Questions tagged [post-processing]

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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What is the stippling effect used in newsprint and comics called, and how can I create it?

I am looking to achieve this dot pattern (stippling) effect in some way, be it analog or post processing. If you can identify this technique and some tips on how to go about it? It has a print look to ...
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In photo editing software, what is a brush and are these useful for working with photographs?

I notice that some photographers sell Photoshop "brushes". What exactly are they, and when would I use them? I expect that a brush has some kind of image to use as a pattern, but what use is that?
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How to isolate white subject from a white background?

I am quite new to photoshop, but I have always been having problems creating products on a pure white background. I need it for online selling, but it is a daunting task for me--especially since I do ...
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How were pictures turned from film to a big picture in a picture frame before digital scanning?

How did people after taking a picture with film and doing the chemical processes, get that small film image to become a big picture that could be framed and hung before the invention of a digital ...
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Why and how capturing RAW image instead of JPEG helps with editing [duplicate]

Often I heard photographers say that RAW is used for editing photos. I have used Adobe Photoshop Lightroom before and I don't see how capturing RAW helps. Can anyone explain how capturing RAW helps ...
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How can I desaturate reds in post-processing using Rawtherapee (or Gimp)?

I took a few artwork pictures in sunlight. I used Rawtherapee's pipette to find a white balance I'm happy with, but the red are overbright. How can I desaturate reds only ? I had some success ...
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What are the specific uses of different ways to convert to black-and-white?

This tutorial explains six ways to convert an image to monochrome: The "standard" grayscale conversion operation. The desaturate operation. Decomposing to RGB and using any one of the channels. ...
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Tactics for judging if a printed image will be bright enough?

I'm struggling a bit with how to judge if a photo will be bright enough when printed, while I'm working on it on my monitor. "Bright enough" of course changes with the ambient or targeted lighting ...
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Are post processing operations order-dependent? [duplicate]

In RAW postprocessing (independently of the software you use: Darktable, Lightroom Rawtherapee, One, ...) is the final result dependent on the order you use in applying the different modules? I'm ...
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What would be the best way to make pictures taken with different cameras to look the same?

I am working on cleaning up an Instagram page and one problem I have come across is that there are a lot of pictures on that page. They come from different cameras, lighting and focuses and I was ...
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What type of postprocessing gives the effect of people standing out against a flat-seeming background?

Below are real photographs, I was present when they were shot. The photographs were taken between 12:00 to 14:00 on a slightly overcast day. The photographer may have taken many frames. What ...
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How to create diagonal blurring and smoothing effect?

How is the diagonal blurring and smoothing effect in this photograph achieved? I know it was taken on an iPhone (by photographer Karen Axelrad) with a shutter delay app. What post process creates such ...
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How important is lens selection for getting a retro, film look?

So basically I'm planning on buying my first DSLR camera. I'm familiar with cameras it's just that I never had my own DSLR. I will probably get some entry-level second-hand Nikon body with kit lens ...
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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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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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Do eyeglasses affect visual perception significantly enough to impact post-processing work?

I have mild astigmatism, and some times wear eyeglasses or contact lenses. I've noticed that there is some mild visual distortion and chromatic aberration when wearing eyeglasses, as compared to not ...
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How to break up an image into smaller tiles?

I have some very big images that I would like to break into smaller tiles. How can I accomplish this?
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Can the date a jpeg was created be wrong — too early?

I have a set of jpeg photos that, according to the person who gave them to me, were taken in November 2016, of damages to a car that occurred in August 2016. The "created" date in the exif data is in ...
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Resizing photos after editing

I have a question concerning resizing files after editing in Lightroom or Photoshop scenario: 1 RAW file of 23MB (a portrait foto - as an example) customer wants a big poster of the photo 60 x 90 CM, ...
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Why are my RAW images already in colour if debayering is not done yet?

I recently went on a trip and took a bunch of pics with my girlfriends Canon Rebel. We shot in RAW, and now I am going to process the RAW images in DarkTable (my first time ever). I have read that ...
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How to reproduce camera noise reduction using open source software?

I have unsuccessfully tried to reproduce the camera's (Canon EOS 2000D) noise reduction algorithms using open source software when post-processing RAW (.CR2) files. Specifically, the camera's noise ...
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How to edit photograph to remove flashes of light / glow / glare?

How can I remove the "glare" on the musicians in the photo below using Photoshop? I do not have the relevant vocabulary to express what this "glare" really should be called. I am not a photographer ...
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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 to replicate the higlight protection of an iPhone using a DSLR?

When taking photos with my iPhone, the phone's camera does a great job of protecting the highlights from blowing out. When using my Canon 5D mark ii, on the other hand, it seems to map a much narrower ...
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What makes this interior photo look unrealistic?

I have a photo that was taken by a third-party photographer (i.e. I was not the one who postprocessed it). I've been told by a number of people that this photo looks unrealistic, more like a computer-...
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HDRI with ND Filter

When I take images for composing a HDR image later how can I use an ND-Filter. For example I capture 5 images whitout an Filter and then add for the 6 and 7 shot a 10 Stop ND-Filter how can I tell the ...
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Changing the brightness of a calibrated monitor for other uses?

