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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 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 keep a photograph from getting smaller when rotating it 90 degrees?

I took a landscape photo in portrait orientation. Now, when I rotate the picture into correct orientation, it looks smaller than the original sideways image. I want to maintain its original height and ...
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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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Converting RAW images to lossless jpeg using GIMP?

I have a Raw image which I want to get printed. I need to upload this to a website which expects to be in jpeg format. I use GIMP for photo editing and used UFRaw to view RAW images. GIMP cannot ...
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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 ...
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In which order should I edit a photo between Lightroom and Photoshop?

Quick question: I currently use Lightroom and have Photoshop installed. If I intend to make an edit to a photo in Photoshop should I make my raw adjustments in Lightroom first then perform my ...
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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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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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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 ...
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What is the best lens correction software which integrates with Aperture 3?

I want to know if there are any good lens correction software (i.e. plugin) for Aperture 3? I am primarily looking for general purpose lens correction software. I have looked at the plugin page for ...
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How are watermarks typically used in images?

In terms of visible watermarks, what types and quantities are commonly used on an image?
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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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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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When editing white balance on a computer, should I tweak tint or temperature first?

Changing the value of one affects the appearance of the other, hence it makes a difference whether you change the tint value first and then move on to the temperature, or the other way around.
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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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Why does this Aperture smart album with flags & labels contain more than it should?

I have tried to create a smart album in Aperture 3 that is based on this: 1) It is flagged 2) It has a label I have followed the instructions in provided help documentation in Aperture 3. Searching ...
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Export options for printing with Aperture 3

I am about to get my pictures published in a magazine. I am going send the pictures to the publisher, thus not printing them myself. Therefore I am curious about how to export the pictures ...
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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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How useful is a tablet for photo editing?

I understand the value of using a tablet like a Wacom Intuos for Graphic Design. But with Photography Editing how useful is the use of a tablet?
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How do I check for slightly off white colour on an IPS monitor?

Hey everyone I recently took some shot of a model wearing my products against a white roll of paper. They turned out great but of course I had to do adjustments. Anyways the issue I'm having is the ...
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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 ...