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Post-processing is the process (and art) of adjusting a previously-captured image to obtain a desired look. It encompasses everything from simple whole-image adjustments to detailed per-pixel touch-up work.

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Identify a photo filter or a post-processing technique

Sometimes I come across photos that have some effect/filter applied to them, and I cannot understand/explain what that is. It looks really attractive, and I would like to be able to reproduce this ...
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how to achieve this washed out processing effect

this photo from unsplash has an interesting effect. it's hazy and washed out and has this cinematic effect. I have not seen the original but i am guessing it would be a lot more clear. how could ...
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How do I blur the background around an object in post-production?

In Photoshop (current version is CC 2014 (2014.2.1 20141014.r.257 x64)) I did the following steps of interest: duplicate background w/subject masked apply a blur filter of some kind to the ...
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How to soften harsh shadows during post processing?

Question as per title; how do I soften harsh shadows during post-processing? Yea I know I should probably get it right in camera, and probably use a flash, so I hope no one tells me that. The story ...
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Correcting intensity flicker due to AC line frequency

Is there a good image processing method to get rid of the horizontal stripes in the images taken under fluorescent lighting? These stripes (flicker) occur when you take pictures indoors due to the 50 ...
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What does the Basic Highlights adjustment do, and what if I want more than “100”?

I have some excessively exposed images that show tremendous improvement in Lightroom Develop when I drag the Basic "Highlights" slider all the way to the left (to -100). What I don't understand is ...
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When should I use saturation over vibrance?

In Ligthroom, when should the "saturation" slider be prefered over the "vibrance" one? I really get the difference between those two, and I get that vibrance is just some "intelligent saturation" ...
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How can I achieve this “golden” effect?

I see a lot of portraits taken using this, what I would call "golden" looking effect. I have never been able to figure out how to achieve this kind of effect. The image is quite warm but that's not ...
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How to save large photos with web safe colors?

When I'm done in photoshop I always use save for web to take care of color management so it looks the way I want in the jpeg, but it won't let me save photos any larger than 8191 pixels on a side, ...
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Combining multiple exposures

I find it interesting that the idea of combining bracketed exposures to increase the recorded range of brightness has gone mainstream (known as HDR) to, the point where it is built into the camera's ...
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When should I (if at all) start a new Lightroom catalog?

I use Lightroom as the title suggests. My question is about the use of catalogs and how often people use a catalog before starting a new one. It seems that the more photos I import into Lightroom the ...
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How can I fix the overly-bright background in my landscape photo?

I am pretty much a complete newbie to post-processing, since I don't normally post-process my pictures: if I don't like a picture as it is, I consider it a bad picture and discard it. There is, ...
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How to achieve this effect in photoshop?

I got a newsletter which includes this picture and I was wondering how the effect on the clock is achieved in photoshop.
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How can I remove shine on someone's face in Lightroom?

What is the best method in Lightroom for removing shine from someone's face that is highlighted in only certain areas. I have come across the skin smoothing tool but it just lowers the clarity and ...
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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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Is there a name for the style of putting a strong color gradient over a photograph?

A common trend I'm seeing a lot of is to put a strong color gradient over a photograph to create an attractive background. I'm not talking about slight color tweaks that instagram does, but instead ...
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How do you achieve this brownish skin color moody look on your photos?

I've noticed that there is quite popular style of moody photographs with rich shadows, muted colors and very specific brownish-like skin-tone. It does seem to come from some kind of post-processing ...
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Working on JPEG saved from RAW is this the same as working on RAW ?

I have a few questions about the RAW format. It may be silly but I love that some explanations on the subject. First of all, I know that RAW has many advantages over JPEG for post-production (in my ...
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Apply adjustment brush area to video in Lightroom 5.3

I have a video of a person talking looking straight to the camera, on a grey-ish background (he is standing still in the same position across the whole video, just moves his head a tiny bit), goal is ...
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How to fix chromatic aberration with free software?

Here is a zoomed-in example of an image I shot that has a bit of discoloration due to the chromatic aberration of the lens. What's the easiest way to fix this problem using only free software such ...
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Any way to bring more detail back in the face in this picture of a man in dim stage lighting?

Between the quality of lighting and the fog machine, pretty much all of my pictures from this show came out like this. I do have the raw. Flash wasn't allowed. Anything that can be done to avoid this ...
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Does it matter what edge finding algorithm you use?

I was playing around with an action set that I have that creates edge masks using the Roberts, Robinson, Sobel, Prewitt, and Kirsh algorithms. Because of the differing levels of brightness, I decided ...
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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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How to calculate mean/average photo color in GIMP?

How to calculate mean/average photo color in GIMP? I have some photo and want to calculate average color - how can I do it?
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What cloth patterns and colours should be preferred for clothes while shooting portraits in black and white?

