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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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrouJYVOvuEIn the video above, I will show you how you can add contrast to your images in different ways using Affinity Photo, right from a simple contrast adjustment to a more professional way of adding contrast to your images. You can also use the method if you are using Photoshop, with just a little modification.We will be using an image that I captured on my trip to New Zealand. I captured it a little downstream from McClean’s Fall in the Catlins Conservation Park.As usual, when you capture images in Raw-format, they come out a bit flat. So, I want to

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Posted on March 22, 2018 by Peter Dam in Affinity Photo, Articles

Using layer masks in Affinity Photo is a powerful way to combine parts of several images into a single image or to limit the effect of adjustment layers and filters to only affect part of your image. Layer masks are nondestructive. This means that you can modify them at any stage of your post-processing workflow. (more…)

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Posted on October 05, 2017 by Peter Dam in Affinity Photo, Articles

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B97peyu-PXwIn this tutorial, you will learn how to use control points in Nik Viveza 2. Control points take a whole different approach to creating precise selections or masks than what you know from Lightroom or Photoshop. All of the plugins from Nik Collection use control points. There are minor differences between how they work in each plugin, but once you know how to use control points in one of the plugins like Nik Viveza 2, you will quickly be able to create very precise masks in any of the Nik Collection plug-ins. In this video and the written tutorial

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Posted on March 11, 2017 by Peter Dam in Nik Collection

  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

Do you want to find your best photos in Lightroom - the fast way? Or find your photos without a keyword? You might also be gathering photos for a calendar or yearbook, but struggles with keeping the overview. Then it is time to begin using smart collections. If you create your own smart collection you can easily find any photo that meets any criteria that you set up. Lightroom Smart Collections are basically the same as collection ‐ a way to organize you photos in groups. (more…)

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Posted on November 10, 2015 by Peter Dam in Articles, Lightroom

Learn how easy it is to create your own Lightroom presets. Save time on processing your photos in Lightroom, by combining the things you do over and over again into a single preset, that you can activate with the click of a button in Lightroom.

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Posted on November 04, 2015 by Peter Dam in Articles, Lightroom

  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