21st April 2004, 07:35 AM
Hope you don't mind but here's a few suggestions which might improve your workflow, though I don't fully understand some of the things you're trying to do.
Originally Posted by lytefunk
1. Firstly the sharpening you do at stage one should be left until last as sharpening introduces artefacts/noise that will get accentuated by your other adjustments. I don't understand the 'Fade Luminosity 100%' but I assume after sharpening you are going straight to edit and changing 'Normal' to 'Luminosity' - As far as I'm aware this has no effect (Are you trying to apply USM to just luminosity to avoid colour artefacts - this can be done in Lab mode using channels)
2 Your second USM 15% 60 0 is similar to the technique invented by Thomas Knoll (I Believe) which is not actually a sharpening technique but improves 'Local Contrast' and gives the impression of greater clarity or sharpness. I think its subtle but excellent and can be done at any time but again I would tend to leave this until the end of processing.
3. As for all the rest , Levels, Curves, Contrast and you then mention autocolour you could acheive all this using just curves and the eyedropper tools therein If you just set up your preferences in curves the one time and save them.(go on be brave and don't use levels).
To do this open curves, select the black(Shadows) eyedropper and double click.. you then get a choice of settings - Change RGB to say 20,20,20. This gives a true neutral black without flooding your shadow areas). Do the same with the white (Highlights) eyedropper RGB say 240,240,240 and the grey (Midtones) RGB 128,128,128. Then Save.
When you next use curves click on the black eyedropper and click it on the area of your photo you wish to be true black (Ditto with white and Grey eyedroppers) This will help remove incorrect colour casts, improve the dynamic range, improve contrast etc all in one go and is a vast improvement on using any of the 'Auto' functions.
haven't explained it very well but hope you can understand and hope this helps.
21st April 2004, 10:59 AM
hmmmm okok thanks =)
will try it out
Originally Posted by stroma
22nd April 2004, 07:37 PM