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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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What is the difference in making adjustments to a RAW file in Adobe CameraRaw and Adobe Photoshop

I have two post-processing choices for the RAW (.NEF) files: After the RAW file opens in CameraRaw, make the adjustments to the image and open it as an Object in Adobe Photoshop, so that I can go ...
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Are there written guides or rules of thumb for setting color saturation, clarity, vibrance, etc. in post-processing (or in general)?

This isn't another "how do I get a picture to look like such-and-such-link-inserted-here in LR" question. There's a saturation (no pun intended) of these questions here. Interesting, but not general ...
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How do objects in the dark come up when post processing?

I took one shot of oil lamps. Partial metering mode was used and I focused on the bright yellow light, as expected the image was captured with only the light and its immediate surroundings visible. ...
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How can I best photograph a logo on a floor tile for reconstruction of the original image?

The original drawing of the local school logo is lost forever and I need to get one for a website. All that now exists is one on a floor tile (low-res version attached) taken with a Panasonic ...
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How to achieve a “moody” effect in urban landscapes?

I have been photographing for a few years now, mostly urban landscapes, among others - abandoned sites. I am not an artistic kind of guy, more of a perfectionist, so my photos are usually as realistic ...
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What's the difference between vignetting and pinhole?

Sometimes people say that a lens has bad vignetting but it looks very similar to the effect of pinhole (darkened edges). What's the difference? If someone asked to have a vignetting effect (in PP) ...
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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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What can I edit in postprocess and what not [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What’s “real” and what’s “virtual” on a (digital) camera? There are some things that can be adjusted in post-production (starting from RAW or JPEG) and some that have to ...
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Compensating for poor air quality?

I live in a heavily industrialized part of China. The only time you could fairly describe the air as clean is the 45 minutes immediately after a heavy downpour. As such, photos taken of subjects ...
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How do I remove halos around a replaced sky in a black and white photo?

I am looking for a bit of advice from some Photoshop experts out there. I have a photo in which I have replaced the original dull sky (method explained below) with a sky that is a deeper blue and has ...
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What is this pattern artifact in a Hasselblad H4D picture?

Shot some shoots with Hasselblad H4D-50 and in (at least) one of them the following artifact(s) appeared: Of course some questions arise: What is this? (moire?) Why it happened? (aside of lack ...
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How do I get washed out look like Tien Nguyen?

Few pictures with a washed out effect are actually worth looking at (I'm talking about things like this). I think this guy has it figured out, though: Example 1 Example 2 Example 3 At least, that ...
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How to translate a photograph into Slant Art on a 3 dimensional surface?

How do I make Slant Art from a photograph I took on a surface that raises and curves like a hill? Example of Slant Art on a flat surface: Lego Terra Cotta Army
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How to make the post-processing effect used by Hannes Cmarits in his “attracting curves III2”?

I like these photography post-processing effects. Could someone explain how to make them.
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Is there any tool to easily blur a picture?

Hey I'm new on that part of the stackexchange and I'm wondering if you guys know a tool to generate a blurry version of a picture, an online tool would be perfect. I don't know anything about design ...
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How to improve the colour of night time sky?

I am looking for some advice on how to improve the colour of the sky during night time photography. At the minute I take most of my photographs in central london and the sky colour can vary by a large ...
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How to batch process dust and scratch removal in pictures with the use of filters?

I have a few hundred scanned slides that are about 30 yrs old and contain quiet a lot of dust/scratches. I'd like to use a filter to automate removal of most dust/scratches as I cannot realistically ...
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Are there reasons for using in-camera processing settings rather than adjusting in post?

I recently upgraded from a Nikon D3100 to a D600. The D600 has many more correction features such as Active D-Lighting, Filters, color tone, vignette control, Noise reduction, etc. Is there an ...
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Does Lightroom apply edits in the order I do them, or does it intelligently reorder them?

The matter of the correct order of applying sharpening has been discussed various times (I will pick this question as an example, but it's not the only one), with a clear consensus which can be summed ...
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How was this long exposure crowd shot taken?

How does one take a photo like this: http://inapcache.boston.com/universal/site_graphics/blogs/bigpicture/2012part2/bp23.jpg Can this be done without significant post-processing? The people sitting ...
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How can I reverse-engineer the RAW conversion settings used in a JPEG image?

I've lost my Lightroom catalog during OS migration. I have couple of JPEGs developed from RAWs and would like to put few more JPEGs from other RAWs in similar mood. Is there a way to reverse engineer ...
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How do I re-create the warm film-like look of the new Southern Comfort advert?

Nobody's quite sure why the new Southern Comfort add is quite as cool as it is, but I really like the warm 70's film-like look that they have added to the video. How would I re-create this warmth in ...
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Editing or retaking my shot to maximize sharpness, image quality, and reduction of noise.

This is my image that is part of a pano I'm working on. How can I transform it to be similar to this amazing image especially when considering sharpness, noise, and the the light coming form the ...
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Why does darkening skies in Photoshop cause banding, and how can I avoid it?

I am pretty new to Photoshop (I have Elements 10). When I darken highlights I find that the sky ends up in bands. I have read advice that says to reduce the effect of this by using either blur or ...
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How would one remove yellow eyes instead of red eyes?

