Chapter 2: Correcting, Enhancing, And Restoring Digital Photos

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TECHNIQUE 7

QUICK IMAGE CORRECTION 57

Step 1: Load Action set 58 Step 2: Open file 58

Step 3: Run 640 X 640 Web images action 58 Step 4: Straighten image 59 Step 5: Crop image 60

Step 6: Correct tonal levels and adjust colors 60 Step 7: Size image 62 Step 8: Sharpen image 62 Step 9: Add metadata 62

Step 10: Add copyright information to image 63 Step 11: Flatten image and save file 63

TECHNIQUE 8

ADVANCED IMAGE CORRECTION 65

Step 1: Open file 66

Step 2: Perform quick assessment of image 66 Step 3: Find darkest and lightest points 67 Step 4: Increase tonal range 70 Step 5: Increase contrast in dark feathers 71

Step 6: Paint layer mask 72

Step 7: Adjust colors 73

Step 8: Make final adjustments 73

TECHNIQUE 9

INCREASING COLOR SATURATION 75

Step 1:Open file 76

Step 2: Improve tonal range 76

Step 3: Select yellow and orange leaves 77

Step 4: Darken image and increase color saturation 78 Step 5: Adjust colors of leaves 80 Step 6: Adjust background colors 80

TECHNIQUE 10

RESTORING AN OLD PHOTO 83

Step 1: Straighten and crop image 84 Step 2: Repair long vertical fold line 85 Step 3: Replace the torn corner 85 Step 4: Use Clone Stamp tool to fix beard and fold in coat 85 Step 5: Remove red ink spots 85 Step 6: Remove all the spots and perforations on the image 86 Step 7: Minimize staining 86 Step 8: Make final tonal adjustments 87

TECHNIQUE 11

REMOVING NOISE OR GRAIN 89

Step 1: Open file 90

Step 2: Check each channel for noise 91

Step 3: Create new layer for the owl 93

Step 4: Blur Background layer 93

Step 5: Paint layer mask to reveal background 93

TECHNIQUE 12

SHARPENING DIGITAL PHOTOS 95

Using Unsharp Mask on the entire image 96 Step 1: Open file 96 Step 2: Duplicate layer 96 Step 3: Set up image view 97 Step 4: Apply Unsharp Mask 97

Sharpening individual channels 99

Step 1: Open file and duplicate layer 99 Step 2: Examine the red, blue, and green channels 99 Step 3: Apply Unsharp Mask 100

Using filters to select edges only, and then sharpen only the edges 101

Step 1: Open file and duplicate layer 101 Step 2: Copy actions into Photoshop folder 101 Step 3: Load actions 101 Step 4: Run action 102

TECHNIQUE 13

ADDING INFORMATION TO A DIGITAL

PHOTO 105

Step 1: Open file 106

Step 2: View, add, and edit metadata by using

File Info 106 Step 3: Viewing information by using the File

Browser 108 Step 4: Adding notes and audio annotations 109 Step 5: Using the Save As and Save commands 109 Step 6: Saving a file in a PDF document 109

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