Questions tagged [photoshop]

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What are the key photography-related features from Photoshop that are missing in GIMP?

I am on a tight budget and chose to use GIMP for editing since it is free. What important photographic post-processing features am I missing from Photoshop?
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What's the difference between saturation and vibrance in Lightroom?

Both options affect colors in a similar way, but I can't figure out the difference.
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What is the best way to remove texture from a scanned textured photo paper?

I have a bunch of scanned old family photos where the photo paper has a texture. Unfortunately, the texture of the photo scans quite well. What is the best way to remove the texture? (Photoshop CS5)
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Does Photoshop have an equivalent to Gimp's “Color to Alpha”?

I have discovered Gimp's "Color to Alpha" feature, and man is it awesome! Basically, it will extract a particular color out of a selection and convert it to transparency. This gave me the ability to ...
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Any good tutorials for learning how to post-process images?

I don't really know where to start with post-processing my images. I normally just straighten, crop and sharpen. Do people know of any good resources on the internet for getting a grip with Photoshop ...
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How to get a miniature effect on pictures without special equipment?

I was browsing Behance and came upon these pictures: http://www.behance.net/gallery/The-Little-Things/402879 I was wondering how he got this miniature style effect? I'm guessing a Gaussian Blur on a ...
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Is GPU or CPU more important for Photoshop and Lightroom?

I'm looking to buy a laptop (for a spare) and I'm not ready to spend the amount I did on my first one. The machine will only be used for photo editing. Should I go for the dedicated graphics card or ...
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Lightroom vs. Elements vs. Photoshop: Side-by-side comparison?

I'm a bit overwhelmed by the available options in regards to the three major photo editing apps from Adobe. Does anyone know of an article or site that lists the features of Lightroom, PS Elements, ...
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How to do the ghost mannequin effect?

I'm looking into taking some product photography and I would like to get the ghost mannequin effect, but I can't find any proper documentation. Something a bit like this: Can you please give a ...
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How do I move my post-processing beyond Picasa?

Over time I've become fairly skilled in using Picasa to do post-processing starting with NEF files, but I'm thinking it's time to step it up a notch, and explore what I can do with a more ...
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What benefit does Lightroom 3 offer over Photoshop + Bridge?

I've been happily using Photoshop and Bridge to manage and edit my digital photos. I'm aware that Lightroom 3 was recently released, and decided to take a look at it, since Lightroom has been widely ...
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Is there an equivalent to Adobe's “Vibrance” in Gimp?

See: What's the difference between saturation and vibrance in Lightroom? In a nutshell, Adobe's Vibrance is a "smart" color adjustment that increases saturation selectively, leaving skin tones ...
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Should I horizontally flip a client's portrait?

I have a corporate client for whom I did a shoot earlier this week. They complained that all the portraits were of the team members facing the same way and they like to do composite images of the team ...
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How can I crop a single layer in Photoshop?

Is it possible to crop a single layer, I can almost get the desired outcome using the eraser on a layer but surely it can be done with cropping?
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How do I select an area with an exact width and height in Photoshop?

I want to select part of a photo I'm editting in Photoshop. This area is exactly 340 x 210. How do I do that with say the select tool?
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What are the alternatives to Photoshop? Is Gimp a good option?

It seems that Photoshop is the dominant software in that space, however I am a hobbyist photographer and Photoshop is not cheap. Is there anything else that compares and that does not have such a high ...
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How do I blend multiple photos to remove random people from the background?

I'm very excited about the new Scalado Remove App for Android/iPhone. Let's say you're taking a picture of your friend in front of a landmark with several people walking by. The app allows you to ...
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How do I select all pixels that match an exact color value in Adobe Photoshop?

Is there any way to select all pixels on the current layer that match a specific color value exactly? My first instinct is Select > Color Range..., but I cannot determine how to input a specific ...
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Why does JPEG quality go up to twelve?

Wwhy does the JPEG quality option in Adobe products go up to twelve? Here's the option in the Save dialog of PS: Thats a whole new definition of it goes up to eleven.
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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 does Renato D'Agostin achieve these super minimalist and high-contrast photos?

So there's a photographer named Renato D'Agostin who is renowned for his very high-contrast and minimalist photos, and while I don't want to recreate his style per se, I do want to try to replicate ...
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Applying adjustment layer only to one layer in photoshop

Is it possible to add an adjustment layer just to one layer in Photoshop? I've tried, but the adjustment layer seems to affect all layers.
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Stitching multiple suns together

I'm working on stitching together a midnight sun picture, where the sun is photographed every hour for 24 hours, so you get a 360 degree picture showing the sun's path through the sky. I'm using ...
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Is Adobe Photoshop worth the money?

I am starting to invest a little more money into my photography business. I've gone from a hobbyist to being asked to take professional shots, so I have the lights and other equipment. I'm upgrading ...
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Questions to ask when using a professional printing service

I do lots of landscape photography. A friend of mine wants one of my photographs printed; I've never done this before! All of my photos are post-processed in Photoshop, and I only generate JPEG's for ...
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How do I make a bottle image transparent?

