Txiki1uk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3677 times:
Although I use Photoshop 6.0 a lot for design work, I have never actually used it for photo enhancement and preperation. I have just bought a Canon 300D (REBEL) in the US (a bargain, even paying the VAT upon return) and I have been playing with my first photos.
I have been reading some of the other threads about improving rejected photos, but apart from figuring out what USM is, it is a lot of jargon to me.
Could someone give me some basic step-by-step advice as to how to get the best from my RAW images - in other words what filters to use and good values for each of them as starting points.
I am going to spend some time at LHR this weekend trying it out - being quiet local. Is there anyone going to be there this weekend I could meet up with for some general using help?
Ckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 713 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3593 times:
As a starting point PS 6 can't read RAW files, so you're first problem is getting them into a useable format. For now you'll need to use the Canon software to convert RAW images to 16 bit tifs, but it sucks and its slow.
I would strongly recommend an upgrade to PS CS (use the money you saved on the camera ). The built in file viewer and RAW conversion is worth the price of the upgrade alone, never mind the many other improvments.
Anyway, having got the file into PS you should first straighten and crop as required.
Next use the levels command to make sure you are using the full brightness range (from black to white).
If the shot seems lacking in contrast, or a bit dark or light overall, use the curves command. If you're not familiar with this, pushing the middle of the curve upwards increases midtone brightness (gamma). Making an "S" shape out of the curve increases or reduces contrast (depending which way round you make the S). Experiment, and you'll soon get the hang of it.
By selecting the appropriate channel, you can also make very precise colour adjustments using curves (though the hue/saturation tool is good too).
Check for dust spots (view at 100% for this) and use the clone tool to get rid of them.
Now resize the image to your target size.
Finally sharpen with USM - for Canon CMOS and 1024 pixel size, experiment with values around Amount 100-300, radius 0.3 threshold 0. Increase amount until artifacts or jaggies start to show on the screen, then back off a bit.
Convert to 8bit and save as jpg.
Of course there are many other filters you can play with - very few will actually help the image, though they can be fun if you don't want a straight photograph.