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Canna W Oct 8, 2005 1:11 AM

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Herewith a pic I have made a bit of a mess with elsewhere, through trying to sharpen.

Theversion I am posting here is completely untouched, except for a fairly drastic crop.

For photo-editing I use PS7. I tried filter>other>high pass ..... and that was fine, but then I tried to get it a bit sharper with the unsharp mask, and it looked terrible.

I also have Picture Cooler - but didn't use that at any stage in my bad effort..

I can post my mess too if that will help!!

Those lines across the sky are a :evil:.....

I would be really interested to see how other people might tackle sharpening this image.

All best wishes,


PS Itmay well be beyond sharpening! This is noisy noise :sad:

cwodave Oct 8, 2005 7:09 AM

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Using PSP-X

Automatic Color Balance, AutomaticContrast Enhancement, Clarify, Automatic Saturation Enhancement, Edge Preserving Smooth and Sharpen.

One step noise removal (X2)

High pass sharpen

Canna W Oct 8, 2005 8:11 AM

Hi Cwodave,

Wow!!!!! :?

That is pretty amazing. Well done!

Regrettably I don't think I can access some of the things you mention - but it was great to see what can be done.

What a difference! Very impressive!



KCan Oct 8, 2005 12:08 PM

You may try neatimage, which is a stand alone program, the free version is perfect for occasionnal use (no batch processing)

rink_rat Oct 8, 2005 4:46 PM

Photoshop CS, Auto contrast, Auto color, Auto levels, Hue and Saturation (Hue +8 ), Sharpen edges, and a quick pass through noiseware on the default settings.

VTphotog Oct 8, 2005 7:30 PM

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Hi Caroiline;

I took a look and got best results using Neat Image free version. As for the power lines, they would be easy enough to remove, but the poles would look funny with nothing connected. :-)


Canna W Oct 9, 2005 2:18 AM

Thank you everyone....I am so impressed!!!! :D

I will definitely download Neat Image and try that.

Thanks again for taking the time to help - it is really appreciated.

I'll let you know how I get on!

Brian - :blah:


creeduk Oct 10, 2005 1:05 PM

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I know you do not have CS2 and just got your hands on PS7 but I wanted to see what the new tools could do out the box, so here you go.

Canna W Oct 11, 2005 8:57 AM

Hi Creeduk

I wrote a long reply to your pix last night, then my hand slipped and it all zapped off into the eather :-(

I think both pix are excellent! Which appeals to you most? I must admit, given the naturally soft nature of the subject I think I prefer the one on the right. The one on the left looks just slightly contrasty/over sharpened to me. What do you think?

How are you getting on with your new PS toy? Do you get MENSA membership as part of the package :-)))

Thanks again for these great examples.


Canna W Oct 12, 2005 4:27 AM

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Okay - herewith my go, plus some details if anyone wants to pull me up on anything!

I downloaded Neat Image and processed the pic using the auto settings.

Back into PS7.

Levels - brought pointers on top row in to edges of black data area.

For??? reasons this did not correspond to the degree of dusk on the actual evening - maybe because the white reading was coming from the car headlights.

I tried moving the central pointer on the top row,as I usually do, when wanting to darken/lighten,but this brought up too much noise. I instead used the bottom (output) slider to make the image darker.

I then made a duplicate layer and used the high pass filter at level 8, with the multiply mode set at 27%. (I think I did this just in a selection round the main poles.)

Herewith the result.

I would be pleased to hear about anything I should have done differently.


PS I'm disappointed the resulting image looks so going back to do something about it.....

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