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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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Use Lightroom as a photo editor only, without catalogueing?

I'm looking for a raw photo editor/developer application for my Nikon D5100. The two obvious choices are Capture NX2 and Lightroom. I'm new to this whole thing, I read a lot about them, played a bit ...
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Should I store unedited/raw, edited, or watermarked images while backing up on DVD/CD?

I have decided to store my photos on DVD/CDs as one form of back-up. I am struggling with what to back up though. The following are the stages my photos go through: 1. Save the unedited photos, ...
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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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Senior picture 72 dpi vs 300 dpi [duplicate]

So i took my senior pictures and it said it was at 72 dpi. My school said they needed pictures to at least 300 dpi. I researched and found out that 300 dpi is the best printing quality. I changed the ...
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What is this style of photo editing called? [duplicate]

And how can one achieve it? Any tutorials etc? More examples here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/altrieri
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Retina Display-Can anyone suggest how to literally make an image “retina display”? [closed]

Can anyone suggest how to literally make an image "retina display"? I think it doesn't depends on the camera. Does their is any software for it? I want another suggestion. Can anyone suggest a ...
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Is it possible to control sliders of darktable from tablet?

I have a 10" android tablet and 15" laptop. Darktable and GIMP is installed on my linux laptop. Controlling sliders/curves etc of darktable /GIMP from mouse is not efficient, for me at least. I see ...
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Why does it look better when skilled photographers apply filters and tricks to their photos?

Photoshop is a commonly used tool by photographers. It allows for making a variety of adjustments to images to enhance the way they look. There are many consumer targeted filters and effects that ...
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What are the key photography-related features from Photoshop that are missing in GIMP?

I am on a tight budget and chose to use GIMP for editing since it is free. What important photographic post-processing features am I missing from Photoshop?
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Brush cursor showing red preview on pressing alt and right click and drag is not showing up in photoshop cs5 [closed]

Recently, my photoshop cs5 installed on windows 7 has stopped showing red preview of brush cursor, when i press alt and right drag my mouse. However, it is showing the circle as always and the size of ...
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Photography editing style and secret [closed]

I am wondering how to edit color to create mood and style. Not just the basics of color correction . Here is a photographer that I admire: Elizabeth Gadd ...
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What is the difference between Corel Paintshop Pro 7 & Aftershot Pro 2? [closed]

What is the difference in processing capabilities between Corel Paintshop Pro 7 and Aftershot Pro 2?
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How to create a transparent clipping mask? [migrated]

I want to create an image that has the text as transparent like this (imagining that black is transparent) So in photoshop I have tried selecting 'color range' and choosing the white and then ...
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How can I colorize a black and white photo using colors from a similar photo?

I have several photos taken in a studio, but the one photo I like is in black and white, and I lost the raw image file. Those photos I don't like, which have colors, are really similar to the one I ...
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How would I blur something out of a photo? [closed]

If you take a picture of - for example - a car and you get the license plate number in it; how do you blur out the numbers? (I would also like to know how to do this with a video if possible).
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blur background

In Capture One Pro 8.x Is there a way to strongly blur the background of an image? I tried using an adjustment layer and the negative slider values for "clarity", "structure" and "sharpness" but that ...
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How do popular free RAW editor/converter compare to each other on Windows?

I'm looking for a free RAW editor/converter on Windows. Can you tell me some strong/weak points of them comparing with Capture NX and/or Adobe Photoshop Elements? RawTherapee PhotoFiltre Able RAWer ...
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Can color effects achieved by Levels or Curves in Photoshop be replicated by Gradient Maps?

Using Levels, one can make darken or lighten shadows, midtones, or highlights of an image. Similar effects can be achieved using Curves, but I believe Curves mathematically allows more possibilities ...
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What kind of filters might have been applied to these photos? [closed]

Neither of these is mine (obviously, since I'm asking), but I see both effects quite frequently as of late. I'm trying to figure out the nature of them. Can anyone make a guess as to what kind of ...
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Seeking a way for “authoritiative”, proven method to prove that two photo images are “nearly identical”?

In usual discourse, when looking at an photographed image (A) - which is a JPG - and a slightly photoshopped version of it (A2), most people can intuitively compare the two and visually assess that ...
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How to remove unwanted colors in picture? [duplicate]

I took product photos for my company and am currently editing them. However, some of the white parts of the shirt look a little odd zoomed out. When I zoom in, I see the following: I'd like to ...
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When would I _not_ want to use the content-aware mode of Photoshop's spot healing brush?

I've wondered about this for a while. I've look in Adobe's documentation, but no luck there. I've also searched here. Anyone have an idea?
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Darktable - How to do localized editing with masks?

I have started using darktable in a linux machine for photo editing (new to it). Darktable has a mask feature which allows you to create masks on a image. http://www.darktable.org/2013/04/masks/ ...
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Is there a Windows panorama stitching package that can stitch RAW files?

Is there any tool for stitching Panoramas from multiple CR2 files from my Canon EOS 1200D? I'd prefer any free or open source tools, but paid software should be fine too. I have tried multiple ...
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What are some common uses of various blending modes? [closed]

Photo editors have a number of blending modes: Normal, Lighten, Darken, Colour Burn, Multiply, and so forth. I know the formula each of them applies to blend the layers, and that's fine for ...
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What Digital Asset Management software supports multi-user collaborative catalog management?