So, in my ongoing goal to start post-processing photos in a color-managed fashion, I've calibrated my monitor using a ColorMunki Display. However, I have only one monitor that needs to be usable 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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How do I remove “magenta clouds” from digital pictures using Photoshop?

The camera on my HTC One phone adds a strange purple cloud pattern to one end of an image when the light is low. What is a good technique I could use to remove these, or is there one, using Photoshop ...
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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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How can I create a copy of a image that carries my edits within Lightroom Classic CC?

I'm using a workflow within Lightroom Classic CC that I don't believe to be optimal. What I do sometimes to achieve the results that I want is to make some ajustments within Lightroom, fixing exposure,...
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How do monitor and image editing software color profiles interact?

I've Googled, I've Bing-ed, I've even DuckDuckGo-ed, but I can't figure this out. Here it is: My monitor has its own color profile, currently "eyeball" calibrated but soon to be really calibrated. ...
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Are there standards for 5 star rating scales of photos?

I'm preparing to go through thousands of photos and organize them and part of that is to give each one a rating of 1 to 5 stars. This has me wondering, has anyone developed a set of recommended ...
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What causes blue tint of my photos and how to get rid of it?

I am trying to make a 3D model of a building using a series of photos. This is a photo I took yesterday: This one I took today, when I was trying to continue from that point: Yesterday's sky was ...
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How can I fix an out of focus photo? Is there an app for that? I don't have Photoshop [duplicate]

Someone else took this picture of me and didn't focus. :( How can I fix this? Is there an app for that? I don't have Photoshop.
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What things should I keep in mind before split toning an image?

Split toning creates a nicer looks to even boring images. But only if it's done correctly. I do split toning and out of colors. I don't know what colors to use. In how much quantity. I don't even know ...
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Best way to remove the red tint in shadows astrophotography

Recently I took a picture of the milky way from inside a cave. I've processed everything how I wanted and it looks great on the web but now I need to print a large version of it (610mm x 900mm). ...
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How can I improve a landscape photo with deep shadows in post-production?

This is a photo that I've taken in Ani, near Armenia: The problem of this photo is that there are many shadows, particularly on gorge, and highlights near the horizon, on the right side. The weather ...
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Increase ISO or use Photoshop post production exposure correction ? [duplicate]

With some slow lens, and in some situation I tend to under expose. Situation like action where i need to freeze movement, I use obviously fast shutter. When I open my RAW in Photoshop and I click ...
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Is there a way to use B&W conversion to reduce noise

My understanding of noise is that it's caused, effectively, because photos aren't evenly distributed accross time. So if you are shooting in low light, you get more noise because there aren't enought ...
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How were these photos edited like these?

I'm pretty new here and I asked this earlier but I realized I wasn't any help on what I was trying to ask. So anyways. I'm trying to figure out how to edit like these photos, they're pretty different ...
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Interested to find out how to post process portraits like the examples

I am hoping someone could help shed some light on how these portraits are processed. The fairy tale softness in the skin, with yet the sharpness still maintained just has me confused on how it is done....
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Are there established techniques for removing foreground objects using stereo photography?

I often find compositions that I think would look really nice if not for some thin object in the foreground, such as a tree or lamp post. For example, a nice scene 100 meters away but with a light ...
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What should I focus on when converting photos to black and white?

When I look at the black and white photographs from professional photographers, I notice that they have a special look. Not a specific style—obviously each photographer has her own style—but a look ...
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Editor's rights to results of processing photographer's RAW image file?

I edited the RAW image file that a photographer offered at the /r/EditMyRAW Reddit sub. I am not familiar with the rights of an editor/retoucher and am curious to know how the editing work/original ...
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Should I set the photo resolution as required before starting post-editing job?

My client is requiring the final work image to be in high resolution image, i.e. 9000px x 6000px - 300dpi. I normally shoot the "still" product in RAW image. Before starting my editing job (...
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How do I fix this washed out photo in Photoshop?

I'm quite new to photoshop and I was wondering if there was a way to fix this photo as the faces are completely washed out by the sun in the background. I've tried several methods in photoshop such ...
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How can I mitigate edge halo when darkening skies in post-processing?

I process all my photos to black and white. Although I use a polariser where possible, I often find myself wanting to drop the luminance of the sky further which I do using a Black and White ...
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Why does this camera generated JPEG look better than the software generated one? [duplicate]

I was post-processing some photos on Nikon's Capture NX-D I had taken during holidays with a B700 camera and noticed some chromatic aberration in a picture. When I compared the post-processed photo ...
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How do I create a bracketed file for Aurora HDR software?

I have a Samsung J7 phone and the Aurora HDR software and tried to create an HDR image file with the phone. The phone has an HDR mode in the camera app. The software requires a bracketed file to do ...

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