How do different colours and cloth design patterns affect black and white photographs? Which patterns and colours should be preferred for clothes while shooting in black and white?
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How to resize RAW image files without converting to JPEG?

How can I resize RAW image files (.NEF) from 12 Megapixels to about 5 megapixels without converting them to JPG?
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How to make camera LCD show true RAW data in JPG preview and histogram?

With Canon 650D (and presumably all the other Canon), I noticed that the picture style and full JPG processing is used to generate a review JPEG which is what the camera actually reads when reviewing ...
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Map R+G+B+infrared to R+G+B?

A photograph that includes color beyond the usual visible spectrum can be constructed by "overlaying" the image from a conventional camera with that from an infrared (or ultraviolet, or x-ray) one. ...
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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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Approximating a wide XPan shot

Is there a combination of lenses and post-production that would decently emulate the wide shots of the XPan? They look like this. I'm no expert, but perhaps something like a fish-eye and a ...
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Is it possible in Lightroom to change a develop property of multiple photos by a certain amount?

After a long session of "developing" RAW photos I think I over processed most of the photos. I tried lowering the clarity value of some photos and saw that this tamed the over processed look a bit. ...
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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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Why does Lightroom disable chromatic abberation correction by default?

Why is chromatic aberration correction disabled in Lightroom by default? In my opinion, it is the feature that has to be applied always. This is also what most (to my knowledge) built-in camera JPG ...
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How to enhance a reflection in post?

I took this picture this weekend: When I took the picture I didn't notice the reflection, but now that I see it, I'd like to enhance it in post. Is there any way to do this? Technical notes. Shot ...
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Noise reduction before or after deconvolution?

NR before or after sharpening has been asked and answered, but deconvolution is much more complicated than simple USM. Many deconvolution algorithms have their own methods of handling noise, so I'm ...
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Is there any quality advantage to doing dark frame subtraction in camera?

Is there any quality advantage to doing dark frame subtraction in camera? It seems to me that doing it manually in software can't be any worse, and can be better by using a dark frame that is the ...
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How can I make sun beams more visible in post-processing?

First of all, I would like to apologize for anything stupid or naive I would write because I am new to RAW post-processing and photography. During my vacations, I took the following picture (in RAW) ...
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Extract reflections from photo in Photoshop for use later?

I'm wondering if there's a Photoshop technique available to extract the 'reflective layer' (or an approximation of it) from photos of laptops/smartphones etc, so a screenshot of a website/app etc ...
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Is there a free application which can apply adobe Lens Correction Profile (.lcp) files?

Seeking a free and preferably open-source, ubuntu-compatible application that can apply Adobe .lcp files to remove barrel distortion. Any recommendations?
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How do I price product photography? [closed]

I want to know what you would charge in this unique position. location: Atlanta products: various white china pieces; plates, mugs, etc. Photography: roughly 100 photos...25-40 single product ...
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Photoshop - JPEG Image Option - Difference in Quality [duplicate]

In Photoshop, while saving an image as JPEG, there is an Image Option called Quality. Increasing or decreasing the value, only increases or reduces the size of the JPEG file. If we try to zoom in ...
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RGB working color space that uses the L* tone response curve?

There are a couple of RGB color spaces out there - LStar-RGB.icc and ProStarRGB.icc- that use the L* tone response curve. What's the supposed advantage of using the L* TRC over using a gamma curve as ...
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I need Black background in portrait taken in daylight

I want to get black background in portrait and effect like this,check my attach image file. by using which software I can get this,I guess by Lightroom but I try and failed.So Please anyone help me ...
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What, technically, is happening when one adjusts the 'Exposure' setting in a raw editor?

Since the photograph has already been taken by the time it is being edited, 'adjusting the exposure' of a RAW file must have a specific technical meaning (which I have struggled to find) Can someone ...
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Why use UniWB? Doesn't apparent clipping of “final” colors matter more than actual clipping of RAW sensor values?

I've been reading up on UniWB and trying it out myself. My understanding is that the camera (and other RAW software?), in applying a white balance during the JPEG conversion, effectively overexposes ...
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When to use what panorama projection?

I just counted the number of projections available in PtAssembler and came up with 25. Some of those 25 are probably just there just to say that it's there and are not actually useful. Plus, there are ...
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What does it mean, to copy a lens profile correction from one photo to another in lightroom?

As the title says, what happens when copying a "lens profile correction" setting from one photo to another in lightroom? Supposing I have two photos, one shot at 10mm, one shot at 20mm, both using ...
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How do I add macro lens effects via Photoshop [closed]

How do I add macro lens effects like this via Photoshop:
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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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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 ...