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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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How can I reproduce this effect I created?

Below is a photo I took outside my house. I was messing around in Photoshop with different effects, and really like the outcome (bottom image). The problem is I don't remember everything I did to it. ...
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Is there a “How do they do that?” site for learning image post-processing techniques by examples?

I often see really excellent photographs that seem to have been adjusted in photoshop or something like that. This includes even pictures that seem to be from someone's vacation or travel. Is there a ...
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What should I consider for cropping aspect ratios?

The question What things should one take into account when looking at cropping a photo? asks about factors that affect composition during cropping. I'm interested in a very specific sub-set of this, ...
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Should I use in-camera noise reduction, or is it better to leave that for desktop-based post-production? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is in-camera high-ISO noise reduction worthwhile? Should this be done using image processing software like Photoshop or the built in function of the camera ? It seems a ...
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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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Is there a desktop application for easy photo effects, like Camera+ for the iPhone?

I'm searching a desktop equivalent of the Camera+ iPhone app. The app Camera+ has predefined effects which can be added to images. Basically, all I want is a desktop application which is able to ...
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How to properly sign a photograph?

Not sure if it should be posted here since it has to do a lot with graphic design, but since it's too attached to a photograph (in most cases) and we are all photographers who want to sign our own ...
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Is there a way in Photoshop to apply a mask to a single Smart Filter?

I like using Smart Filters because they let me adjust things later, and because I get a mask to control where the filters are applied. The problem is that this mask applies to all the smart filters ...
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How do I remove the blue glow that surrounds the windows in my photograph?

Here is a picture. How do I remove the blue glow that surrounds the windows in the top right corner? Here's a second example: Not sure if this information is any use, but the picture was taken ...
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Is pincushion or barrel distortion really all that bad in a lens?

Given that software can pretty trivially fix pincushion and barrel distortion patterns if you're shooting in RAW (Lightroom did the right thing just by knowing what lens I used with the given EXIF ...
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Can the “Dust Delete Data” function on Canon DSLR be used with Lightroom?

My camera is 6 months old and I noticed there is quite a few spots on the sensor (especially when taking HDR shots of bright scenes or the sky) The hand blower does not lift these particles off the ...
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How to create the equivalent of an Adjustment Layer in an editor that does not support it?

As a user of GIMP I tried to understand what Photoshop's Adjustment Layers are, without actually using PS. My understanding is that GIMP does not yet support AL (is this correct?). So, trying to ...
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How should I use Lightroom for processing for photo lab prints?

I'm a recent Lightroom convert, and I've come to appreciate its built-in workflow for library management and developing. I'm still stymied by printing, however, because I want to use an online lab ...
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How can I fix the color of blue photos using settings from “good” photos?

Imagine how photos with a bad blue filter look. I can recolor those pictures with the color filters from any image manipulation program like gimp. Now my question is: can I "grab" the right settings ...
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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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How can I reproduce the camera-internal postprocessing?

I just started playing around with raw images. When opening the raw image in Raw Therapee, it looks completely different than the JPEG produced by the camera: (left is raw, right is JPEG) I ...
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What sort of color correction and effects are used in this photo?

I've seen plenty of photos like this before and I've always liked them. They're usually warmer colours and they seem to have a bit of a haze to them. Photo by David Guenther What sort of post ...
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What settings should be kept in mind while shooting a jpeg photo in order for it to be edited later on?

Canon PowerShot SX210 IS doesn't support RAW format, so I don't have a choice w.r.t shooting in Jpeg format. Do we have some special camera settings that we shouldn't touch or should set in some ...
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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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How do I achieve the color tone effect in this sample photo in Photoshop?

In post-processing, how do i achieve a high dynamic range, but low local contrast, monotone (but not necessarily grayscale) effect for photos? An example would be this "li river" shot, which has a ...
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Is it possible to increase the pixel density of an image?

I have taken a picture whose resolution is less. I can resize the image easily (i.e I can scale to higher resolution) but the image quality goes for a toss, which is true because the image might not ...
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What is the best way to handle overexposed sky in post-processing?

I'm new at photography and I have taken some pictures where the subjects in the foreground are exposed correctly but the sky is very overexposed. What is the best way to handle it in post production? ...
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What lighting and pre- or post-processing is required for a high key image?

The definition of high key photographs is thoroughly answered by @mattdm. What I understood is that a light toned subject is the most important requirement to take a high key image. However, it seems ...
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How do I get this “Washed out” effect for street photography?

I was browsing an unrelated question here and noticed this photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sparth/5730541580/lightbox/ I've seen countless street-photography shots with this kind of color effect ...
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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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What kind of color treatment is applied to these Sean Flanigan photos?

