The process of manipulating a photo to achieve a desired result. Common photo editing techniques include cropping, color adjustments, and applying filters to give the photo a stylized look.

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Frosted glass effect/texture/filter/pattern in Adobe Fireworks?

Is there a way to do this with Adobe Fireworks? I know its possible using Photoshop with this tutorial.
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How do I fix this photo (poor quality, saturation, color) in GIMP?

I have a photo with poor quality and lighting that needs to go in a print newsletter. There is some lighting issues, and a blue-ish color in part of the image. I'd like to fix the image using GIMP. ...
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How to remove scratches from shiny object

I have a simple cropped picture of a cornet (my gravatar, actually). However, it is many tiny scratches that it has accumulated over the years (it's 50+ years old). Anyway, because the photo was taken ...
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Overlay a graphic on a photo or image

How would I overlay a graphic (a logo in this case) on a t-shirt and make it look like it's really there, not just superimposed (wrinkles, lines, etc?) I don't have photoshop or any adobe software, ...
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How to simulate long exposure light trails?

How can I apply long exposure lighting effects to a road (ideally using Photoshop or Illustrator)? See the image below for an example. How can this be achieved?
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Highlight stray non-background pixels

I am editing an image in GIMP that has a few nearly-transparent (resp. very light) pixels scattered through an otherwise transparent (resp. pure white) background. Is there a command that will ...
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What is the name of hobby grade equipment to create photos where the background can be easily removed?

I know that in movies they use green screens or similar to be able to edit out the background from shots. But what is the name of a piece of equipment or setup I need in order to take a picture of say ...
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How to get this blur texture effect in photoshop?

I'm trying to get an image to look similar to this photo: I'd guess they took a picture of the monitor with a regular camera. But I'm more interested to know what effects / filters they used to get ...
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Why does my line drawing look so sad

I'm trying to create a line drawing of my friend Steve, I was Steve's best man at the wedding where the photo was taken. I like the shot because the smile it subtle but definitely there. I've been ...
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logo on building

I have a company logo i would like to photoshop on a building for a promotional ad. The problem is that when i put the logo on the building it doesn't look very real, it should look like its painted ...
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Photoshop: How to save only the masked area of an edited photograph?

Question If you have a PSD file that consists of one main mask (masking all other layers), isn't there an easy way to save just the masked area as an image? Background So I have a photograph I've ...
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How can I remove background from an image of a transparent object?

I am having hard time removing background from this image. I tried using Magic Eraser and also Background eraser tool. Both of these do not work perfectly. The reason could be the fact that lower ...
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How to remove noise/grain on a picture, based on some “noise pattern”

I have a picture containing lot of noise (see example below). Using photoshop CS5, is there any way to remove/or minimize these artefacts ? I know this is possible in sound editors (like Goldwave) ...
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What do you call this image effect and how is it achieved?

I've been trying to describe this effect on google and got no useful results. Seems like its a mix between a tint via the overlay and the offset? Here is another example, but the effect seems less ...
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How can I fix the edges of foreground objects pasted onto a new background?

How can I cut out a foreground object, e.g. a person, from one picture and superimpose it onto a new background without making the edges look bad? The problem I've come across is that if I have for ...
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Adobe Master Collection alternative

My question: Is there an alternative to Adobe Master Collection for designers/enthusiast? The programs that I am mainly interested in is Adobe's Photoshop, Adobe's Illustrator (create vector art), ...
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Extract individual layers from a PSD without much effort

I have to daily work with PSDs of iPhone Apps. These PSDs contains App designs like buttons, texts, background images, etc. I have to extract images of each elements from these PSDs and convert it to ...
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Recreating bloated/blurred text in Tate Modern logo in Photoshop

I am trying to recreate the effect demonstrated on the logo for the Tate galleries in the UK with Photoshop. Here are some of the logo variants: Using quick masking I can emulate the gradient ...
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When shrinking images, does it matter what percentage I use?

I frequently shrink down large images for online photo galleries. What I want to know is, when I tell photoshop, et al, to shrink my image to a certain size/percentage, will it retain better quality ...
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How can I remove the unwanted background from a scanned handwritten signature?

I need to upload my signature in a PDF document, but I do not know how to edit the background of this image. I wish to remove the bluish-tint background, and make it pure white. Can anyone help me ...
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Qualities of a full-page website background image

We are trying to create a web page with a full-size background. The following pages are our inspiration: http://www.august.com.au/ http://www.levehytter.no/ http://danielfiller.com/ We have ...
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When saving an image as a PNG or JPEG, does photoshop/GIMP only save the top layers or all the data?

I need to send a file to someone but it has sensitive information on it that I would not like to share. I was going to just scan the document and edit out the sensitive information with a layer ...
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What should I do when scanning hand drawn images?

My friend is an illustrator and has lot of sketches that she wants to digitize to put online. She is also working on a children's book. How should she scan the images and what are some beginner steps ...
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How Can You Remove Grain from Photographs? [closed]

I've took some photographs at a photoshoot last week. The lighting conditions weren't right for the shoot (my fault entirely) and the camera we used was a compact. Unfortunately this means that the ...
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How can I determine which drawing tablet is right for me?

