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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 remove the hair on the sensor from this picture?

There appears to be a hair on the image sensor that shows up in the upper left corner. I tried dodging and tried using the clone heal tool. Any better ideas? update; this is my best work on the ...
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What is the best practice for batch compressing jpeg files?

This is fairly theoretical, as it is definitely in the realm of "pixel peeping" and is more or less irrelevant for practical use, but with the increasing popularity of full-width images on websites, ...
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Get HDR for part of a image

I am starting to learn post editing. I am taking old pictures that I have for this purpose. I feel like image below (as shot) has a great potential and can look great after post processing: I ...
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How to remaster images from an early digital camera?

Background: I've got a lot of old photos taken by my first digital camera Epson PhotoPC 600 from 1997 and I'd love to make them look as good as possible. I do know they'll never look like those from ...
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How to pause a batch operation in photoshop to allow for user interaction?

Is there a way to insert a pause into an action to wait for a batch operation? I have a script set up to take the selection from an image and stick it on a white backdrop, and wanted to set it up so ...
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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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How can one correct 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 kind of LR or PS filters are used in these photos?

I came across a very nice architectural images and tried to figure out the development process. No luck so far to reach this nice level. Any suggestions?
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If I'm editing in Photoshop, is there any advantage to using Camera Raw directly rather than Lightroom first?

If an image is to be edited in Photoshop eventually, is it better to do the initial raw file processing in Lightroom, or should I use Camera Raw inside Photoshop to apply the same settings I would ...
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What workflow will speed up sorting photos stored on a NAS in OS X finder before import into Lightroom?

I have a DSLR camera; D7100 to be exact. I originally purchased it, because I was fed up with all the point and shoot cameras out there and wanted control over my photos. At this point, I'm wanting ...
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How to remove fog while shooting and during post-processing?

Recently I came across the following problem: I went hiking and since it's winter there was some fog. I took the picture below and wondered how I could have minimised the fog in this shot to get a ...
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How can I replicate the style of images produced by an old Finepix digital camera?

I've got some old photographs taken by a FujiFilm FinePix S602Z. I'd love to stylize new photos (taken by a current higher quality camera) to look in the most similar way. What's the correct approach ...
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Photoshop multiple color filters

Can anyone share how to do this lighting effect in Photoshop as a post-process? Solved Blur image Color filter the whole image yellow hue Add opaque paintbrush layers (with huge brush) for blue ...
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What color corrections are being used here? [duplicate]

Trying this one more time. http://i.imgur.com/TBVIJEE.jpg I like the moody tones and the softness. It seems curves are being used in some way but I'm not sure how. More examples: ...
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Identify a photo filter or a post-processing technique [duplicate]

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 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 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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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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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 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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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How can slightly blurred photos be improved in post processing?

I have heard quotes which say "If its not good, delete it." I go by that advice, but sometimes you capture some precious moment but you see that photo is slightly blurred because of camera shake. I ...
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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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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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Is it possible to rotate an image by an arbitrary angle in Lightroom?

When I take a seascape photo by hand, I often find that I had the camera angled ever so slightly. If the picture wasn't meant to have such a perfect horizontal line (the horizon), then it wouldn't be ...
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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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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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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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How can I colorize a black and white photo using colors from a similar photo?

I have several photos taken in a studio, but the one photo I like is in black and white, and I lost the raw image file. Those photos I don't like, which have colors, are really similar to the one I ...
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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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How do popular free RAW editor/converter compare to each other on Windows?

I'm looking for a free RAW editor/converter on Windows. Can you tell me some strong/weak points of them comparing with Capture NX and/or Adobe Photoshop Elements? RawTherapee PhotoFiltre Able RAWer ...
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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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Is it possible to use the Photoshop CS raw editor for JPG files?

I would like to use the editor that opens in PS CS5 when you open a Raw file. I would like to use it on a jpeg file as I find it extremely useful to get the right colouring. Is it possible?
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What is the best way to auto crop bulk images?

I need to scan a large volume of book covers and even though the scanner (HP) most of the time scans/auto-sizes, many are left with white/grey space on the sides. What is the best way I can automate ...
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What techniques has Jennifer Tibbetts used to make her photos “pop”?

I am just getting in to photography (as a hobby), and both me and my wife really like the style this photographer uses. See her website for some examples. I don't know how to describe it other than ...
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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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How can I tell what equipment and lighting setup was used for a studio portrait?

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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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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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 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 ...