Month: April 2016

Google Drive for Education and the Backup Backdoor

If you are part of a school that utilizes Google Drive for Education you (most likely) have unlimited storage. You can use this as a backup service that is always in-sync with your documents and folders. If you have enough bandwidth and another computer connected to Google Drive, whatever you do on one computer is entirely matched on the other, second to second. Cheers,...

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Debunking a Workflow Myth

!!! I missed last Friday! So sorry everyone. We’ll I’ve been wanting to get this off my shoulders for while so here goes. A while back (2004 to be exact) I invented the Luminance/Color mode curve layer split. (Probably others did too around the same time.) It got quickly taken out of context though (particularly at Columbia College Chicago)! The real reason for doing this is to control near-out-of-gamut colors and make them not comb (the posterization you see in super saturated gradients when an image is not properly adjusted). This is only useful in 8bit mode (when you...

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Perception of Black

Black color (warm or cool), paper texture, light angle, and light temperature, can all effect the visual darkness of a print. It’s possible to take a matte print, that is printed and framed correctly, appear to be darker in its shadows than a gloss...

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8bit to 16bit

This one is complicated and brief. It may make more questions come my way, but here goes. You can convert 8bit color images into 16bit color images that act (a bit) like 16bit images if the original has grain texture (aka it’s a raw film scan in 8bit Lab or RGB). 1. Open your raw film scan, covert to 16bit, then convert to Adobe RGB. 2. Upscale at least more than 10% using preserve details in photoshop (no noise reduction yet). This will do an initial interpolation into 16bit. 3. Open Camera Raw Filter and reduce the color noise...

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Adobe RGB Default

This is a no-brainer but it constantly trips people up. The first thing you want to do when you install Photoshop on a new computer/system is go to Edit>Color Settings and set the RGB working space from sRGB to Adobe RGB and the Grayscale working space from Dot Gain 20 to Gray Gamma...

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