Color Experts International https://www.colorexpertsbd.com Clipping Path | Photo Retouching | Image Masking Service Provider Mon, 23 Apr 2018 11:31:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How to Fix Blurry Photos Induced by Camera-shake in Photoshop https://www.colorexpertsbd.com/blog/how-to-fix-blurry-photos-induced-by-camera-shake-in-photoshop Mon, 09 Apr 2018 10:52:39 +0000 https://www.colorexpertsbd.com/?p=10449 A detailed and sharp image is desired by everyone everywhere, but due to many reasons your best photos may get blurred and it can be fruitless. To fix such issue, Adobe Photoshop CC has introduced an intelligent mechanism that automatically reduces image blurring resulted from camera shaking. It also offers some other options that allow […]

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A detailed and sharp image is desired by everyone everywhere, but due to many reasons your best photos may get blurred and it can be fruitless. To fix such issue, Adobe Photoshop CC has introduced an intelligent mechanism that automatically reduces image blurring resulted from camera shaking. It also offers some other options that allow you to adjust advanced settings to perfect your blurred images. The Shake Reduction filter in the Filter menu is an excellent tool that can reduce blurring from image.

Types of Camera Shake Movements

Camera movements or shake can influence the pixels in a photo. There are many ways a camera can shake and can make blurry pixels. But, the good news is, Adobe Photoshop CC’s Came Shake Filter can fix shaky image that are induced by:

1. Linear motion,

2. Rotational motion,

3. Arc-shaped motion, and

4. Zigzag motion.

Let’s dive deep on how they might look. One caution though, we have used extreme examples of camera shake for you to easily understand the difference. These photos might not be fixed into their original pixel with this Photoshop CC feature. To understand the type of Camera Shake Movement, just observe how the pixels got spread or smudged.

Linear Motion Camera Shake

When the pixels of the images get spread out in a single line, it is called linear camera shake. In the below image, you can observe that the pixels are smudged in a straight line (diagonally, either up or down).

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Linear Motion Camera Shake Example

Rotational Motion Camera Shake

When the camera shake induced in a circle, you get Circular Camera Shake. This is obviously rare, but this also can happen. You can see smudging of pixels in a circle.

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Rotational Motion Camera Shake Example

Arc-shaped Motion Camera Shake

When there is a bit rotational motion of the camera but do not create a full circle, you get the pixels spread into arches. This makes an arch-like smudging motion in the picture.

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Arch-shaped Motion Camera Shake Example

Zigzag Motion Camera Shake

If your camera shakes in both horizontal and vertical directions, you get a zigzag motion in the camera shake picture. In the photo below, you can see pixels have been smudged in both horizontal and vertical direction and creating a zigzag line.

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Zigzag Motion Camera Shake Example

How to fix Camera Shake Photos

Suitable Photos for camera shake reduction

Decently lit still camera photos containing low noise are best for working with camera shake reduction filter. According to Adobe, the following three types of images are suitable for shake reduction:

  • Images taken by a lens with a long focal length.
  • Images of a static scene captured with a slow shutter speed without flash
  • Blurred text in photos.

Use of Automatic Camera Shake Filter

  1. Open your subject in Adobe Photoshop CC (because only Photoshop CC has Camera shake Filter) and duplicate the image layer.

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  1. Click on Filter You will get a dropdown menu and click on Sharpen. Select Shake Reduction from the submenu.

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[Filter > Sharpen > Shake Reduction]

  1. While clicking on the shake reduction, your subject will get reduced camera shake automatically as it is defined by Photoshop algorithm. If you are satisfied with the result so far, then save the images. But, if you feel further retouch for sharpness, there are lot of slides that allow to do so.

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  1. If you need, retouch further using the slides that the image shows below.

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  1. Your photo may demand more photo retouching. So, go to Filter again and click on the Camera Raw Filter (Shift + Ctrl + A).

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  1. A preview box will appear with a lot of retouching options which allow you further image retouching.

