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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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Is there an inverse function which will return an HDR picture to its original?

I want to return my original picture from an HDR-picture which I made with Adobe Photoshop CS6. Does an inverse function exist to do this? The HDR technique takes two pictures where there is more ...
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Getting the starburst in sun shine like this photo is from post processing or done at capture?

I can't believe that the linked photograph is without any post processing. Is that starburst sun shine in the photograph an outcome of post processing or is it the result of a trick at capture time? ...
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Which workflow and processing to achieve Exposure-Fusion?

I know how to make HDR pictures, and I've seen a huge amount of HDR pictures. I dislike most of them. I heard about Exposure-Fusion, which seems to match my expectations. There is one photographer ...
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How levels and curves tools are related?

I started to use levels and curves tools quite recently and now I mostly use the second one. Mostly this is due to the fact that I understand the underlied mathematics of curves better than levels. My ...
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How can I get the colors in my photo to look like a painting by the Dutch masters?

I am trying to make pictures look like paintings. I am interested about reaching a similar color grading. This is an example: link I'm asking an opinion about what kind of techniques should I ...
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Why can I recover more highlights RAW files from some cameras than from others?

I have two cameras that both shoot raw: Nikon D800 and Fujifilm X20. When editing I have discovered that I can recover a lot more information from a D800 raw image than a X20 raw image. Is it because ...
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When is adding vignetting appropriate in post-processing?

Like lens flare, extreme high contrast, and all the other effects that are oh-too-easy to apply in digital post-processing, the vignette effect is overused. So I ask this question in all seriousness, ...
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How can I achieve this low contrast effect in Photoshop?

Using Camera Raw or Photoshop, how can I achieve this look? http://www.flickr.com/photos/adriellyalves/9854934404/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/adriellyalves/9764912546/ ...
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Long Exposure Photo vs. Video [duplicate]

If I want to make some cool photos with long exposure times but not having a good camera that allows me to define the time, can I get the same result recording a video and make the superposition of ...
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What is the best way to clean studio backgrounds in Photoshop?

Studio backgrounds can be a pain in the but. They get wrinkled, they're hard to roll in and out and they get easily dirty. Does anybody know a good technique (or tutorial) how to clean them in ...
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My images are not sharper Nikon D800

I have Nikon D800 and I feel that my images are not sharper. My friend has D4 and I like the way his images look. But he always says he reduced the sharpness in the camera. What value can I set to ...
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Gigapixel photo post processing [closed]

How are gigapixel (GP) panoramas processed? I just made a small panorama with ~2 gigapixels and I am processing it using Photoshop of the stitched panorama. Output from my stitching software works ...
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Why are minor differences appear magnified when synced to the same parameters in Lightroom?

In a night photography setup, I took many shots in order to do a time lapse. When post-processing, I adjusted the first photo to my taste and then synchronized all of them. As for result, each photo ...
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What does lens correction in software actually correct to?

I understand what lens correction does, correcting vignetting, barrel/pin cushion distortion and other types of distortion, however I was wondering what the photo is corrected to? Vignetting is ...
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How to create a cinema/movie feel?

There a user on Flickr who posts a lot of photos that have been processed to movie look and feel to them: http://www.flickr.com/photos/djpoe/5549522425/ There's obviously been some Photoshopping ...
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What technique was used to achieve this partial vertical motion blur? Software or camera movement?

I really like the effect of having a part of a photograph in sharp focus and other (usually upper) part in what appears to be a vertical motion blur. I see it most often done with photos of group of ...
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What's the best way to remove discolouration of scanned photographs?

I'm got a batch of printed photos which I am scanning to store a digital copy of and possibly enlarge them for printing. I've scanned them at the maximum quality (600DPI) and saved it with the least ...
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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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How to avoid visual “burnout” during post-processing?

Sometimes I keep on adjusting a photo for longer than is healthy. What follows is that I go somewhat blind to tones and colors. Then, I get oversaturated and dark images. I am new to RAW processing, ...
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How can I upscale a low-res image to make it appear higher-res?

I want to enlarge an image to a bigger size. This will cause pixelation. So I want to apply some treatment to it in Photoshop that will suppress some of this pixelation. Of course I cannot generate ...
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What does it mean to shoot in flat colors?

I read somewhere that you should shoot in "flat colors" to make it easy to work in post-production. What does "flat" mean?
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Should beginners start post-processing soon?

I am a beginner in photography and I have started post-processing. The pictures look better after post-processing, but I feel like I have cheated! Is it okay considering post-processing as an ...
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How to copy all editing steps (not just settings) In Lightroom?

Is there a way to copy the editing steps from one image and paste them to another image in Lightroom, rather than simply copy/pasting the settings? I use a number of presets in Lightroom. When ...
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How can this retro effect be achieved in Lightroom?

