Photo Touchups in Photoshop and GIMP

  • Episode 339
  • March 18, 2014

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.

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.

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  • {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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  • Host: Robbie Ferguson
  • Co-Host: Christa Wells


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