 

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Use Multiple Blur Traces

Blur traces represent the shape and extent of the blur. It is used to select the region where it is blur in an image. There may have various shapes of blur which automatic camera shake reduction cannot trace because it works best on just the default region which is determined by Photoshop itself. At a time you can use multiple blur traces to sharpen multiple region. You can also resize and change focus point. You will get your used traces are listed in the Advanced panel under Shake Reduction dialog.

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Before and After final output

Before and After (Final Output)

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How to Swap Faces in Photoshop – Face Morphing Tutorial https://www.colorexpertsbd.com/blog/how-to-swap-faces-in-photoshop Mon, 26 Mar 2018 09:43:08 +0000 https://www.colorexpertsbd.com/?p=10350 Whether it’s for fun or for serious business use, you must agree that Face swapping between two photos is an art. It’s also a very creative graphic design work. If you are new to Photoshop, then your learning is not complete with at least one Face Swapping or Morphing job. It’s often a great way […]

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Whether it’s for fun or for serious business use, you must agree that Face swapping between two photos is an art. It’s also a very creative graphic design work. If you are new to Photoshop, then your learning is not complete with at least one Face Swapping or Morphing job. It’s often a great way to make fun of your friends or make them feel special. Or maybe you are planning for a great haircut or hairstyle that suits you best, then face swapping on Photoshop is your best solution.

Face Morphing and Swapping also has great demand in the printing industry like magazine, newspaper, movie poster, banner, etc. whether it is ethical or not. Swap faces birthday cards and face swap Christmas cards are very popular. Besides, there are also lots of people who want face swap animals, face swap baby, face swap with dog, and many more. Regarding this fact, we have presented here a face swap tutorial that must be very helpful for beginners.

Face Morphing and Face Swapping in Photoshop is a bit different. Face swapping is like replacing almost all of the pixels in the original face. While, Face Morphing can mean stitching and blending some of the pixels of the both faces. We have mainly focused on Face Swapping only. But, for readers we have used Face Swapping and Face Morphing as synonymous to each other.

There are a lot of face swap apps available on the internet, but if you try with these face swap online apps, there is a possibility of face swap fails. Considering the performance of the face swap technology, you will get the best face swap in Photoshop. This very face swap editor has a bunch of tools and options which will provide you ease during swap faces from two different photos while giving you the best face swapping experience. Doing face swap in Photoshop will be easier for the beginners than face swap using GIMP, Lightroom, After Effects or various apps in Snapchat, etc.

In this article, we have shown swap faces with Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. It is presented very easily, so that you can understand as beginners. Reading this content and its images, if you feel bored in reading this article and don’t want to spend much time, you can download the PSD file we have attached below for you to play around with face swap in Photoshop.

To practice on this tutorial, you can download the hollow face and hairstyle of Trump from here:  PSD file for Download

