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    My Photo Build Thread / How to edit photos

    Since a bunch of people have asked me for tips etc on using Photoshop CS5, i made a build thread to help

    @ Yukohama, sorry it took so long

    STEP 1: I shoot all my pictures in RAW format. I use Camera Raw 6.3 with my CS5 software. When opening a RAW file with Camera Raw 6.3 it brings you to a screen like this.
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    STEP 2:
    I just play with the settings until I feel the picture looks better and is ready to move on to the next step. Here are the settings I chose for this picture.
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    STEP 3:
    Once you are done working in the RAW Program, click open and your file will be shown in Photoshop CS5

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    STEP 4:
    After Opening I used the Shadows/ Highlights to mess around with the shadows in the picture

    Image->Adjustments->Shadows/Highlights
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    STEP 5:
    Then using the magic wand tool, I selected the sky in the picture. Then I used the gradient tool

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    STEP 6:
    I then changed the Layer from a Normal Layer into a Soft Light Layer

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    STEP 7:
    I then used the Color Balance Tool from the Add an Adjustment toolbar and messed with the settings until I felt it looked good. Here are the settings I used

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    STEP 8:
    I then used the “Curves” adjustment tool to adjust the contrast in certain areas of the picture

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    STEP 9:
    Next I used the “Selective Coloring” adjustment, here are my setting for this picture
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    STEP 10
    : I used the Channel Mixer to change the tint of the picture

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    STEP 11:
    To make the car stand out more I selected just the car and used the white paint brush

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    STEP 12:
    So it doesn’t look stupid, I changed the Layer from Normal to Soft Light and adjust the opacity and fill so the lines in the car are visible and the car sticks out more

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    STEP 13:
    I wasn’t happy with the way the taillights in the picture look so I selected them and used the Selective Coloring adjustment to adjust the color to my satisfaction

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    STEP 14:
    I then noticed that I apparently have a scrape(or a lot of dirt) on the bottom of my front bumper. So I selected around the area and used the CLONE STAMP tool to cover it up.

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    STEP 15:
    My calipers were also dirty so selected my calipers, then took a soft layer of white and used it to make them look better
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    STEP 16:
    Then I selected my windshield and darkened it using the same process I did in step 15 except I used the paintbrush with black instead of white

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    STEP 17:
    I then selected everything in the picture except for the car
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    STEP 18:
    I then used the Photo Filter adjustment to make the car stand out from the background more

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    STEP 19:
    I then messed around with the Curves adjustment more.

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    STEP 20:
    Then I used the Curves adjustment again. After this one I was happy.

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    STEP 21:
    I then right click on the “Background” Layer and clicked merge visible. This compressed it all into one layer. Then I right clicked the layer and clicked duplicate layer.

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    STEP 22:
    I clicked on the “Background Copy” layer went over to the filters tab, went down to other and then clicked HIGH PASS

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    STEP 23:
    When you click HIGH PASS it brings you to the screen below. High Pass is used to sharpen the image

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    STEP 24:
    Then click OK. When you click OK the layer looks gray. That is because it is in the Normal setting. I then changed the layer to Soft Light

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    STEP 25:
    Then adjust the layer’s opacity so the picture is not grainy

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    STEP 26:
    Then right click the background layer again, click merge visible. And you are done! Throw a logo in there if you want.

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    Nicely done... I suppose that I need to get into PS if I am going to take shooting (photos) more serious. What camera are you using? How long from begining to end (without the tutorial/screenshots/etc.) would this take you? I have done some simple PS "editing" - but take so many pictures, that I find it taking a large amount of my time. Just curious what your thoughts are on how to discipline myself to either use it more or take less photos - and of course what you are using and how long it takes. Click here to enlarge

    Cheers.

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    lol. im using a d3100 right now but im planning on moving up to the D7100 when it is released. As far as editing goes, it really depends on the picture. This picture for example would probably take me about 30minutes or more but that is only because i start playing with different tools to try and make the picture look better. However sometimes i edit pictures in 10minutes and they look just as good. I can spend anywhere from 10 minutes to more than an hour editing a single picture. It basically depends on how crazy you want to go.

    I also take a ridiculous amount of pictures, and from previous experiences i have learned that taking alot of pictures of one thing is the best way to go.

    Since you can never be sure of how dark the picture is, if there are too many shadows etc. just from looking at the screen on the camera, i always reccomend taking alot of pictures of each subject and then picking which one or ones look the best when you look at them on your computer

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    Wow man, talk about a detailed instruction thread. Going to put this in OT though.

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    hmm gonna have to try this on one of my pictures that i've taken
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    Great writeup! Click here to enlarge
    Very detailed.

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    Awesome man, Awesome.

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    Awesome write-up. I have to take the time to read this.
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    good writeup!

    If your editing a ton of picks use lightroom to finalize the colors etc and then use pshop to make any "fixes" Lightroom batch editing is a ton faster.
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    Nice write up! That's usually alot more than I do

    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Jake@Eurocharged.com Click here to enlarge
    good writeup!

    If your editing a ton of picks use lightroom to finalize the colors etc and then use pshop to make any "fixes" Lightroom batch editing is a ton faster.
    ^ I'm more of the Light Room guy...easier to use for quick touch ups, but obviously, PS has alot more editing options.

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    I should definitely share some before/after pics in this thread! Click here to enlarge

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DarkPhantom Click here to enlarge
    I should definitely share some before/after pics in this thread! Click here to enlarge
    i was thinking the same thing!
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    Photoshop Fun...

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    Eurocharged Performance
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Jake@Eurocharged.com Click here to enlarge
    good writeup!

    If your editing a ton of picks use lightroom to finalize the colors etc and then use pshop to make any "fixes" Lightroom batch editing is a ton faster.
    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DarkPhantom Click here to enlarge
    Nice write up! That's usually alot more than I do


    ^ I'm more of the Light Room guy...easier to use for quick touch ups, but obviously, PS has alot more editing options.
    Yeah, Lightroom is a must. Great program.

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