Darryl C. Nicholas
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Digital Darkroom
Darryl C. Nicholas 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...

Digital Darkroom
Darryl C. Nicholas 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...

Digital Darkroom
Darryl C. Nicholas 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...

Digital Darkroom
Darryl C. Nicholas 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...

Digital Darkroom
Darryl C. Nicholas 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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Digital Darkroom
Darryl C. Nicholas 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...

Digital Darkroom
Darryl C. Nicholas 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...

Digital Darkroom
Darryl C. Nicholas Mar 01, 1999 0 comments

Remember the old days when retouching eyeglass glare meant sending the image out to a retouching artist or, if you did it yourself, spending about an hour or more with wet dyes carefully blending colors and carefully adding dye in thin layers to gradually...

Digital Darkroom
Darryl C. Nicholas 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...