Philip Andrews

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Non-destructively retouching

There are various ways to remove or cover up unwanted detail in a photo. Here we look at how to apply the technique of retouching non-destructively.

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Convert to profile

The Edit > Convert to Profile option changes the colour values of the original image to match the newly selected colour space. The dialogue displays the current space of the image – Source Space, provides a drop-down menu of choices for the Destination Space, Engine and Intent conversion options as well as check boxes for Black Point Compensation, Dither and Flatten Image.

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Non-destructive vignetting

This technique introduces a way to apply some vignetting to your photos without permanently altering the base image.

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PDF presentation

The PDF or Adobe Acrobat format is a unique file type in that it allows almost any computer user over the globe to view documents (including slide shows or presentations) in much the same way irrespective of the machine or operating system they are using.

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Raw contact sheets

The familiar Contact Sheet option that has been present in Photoshop for the last few versions can be used from Bridge to print ‘proof’ sheets of Raw files. Thumbnails are multi-selected from the Bridge workspace before accessing the utility via the Tools > Photoshop menu.

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Paint in sharpness

One way of drawing the viewer’s attention to the most important parts of a photo, such as the eyes in a portrait, is to apply a little localised sharpening to these areas. Now many photographers would be on the right track in thinking that all I need to do is select the areas that I want to sharpen and then apply a sharpening filter to the selection. Yes, this approach will give you the desired result but it has two problems - one it is a destructive technique as it changes the original pixels in the process of sharpening and two, it allows little room for error or fine tuning. So, let’s approach the problem from a different angle. To start, we duplicate the image layer and apply our sharpening to this layer. Next we add a mask to the sharpened layer and use this mask to control where and how much sharpening is combined with the original photo. Cool!

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