Photoshop

One of my favorite sites, Leanne Cole, regularly gives tips on how to alter her photos.  I am just learning how to use Photoshop Elements 10.  So tonight I practiced a couple of techniques we learned in the last two classes.

Asian Art Museum in San Francisco

This was my original photo.  It was taken at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.  As I was looking at my pictures, I noticed that ALL the photos were green.  This comes from not having enough light. – and not knowing what you are doing.

So I tried improving it.  It was pretty easy once I got the hang of it.  I went to the menu tab “Enhance” then to Adjust Color and finally Removing Color Cast.  When you click on this you get the eye dropper, and click the eye dropper on a place that is supposed to be black, gray or white.  The the rest automatically adjusts.  Unfortunately, my photo went from lightly green, to VERY chartreuse green to reddish to yellow.  I don’t think that the above picture is all that great, but it is a change.

I also brightened the photo  and changed the contrast so that if you were blind, you could make out a few more details.  Next I cropped the picture and added my name.  Just adding the name a few weeks ago was too difficult, it seemed.  Now – piece of cake.  I even know how to adjust the density or opacity of the color of my name.

I’m not very happy with this, but I tried.  What do you think?  Is it just changing one bad photo for a different?

 

Author: Marsha

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24 thoughts on “Photoshop”

  1. The green in the image is from the tungsten lighting Marsha, which is something you can fix in photoshop or any other setting. For the the life of me I can’t think what it is called right now. Isn’t that terrible, old age I think. Anyway, I think the major problem with the second image is that it is now pink. If you just used levels on the image, and brightened it, the original and then changed the temperature of the image, so that it isn’t so yellow, you might have a much better image. I hope that makes sense.

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    1. I’m not sure that I know how to brighten levels, but I’ll play with it. All the images for that batch will have to be fixed, so it will be good to find a way to fix them.

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      1. I tried to play around with it in GIMP, but I think I need photoshop, so if you don’t mind waiting I will have a go tomorrow. I will let you know how I go. Unless you want to email an image, the full size, leannewhatever@gmail.com I can have a go and email it back to you.

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          1. You are so amazing. I’m just learning about noise. They cancelled my Photoshop class tonight because there weren’t enough people signed up! Wish you lived in CA!!!!

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      1. I think I finally figured out, what was going whacky with my computer, with the help of the Microsoft Community, I think I finally have it fixed. My problem when I would be typing the cursor would jump back into a word a had already typed. I would then figure out what the word was and have to delete the extra letters. Sometimes it would take several minutes to go back to correct. Take for instance
        this little note would take 15 to 20 minutes to write.

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        1. I have had that happen in Google docs, and it is SO annoying. So this sounds like a post that would help all of your blogging community. I bumped into some of your blogging friends today as I was out for a spin into new territory.

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  2. Depending on the program used you might be able to change the white balance – in iPhoto that’s an easy first step. Beyond that I head straight to Hue Saturation in Photoshop when an image has a specific color tint that I want to correct – select the green channel and desaturate slightly.

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      1. In photoshop there are at least a dozen different ways to get to the same place. I use Hue/Saturation or Levels the most. I try to shoot with the lowest ISO possible to keep the noise low – if a photo is sharp and a little dark you can still pull a lot out of it.

        Make a new layer and play with it – no harm no foul:)

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  3. What a beautiful piece there. I’d love to see that in person.

    I LOVE Leanne Cole’s blog, she is sooo groovy.

    With my photos, I tend to fiddle with Corel Photopaint. My major battle is a battle fought with background noise. I still cannot technically go into detail the way Leanne Cole does, as I’m a mindless ogre and just zip through all the tools without thinking. I love that Leanne is teaching others, and this is now influencing your own photography, and some of mine as well. These scenes in life always make me grin oh so much, to see others reaching out and inspiring one another! Oh the old grannie is coming out with misty eyes, too groovy, very gruntling entry! Grooove! Cheers,

    Autumn Jade

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    1. So much fun there is to be had! Those were all extremely noisy photos, and I had no idea. I took them several years ago when my camera was new. (before I fell on my lens). It wasn’t until just a three weeks ago that I knew that photos could be so vociferous. Turns out mine are just like me – babbling constantly.

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      1. Just like me too har haw, oh no, DON’T encourage me, you have not yet seen the full expanse of my vast babblicious abilities (hence my nickname Babs, and my frequent moniker, great Grannie Babbie….oh dear) And I too have noisy photographs. I loooove to shoot in low light, and so noise is my constant foe.

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        1. Hard not to encourage a great logophile!!! I still have to write a post for today!!! I wrote one, but my husband gave it the kabosh. It was about my grand jury duty, and it was gruesome. I didn’t know whether or not to post it. It is not edifying, but it is interesting. and I didn’t even do any more experimenting on my photo. My mind is a complete blank.

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          1. I too am suffering from blank mind syndrome as well. I am also suffering from slow computer-land. That one is especially thwarting XD Ah edifying or not, I know I would have found it most intriguing. When you get one up, I’LL be there!

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