  1. Firstly, select two same alignment images you want to face swap in Photoshop. For this face swap tutorial purpose, we have taken two images of American President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Using these two images, we will show you how to swap face in Adobe Photoshop.
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  2. Open the two images in Photoshop in two different tabs (Look at the snapshot we have pointed out with red arrow below). In the first tab, we keep the image of Trump and in the second tab, there is the photo of Putin. Now, we like to swap Putin’s face on Trump’s face. That is why, we open Trump image in the first tab and the other is in the second tab.1
  3. Zoom (Ctrl +) the first photo and duplicate the layer as we have shown in the image below.2
  4. Now, go to the second image and create path around the only face leaving hair and ear using Pen Tool. Completing creating the path, press Ctrl + Enter to have selection the path and copy by pressing Ctrl + C. See the image below to get an idea.3
  5. Go to the first image and take a new layer from the layer panel and pressing Ctrl + V, paste that face you have copied from the second image. Follow the snapshot below.4
  6. In this stage, select Move tool and tick on the check box of Auto-select and Show Transform Controls. Now, select the copied-face layer and reduce opacity so that you can see bottom layer through it. This opacity changing will help you to place the face on the right position- eyes on eyes and nose on nose.5
  7. Pressing Ctrl, click on the thumbnail of layer 1 to have selection and make 100%, the opacity of layer 1 that you reduced while adjusting.6
  8. You have to adjust face on the background layer (we renamed) now and so, go to Select menu from the top menu. Then, take the cursor on Modify from the dropdown, and click on the Contract. A new dialogue box will appear and provide 10 pixel property (It depends on your image). Finally, click on Ok and you can see that the face you taken from the second image will get fixed on the background image.7
  9. Click on the Background layer and press Backspace to make the adjustment face transparent. Before getting the transparent face, make sure you have hidden the first layer. See the below snapshot.8
  10. Now, pressing Ctrl + D, deselect the adjustment face and by holding Ctrl, click on the two layers together- background layer and layer 1 for selecting.9
  11. Here, in this stage we will blend two faces together and for this reason, go to Edit from the top menu bar. You will get a dropdown and click on the Auto-Blend Layer. Remember, you should make visible and keep selected the top face.10
  12. A pop-up box will appear. Click on the Panorama and provide tick-mark on the check-box of Seamless Tones and Colors and finally, click on Ok.11
  13. Here, you will feel the magic. Automatically, two layers of two faces will be blended and you will get desired result. Look at the image below.12

 

Final Output (Trumputin)

This is all about swap face using Photoshop. Other image swapping tools may not produce desired quality face swap photos, but Photoshop is the best face swap tool that can product professional face swap image. You can use it as a beginner.

Envy any hairstyle? Take a snap of your favorite hairstyle and swap your face on the image to see how the hairstyle may look on you. This tutorial will help you to do that.

Now it’s your turn

So far we have tried to make you understand about the technique of face swapping. Now it is your turn. Try and check whether you can swap face or not. In this content we have added various photo swapping downloadable PSD files for you. Check out, choose hair style from our attachment that you like, and place your or friend’s face on it. It would be a great fun, of course.

Trumputin

Donald Trump + Validmir Putin

Trumputin

Download the photo of Donald Trump and try to swap your face or your friend. PSD File For Download

 

Kim Putin Un

Kim Jong-un + Vladimir Putin

Many politicians have unique hair style like Trump. Many of us want to get that hair style. Though practically it is not possible, we can use the style in our photograph. For example, if you like Kim Jong-un’s hair style try it on you or your friend. PSD file for Download

Kim putin un

Kim Putin Un

Abrahamabama

Abraham Lincoln + Barak Obama

With due respect, if you like Abraham Lincoln and his hair style, you can also get his style by your face swapping on his face. Take the PSD file and try it yourself. PSD file for Download

Abrahamobama

Abrahamabama

Selena Bieber

Selena Gomez + Justin Bieber

Most of all among young generation like Justin Bieber’s hair style. If you are a fan of Justin Bieber’s boyish hairstyle download this PSD file and try your face on it. PSD file for Download

selena bieber

Selena Bieber

Hermione Potter

Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) + Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe)

Here is also a sample of Harry Potter hair style. We tried and you also can swap your face on it. PSD file for Download

Hermione Potter

Hermione Potter

Washingtrump

George Washington + Donald Trump

Gorge Washington had also a unique hair style that you may like and if so, you can add your face on it. For making fun, you may add your friend. To do download the PSD file. PSD file for Download

Washingtrump

Washingtrump

Michael Obama

Michael Jackson + Barack Obama

Michael Jackson is also different regarding his hair style. If you like, add your face on his portrait. PSD file for Download

Michael Obama

Michael Obama

We have shown swapping technique so far with male photos. This technique also works on female face nicely. If you are interested to swap female face, you can do so. Download PSD files from our attachment for practice and swap your face or friend face on it to have a great fun.

