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    Jiro's "How to enhance your picture" Part 2 -Basic

    Hi,

    Welcome to Jiro's How to enhance your picture tutorial part 2 - Basic.

    Here in part 2, I will try to show you most of the basic photoshop techniques that will come in handy when enhancing pictures of your watches
    so that we can move on to the next intermediate level on upcoming part 3.




    - How to get rid of Dust & Scratches -

    Here we have a close up shot of PAM005 which has some dust on the dial.



    Let's get rid of those annoying bastards! :twisted:

    First, select the spot that you want to get rid of....

    And go to "Filter" => "Noise" => "Dust&Scratches..."



    Change the Radius to 5 while leaving the Threshold on zero.



    Press OK.

    Notice that dust is now gone?




    Now, let's repeat the process and apply it onto all the neccessary areas.

    But this time, you don't have to click on "Filter" and go through all that....

    Just select the area you want and press "Ctrl + F" which will repeat the last "Filter" action! Neat eh~ It will save you whole lot of time~

    And Here's the result of that.....



    Nice and clean~~~~ 8)


    *Before*



    *After*




    Next.....

    - How to cut through the glare -

    Often times we take a picture and there are this glare on the crystal blocking the view of dial.

    This tutorial will teach you how to cut through that annoying glare.




    Here, we have a picture of might SMP Chrono.....but it's hard to tell the true texture & color of the dial because of that glare....




    Let's use the Magnetic Lasso tool which was covered in part 1 and go around the whole crystal.
    (If you prefer using Elliptical Marquee tool, you can use that too. I just prefer using Magnetic Lasso tool more since I can select any shape of area.)




    Now, go to "Image" => "Adjustments" => "Levels..."




    In part 1, we've learned to use this "Level.." option to adjust color by changing only one of the "Input Level".

    But this time, we're going to have to use all 3 "Input Levels" to cut through that glare....



    It will require different values depending on your pictures, but here we will use this value to change the input level.
    (This is just an example to show you how it's done....you really have to play with this option to get used to it.)

    Let's go ahead and change the Input Levels to 60, 0.50, 240



    Notice how you can see the dial now?



    Let's get the right color by using "Auto Color" option. (Refer to Part 1)



    Presto~!



    *Before*



    *After*





    Next...

    - How to make your picture more sharpe and crisp -

    Here, we have a picture of good ol sub and beautiful TT GTM II.

    Now, I want this picture to be more sharpe and crisp so that it would pop out to viewer's eye.



    Go to "Filter" => "Sharpen" => "Unsharp Mask.."



    There are three vlaues you can adjust...."Amount", "Radius" and "Threshold".



    Again, it will require different amount of values depending on your picture.
    But, here we will use this value to make this picture more sharpe and crisp.

    Let's change the "Amount" to 100%, "Radius" to 1.0 and leave the "Threshold" to 0.



    Notice how sharpe and crisp the picture became?

    Adjust the Color using "Auto Color" and...

    Presto~!



    We have a winner~~~




    *Before*



    *After*













    And that is all for my "Basic" part of this tutorial~!

    Next part will be a Intermediate level which will cover stuffs like "Clone Stamping" and "Noise Reduction", etc....

    It will be fun~ Please stay tune~~~

    And thanks for reading my crappy writing~!

    #2
    very useful and helpful tips. Very enjoy reading and will definitely learn and do that to my next photos. Thanks a lot Jiro for your great contribution.

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      #3
      Pure genius... Jiro which version of photoshop do you have? I have 8.0 middle eastern version (whatever that means) but I guess it is similar to what you have. Awesome tutorial for dummies like me.
      "Big hitter, the Lama. How about a Fresca? Gunga la Gunga"

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        #4
        excellent job jiro...thoroughly enjoyed it as i did part one....thanks for taking the time for the tutorial [smilie=headbang.gif]

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          #5
          Great tutorial!! Unfortunately i have Paint shop Pro.
          Can't wait to read more about it

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            #6
            I have Photoshop and bearly use it because I don't have the time to learn it. This makes things a lot easier.

            Thanks!

            Too much is just enough!!!

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              #7
              Thanks guys~

              It's my pleasure to help out a little~~~

              Now somebody try this and post some freakin [email protected][email protected]$%^[email protected]! :twisted:

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                #8
                Make this a STICKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                Great job jiro, I am going to try it out soon. Thanks so much.

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                  #9
                  great again

                  will use the next time

                  thanks

                  helmt
                  GEN

                  HOMMAGE

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                    #10
                    Here they are

                    excellent

                    thanks

                    helmut

                    before (no autocolor but dial work on 217):



                    and after using part 2:






                    see you helmut
                    GEN

                    HOMMAGE

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                      #11
                      Helmut, this made a big difference!
                      THE FORUM IS A TERRIBLE THING TO WASTE!

                      Guanaco on 4chan... "It's like putting a few puppies and a few butterflies with some rose petals into a blender and pushing the 'puree' button while videotaping it"


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                        #12
                        This is an old photo that I shared with Pugwash after he and I talked about picasa and the auto adjustments that it can do to your photos..

                        Here is a before




                        And After...

                        THE FORUM IS A TERRIBLE THING TO WASTE!

                        Guanaco on 4chan... "It's like putting a few puppies and a few butterflies with some rose petals into a blender and pushing the 'puree' button while videotaping it"


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                          #13
                          WOW~ ~ Quite a view you got there d4M!

                          Riding on your private jet, huh~?

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by jiro
                            WOW~ ~ Quite a view you got there d4M!

                            Riding on your private jet, huh~?
                            Well, It's not "Mine" I co-lease it with 3 other people. That was over the Grand Canyon on one of my trips to vegas.
                            THE FORUM IS A TERRIBLE THING TO WASTE!

                            Guanaco on 4chan... "It's like putting a few puppies and a few butterflies with some rose petals into a blender and pushing the 'puree' button while videotaping it"


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                              #15
                              I'll have to give Photoshop a try sometime, I'm not really very 'techy' but it looks easy enough.

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