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Post-Processing Megathread

So the last post I made (“How do I get this look?”) got buried pretty deep, so I thought I’d make this thread rounding up some videos/resources/techniques I’ve found.

I mentioned in the last thread that “post processing is more about theory than the tools/plugins/tricks/secrets/etc.” I may have misspoke a bit. I’m not saying neglect learning the tools, or stop searching for secrets, or stop using plugins; but rather use them in a more educational way. Knowing how all the tools work will help you apply them better and know when to apply them. Using plugins can be a great tool, but should never be a crutch. My feeling is anything a plugin can do, I want to know how to do for my own knowledge.

What if you’re an avid VSCO, Replichrome, Alien Skins, etc user and one day you’re working on a job with a fast turnaround time and your plugin fails, or it wasn’t on that computer, or it’s no longer compatible with Photoshop/Lightroom? What happens if your look was defined by a plugin, that you can’t recreate? Meanwhile you have a client waiting on their images. This is why having a vast knowledge of the tools/techniques is extremely valuable.

If you like a plugin, try reverse-engineering it. I’m not saying you have to use the reverse-engineered technique and stop using the plugin, but it sure helps when you know how the plugin is working. Heck you could even improve upon it ;)

Chasing “secrets” is also a great way to learn. It’s not necessarily that a “secret” exists but what you may learn along the way to “finding one”.


Anyways, what I’m saying is there’s no shame or problem with using plugin/preset/filters as tools in your kit; however like any tool you should have an understanding of how it works so you know when to use it, how to use it properly, or what to do if something goes wrong and you can’t use it. The better you get at editing, the more you may realize you need to improve as a photographer. You’ll come to a point where the quality of photo/editing has reached a cap due to the quality of the base image.

If anyone has any techniques/articles/tutorials that should be included, please comment or send me a message and I’ll add it in.

I’m not up to date on my tutorials. From what I’ve found Ben Secret and Michael Woloszynowicz have some of the most powerful techniques in their videos.


Tutorials:

Color/Toning/General:

Retouching:


Concepts:

General:

Color Theory:

Misc:


Tools:

Games:

EXIF/Metadata Tools:

Hope this helps out! ☺

-Cameron Rad

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Hello

Im curious which of the two you prefer to make the first edits in.Lightroom has the panel from the get go and PS has "camera raw", im no expert by a long shot so im kind of oblivious to if there is any difference with the two?

I see some on youtube make a couple of edits in lightroom and then transfer the photo over to PS and make the fine tuning in there but then your stuck with those edits you made in LR in PS (you can of course step back and undo the edits you made in lightroom but to me it seems easier to make it all in PS), you have no layers in LR to help you why not make all the edits in PS, is there any particular reasoning to this?

Thanks!

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I feel a few of my thumbnails needs a lot of polishing so I was hoping I could get some feedback on what I could do to improve them and make them "pop" since I'm a mere novice that only has Gimp & Sony Vegas as their only photo editing software

I'm trying to rebrand myself (Character Profiles) so I hope these thumbnails are somewhat appealing to you guys. All constructive criticism is welcome

Ex: RWBY Character Profile: Phyrra

https://imgur.com/a/pn72KpW

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Could somebody tell me what kind of post-processing was done on this?

https://imgur.com/a/K26jJnE

I love the feel of it but I can't articulate what that feel is. The tone or hue? The contrast? It looks "dingy" or "worn" but also "crisp" and "bright". Sorry if that makes no sense.

I tried to replicate it on this picture I took of my daughter but I don't think I captured it.

https://imgur.com/a/iumomj1

I would appreciate any insights thanks.

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I hope this is the right sub. So, I have to discuss my dissertation next month, I'm making a powerpoint presentation and there are a few maps in it, with regions of different colors.

e.g. There's a map with 3 colors: red, green and blue. I want to highlight the red region, as if it were a light and I turned it on. Is there a way to do that in adobe photoshop, paint.net or other software?

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how do i achieve the light , airy photos like @vuhlandes

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Can I (and if yes: how?) use the auto adjust function in Capture One on multiple images instead of having to push CMD-L on each separate image? (I do not want to copy adjustments, I want C1 to do its auto adjust magic for each separate image)

I cannot imagine that it cannot be done, but how?

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Hi Everyone,

I'm looking to edit something similar to this r/https://www.instagram.com/p/BgWjLlqBkfF/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet & r/https://www.instagram.com/p/Bj8ODIVhWZ1/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet

I'm doing tfp for someone who wants to do fashion blogging, but my editing style doesn't match anything like this. I usually smooth and retouch skin and use subtle tones and softer contrast.

Thanks in advance.

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Hi everyone! I've been trying to improve my photography editing skills, but have often run into the distinction of when to make my pictures more "realistic" versus my own editing style. For example, I have two pictures here from an event during the summer.

One picture is from my friend: https://flic.kr/p/28zo8PLAnd this is one I took myself: https://flic.kr/p/2bkqXYt

Both pictures were taken in the same room. The main difference I believe is that my friend used flash. However, if it's possible to discern, are there any other factors that might have made a difference? I find that my pictures tend to look orange when it comes to skin, and I have trouble getting skin to look smooth. (I use Lightroom)

Sorry if that wasn't enough info! Here is another photo I've taken if it helps: https://flic.kr/p/2aeKxMb

Thank you! I really appreciate any advice!

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So apparently the filter used is ND6. But just want to take a moment to appreciate this. Any idea on how this effect would be achieved?

https://i.redd.it/5vdqt5monon11.png

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Hey guys

So, here's the scenario:

I'm working on a calibrated monitor, processing RAW's on Capture One under ProPhoto RGB proofing (View > Proof Profile > ProPhoto RGB) and exporting them ["Edit with" option. TIFF, 16-bit, ProPhoto RGB] to further edit on Photoshop, which is configured to work under ProPhoto RGB in color settings. But, guess what, the colors are not matching

There's a bluish/greenish color shift when viewing the exported TIFF on Photoshop, specially in the shadows. The exact same [exported] file can be viewed on Capture One without any color change

- Soft proofing isn't enabled in PS

- The colors are wrong no matter what zoom level I set

- I just tried to export the same file to PS, but using sRGB instead and now the colors are matching [when prompted I told PS to use the embedded profile instead of the working space - which is ProPhoto]. So the mystery remains: why can't I get the right colors when exporting with ProPhoto since everything is working under the same profile?! Oh boy

Am I missing something? Any ideas?

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