Kristen Gaga

Kristen Stewart + Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga is famous for her crazy behavior that includes various types of hair style. She has millions of fans who like her and her hair styles. If you like too Gaga’s hair style, swap your face on her face. PSD file for Download

Lady Gaga Crish

Kristen Gaga

Melania Winfrey

Melania Trump + Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey is also most known media personality. She is famous for live presentation. She has also a unique hair style. If you choose, you can have this style for you by photo swapping. PSD file for Download

Melania Winfrey

Melania Winfrey

Kate Clinton

Kate Winslet + Hilary Clinton

If you like Hilary Clinton and her hair style, you can have for your own by photo morphing. Download the PSD file to practice. PSD file for Download

Kate Clinton

Kate Clinton

Kim-or Swift

Kim Kardashian + Taylor Swift

Kim Kardashian is also well known for her hair style. She has very nice long hair and if you like it, you can possess by face morphing. For DIY, download the PSD and practice. PSD file for Download

Kim or Swift

Kim-or Swift

Miley Gomes

Miley Cyrus + Selena Gomez

Miley Cyrus has a boyish hair-cut that also looks very stylistic and you can take it for your own by Photoshop photo blending. PSD file for Download

Miley Gomes

Miley Gomes

Have fun! Happy Photoshopping!!

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Macro Photography Ideas, Hacks & tricks https://www.colorexpertsbd.com/blog/macro-photography-ideas-hacks-tricks Sat, 10 Mar 2018 06:20:43 +0000 https://www.colorexpertsbd.com/?p=10321 There are so many subjects to shoot instead of only insects or objects such as snowflake photography, underwater photography, water drop, and macro photography depth of field, etc. Working with these subjects is tricky and you have to be tactful for perfection. You must have suitable gear and proper macro photography ideas, hacks & tricks. […]

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There are so many subjects to shoot instead of only insects or objects such as snowflake photography, underwater photography, water drop, and macro photography depth of field, etc. Working with these subjects is tricky and you have to be tactful for perfection. You must have suitable gear and proper macro photography ideas, hacks & tricks. Besides, as this type of photography is pretty much challenging, you must have sound knowledge on how to do macro photography at home or studio commercially.

Earlier we have discussed about macro photography accessories, equipment, and essentials. You can check out to know detail about photography gear and this article will help you know how capture stunning macro photos of some challenging subjects.

Snowflake macro photography

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Though it seems that winter season is not perfect time for macro photography, still there is a fantastic opportunity to have stunning macro photos. All the macro subjects like insects, flowers, and tiny things remain invisible during the winter, but you can shoot wonderful images of snowflakes. Snowflake macro photography is tricky and you must be very quick, as they might melt away quite soon. You need some different accessories for the photography, which are very much needed for getting beautiful snowflake photos.

What you need for this photography are:

🔷 Black blanket / towel / mitten

Block woolen cloth is very important for collecting suitable snowflakes. It must be dark or constructing color background, since snowflakes are mainly white. A considerable amount of gap should be between snow and the background for proper light reflection. That’s why woolen clothes with fur perfect, becuase they can create insulation under snowflake.

🔷 Camera & Lens

No matter how your camera is. What you have, you can start with that. But, there is something about the lens. If you can afford, buy suitable lens or you can use your existing lens with a macro photo reversing ring. Usually, the snowflakes are around 2-5mm across, which needs powerful magnification. So, suitable lens is needed capable of magnifying 1:1 life-size that enough to shoot full frame macro photograph.

🔷 Lighting

Natural lighting is the best for perfect snowflake photo shooting. But, in a snowy day, you may feel the shortage of enough lighting necessary for this macro image. To cope with such a situation, you can keep suitable ring flash with you that we have described earlier in this content. During the use of flash light, be aware of not melting the snow. So, try to get your job done very quickly and at first try.

