|My usual choice, and favorite photo manipulation software is
Adobe Photoshop, and their Photoshop Album, both of which I
use on a regular basis, with the smart piece of software Neat
image, that I use to clear up pixilation. ||The general
manipulation that I carry out on all photos (with photoshop) consists of sorting out the levels
(Image - Adjustment - levels or Ctrl+L) by sliding the two arrows in to where the level
starts to raise, or what ever looks best (see figures 1 and 2).||
fig2||Followed by removing any colour aberration, blue or magenta
saturation usually,(Image - Adjustment - hue saturation or Ctrl+u), then select blue or
magenta from the drop down menu, then slide the saturation bar to far left and the lightness bar
the same way (with light coloured aberrations slide the lightness bar to the right) (see
figures 3 and 4), this will remove any fringing and usually helps make blacks truer.||
Then finally a bit of Sharpening is normally required (I have yet to find a photo that does not benefit from this) using the unsharp mask (Filter - Sharpen - Unsharp mask). The amount of sharpening will vary from picture to picture, but the level I have the radius bar set at is always 1 and the Threshold level is left at 0 (see figure 5).
On certain pictures I enhance the contrast before any
sharpening is done, by carrying out the following:
An example of the layering procedure explained above. The original picture is on the left the altered image is on the right.
For the purpose of my on-line
images I usually lower the size to 400 X 300, and add a copyright logo (details of how to create one are on Andy Brights website).Each gallery is then built using EGG or
the Easy Gallery Generator available free to anyone by visiting the linked site.
The important thing to remember, is to experiment with what manipulation tools work best for you and your pictures, others can only give tips and examples of their settings.
All images and website © Ashley Beolens 2003.
Images may be available for use upon request.