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Monthly archive for November 2018

Avoiding Over-editing with Photo Editing Services

The key to learning how to use photo editing services is to learn self-restraint. There are dozens of tools at your disposal when you begin to use this technology, but the more elements you add to an image, the lower the overall quality of the presentation will be. You want to preserve as much of the original image as you can, and only add elements that improve the look of these features, rather than masking them.

Creating Smooth Edges

If you are using photo editing services to create a clipping path, you want to find the balance between creating an edge that is clearly defined and making your edge look choppy. You want to put anchor points in any areas where the direction of your line changes, but not so many that every pixel out of place is noted in your final presentation. Draw gentle arches and cut the difference between the pixels that fall on the edge of the object and those which define the background.

Sharpening the Colors

Once you have drawn your edge you want to smooth out the rough patches. A blending tool can help you eliminate the shadowing around your object that is caused by the carryover pixels. You can also add a defined edge to your object by using the sharpening tool to darken the pixels around the object.

Using this effect slightly will bring an object forward so it stands out against the background. If you increase the effect of your edge you can create a border around the object, which can be useful if you plan on creating a cutout that does not have a defined background. Play around with your photo editing services to determine which effect you like best and which is the most appropriate for the finished product you want to create.

Bring Your Images to Life with Photo Retouching Services

Photo retouching services have become increasingly popular in the professional world. With the boom in online social advertisement, greater amounts of high-quality pictures are needed to edge out the competition. However, advertisers and publishers are not the only ones who require editing services. More and more people are turning to professionals to help restore and colourise their old photographs.

Traditional photos have always been considered fragile. While many still enjoy the challenges and accomplishments of traditional photography, they still back them up in the digital world. Why? Because the chemicals used on photographic paper are very sensitive to sunlight and air. Acid in hot, humid air can destabilise the colour dyes in photographs and make them fade more quickly. Light has a similar effect and will break down the dyes in the paper, causing the pictures to fade. Humidity can also cause the paper to warp and grow brittle. While the chemicals used in black and white photographs are more stable, if left in these conditions for long enough, they will also succumb.
Professionals and hobbyists have made it a habit to take their precious memories and store them on computers. With pictures that have already undergone damage, they use photo editing tools to restore colour and erase any scratches. For old black and white images, many have been experimenting with colourising them. However, this is only a small portion of the population. Most people do not have expensive photo editing programs. The free or cheap programs that they do have usually don’t have the tools they need. It is also hard to spend so much many on the right program when you only need it for one task. Photo retouching services are proving to be the best solution for these problems.

If you only need a small box of pictures restored or colourised, the only thing that you really need is a decent flatbed scanner. These have become very cheap and are good multipurpose tools and can be used for saving and faxing any kind of documents. Once you have scanned your pictures, be sure to save them as TIFF or RAW files if you have the option. These are larger files, but they allow an editor more freedom to edit and preserve the details of the image better. And even if your images are black and white, save them as colour images to help in the editing process.

Now it is just a matter of choosing from a large list of photo retouching services. Compare the quality of their work and their price listings to find the company that works best for you. When you are ready, get in contact with them, let them know exactly the kind of work you want done and sit back and wait. Even rather large jobs have a quick turnaround and you will have saved yourself days of sitting in front of a computer trying to figure out clone stamps and layer masks.

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