Danny From Poland, joined Apr 2002, 3488 posts, RR: 2 Posted (13 years 7 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1486 times:
I've got PhotoShop 5.5, but I'm not really into how to use it. I've read the upload FAQ and seen the photo samples that show how a pic should look like to get accepted. Under sample 4 it says "Too much grain. Try using your photo software's feature to reduce. Adobe PhotoShop has a special feature on reducing grain." Well, how's that done? How do you reduce grain?
Does anyone out here know how to use PhotoShop well? Please tell me the most basic stuff to fix the pics...please?
Scooter From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 848 posts, RR: 2 Reply 2, posted (13 years 7 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1176 times:
Yep...be careful of TOO much despeckle though, because it really blurs the image. You just need to find the happy medium between blur and grain - which is different for every photo.
If possible, I like to mask off grainy areas and apply a thin wash of color to the area. This works wonders on grainy blue skies, grainy areas on aircraft, etc. Combined with just a bit of despeckle and some sharpening filters, you can can usually get what you're looking for. Also, use a layer for EACH adjustment, so you can turn them on and off to track your progress. The key is patience...in the right hands, Photoshop is capable of nearly anything. It's my favorite program, that's for sure!
Anyway, Tappan is right...a tutorial book would be your best friend! Or, better yet, take a class if you can. It'd really be worth the time and money.