🔷 Snowflake

Finally, you need macro photography subject that is snowflake. So, go outside and keep woolen blanket open so that it can hold some snowflake that are falling from the sky. Usually you need one flake, but, don’t take the risk of melting or bad shape. So, hold more than one. Now, your subject is ready for getting captured. However, there is another way to get snowflakes during summer, from your refrigerator. But, we’ve tried and it’s really too risky during summer. In most cases they start to lose their aesthetic shapes very quickly, even if they do not melt. However after getting a whole bunch of them, you can start shooting at random and get some of the best ones.

How to shoot snowflake macro photos

Although macro photography is a little bit challenging and not like the average photography, it will need acid tests. Get some shots to try your luck and then perfect it. If you arrange everything perfectly, it will be easy for you.

Alright, for shooting snowflake image, go outside with mitten or blanket during snowfall. Set mitten and try to hold snowflake. Hold more than one snowflake and select the best crystal for your photography. It should be big, clear, and reflective snowflake with a lot of branches.

Once you have collected snowflakes, try to shoot images at the very first hour because there is a risk of melting. Now, set your camera and lens as close as possible to shoot macro. Usually these images are captured in board daylight, but if there is not adequate light, then use flash for creating proper lighting environment. Ok, if everything is ready, capture macro snowflake photos as much as you can, because later you have to do focus stacking. During taking macro images, it is not possible to focus each part of your tiny subject. As a result, use Adobe Photoshop (we love it for better result) for focus stacking. This technique enables you to focus all parts of the macro snowflake image. However, in this way, you will get awesome snowflake macro photographs.

Underwater macro photography

Underwater photography is not easy. Perhaps it is more tiresome that you think. A lot of things depend on you and when everything goes with you perfectly, then you can claim to be capable of capturing underwater photography. Unlike the average photography, here you need to buy thousands of dollars photography gear and diving equipment underwater, you need to know diving techniques, and the most importantly, you have to know underwater photography lighting. Besides, you must have the ability to shake frustration. Many times, you may experience what you never want, suppose you dive into water, but there are no fish or other subjects you are looking for. Again, you may feel sick or some other physical shortcoming, etc. That’s why you should have a well preparation for experience the amazing things underwater that most people never experience.

Underwater macro photography gear

A good preparation, in case of this type of photography, is needed and it includes long planning, some training as well as suitable underwater macro photography equipment. This task is pretty much hard, but it is a lot fun. Its success depends much on the right use of gear. So, let’s have a talk about gear of underwater macro photography.

🔷 Camera & Lens

You can capture underwater macro photos with a water resistant compact camera or a DSLR. What you have to check out of it is only its zooming capability which allows you to shoot closer photos. Nothing more, you need regarding camera, but you need a macro lens and appropriate flat port. You should select lens with suitable focal length, minimum focus and working distance. The macro lenses you will use for underwater macro photo should have 60mm to 100/105mm range. There are lots of brands such as Nikon, Cannon, Olympus, etc. you can take their lenses for best performances.

🔷 Strobe for Lighting

It is a significant issue. You know, good photography is all about proper lighting. Underwater macro photography is not an exception, even here it is more challenging. Only built-in camera flash is not enough and cannot create clear images. That’s why, external flash or flashgun which is also known as strobe, is crucial. It will provide you more flexibility. There are lots of options that allows to use various light effects regarding water color, depth, and clarity. For having perfect exposure, use more than one strobe and place those into different angles.

🔷 Diving equipment

Then you need necessary underwater diving equipment. There are lots of things such as gear bag, hand torch, compass, surface signaling device, GPS rescue device, some emergency tools, oxygen tank, diving knife, and more, just know the activities and facilities of everything and justify which are suitable for you and buy that are affordable. Moreover, you need proper training for underwater macro photo shooting.

How to shoot underwater macro photographs

First thing first. For underwater macro photo shooting, take preparation, make yourself ready, and dive into water. Get as close to your subject as possible, especially within 12 inches. Make ready your flash and turn on. Use external strobe or flash for minimizing backscatter and to get proper exposure, use strobe more than one, because water reduces color, contrast, and sharpness. Get low and shoot from upward angle and focus on your subject’s eyes for best composition. Then, set your camera to the highest resolution. In this case, ISO should be lowest to begin. However, now shoot your underwater macro images. If your images lack of sharpness, concentrate on shutter speed. It should be1/30th for still subject, 1/60th for slow moving subject, and 1/125th for fast moving subjects like fish. Finally, if it requires, edit your images DIY or take photography post production service from any professional bulk image editing company.

