Summary of 2015 Photoshop SIGS
The good – we covered a range of topics that were chosen from a feedback form in February and June. It was an introduction to the workflow process for editing photos from importing images into Adobe Camera Raw through to printing a hard copy suitable for putting up on a wall.
It is scary the Goggle image results that I got for “hanging a picture on the wall.” Goggle is very literal about the term hanging.
The bad – because we had a wide skill level (beginner to advanced), and other reasons, the response for the monthly Challenges was nil and the use of the blog for sharing comments and information with each other was also zero.
The terrible – trying to figure another approach to keep people interested.
What can we try in 2016?
My first thought was to use a project approach that would give you a final result rather than just an understanding of what you can do with a tool. For example, how do I turn a daylight scene into a night scene like they do in the movies?
My second thought was to look at the other thins that you can do with Photoshop – animations, movies, websites, 3D text, learn how to sing (just joking).
My third thought was to once again ask you, the members, what you would like to do.
December SIG notes – guidelines for printing a photo.
Here are two short videos to give you an overview of the process from importing your photos to printing them:
(2) http://www.lynda.com/Photoshop-tutorials/Printing-color-image/103678/112496-4.html To see this one, you may have to sign up for a free 30 membership to Lynda.com
Most of the AUSOM members are quite happy to take their photos into Officeworks and get them to print them out. The price of a 4″ X 6 ” print is only $0.10 which is way cheaper than anything that you can do at home.
But some members have asked about the next step – taking more control of the image editing in PS/PE and the printing. They want to look at types of inks, papers and printers.
Warning! This could become an expensive activity as you lay out your money for inks and cartridges and possibly a new printer. Maybe even a new monitor?
Where do we start?
This discussion is aimed at those that may have an inkjet/laser printer that they use to print the occasional photo at home.
It is not meant for a keen photographer who wants to print archival prints (last 200 years!) on a $1,500 printer with 12 colours and continuous supply to the ink cartridges.
The first thing that you need to realise is that a printed image is based on the same type of light that you see around you every day. This is called reflected light.
This is completely different from the transmitted light that you see on your digital display (iPhone, iPad, laptop, etc.)
Understanding the histogram
Looking at your images
The way that your image may look can depend on the light that is shining on it (tungsten, fluorescent, sunlight, ) or that may be reflected from surroundings like a feature accent red wall.
The viewing light can make your photo seem fine outside in the sun and look terrible with just an ordinary light bulb supplying the light . So the question is – how do I get a consistent light source for my photos?
And the answer is that you might need to set up one room of your house specifically for looking at your photos and deciding what further edits need to be made
What about resolution?
A lot of cameras will apply sharpening in camera to any jpg images. This can create problems later on when you wish to do some more sharpening.
Your first way to avoid this is to shoot in camera raw/jpg format. On my Canon G12 set to Av mode, all that I need to do is press the function set button and a menu comes up on the screen. Scrolling down through this gives me the choice of (1) jpg, (2) RAW and (3) both – jpg/RAW.
Shooting and sharpening in RAW
You will first do some light sharpening in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR). Then you will do some global (all the image) sharpening. And finally, you may want to do some selective (local) sharpening.
Basic image editing – tonality, hue/saturation, clean up, etc.
Use whatever is needed to remove the parking sign pole from coming out of the subject’s head.
This is where you decide between a 5 ft by 2 ft banner or something on a smaller scale such as a 4 X 6 inch photo. It helps if you know the native resolution for your printer. Epsom is 360 dpi and Canon is 300 dpi. If you are enlarging your image, you may have to go in several steps increasing by 110% each time.
This is also a great excuse to get that 40 MB camera phone like Peter has! Or a new camera. But it might be less expensive to take you file into Michael’s Camera Store in the city and let them help you decide.
Final sharpening for the new resized photo
There any number of good YouTube tutorials that you can use.
In conclusion, Merry Christmas!