I do some caricature, cartoons and illustrations, as hobby. I believe that I am okay'ish with pen and paper, but recently decided to go digital. Given my budget, and a quick assessment of needs and ...
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Illustrator CS3 - upscaling placed or embedded raster graphics with interpolated antialiasing on export?

I've designed some popup banners (output dimensions 840mm x 2000mm @ 300dpi) and used vectors throughout with the exception of some stock photography for their backgrounds. I've been Linking all ...
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Can adjusting color (or grayscale) properties of an image affect its visibility in daylight?

I'm trying to find ways to make images more visible under daylight (i.e., when daylight reflects off the image screen/print). For my project, I want to display digital images on an electronic display ...
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How to isolate artwork from games for fan art

Wherever there is a popular game, there is fan art: custom wallpapers, t-shirts, etc. One thing they usually have in common is that they feature artwork from the game, or something close to it. ...
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Photoshop a low-res image to make it appear higher-res

I want to enlarge an image to a bigger size. This will cause pixelation. So I want to apply some treatment to it in Photoshop that will suppress some of this pixelation. Of course I cannot generate ...
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How can I get “Drawing Like” effect?

What effect is used in this image? Bigger photo.
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An opensource equivalent to Photoshop that has Lasso and Warp tools?

Using Photoshop, I can edit the image by using the lasso tool and warp tool, but Photoshop is not open source, I need an open source software to edit the image by using the same tools. I tried GIMP ...
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How to make a picture look like it's torn off?

How do I cut off the boundary of a picture all zig zag like it is in this picture Or in this one I have Paint.NET, a free image editing software. How can I do this in Paint.NET?
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Face illusion in ads

http://doityourself.edublogs.org/files/2008/10/club-med-illusion-ad.jpg I'm trying to achieve the same effect, but I can't even get close to what I need. What I basically need is to merge face/body ...
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What do you call the parallax-like effect when panning or zooming still photos, and how is it done?

Many commercials and documentaries use a technique where a still photograph is panned or zoomed, and a parallax-like effect is applied. When zooming, some figures scale differently from others and a ...
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How to fill color in this bottle using Photoshop?

I want to fill "ink" (color) into this empty ink bottle using Photoshop? Please let me know the steps. Thanks!
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Should I, or should I not, consider using an image editing tool other than PhotoShop?

Please forgive the open-ended title. My actual question, I think, is a bit more specific and suited for this site but it is rather difficult to articulate my need in one simple sentence. Quick ...
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Technique to Extend the Pattern in an Image

I have read about techniques such as "Spot Healing", "Content Aware Fill-In" and "Reconstruct" that are able to regenerate parts of an image based on the patterns in the rest of the image. How could ...
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Merging two images and highlighting different regions

I have 2 images, one taken with flash on(A) and other with no flash(B). Both images highlight different parts of the view. How can I add details from both images to create a new rich in detail image? ...
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Preparing photographs for black and white photocopiers

I am preparing a textbook for use at my school. Eventually, I might hand-draw all of the illustrations, but in the meantime, I will use photographs. Some of these photographs will fill 1/3 of the ...
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Change the color of a part of an image in photoshop

In the below image, the bottle neck 's color is green. How do I change the color of this to make it white using Photoshop?
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Removing people from pictures seemlessly

I'm currently trying to remove a person from a photo that tried to be cool and photobomb, but i'm at a loss as to how it can be done with no loss of photo quality. My attempts have been to use the ...
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GIMP: How to crop a layer?

I have a screenshot where I want only a part of the pasted image, and I want to turn the white that's in it transparent. First I need to crop the pasted image. I have selected the layer and a ...
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How do I match image brightness in Photoshop?

Say I have an image that had it's brightness adjusted. I also have a small portion of the original unmodified image like this: Is there a way in Photoshop CS5 to have the image's brightness ...
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Could this photo-realistic Morgan Freeman painting really be done like this on an iPad?

I saw a video of a Morgan Freeman Finger Painting on YouTube. Could this be a real video showing how someone actually created that painting? I think it's fake. I think he started with a photo, ...
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Photoshop: Batch Fit Image x Bicublic Sharper?

1) By File -> Automate -> Fit Image..., we can fit images of any size or orientation into a particular frame size. But we cannot specify the resample method, like Bicublic Sharper. In fact we ...
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Better ways of vectorizing photos than Illustrator's Trace?

Are there any better ways of vectorizing photos than Illustrator's Trace? I don't have one of them Wacom boards so I can't really do this by hand.
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Tools to convert from 16-bit RGB to 24-bit RGB and vice versa

Are there any image editing or research tools, commercial or otherwise which will allow me to: map colors (images) from 16-bit RGB (565) space to 24-bit RGB (888) space or vice versa save files in ...
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Photoshop blurring peaks (it's hard to describe in text)

I want to know how to blur something in peaks, here's a picture to help describe it: Segment C is blurred the most then B then A to create an effect like the one on the right but with blur. I was ...
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Any other selection method other than freehand with Photoshop's patch tool? (CS6)

I have found that the Patch Tool is really useful for certain healing situations, but I can't stand that it is only freehand drawn. Is there a way to use a click-move-click-move-click selection method ...
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Low res vertical photos using Photoshop CS5

I´m using .raw files in CS5 and saving them to .jpg and they are all unedited... The portrait photos are all being compressed and have low res while the landscape ones are fine, why is that? I have ...