JPEGs. So far my workflow has been ...
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Advantage of using External Watermarking Tools rather than Photoshop [closed]

There are many software products offering to watermark your images in batch without individually selecting the images. Is it common to use this kind of software or would photographers do it in ...
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How do I correct a photo with too much blue?

I'm pretty much a beginner photographer. I just point and shoot with auto settings and I have no idea how to tweak photos with photo editing software. I took a photo which can be found here: The ...
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What are the main advantages of purchasing Photoshop over the free online version?

What are the main advantages of purchasing Photoshop (subscription or one off payment) over the free online version? I am aware that: Internet Access it required The "heal" tool is not fully ...
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To get a really good photo, editing is necessary?

I'm a beginner photographer and would like to know that how to get a really good photo, is the photo editing necessary? Suppose I would like to participate in the photo contest although I have shot a ...
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How do I digitally post process Moon photos?

I've created a few photos of the Moon using a Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope and a DSLR. I've tried different ISO settings, shutter speed, bracketing to find the best settings. Here I show a (reduced ...
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In Lightroom 3, what is the difference between exposure and brightness?

What's the difference between adjusting a photo's exposure versus its brightness? I created a virtual copy of a photo. The original's exposure was increased 1 stop. The other got an increase in ...
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How can I remove the background of a photo using GIMP?

Sometimes it happens that I would like to extract a person from a photo and remove the background. How can I do it with GIMP? Every attempt that I made gave me very bad results. Can you give me some ...
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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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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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What is the standard name of the effect used in this image?

I need to make something similar to the poster on this site. Does anyone have any references on how can I go about achieving something of this kind in Adobe Photoshop or GIMP?
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Can someone identify this particular photo effect? [closed]

I've included an album with three picture which have a particular effect that I see everywhere and I just wondered how you do it! the last picture in the album doesn't have the effect do you can see ...
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How to change a single setting across multiple images in Canon DPP?

I am using Canon Digital Photo Professional to process a large quantity of images I took in an event. After some work on individual pictures, I realized that merely all of them will benefit from ...
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How do I fix blown out part of a picture on Photoshop?

When the following picture was taken, there was a chandelier casting light on the left side of the man's face. I would like to even out the lighting so that it appears consistent with the right side ...
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Why can't I view an edited image on my camera?

This question is an extension of How can I copy images to my camera for viewing?. When I take a picture on my camera, edit it on my computer, and send it back to my camera, my camera cannot display ...
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Advice on composition and editing of the following picture [closed]

I'm new to photography (as in I just borrowed my first DSLR 2 days ago), I'm in the "read something new and go apply it in the field" phase. Yesterday walking home from work, I saw an interesting ...
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Why are my images being cropped by a photo printing kiosk?

I've edited my pictures and went to print some of them off and burn them to a disc at a Kodak kiosk, and it is cutting off my pictures. Do I need to change format, or what else might be wrong?
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Lightroom Multi-Catalog Syncing/Management [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the best way to synchronize Adobe Lightroom databases between two computers? I'm looking for an application to manage multiple Lightroom catalogs for me - I ...