Digital Darkroom

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Howard Millard Posted: Jun 01, 2004 0 comments

Are you looking for a way to make your digital photos really stand out? Starting with one of your existing color shots, here's a great way to create a dynamic new image that will really catch your viewer's eye. By combining a black and white...

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Anthony L. Celeste Posted: Apr 01, 2007 0 comments

Many people tend to associate JPEGs with poor quality. However, when a JPEG has poor quality, it's the result of the format being used incorrectly, not a flaw in the format itself. Used properly, JPEG can and will produce a file that cannot be distinguished from any other format.

The main advantage of JPEG is clearly its superior compression. An RGB image...

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Rick Sammon Posted: Jun 01, 2004 0 comments

Thanks to image-editing programs, turning soft shots into sharp shots is relatively easy. I do it all the time!

In this article, I'd like to share with you some of my tips and tricks for sharpening pictures. I use Adobe Photoshop...

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Darryl C. Nicholas Posted: Jul 01, 2004 0 comments

The new Photoshop CS has a greatly expanded Filter section. One of the new filter options is called Filter Gallery. The Filter Gallery is so extensive it just boggles the mind! In order to give you a little introduction into this feature-rich area of...

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Darryl C. Nicholas Posted: Mar 01, 2005 0 comments

Years ago in the old-fashioned wet darkrooms we used to constantly fight the problem of originals that were too high in contrast to print well onto paper. Typically, slides and other chromes simply gave us fits. At that time, if you wanted to print slides onto Cibachrome (later called Ilfochrome), you just about had to perform some sort of contrast control masking in order to have...

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Darryl C. Nicholas Posted: Jun 01, 2002 0 comments

Remember in the old days how you used to tilt the easel when you made a print under the enlarger if you wanted to correct for some optical distortion? Well, there is a way to do something similar using Photoshop when you are working in the digital...

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Darryl C. Nicholas Posted: Nov 01, 2003 0 comments

There are several great plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop that will create all sorts of edge effects, borders, and frames. But, this procedure uses only the basic Photoshop tools to create a very nice ragged edge. The procedure also demonstrates several features that can be applied to lots of other...

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Joe Farace Posted: Feb 01, 1999 0 comments

There is a popular misconception that digital imaging is limited to color photography. That's simply not true. Digital imaging embraces all the same aspects of color--or lack of color--that conventional photography does. Part of this lack of...

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Darryl C. Nicholas Posted: Feb 01, 2003 0 comments

The Darkroom

We use a flat-bed UMAX PowerLook III scanner for scanning reflective material. It has a maximum scan area of about 8.5x11.7". While that size handles a lot of what we need to scan, every now and then a client will bring in a much larger old picture that they...

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Darryl C. Nicholas Posted: Dec 01, 1999 0 comments

I've spent the better part of the past 20 years teaching folks how to do things in their traditional color darkrooms. But, I've got to tell you, since digital imaging has become a reality, there are some things I just can't do in a wet...

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Darryl C. Nicholas Posted: Jul 01, 2003 0 comments

The Darkroom

Knowing how to use a "brush" in Photoshop is critical to being able to do very much of anything in this great digital application. Photoshop ships with hundreds of different, ready-made, brushes. Each one of them can then be further customized to meet...

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Darryl C. Nicholas Posted: Jul 01, 2005 Published: Jun 13, 2005 0 comments

In the old days we all used to keep tons of different colored matte board in stock to matte our photos. Or, we used the guy down the street who charged us plenty for those fancy mattes that we loved so much. Well, today you can do it all in Adobe's Photoshop. This article will give you the basics of creating an oval double matte in Photoshop.

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Darryl C. Nicholas Posted: Aug 01, 2002 0 comments

When taking a picture of an
object, the exact background is no longer as important as it once was
because we can now change it so easily in Photoshop. For example, #1 is
a picture I recently took of a vase that I was preparing to offer...

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Darryl C. Nicholas Posted: Oct 01, 2005 0 comments

There are many different ways to make selections, each making life easier depending on the image and areas you want to define. Here's how I make selections that involve a lot of straight lines:

This picture, taken indoors looking out through large windows is a prime example of backlighting causing underexposure (#1). The fix for it is to select the well-lit outdoor...

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