Sean Flanigan is probably one of my favorite photographers. His photos has an extremely unique feel to them, at least to me they are unique. Whenever I try to describe his photos, words fail me. I ...
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Is the bokeh in this picture naturally occurring, or added in post-processing?

Click here for picture I feel like the blur is not natural. Looks like it was Gaussian Blurred with the couple as the center. What do you guys think?
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How do I get this fashion photograph effect?

I found an interesting fashion photograph and I want to recreate the effect. I know for a fact that the pictures are taken in complete darkness using a Canon XSi, the built-in flash, and some ...
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Are RAW files safe from changes?

While I'm shooting my pictures as RAWs (or actually JPEG+RAW) for a while, I haven't really have ever worked with the RAW files so far. When opening the RAW files, and playing with the options, I'm ...
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How do I blur the subjects other than main one in photoshop?

I have some photos in which I have a lot of subjects, but I would like a single person to be the main focus. Now I would like to blur other people and subjects in that photo using Adobe Photoshop. ...
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In-Camera Bracketing vs Exposure Correction in DPP

Is there any difference in images produced using in-camera bracketing (-2,0,+2) and images produced using exposure correction (-2,0,+2) from RAW images in DPP? I'll be traveling tomorrow to a place ...
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What plugin for Photoshop can I use to remove camera-shake blur?

What is the best anti blur plug-in for Photoshop image editor and how effective can it be without compromising with the image quality or increasing sharpness/noise? I am especially interested in ...
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Where can I find sample Raw images?

I am looking to get some Raw images in Cannon- CR2/CRW; Nikon- *.NEF ; or Adobe DNG- *.DNG files. I am looking to process them using some post-processing tool like Lightroom and want to test a few ...
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Is it worth upgrading to more expensive software for B&W processing?

I would like to explore further in the world of black and white photography, and I would like advice on if it is worthwhile to invest in post-processing programs such as PS Lightroom or Silver Efex ...
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What post-processing methods work best to “fix” photos that are blown out from flash?

Even when bouncing flash off the ceiling or nearby walls, you can occasionally blow out or overexpose a picture. What methods work best in Lightroom 3 or other software to reduce or eliminate the ...
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Is in-camera high-ISO noise reduction worthwhile?

I shoot in RAW and post-process in Aperture where needed. Does the in-camera noise-reduction do anything that I can't do in Aperture or other post-processing software? It seems to add a bit of time ...
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What are Barrel and Pincushion distortion and how are they corrected?

I have some questions regarding Barrel distortion and pincushion distortion. Since they are related I have put them in single post. I am aware that barrel distortion occurs more in wide-angle ...
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Are there high-class photographers that never use editing software?

Are there any ‘high-class photographers’ that can produce good results for every single shot, so that the shots don’t require post processing? If not, then is it possible to become a top ...
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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 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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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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How do I get a portrait with sharp, sparkling, high-contrast eyes as in this example?

Can someone try to help me how to shoot and edit photos to have similar result as the fourth photo on this page? http://daniellestahl.com.au/blog/tag/sydney/ Is there some fast way how to do it or ...
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Do ICC profiles support for different color characteristics for different parts of the image (i.e. near the edges)?

I believe ICC profiles are mostly used for color equalization; and I wonder whether they can be used to correct spatial differences within the images (e.g. vignetting). I would like to know if the ...
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How to preserve detail when downscaling scanned photos?

I'm mixing analog with digital photography — I tend to take better photos when I can't look at a small digital screen, unconsciously forcing me to take the picture before I shoot instead of checking ...
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Image processing & editing: what is an “unmanipulated” image?

What is considered an "unmanipulated" image? As defined by photo.net: Unmanipulated a single uninterrupted exposure cropping to taste common adjustments to the entire image, e.g., ...
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Why should my last post-processing step be sharpening?

I've seen a number of people recommend that you apply sharpening as the last step in post-processing, and some seem to imply you should always do that. Why? I tend to discard pictures that either are ...
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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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How to improve quality of pictures that are already taken (if possible in GIMP)?

I'm not a photographer but a graphic designer. In GIMP, I only discovered two methods of improving the quality of an photo: Filters > Enhance > Unsharp Mask Noise > HSV Noise Basically, ...
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How can I make colorful, “saturated” photos like this example?

This may not be the best example but I liked the colors and angle. I have seen lot of similar photos. They look very colorful but not overdone (does it have any technical term) . Any suggestions for ...
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Is there any post processing required for printing images?

What kind of post processing, if any, would you suggest when printing images (besides cropping to the printing aspect ratio)? Would the post processing change depending on where the print is made ...