Digital Darkroom

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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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Frances E. Schultz Posted: Sep 01, 2003 0 comments

Most printers strive to make fine prints. Some succeed while others fail. The road to success does not start in the darkroom; it starts before you ever press the shutter release.
A fine print can be of any subject. The single most important key to...

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

As some of you may already know, when you install Photoshop not all of the application is immediately loaded. There are many features and options that require further attention to become accessible. Photoshop "Styles" is one of those...

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Jay Abend Posted: Sep 01, 2003 0 comments

How important are your negatives and transparencies? Do you have them neatly arranged in archival pages, or strewn all over your living room floor? Even if you're not a terribly organized person you realize the importance of the processed film...

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Uwe Steinmueller Posted: Aug 01, 2003 0 comments

The Raw Deal

The most common image format use these days with digital cameras is the JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) format. The obvious limitation of JPEG is that it is most often used for its excellent but lossy compression format...

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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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David B. Brooks Posted: Jul 01, 2003 0 comments

Making Digital Photos Sing

Photoshop, in one version or another, is the image-editing application of choice by the majority of photographers. Although it can work miracles with images, the quality and effectiveness of the result is in large part due to what is done initially when...

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David B. Brooks Posted: Apr 01, 2003 0 comments

Toward The Perfect Print

No doubt many of you found a digital camera and printer under your tree this year. If it's the first time you've made a digital photo print, the chances are you'll obtain a quite...

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Steve Bedell Posted: Mar 01, 2003 0 comments

Infinite Backgrounds

About 15 years ago I bought a front projection system for my studio. The way it works is something like this: You pop a slide into the projector and it shows up on the background screen. Put your subject in...

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

In color photography there are six photographic colors (red, green, blue, cyan, magenta, and yellow) plus density and contrast. In order to look at a print and correctly identify what might be wrong with the color balance it is necessary...

Joe Farace Posted: Mar 01, 2003 0 comments

Photoshop Power Tools

You can build a house with hand tools but it'll go much faster if you use more power. I believe in using power tools for digital imaging, and, for me, the digital equivalent is Photoshop plug-ins. You...

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David B. Brooks Posted: Feb 01, 2003 0 comments

Is Your Computer Set Up For Digital Photography?

If "Steven" finally got to you and you have a new computer, is it ready for use as a digital darkroom? With rare exception the answer to that question is a resounding no. The reason...

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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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David B. Brooks Posted: Sep 01, 2002 0 comments

Scanner software driver pre-scan tools have come a long way in the last few years, but scanning black and white silver-based film negatives has remained a neglected stepchild. This is not to say some scanners don't work OK with some black and white negative films. But if you want optimum quality with all...

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