June 2014 Photoshop/Photoshop Elements SIG Notes (Image Restoration)

You can view these notes online at https://2014photoshopsig.wordpress.com and also download them as a pdf.


This month in the P/PE SIG – Restoring Photos. Click here for the link to the website.

Special Thanks to Barbara
Barbara has volunteered to be the PE guru for the image restoration session on June 7, 2014 at the AUSOM Photoshop SIG session. Thanks for all your help, Barbara!

This month
In this month we will have a look at:
Part 1 – A bit more on composition (Using colour in your images)
Part 2 – Image restoration with PE
Part 3 – The July Photoshop Challenge

Next Month in the July SIG
Post processing for black and white photos using camera raw.

Part 1 – more on composition (using colour)

The Golden Hour
You hear people talk about an image as being “cold” or “warm.”

Here is the same image but adjusted for temperature to create a different feel in each one. Just click on the image to make it bigger.

The effect of the different colours is explained in a post by Chris Rudd:

The difference between these two images is simple: one is mainly orange and one mainly blue. However, the difference in the overall feel of the two is marked. The orange image is welcoming and warm. In the blue image, the whole scene looks cold and uninviting. Why these colors cause such differing emotions is largely psychological. The ability to measure the color differences and manipulate them allows us to capture more than a simple representation of a scene; it allows us to create a more personal view of the world.

If you use the hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset for going out and taking photos, your images will have a warm orange colour.   This is called the “golden hour.” Find out more about it here from the Digital Photography School:

(1)  The Magic Light of the Golden Hour

(2) Golden Hour: Weekly Photography Challenge

(3) 10 Reasons to Shoot Portraits During the Golden Hour [Illustrated]

The images in the  following slide show are taken from the Digital Photography School.


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The Blue Hour
The blue hour refers to the short time before sunrise or after sunset. You can find it at http://www.bluehoursite.com/

blue Hour times

Here are some samples of photos taken in the Blue Hour:

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You can find more information from the digital Photography School website:

(1) Sweeten Your Photos by Shooting During the Blue Hour

(2) How to Photograph the Blue Hours With Amazing Results

Finally, a great deal has been written about the effects of colour and emotions. These very from a psychological point of view to an alternative medicine view point.

Allison Stuart has written an interesting article for a starting point if you wish to read a bit further – How color impacts emotions and behaviors.

Using the White Balance adjustment in your camera to achieve different creative effects

I’m only going to use one example here from my Canon G12 camera. One of the adjustments to check before taking a photo is called white balance. This let’s me choose between day light, cloudy, shady, tungsten, fluorescent, and flash.

If I want to add a bluish tint to the photo that I am taking, then I would select the Tungsten setting since I know that it will add the bluish colour that I want.

Normally, I just choose between the sunny and shady modes. I know that I can correct for the lighting when I get into P/PE in post production. Which brings us to . . .

Task 1 – Adjusting lighting and colour tint with P/PE

For this next task we will use a feature of P/PE called Camera Raw. These instructions are for PE.

A Bit of Background
Most cameras now give you the option of saving in Camera Raw, or as a jpg or both. These days it is easy to save in both formats since the size of the memory card is 8 or 16 GB. I am also assuming that you download your images when you get home and delete the ones that are blurred or just look ordinary.

So for part of this exercise, I assume that you have a file in Camera Raw format. If you don’t, then just skip ahead in the instructions to Using presets for jpg format.

You will find these same features (presets, tint and hue) in the preview mode of Pages, iPhoto, keynote and other Mac programs. (Thanks to the editor for pointing this out.)

Using Presets in Camera Raw Format
(1) Find an image that you want to have a play with. Make a copy of your image. This will be your working file.
(2) Name the duplicate file something distinctive – work_in_progress_my wonderful_photo_june_3_2014_by_the_photoshop_bunny. I am using a photo of the neighbours stone wall to make into a background texture.

(3) Open up your image  in PE. Click on File/Open in Camera Raw.

Open in camera Raw.

Open in camera Raw.

Image opened in Camera Raw.

Image opened in Camera Raw.

Camera Raw has several presets that you can choose from. A preset saves you the hassle of using the temperature and tint sliders to achieve an effect.  They are shown below.

Task 1 - WB choices

Here is a slide show of the different presets.

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(4) Try the different presets with your image in PE Camera Raw. This would be one way of giving an image a blue tint by choosing the tungsten preset.

Using the temperature and Tint sliders instead of the Presets
As well as presets, it is possible to use variations of the temperature and tint sliders to create a different look to your original image.

(5) Make adjustments to the temperature slider to see the effects on your photo.
(6)  Make adjustments to the temperature slider to see the effects on your photo.
(7) Make changes with both sliders until you are satisfied with the result.

Using Presets in jpg format

When you open up a jpg image in Camera Raw, your are limited to two presets – As Shot and Auto.

You can still use the Tint and temperature sliders as before.

 Part 2 – Image restoration with PE

A lot of times you may have an image that you wish to restore to make it look better.

It might be something as simple as the photo was accidentally folded over and has an ugly crease across it. Or it could be an old family photo.

Today’s session for image restoration is more of a show and tell. Barbara will show you parts of a 13 minute video. She will then stop and explain and demonstrate with an image of her own choice.

Or you can find the video clip here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fs-FDnFhI78

Part 3 – The July Photoshop Challenge

Please email your entry/ies to photoshop@ausom.net.au.  Entries for the July challenge  need to be in by the start of the July 5, 2014 AUSOM meeting.

July Challenge 1 – The Golden Hour (Introductory skill level)
Go out and take some photos with your camera during the golden hour. Send in your favourite to share in the July challenge.

July Challenge 2 – The Blue Hour (Introductory skill level)
Go out and take some photos with your camera during the blue hour. Send in your favourite to share in the July challenge. I can understand that not many of us will crawl out of bed at 6:33 a.m. to take a few photos. Especially if it is raining, cold or warm in bed.

July Challenge 3 – Using Presets in Camera Raw (Introductory skill level)
Use the presets in Camera Raw to change the mood of one of your images. Then email it to me to enter in the July Challenge. This needs both a before and after photo.

July Challenge 4 – Using PE to restore an image (Intermediate skill level)
Use either the image below or one of your own to show us your skill at restoring a photo.


That’s all, folks!


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