Adobe Photoshop for Underwater Photographers by Jack & Sue Drafahl

By Jack & Sue Drafahl

Using the electronic darkroom to ideal underwater photographs, this advisor is loaded with how one can finesse, fine-tune, retouch, and improve underwater movie scans and electronic pictures with Adobe Photoshop. This entire examine the mandatory setup for a electronic darkroom outlines the required undefined, visual display unit calibration, and room lighting fixtures, as well as offering a survey of the pinnacle enhancing instruments and outlines of the main tried-and-true correction options. step by step directions clarify the way to crew underwater pictures for modifying; strategy corrections for photos that require a multi-step enhancement procedure; and select the suitable output ideas for revealed photos, video, slide exhibits, and net viewing.

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As you move from image to image within that group, you will find yourself using the same keyboard shortcuts and commands for most of the images. You can even design an action to perform certain functions that you find yourself repeating from image to image. All this speeds up the editing process yet maintains continuity of image editing within each group of images. You can speed up the editing process by grouping your photos in different directories or by using the labels in Bridge. In this case, we created three groups: available light, flash fill sunlight, and macro photography.

The layer was sharpened with the Unsharp Mask, and a black brush was used to fill in all areas of the mask that we didn’t want the Unsharp Mask to affect. ADJUSTMENT LAYERS 57 Top—Original image cropped and zoomed to show lack of sharpness in the eye. Above—This is the screen display when you are working with a Layer Mask and click on the eye icon to turn the layer visibility off. 58 ADOBE® PHOTOSHOP® FOR UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHERS Top—To see the layer mask by itself, you first must turn off all the layers except the one with the mask.

By cropping the image in an artistic way, you might be surprised with the results. You may quickly find that the Crop tool is one of your favorite Photoshop tools. BURN AND DODGE TOOLS At the very beginning of photography, burning and dodging was used in traditional darkrooms to selectively increase or decrease exposure in very specific areas. Burn and Dodge tools are also found in the Photoshop toolbox and are very handy for editing underwater images. When you select the Dodge tool, you can click on dark shadow areas and gently lighten them up.

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