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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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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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What do I need to make a photo in French Noir?

What do I need to make a photo in French Noir style? Maybe I am not naming the style correctly, but the examples should give an idea of what I mean. Can somebody explain what technique and ...
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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 do I get started in post-processing with Gimp? [closed]

There seem to be loads of books and online material that discuss post-processing of images and how to do it in Photoshop, see e.g. Any good tutorials for learning how to post-process images? Where ...
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Post-processing to remove background reflections on bald heads

I've done a series of chroma key shots of some co-workers for our website and generally everything came out great, except one of our guys is bald and, well, the green is reflecting onto his head. So, ...
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Are there any tools out there to automatically level an image?

I am wondering if there are any tools (standalone, Lightroom/Photoshop plugins, or other) that can take a photo, look for lines that are almost vertical or horizontal (eg horizons, telephone poles, ...
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Action for processing a RAW file with smart object

I've been a wedding photographer for 25 years, just upgraded from CS5 to CS6 with Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) V7. Unbelieveable difference! Can't believe the highlight recovery. Just started to make ...
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How do I explain that post-processing is an important step in producing good photos?

Yesterday I shot a few very good pictures, went home and post-processed them. After a few hours, I showed the results to my friends. They told me "you did that with Photoshop", as I which is true, but ...
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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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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 to apply settings used on one RAW to a set of RAW images in Canon Digital Photo Professional?

I am using Canon Digital Photo Professional. Please don't give me solutions in photoshop or lightroom as I am not interested in buying this software now. What I intend to do is to adjust the ...
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How to do selective-color in Photoshop?

How to make the single color in a photography to be color and other parts changed to B&W?. Don't know exactly the name of the effect, to be more clear in the following photo I want the green part ...
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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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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 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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Should I use “exposure compensation” setting while shooting?

Should this be done using image processing software like Photoshop or with the camera's built–in function? It seems to me a program like Photoshop could use much better algorithm than what is ...
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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 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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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 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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How can I approximate 'soft focus' digitally?

In a previous question about soft lenses, it was suggested that much of the current practices regarding soft focus involve selectively soft focusing certain parts of the image and mattdm suggests its ...
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What is the Orton Effect and how can I apply it to digital photographs?

I have heard of a photographic effect known as the 'Orton Effect'. Can anyone tell me what the effect is, what its history is and how I would create it in both film and on my digital SLR?
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How to resize portrait PSDs to landscape orientation without getting pixelated?

I have a PSD available in portrait orientation but I want it to be resized to landscape mode for creating its PowerPoint templates. I am completely noob to Photoshop, hence can anybody guide me to ...
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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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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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Reducing chroma noise in Aperture

I have some photos shot in low light with a compact camera which exhibit significant chroma noise, which I’d like to correct as much as possible. My searches turned up a technique called “chroma ...
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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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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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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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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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What is the best practice in using LR/Enfuse?

I have Lightroom 4 and have downloaded LR/Enfuse for Mac. I have checked out the information on using Enfuse but with my endeavours are not that happy with the results. That is I was expecting a ...
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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 do I get such clear and detailed pictures like Aurelie Curie?

Often times I'm looking around and I find images that just seem to have this great balance and exposure to them that gives them such a stunning look. I always wonder why I can never get similar ...
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How do I get rid of shiny skin with Lightroom?

For photos taken with my Point & Shoot camera, the flash often leave people in the photo with a 'shiny skin' effect. Other than not using the flash (or at least moving the flash off the ...
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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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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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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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What is a good, *free* online “cross processing” program?

I am currently using Photoshop Elements 9 and the functions such as Lomo Effect and Color Curves do not enable me to produce images with colour such as this example on Flickr and this one It is ...
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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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How to get rid of dead/stuck pixels in a chdk generated DNG?

I am using a canon ixus 300 HS camera and configured it to shoot RAW (DNG) by using CHDK (version: 1.0.0-1825; latest build for ixus 300 HS). At first sight, all seems ok and the DNG's are generated ...
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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 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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How do I achieve a vintage photo effect in Photoshop?

How can I achieve this vintage color tone in Photoshop? Photo link
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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 ...