I've taken some stock photography of lots of clear bottles, and now want to remove the background (which is white-ish, because at a pinch I could leave it...) so that the bottle becomes transparent ...
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How can I batch crop based on face location?

I've got 12,000 photos from an event where there's only one person in each photo. I need to crop these photos to apply rule of thirds. The idea of doing all of these individually is daunting and I can'...
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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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Fixing the brightness level in a panoramic photo

I've created a panormamic photograph from 4 separate shots using AutoStitch. The panorama came out fine, except that the left side of the image is brighter than the right side: What's the best way to ...
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Is there an easy way to convert all my photos from .NEF to .JPG for upload to Facebook?

I'm using the Adobe CS5 suite and trying to upload all of my pictures to Facebook... and .NEF files are too large to upload, any suggestions?
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How do I crop pictures to certain proportion in Photoshop?

For reference, I use Photoshop CS5 Extended. I would prefer to find a way to do what I want in this software. I often want to crop my pictures so that they fit a certain proportion (either for ...
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What should I consider for buying a photo editing computer?

What things should I consider for buying a photo editing computer? Specifically, here's a few of my needs: I will install Adobe Lightroom, and Adobe Creative Suite. I'd like to make sure all of those ...
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How do I achieve this creamy black and white look?

The JW Anderson SS19 campaign video has this very unique black and white look to it (that very much applies to photography too), and I can't figure out how to replicate it. I'm not sure if it's ...
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Extract reflections from photo in Photoshop for use later?

I'm wondering if there's a Photoshop technique available to extract the 'reflective layer' (or an approximation of it) from photos of laptops/smartphones etc, so a screenshot of a website/app etc ...
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Why does the histogram of an image depends on the software that opened it?

If I open a raw image in Photoshop and Paintshop pro their histograms and their look is different. However, if I open a Jpeg image in both Software, then their histogram and look is the same. What ...
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How do I remove ALL TRACES of Adobe CS6?

I have been testing Adobe CS6 over the last month and the trial ran out yesterday. I have decided that it's over the top for my needs at the moment, so have downloaded the Lightroom trial. However, ...
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Reservations on making the move to Adobe Lightroom or Apple's Aperture

Background I'm a web developer (diploma) and computer scientist (degree), so I know a thing or two about computers and software. I just got into photography in Nov '10, but have been using Photoshop ...
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How can I keep skin color from coming out too red in prints?

I've noticed lately that subjects with darker skin, especially brown hues, tend to come out with lots of red in prints. When shooting against red or brown backgrounds, this effect is significantly ...
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How to get rid of smoke in this fireworks photo in post processing

This was a 6 seconds on f/11 exposure with 100 ISO. The sky wasn't dark so I couldn't use the black t-shirt trick here. Anyway, how can I lose the smoke using Adobe Lightroom 4 or Adobe Photoshop?
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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 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 can I make HDR images without the cartoon look?

I am processing some photos intended to show HDR and I mainly want to bring out all the tones of a scene, which is why I took three bracketed shots to begin with. But pushing the detail pretty ...
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Photoshop's color replacement tool changes to grey (instead of white) — how can I change a grey background to pure white?

I have a picture (File format: JPEG | Сolor depth: 24): I'm using Adobe Photoshop CC (2015.5.1). I need to change background color from grey to pure white [#FFFFFF / RGB(255, 255, 255)] Firstly, I ...
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How do I correct white balance in JPEG images?

A friend of mine accidentally shot a load of photos with the white-balance on his camera set to "Tungsten". Is there an easy way to correct the resultant colour cast with Photoshop?
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How can I recreate this glowing light effect?

How to have a glowing light ray effect outside some object like in this photo (source: art-spire.com) Edit Using photoshop to get this effect ?
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How to make a 3d model from an object in a photograph?

This is my sofa : I want to make a 3D model in order to apply different patterns in post-processing; see How can I wrap a new pattern around a 3D object in a photograph? The blue area indicates ...
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Why is the range for manual white balance so limited at the bottom and top?

I am learning about white balance and everything related to it. Minimal setting for white balance in Lightroom is limited to 2000K (for example the candle light can be around 1600K). I remember one ...
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How does Photoshop/Lightroom get the Colour temperature of a Raw image?

I captured a Raw image using my Canon 450D. When imported this RAW(CR2) file into Lightroom and Photoshop CS5, it showed the Temperature as 4900 and White Balance setting - "As shot". When I checked ...
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How can I overlap a landscape image into the shape of a person's face?

I want to recreate the effect in this picture: You can see it in some Taylor Swift music videos, too. I'm interested in creating a still image like this, and would like to know what this effect is ...
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How to identify photoshop-edited files

If I have saved an image in JPG format after doing some edits, is there a way to identify that it is edited with Photoshop?

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