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February 9th, 2007, 09:45 PM
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Okay I am going to try to get a few lessons on here this weekend.

I enhance my photos a lot. I do other things than this but here is the basics.

If you have a dark photo like this.

You can brighten it up and it will make your siggy look nicer.

First you want to adjust the curves. Go to Image>>Adjustments>>>>Curves

I normally pick the anchor point in the middle and slide it over to the left. Then I will sometimes click to create another anchor point at the top and bottom and slide it over. (You can see the PSP lesson too, they are pretty similar) You sort of have to play around with this but it is really easy. You can see it will make your picture look a lot brighter.

After you do this your picture may look sort of dull and washed out. So you will want to adjust the contrast.


Then just increase your contrast until you like the way it looks.


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February 10th, 2007, 12:09 PM
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Thanks! This helped me save a really good picture. Love the results!
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April 2nd, 2008, 04:29 AM
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gota question.. in GIMP you can use the lil water drop to sharpen the eyes... but in photoshop its just for blur.. i dont like using the contrast and i like my photos as is after the curves.. but i always sharpen just the eys, do you konw how i would do that?
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April 2nd, 2008, 04:32 AM
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Yes, the blur tool (water drop) click on it and you can choose the sharpen brush there. There's three choices for that tool - blur, sharpen, & smudge.

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April 2nd, 2008, 09:52 AM
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You'll need to right click on the blur tool in CS3 to see the other options for that tool.
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April 2nd, 2008, 04:41 PM
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ok cool thanks! i have used GIMP and got so attatched to that.. that its hard for me with the CS3.. its like culture shock on a computer lol.. thanks again!
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