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Old 03-05-2008, 12:40 PM
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Applying Enhancer To Specific Areas

Enhancer is a tremendous tool for outdoor photography. I use it to enhance detail in natural features such as rock, trees, and sand. The problem is, it also enhances graininess in blue skies (a particular problem in my desert photos where there's lots of sky). When using the CS-3 plug in version, is there any way limit the enhancement effect to particular sections of the image (i.e., leave the sky out)?
Any help is appreciated.
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Old 03-05-2008, 01:25 PM
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Re: Applying Enhancer To Specific Areas

I would think you could run the enhancer then mask out the sky and use the sky area from the original below.
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Old 03-05-2008, 01:49 PM
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Re: Applying Enhancer To Specific Areas

To elaborate on what Swampy said, run Enhancer on a duplicate layer using a layer mask that excludes the sky . . .
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Old 03-06-2008, 01:30 AM
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Re: Applying Enhancer To Specific Areas

Swampy has already answered, and I want to add.
We are going to include a new useful feature to Enhancer, a new mode 'Focus'. It will let reinforcing of particular areas of an image. You will see... I hope the updated Enhancer with its new features will be available this month.
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Old 03-06-2008, 06:02 AM
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Re: Applying Enhancer To Specific Areas

Thanks for the help. My image editing is mostly done in Nikon Capture NX so I'm not up on CS3's masks and layers. But your advice has got me thinking I better pull out the Photoshop manual.
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Old 03-06-2008, 06:09 AM
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Re: Applying Enhancer To Specific Areas

The new Enhancer "Focus" mode sounds intriguing. Will we be able to update to get it?
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Old 03-06-2008, 11:28 PM
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It will be free update for those users who have version 7 or 8.
New mode will be added in the Enhancer plugin as well as in a stand-alone edition of Enhancer.
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Old 03-07-2008, 05:52 PM
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Re: Applying Enhancer To Specific Areas

Thank you. I look forward to the update.
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Old 03-27-2008, 09:13 AM
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So...
The new version of the image enhancement software is released!

Version 9.0 of AKVIS Enhancer presents a new mode that makes the program yet more useful for improving detail on a photo.

The new Focus mode improves blurred images by bringing into focus the whole image or only certain parts of it. It happens that the camera fails to focus on the object of shooting and it comes out unsharp. This mode can save such out-of-focus images.

You can download Enhancer (in Windows or in Macintosh version) from akvis.com

Upgrade for registered users is free!
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Old 04-06-2008, 02:37 PM
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Re: Applying Enhancer To Specific Areas

The focus mode is a great feature. I'm having trouble understanding the effect and no effect area tools, though. The effect tool draws a blue line around those areas one wants to apply focusing to, correct? Which means, I presume, that the area outside the closed blue figure is unaffected by the focus effect. If that's the case, what is the purpose of the red no effect tool?

The example in the users' manual (page 19, a closeup of a man and woman) shows blue rectangles around the man's glasses and circles around the woman's eyes, indicating that the glasses and eyes are slated for focusing while the rest of their faces are to be left alone. If the blue line limits the effect to the glasses and eyes, what purpose does the surrounding red line serve? Also, the bridge of the man's glasses and the woman's eyebrows are drawn over with blue lines. The lines do not form a closed figure. Where exactly is the effect applied in these cases and why is it necessary to draw a closed red figure around them?

Thanks for the help.
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