On a recent trip to Madagascar, we were able to capture some interesting animals during the night, where of course we used flash. The following photo is not made by me... ...
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Which free editing program has an preset 'Relief' adjustment?

Before my XP went walk-about (and the hard drive went with it) I was using a free editing program that allowed a "one-touch" (well, actually it was three clicks — but who's counting...) adjustment to ...
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Can I do a Selective Color effect in Photoshop Elements?

In TipSquirrel there is a tutorial on "Unifying an image with Selective Color" By Michael Hoffman. Can this be done with Photoshop Elements. I am not very knowledgable on Photoshop Elements as I ...
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How do I create a vignette in Photoshop Elements 11?

I'm new to Photoshop Elements 11. I am trying to create a vignette effect on some pictures. I'm using the Guided view with "Lomo Camera Effect" (but only the vignette option, not the lomo). I find ...
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How can I give an ethereal appearance to a photo?

Using only photoshop filters, how can I give a paradisiac appearance to a photo? The type of photos to edit are mainly portraits of women, but the technique must also be applicable to landscape ...
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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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Batch processing/retouching scanned film with severe artifacts

An aunt asked me to scan some film for her (my best guess is they're 40+ years old), but my usual workflow has been challenged. Some background: I use Linux. And I have an Epson Perfection V350 ...
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How to I get the Instagram “Lux” effect without using Instagram?

I am kind of fascinated with the new Lux effect of Instagram. I want to "get" the same effect myself, during post processing. This is what I was able to get to, after playing with Levels, Contrast, ...
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How to shoot a persons eye

I've recently seen several close up amazing shots of peoples eyes. I really want to be able to take a similar shot and am not sure what approach is best. I've got a rock solid manfrotto tripod and a ...
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How can I invert part of a photo?

Is there an easy way to invert part of a photo in software? Is there a good image viewer that does that?
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What sort of adjustments should be applied to bring out the colors in this photograph of the aurora?

I recently had the opportunity to photograph the Aurora Borealis and while a limited number of my photographs where quite striking with almost no adjustments, a lot of them look like the following: ...
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How does software raise exposure in post-processing?

Does anyone know of any algorithms or can explain mathematically how brightness (EV) is executed in post-processing? Does it adjust the level of brightness/RBG/contrast for each pixel? Does it relate ...
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How do I make a reproducible effect in Paint.NET?

I have gone through like ten steps to produce a vintage effect (or any other effect) in Paint.NET. I am wondering if there is any easy way to do all the steps again automatically for another photo. Is ...
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Tilt-shift miniature effect from lens versus post-processing miniature effect [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to get a miniature effect on pictures without special equipment? Miniature faking can be done in post-processing using in-camera software, other software, or sites ...
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what does lens correction in photo software do?

I shoot most of my pictures with a Sigma 17-50 F2.8 lens on my Canon 450D in RAW. And I process the RAWs in Canon's free software, DPP (Digital Photo Professional). This software has one feature ...
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Photographing microfiche readers: Bright light forces camera to darken image

I am a researcher and often have to take photographs of material from microfiche cards. The problem that I have been encountering is that on non-digital readers, there is a bright lamp behind the ...
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Can stacking multiple exposure images in post-processing give the same effect as a long exposure?

I like to shoot daytime long exposures, where the exposure time is around two minutes. That shows the motion of the clouds in daylight. I used a Hoya nd400 (which is 9 stops) stacked together with a ...
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Hugin image/layer order

I made some huge panorama but to complete the background i used some 'low-res' pictures from a much wider lens. Everything is well connected, but the image order is not the order from the "Images" ...
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How to analyse a photo correctly?

I want to analyse this photo. I want to know with which lens it was taken, under which light and how to achieve this 'strange' look. Does it have a name? Are there any filters used? Was it taken ...
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How does in-camera noise reduction compare to software one?

Does programmatically reducing noise reduction the give the same results as hardware post processing in camera, such as on a Nikon D90? What is the best software to do such things (like Photomatix ...
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How to post process photos like Ildiko Neer did?

I am shocked. I have seen Ildiko Neer's photos (for example, http://500px.com/photo/12062795). Could someone explain: what should I do, from beginning, to get so result. Any valid direction :). Sorry ...
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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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How to edit the exposure/contrast of two different areas of a photo with a smooth transition between the two parts?

I'm a complete newbee in photography and in photography editing, but I made a a photo I really like with my phone, and I would like to improve it numerically. Here is the photo. I know how to use ...
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Are images like this possible straight out of a D40 without post-processing?

These are probably one the best shots I ever saw using the entry level Nikon D40 (which is the only DLSR I have). While my skills are far from pro, I think these photos are quite too good to be true ...
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Animated mosaic

I want to make sort of an animated mosaic of about 25 photos. Starting from a white background and having the photos fade in one by one untill the entire canvas is filled. Can anyone recommend an ...
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How to split tone in Nik Silver Efex Pro 2?

I have Lightroom 4 and Nik Software I am wishing to create various toning within a photo. What I mean by this is if I have a photo with a chair with cushions , lamp shade, rug etc I would like to ...