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Old 09-11-2002, 10:48 AM
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How do you make an image "pop"

OK, I know this is pretty basic, but I have a bunch of images that I would like to improve to put in a scrapbook. Most of them unfortunately are pretty dull. Some of you talk about making in image "pop" - how do you do it?

The attached photo is an example of what I mean. Bill's skin had a slightly reddish cast and the shirt color is pretty accurate, but I'd like to add some oomph to it.

Bill is no longer with us and there are so few photos of him, I'd like to make them as lifelike as possible.

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Margaret
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Old 09-11-2002, 11:14 AM
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On images like that, if I just want to add a little "snap" to it without doing much else, I usually go into brightness/contrast and add about 10 to the contrast...
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Old 09-11-2002, 11:29 AM
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I found a curves adjustment layer worked well on this picture. I tried a level adjustment and was unhappy with how sharp the contrast and how dark certain areas got. Using the curves adjustment gave me the ability to tone some of that down.

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Old 09-11-2002, 11:38 AM
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Thank you Jak and Lisa, I will try your suggestions.

I have many regrets in this life - high among them is that I didn't invest in a better camera and that I didn't take more pictures. I have more pictures of Waikiki (taken with an ABC Stores one-time use camera) than I do of my husband and kids.

Margaret
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Old 09-11-2002, 12:24 PM
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Sometimes I add some noise or texture depending on the shape
of the image

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Old 09-11-2002, 12:42 PM
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Margaret,

Like others have said, "pop" typically refers to the contrast in an image. You can increase contrast in a number of ways: Brightness/Contrast, Levels and/or Curves. In general, you want the lightest part of the image to map to white and the darkest part to black. If you want to be exact about it, you can use Threshold to determine the lightest and darkest points, set Color Sample points and then use the eyedroppers in either Levels or Curves to map the highlights and shadows to the corresponding Color Sample points.

If that is too general of a description for you, just say so and I'll be more specific.

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Old 09-11-2002, 01:40 PM
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Thanks Jeanie - that explanation is good - I thought there might be some other magic that people did.

Trimoon - I love what you did!

Memo to me: go over Trimoon's posts and try to learn what he does.

Margaret
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Old 09-11-2002, 02:02 PM
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Hi Margaret! I probably overdid this a bit, but here is my attempt. It's a bit too red and the jpeg monsters are taking over but hopefully this has some "pop"!

I increased the density of the image using a duplicate layer set to Multiply. I then applied a Levels adjustment to get the contrast right. I also did some basic dust removal and smoothing of the blue channel.

Trimoon - Excellent idea to turn the image into a more "painterly" image and to remove the reflections in the glasses.
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Old 09-11-2002, 02:20 PM
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Greg that looks good! Bill was one of those unfortunate people who turned beat red in the sun - and if I remember correctly this was taken on a bright sunny day.

Margaret
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Old 09-12-2002, 04:37 AM
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Hi Margaret!

after trying what everybody else did and settling on the Curves, like Lisa, I thought that it was actually the background that made the whole image 'flat' so...after

1) removing the reflection on his glasses,

2) I gave the background a slight bluish tinge and run Filter->Render->Lighting Effects.

....It might be a bit too much change....but I think that it made the image 'pop' more....
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