I recently came across this selection of superb photos, all with a great retro effect. How can I achieve this effect in Lightroom?
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LED HD TV as a monitor for post processing purpose [duplicate]

Can I use a 47" 3d led hd tv with my pc to post process my photos? I am not sure how the quality will be on such a big screen photo being of some 4900x3600 approx.
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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 can I fix an out-of-focus blurred photo in Photoshop?

How can I fix this picture? Somebody else took this picture and well he wasn't able to do it very well, and it's blurred. I have photoshop
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What changes (specifically improvements) occur to image quality when you reduce the resolution in post?

If you shoot a lot of megapixels, let's say 21MP, what image improvements/changes will occur when you downsample the image to a resolution around 1920x1080 for display on a normal 1080p HD television? ...
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Why can't software fix bad lighting?

They say good light is when light is soft, during those rare hours of the day. And bad light is harsh light, where the light is straight on in the middle of the afternoon. That all seems to make ...
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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 can I make fog whiter and more attractive?

Just came across your site, and so hopeful to save my material from my last photo walk. My Google search on how to improve foggy pictures brought it up. When shooting, the associations were those of ...
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How do sharpening tools work?

I'll be brief: How do digital photo sharpening tools restore edges to photos? Why do they only sometimes work? Why don't they restore the image perfectly i.e what are the limits of the tools?
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Why do RAW files only show you 8 bit of the 14bit recorded?

Following up from a previous related raw file latitude question. Why do RAW files record in 14 bit but only show 8 bit of data? The remaining data is hidden away to the right or left of the histogram. ...
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Is there a program that does automatic adjustment of levels in a batch?

I have a few hundred images, some of them are just too dark, some others are fine but a level adjustment would be beneficial I think. Is there any program that can automatically adjust level, ...
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How do I combine multiple exposures for action shots?

I'd like to create one of those "stacked" action shot images where multiple exposures are combined to show the subject moving across a static background. Here's an example I found on Flickr (by ...
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How does one create the Dave Hill effect for portraits/action shots?

Inspired by the question here by sebastian.b, and the response to the subsequent meta question. I would like to ask how to achieve a specific photo effect. There may be more photographers that pull ...
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How to compare the before and after image in Darktable?

I'm using Darktable to edit photos. There is one option, which I'm still looking for, but it seems to be unavailable or hidden somewhere. How to (after making some changes) preview a source image in ...
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What's an easy way to batch assign (not convert) an ICC profile to .JPG and .CR2 Canon RAW files?

All of the files that comes out of my camera (Canon Rebel T3i) are not assigned a colorspace. Instead, all files the format IMG_XXXX.JPG/CR2 are implied sRGB and _MG_XXXX.JPG/CR2 are implied Adobe RGB ...
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Is there an “Exposure” setting In GIMP comparable to that in Photoshop's Image Adjustments?

In Photoshop, there is an Exposure feature in Image-Adjustments-Exposure which changes the image as if you actually changed the shutter speed on the camera. This effect is generally much more ...
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Small Studio/Objects Containing White : Getting A Pure White Background

This is a question that pops up occasionally, and I wanted to ask it a bit differently because this is an issue 1) that lots of people have; and 2) is a bit different from working with clearly defined ...
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Weird color when dark area is brightened up?

Sometimes I have shots that are not well exposed (I shoot in RAW) and it's really dark. I would selectively brighten up the shadow area. Usually it's fine if the area is not too dark. But if it's ...
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How can I change colour of reflection/shadows to blue, to match the water?

Original Pic: I have taken and edited the above shot in Lightroom to give an evening effect. I would like to remove the green reflection of trees on the lake to darker blue or the color of ...
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Does Dfine 2 have multiple file processing limitations in LightRoom?

I have Lightroom 4.4 and the free trial of the Nik collection. I have 160 images that I'd like to run through Dfine 2 for noise reduction. If I select multiple images and send them to the plugin ...
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What is an efficient workflow for picking photos from a large set? [duplicate]

In the last couple of days I shot quite a number of images at several locations (been to a concert and conference in another city). Now I wonder how others process large amounts of photos. Do you ...
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How do pros manage to make the color green so bright in their nature photographs?

I am an amateur photographer, I had a question how do professional photographers manage to make the green color so bright in their images. For example: ...
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Black background post processing tips?

This week I've been experimenting with getting some things photographed with a completely black background. Following some tips on this site about background distance etc, I came to the following ...
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How was this image with red seats on a black and white background created?

What sort of post production process can help achieve this appearance? http://500px.com/photo/5152024
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How do I achieve these golden/reddish Indian wedding effects using Lightroom 3?

I have been playing with various options, tried various tutorials.. but I never get the post processed image I am looking for. Tried using ligthroom presets, but the result is always a very ...
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What are the effects/filters being used in these pictures?

What are the special effects and filters that applies in these pictures: http://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/933920_650214808328552_285093563_n.jpg ...
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What is the most effective Photoshop technique to remove people from photos?

For years I have played with the various Adobe Photoshop tools to remove pesky tourists from my landscape photos. Some of the tools and methods I've tried include: Clone Stamp Tool(.87 or earlier) ...