Well now that the Holidays have been over for a few weeks, I should post another AppTip Sheet. The Color Range command is often used to change the color of a garment or other object in a photo.
This tip is how to use Photoshop CC’s Color Range command to select the sky or other background to enhance it in some way. Although this example does not deal with this tip of image, the technique is often used to enhance or replace the sky shining through tree branches, which often present a significant challenge using other selection techniques.
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In my last post, I discussed a 360-degree panorama that I used http://www.jkuula.co to display. In this post, I went a bit further in complexity and used Microsoft’s Image Composite Editor (ICE) to stitch the 34 photos making up the panorama. The steps were basically these.
- The images were taken with my DJI Mavic Pro using its automatic Spherical Pan flight mode.
- Then each of 34 DNG images were edited in PS CC to improve their brightness/contrast and color with identical settings for each image.
- Than the edited images were saved as JPEG files and imported into ICE for stitching to create a spherical projection 6000 pixels wide.
- PS CC was used to add additional sky to top of the stitched panorama to get 6000×3000 image. The 2:1 ratio is required by Facebook in order for it to project the final image. Other projection sites may not have this requirement.
- The composite was then converted to a 3D image in PS CC and saved.
Here is the link to the Panorama as displayed using Kuula.co.
I like the workflow highlighted above, because it allows me to make any desired adjustments to the DNG (RAW) images prior compositing.
Until next time…
In my previous post I should 360 panoramas or panospheres that were shot with my DJI Mavic Pro drone. In this post I will general describe the process using projects generated by http://www.okolo.com.
Remeber, Kuula.co works with pictures that have already been stitched, whereas okolo.com requires the individual images taken by the Mavic to be uploaded. Okolo.com then stitches them and prepares the panospheric projection.
Any photo editing that is desired must first be done to each individual image. In the case of the Mavic Pro 360 Panoramas, that means 34 separate images. Additionally, Okolo.com, only accepts JPEG images.
Even though the Mavic takes both a JPEG and DNG (RAW) images, I generally use the DNG version to hopefully gain the best quality. Each of the 34 images are 12 megapixels.
The basic steps I used to produce the 360 panorama linked below were to:
- Upload the images from the Mavic’s memory card.
- Import the thirty-four DNG images into Photoshop CC 2019.
- Edit each one with the same settings for color, brightness and contrast.
- Save the edited version as a JPEG image required by Okolo.com.
- Upload the batch of images to Okolo.com.
- Use Okolo.com to create and project the panosphere.
Click Here to view the final panospere on okolo.com. Below is a screen shot from the projection.
So to summarize, I use Kuula.co if I want to quickly project an display a previously stitched set of images as a panosphere. I use okolo.com to start with the individual images and thereby potentially getting a better quality result.
However, there other stitching and projecting panosphere programs and websites I am experimenting with. I will describe those in future posts.
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Colin Smith of Photoshop Café recently described how to edit and color grade video in Photoshop CC.
The steps on color grading were new to me, but it turns out I had posted two articles sometime ago on how to edit video using ACR in Photoshop.
The first one was in 2014. I am not sure where I leaned how to do this, but it could have been from Colin Smith. Here is its link:
I revisited the subject in December 2016. This time my before and after comparison was better. Here is the link to this one.
In the Colin Smith’s recent video, he goes on to how to use ACR to color grade a video, and give it a cinematic effect with is popular. Personally, I do not like the look for most of my videos.
By the way, I find that Photoshop renders the video much more slowly than say Premiere Elements 2019, at least on my PC. But I can live with that, because I am much more comfortable using the sliders of the ACR.
After all this time, I am curious to see if others use this technique to edit their videos.
And finally, there are a lot of other things you can do to enhance your videos using Photoshop CC, like trimming, and adding transitions.
Until next time…
Back in February, I posted an article how I use Okolo.com to display a panosphere. Okolo stitches the uploaded images into a 360-degree panorama or panosphere. In this post, I expand a bit on the earlier one. Okolo does not accept RAW images, which I prefer to take when using its panorama shooting modes. It only accepts JPEG images, and they can only be 5 Mb in size. So other software must be used to edit the RAW images, and then convert and resize them.
This post illustrates my workflow for preparing the 34 RAW images my DJI Mavic Pro takes using Photoshop CC. It goes no to outline the steps to upload them to Okolo.com to create and display the panosphere. I have detailed the steps in the PDF file that is linked below.
The workflow I describe here uses PS CC Action that does the necessary steps to convert and resize each image automatically. It is a simple action, and for the purposes of this post, I have not covered how to write it.
Finally, this can also be done in Photoshop Elements. I will probably write another post soon to better illustrate how to do it with the capabilities that are in Elements. Stay tuned.
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