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I just got my hands onto PhotoShop ver 7 and had to share this with you guys/gal. Up until now, I have been using Corel PhotoPaint (all I had ready access to). For the longest time, I had trouble with my pictures being really "flat" looking on my CRT monitor while they looked good on my wifey's LCD flatscreen monitor. Because of this I had often wondered how my pics looked on DX members' CRTs.

Anyway, the task of manually adjusting colour balance by individual colour, brightness, contrast, etc. was a really tedious task. I rarely found the right adjustment to make my pictures punch out.

Well, the other day, I discovered PS7 has this automated tool under:

>Image >Adjustments >Auto Levels
....................................>Auto Contrast
....................................>Auto Color

I find the "Auto Contrast" and "Auto Color" tools to do a bang-up job of livening up my pictures 9 times out of 10! The "Auto Levels" sometimes threw my colours off for some reason unknown to me.

Here are the results of the contrast and color adjustments:

(Before: Notice the picture looks hazy and the colours don't really punch out)


(After: Colours are now vivid & edges are crisp/sharp)


Here is another example:
(Before)


(After: details in wheels and tires really noticeable)


Any thoughts and comments on how I can improve my pics are much welcomed! :cheers :cheers
 
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Man, BIG DIFFERENCE! :danbanna :danbanna :danbanna

Thank you very much for the info, SM! :nicejob

I've just got my hands on PS7 myself, but have yet to learn how to properly use it. Any bits & tips like this definitely helps.

:happytwo , my friend. :cheers
 

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They were great before, but now! :nicejob :nicejob :nicejob

:iagree What a difference! :cheers :cheers :cheers
 

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yep.. the adjustments bar comes in handy for pics!. The auto levels actually gets rid of the fuzzy whiteness/yellowness most of the times over a photo.. in other words it tones down the unwanted hues. Here's a before after pic to show you how much a diff it makes for me.

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Notice the colour difference between the desk the models on in both shots! the second shot is alot clearer! and vibrant!.. Awsome pics SM!! :cheers
 

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Man, BIG DIFFERENCE! :danbanna :danbanna :danbanna

Thank you very much for the info, SM! :nicejob

I've just got my hands on PS7 myself, but have yet to learn how to properly use it. Any bits & tips like this definitely helps.

:happytwo , my friend. :cheers
You're most welcome G3. :cheers I know a lot of us strive to improve our pictures. I figured sharing info among us just speeds up the learning process. That way, the "eye-candy" just gets sweeter & sweeter on this forum. :happy :happy
 

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Domin8 said:
Notice the colour difference between the desk the models on in both shots! the second shot is alot clearer! and vibrant!.. Awsome pics SM!! :cheers
Great results in Pic#2 D8!! :happytwo :happytwo Like yourself, I really dislike any yellow hue that hangs in pictures.

I love that blue on your HSV! :drool :drool (I'm a blue-nut btw :giggle )
 
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