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Old October 9th, 2009, 04:50 PM   #1
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Making ugly pictures pretty

Alot of poeple like taking pictues. They have nice locations everything is right, but the picture is Ugly, and blame it oh the camera.. haha.

I’m here to help all of those (like my self) that don’t have a nice expensive camera. And for those with the nice camera, this will make some pictures even better. IMO. So the is my solution to my crappy pictures that I take with my point and shot Nikon coolpix.. haha. Or something me cell phone pics..



This is the most recent picture I took..




once you have the picture you want, you open it in photoshop (I have CS2 at Work, so that’s what I’m using)the fist thing I suggest is mess with the Levels (some people skip the Levels. But I like working with them)…




but wait… not from up there… do it from your layers pallette.






now, the only thing you are going to mess with is the input setting, don’t go overboard, just make the darks a bit closer in as well as the lights.. this will bring in some contrast to your picture.





okay, now its time for some curves






I work with print so I use the CMYK mode; either RGB or CMYK is fine.
What you want to go is get the dark eyedropper tool and chose the part that should be the darkest part of the picture
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Now chose the light eyedropper tool and chose the part that should be whitest in the picture





now select the individual channel on top




each picture is different, and each settings should be too, what you want to do is try to eight make the picture warmer, or cool it down.
Play around with each and figure out what is best. You can always go back to corrected. Don’t go overboard with the curves… they shouldn’t be far out from the original line.








Now what we figure where we wanted the settings to be you should be about finish, you can go to the layers pallet and turn of the curves to see the difference.

For some, you may be finish, for me… I don’t like strong colors. So I usually tone them down with saturation




I just tone it down a bit.

Now you can actually see the difference and can have that nice picture with out the GOOD camera.
(you can even improve cell phone shots)
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Old October 9th, 2009, 04:52 PM   #2
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***excuse me mods, i'll make the pictures smaller when i get home...

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good job on the walk through man, I always do the levels but I was wondering why you did it from the tab rather then the drop down menu?
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if you do it from the drop down manu you are not able to go back and fix it.. so when you make a leyer.. you can go back and mess with it even more, it helps alot when you work in layers and the original doen't get hurt..
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oh yaa???? look at what i can do


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nice work man, the enrich in color is a nice touch. I might say it is a little to red but that might just be because the gutter is red idk, but Great job !
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oic, it might be easier to read if the pics were smaller...
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awesome write up david. ima put it to use now.
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oh yaa???? look at what i can do

no need to repost picture
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lol nice work man, the enrich in color is a nice touch. I might say it is a little to red but that might just be because the gutter is red idk, but Great job !
yeah it is a bit red, IDK.. but i got use to working with print that so i'm more into how it would look printed out then on the screen...

remember though.. every picture is different though.. lol


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oic, it might be easier to read if the pics were smaller...
yeah.. especially that my destop wall paper is white.. i'll fix it as soon as i get home.. haha.


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awesome write up david. ima put it to use now.
yeah i did this cuz of you chad.. haha
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I have CS4 and i cant get the levels to show up in the layers box, any ideas?
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I have CS4 and i cant get the levels to show up in the layers box, any ideas?
are you chosing it from the adjustment leyers.. at the bottom of your layers pallette?
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ahh I was clicking the wrong button
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Photoshop noob here.. informative read, thanks for the write-up!
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good info thank u sen-se
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another PS n00b thanking for this great writeup!!
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