How can a newspaper group with multiple photographers (15+) that, all-together, take and rate pictures from 3 or 4 events daily, manage a photo catalog? I've heard of Digital Asset Management before, ...
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Free program for editing pictures [closed]

I'm looking to find a free program that allows me to edit my images. Ones I have used so far are very limited, so if you have any ideas please let me know. Thanks Rachel
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Free softwares for editiing [duplicate]

Are there any free software like Photoshop that can be used to edit and add effects to photos? I want to create a professional look to my photos.
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How do I improve the contrast of trees in a black and white photograph?

I have this picture I took, and I've never really done black and white photography before but I thought with the rocks and the clouds in the sky, it might look nice in black and white. I'm happy with ...
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Is there a software to automatically crop a scan of multiple images?

I want to digitize my old family albums using a scanner and there are lots of photos in them. Thus far, my method has been to scan 4 images at a time and then manually cropping them in a simple editor ...
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Why is “Equalize” interpreted differently in different programs?

I had always thought that "equalize" meant that each channel ended up with a uniform distribution. However, that's not what I'm seeing in Photoshop- values are redistributed, by the histogram isn't ...
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Can I recover my aurora photographs?

I really need help fixing these photos. My mom (71 yrs old) had seeing the aurora on her bucket list and so we went to Norway (from DALLAS!) to see them. We did, luckily, but the photographs all ...
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Dramatic differences between UFRaw, GIMP, and JPG displays

I recently downloaded GIMP and I am having a slight issue. When I import a RAW image into GIMP, tinker with it (using the UFRaw plug-in), and then press OK, the displayed image (in the GIMP preview) ...
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Simple Photo Editor [duplicate]

I'm looking for good & simple photo editor on windows . If you know the good picture editor tell me . The important part is effects , I need beautiful effects to put them on my photos . please ...
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How was this 360° panoramic photo taken?

I'm not a photographer and know very little about camera and photography, still I couldn't help myself to ask how was this photo taken? I got this photo from FaceBook. Like was there any kind of ...
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How can I export 16 bit tiffs with Mac OSX' imageing engine sips?

I'm playing around with Apple sips command. When I export a Canon raw file (CR2) to tiff via sips -s format tiff -out img.tiff img.cr2 the result is an 8-bit tiff, although the CR2 source is ...
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Is it possible to reproduce a colour tone (of any photos) perfectly (by curves)?

Is it possible to mimic a colour tone perfectly? (most likely using curves.) For example, I want my photos taken by my digital camera having the colour tone of the film-photographs (let's say ...
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Which is the best photo editing app for Symbian OS? [closed]

I have a Nokia 808 Pureview with 41 mega pixel sensor. It uses Symbian OS. I am looking for an app similar to Photoshop App on Lumia 720 for the Nokia 808 Pureview. The features that I'm looking for: ...
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Improve photo resolution [duplicate]

I have an old photo of my brother which is 29KB and resolution is 461 × 491. I need to print it in a regular image size. Is there a way to increase its size/resolution? either by iphone app or ...
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Are there any Android App or Apple iOS Apps that can process camera RAW? [closed]

There are a lot of good apps that can process jpegs, but as we know, processing jpeg can degrade image quality. I know that I can search the Play Store or App Store and look for the app myself, but ...
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How to achieve this effect though post-processing

I'm looking for a way to achieve effect as in this example for my other photos. Left is the original, right - desired effect (mouse over to see, marginally NSFW) Just to be clear, I know the ...
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Is there an automated way to create composites from multiple images of a moving object? [duplicate]

I have a large series of aligned images of an object in motion (camera and background stationary) I want to overlay into a single image to show the object in each frame without any alpha blending. I ...
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Will using snapseed make the quality of my photos worse?

I often like using simple editing software on my iPad, however if I were to shoot in RAW and then export a photo as a png/jpeg and then saving it on snapseed, would using the program make the ...
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Post processing on low light/fast shutter photo

I'm trying to salvage a photo. It was taken in low light with a faster shutter speed. No matter what I do, it is always grainy. I'm interested in how to do this, not just getting it fixed. I use Gimp. ...
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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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Monitors: Dell U2412M or HP 23bw? [closed]

I do photography as a hobby and am searching for my first IPS monitor. I'm considering the Dell U2412M and HP 23bw. Price-wise my budget is ~$300 and the HP is well under that at $180 (vs the $267 ...
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What is the best way to remove texture from a scanned textured photo paper?

I have a bunch of scanned old family photos where the photo paper has a texture. Unfortunately, the texture of the photo scans quite well. What is the best way to remove the texture? (Photoshop CS5) ...
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Long exposure photoshop?

Whilst on holiday in Iceland, I forgot to buy a ND filter, which didn't allow me to take long exposure shots of waterfalls. I have a few images that I would have preferred to expose for longer but ...
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Editing previously-taken photographs—by multiple amateurs—for a consistent look

I'm working with a variety of photos that have already been taken by several different amateurs. I don't have the ability to provide direction in how these photos are taken, and I want to treat that ...
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How do I get a consistent White Balance when shooting different color products?

I've attached an example photo. I can't seem to get the colors to be consistent across shots without struggling to manually tweak each image. What can I do to get a consistent White Balance?