Photo Touchups in Photoshop and GIMP

  • Episode 339
  • March 18, 2014
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Robbie and Christa take a look at making photos look better using Photoshop, and then see if the free GNU Image Manipulation Program can do the same. Also featuring Hillary Rumball.

Notes:
We encountered severe audio issues, starting around half-way through the show. Once we realized what was happening, we muted the offending microphone, so please bear with us.

Topics Covered:

  • {play 3:32}Category5 Technology TV is coming to the Roku Channel Store on April 8, 2014. Buy your Roku device from cat5.tv/roku.
  • {play 6:33}Feature: Touching up photographs with Photoshop and GNU Image Manipulation Program.
    • What Hillary's up to, helping an event coordinator put together a blog with enhanced photos which were taken with a variety of cameras.
    • What a graphic designer thinks when they're presented with an assortment of photos of varying quality.
    • Photoshop CS5 as compared to GIMP 2.8.
    • Fixing a photo that photo that was taken in a dark space with flash.
    • Destructive vs. non-destructive photo editing.
    • Using the Curves tool to enhance lighting and fix white balance on dark photographs.
    • Fixing the colors (reducing reds) using Photoshop's "Selective Color" tool or GIMP's Hue / Saturation tool.
    • Correcting color levels on a selective area (for example, removing red from a person's face).
    • Cropping a photograph.
    • Editing a JPG over and over will result in a very poor quality product. Keep in mind it is a lossy medium.
    • Using the Levels tool to improve the lightness and darkness of a photograph.
    • Creating a marquee using the Lasso tool.
    • Using Photoshop's Sponge tool to make eyes really stand out in a photo.
    • Removing wrinkles using the Clone tool.
    • Using GIMP's Healing tool to remove blemishes seamlessly.
    • One of the effects a wedding photographer does is a soft focus filter, which we could emulate using software and will evalutate on a later show.
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  • To help us with the audio issues, please donate to Category5 TV (we will buy a replacement for the bad mic, or whatever other enhancement is needed for the studio). Please donate at cat5.tv/c.
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  • Host: Robbie Ferguson
  • Co-Host: Christa Wells

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