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Sharpening is one of the hardest post-processing steps to understand for many photographers. There are several pitfalls and obstacles to overcome in order to take your sharpening skills to a professional level. When should you sharpen, to get the best result? How does the output media affect the sharpening process? Is there any room for creativity, when sharpening? Should I sharpen before resizing the image, and so on? There are many questions that need to be answered before you can take your sharpening skills to a new level. In this post, you will get my suggestions on when to sharpen

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Posted on November 07, 2018 by Peter Dam in Affinity Photo, Articles, Nik Collection, Photoshop

  Your awesome photo is processed and ready for print. But still you feel something is missing. Do you want to add an extra exclusive look to your photo with an elegant Photoshop border? And what about applying a Photoshop border automatically to multiple photos by using Photoshop Actions and batch processing. In this post,  I will show you both how you can create a border in a few simple steps and how to automate the technique with Photoshop Actions. (more…)

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Posted on April 16, 2016 by Peter Dam in Articles, Photoshop

One of the best ways to use to convert an image to a toned black and white image is by using Photoshop's Gradient Map tool. With the gradient map tool, you can create a lot of kick-ass looking toned black and white photos, but you can also create some crazy stuff which looks horrible, so take care. In this tutorial, I will show you how to work with the Photoshop Gradient Map tool to achieve a professional looking toned black and white image. Here is the original color image that I will convert into a toned black and white photo using a gradient map in Photoshop. (more…)

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Posted on April 13, 2016 by Peter Dam in Articles, Photoshop

  What is it about black and white photography that is so amazing? And how can you create it? In a world full of color, we often get attracted to the colors that 'screams' the most for attention or the colors that have the greatest visual mass in a photo. But in some photos, we want the viewers to look at something else like the textures, shapes, lines or connections between two subjects. Creating great black and white images are about obtaining a good contrast. Without it, black and white images will look flat and uninteresting. And Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 got some cool tools to

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Posted on October 27, 2015 by Peter Dam in Articles, Black and White, Nik Collection, Photoshop

Often when a photo comes straight from the camera, it looks flat and not just up to our expectations or what our experience was when we took it. Instead of leaving the photo sitting on your hard drive, you can make most images pop using Lightroom or Photoshop, but with help from the DxO’s Nik Plugins, you can take control of the editing process to another level and get the most out of each photo - and the Nik Collection delivers, no doubt about it. Although you can use the Nik plug-ins from either LR or Aperture, you achieve the best workflow from Photoshop. In Photoshop, each use

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Posted on October 01, 2015 by Peter Dam in Articles, Nik Collection, Photoshop