Water drop macro photography

This type of photography is really fun! Taking perfect shot of speedy water drop macro image is very challenging. It is an art of capturing close-up photos. These photos have details, though they cannot be seen with bare eyes. Actually macro photography means greater images than the subjects. Water drop macro photography is also that. Usually, water drop is seen naturally on leaves, flowers, or anywhere. It looks like a world on its own. You can also create water drop with perfect background or nice scenario reflected on the drop by yourself.

Water drop macro photography gear

To get wonderful water drop macro photos, you should some important gear such as camera, macro lens, steady platform like table, dropper or syringe, pin, etc. These gears will provide you more ease to have beautiful water drop images.

🔷 Camera & Lens

If you can afford, use costlier camera. But, if you cannot, start water drop photography with what you have- SLR, DSLR or smartphone. Only what you have to think about this photo shoot is shutter speed. Your camera must have very quick shutter speed. The shutter should be around 1/200th per second and for having enough depth of field, the aperture for macro photography should be f4-f5. Anyway, proper use of macro lens is another issue. Use macro lens so that you can focus on your subjects easily.

🔷 Tripod

It is another significant gear for taking water drop photo. If your hand is shaky (even though it is not shaky), use a suitable tripod to have clear and blur free water drop. Without a tripod, your best images may get distorted and lack of sharpness. Because, though it looks steady, we are always moving even a little bit which will ruin the effort of taking macro images.

🔷 Table

After getting a steady camera with tripod, you need steady subject. So, keep your subject on a table. You’ll get another advantage with the table and that is the perfect angle which is very important for perfect shots. Your tripod or camera and the subject should be placed on the same level.

🔷 Dropper or Syringe / Pin

Though you know how to create water drop, we like to give you some extra info about water drop creator. If you use dropper or syringe without needle, you can easily create water drop. You can also use pin for the same purpose.

How to shoot water drop macro photos

For having a stunning water drop beautiful macro photo, take a good preparation with all of the necessary accessories. Then, set up the photography equipment at studio or anywhere you like to take the photo. At the very first, place a table and keep water bucket on it. A suitable tripod should be setup then just beside and parallel with the water drop. You can take such an image in two ways- one is still droplet on a flower or leaf and the other way is to take a falling water drop in the still water.

In case of still water drop photo, create a water drop on flower or leaf using dropper or syringe. Try to use natural light or if needs, use an external flash. To increase the beauty, place another flower just behind the water drop so that it can be focused through the drop. Finally, set camera on the tripod, concentrate on ISO, aperture, and take the image.

If you want to take an image of falling water droplet, set everything like the static water droplets photography. Here you should be quicker while shooting with the pace of falling water drop. Concentrate on the right momentum and the shutter speed of your camera. For taking this type of images, the minimum camera setting is ISO 200, 85mm lens, 1/125 shutter speed, f/11 aperture, and the DSLR you like most. If your smartphone can take water droplets, you can also use the phone.

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Macro Photography Gears, Accessories, Equipments, and Essentials https://www.colorexpertsbd.com/blog/macro-photography-accessories-equipment-essentials Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:26:38 +0000 https://www.colorexpertsbd.com/?p=10264 From the beginning of photography, it was a challenge to capture macro photographs. The invention of digital cameras has solved the issue. Now we can capture an image of attractive portion of the objects or living things that is not clearly visible to the bare eye. The term macro photography refers to the extreme close-up […]

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From the beginning of photography, it was a challenge to capture macro photographs. The invention of digital cameras has solved the issue. Now we can capture an image of attractive portion of the objects or living things that is not clearly visible to the bare eye. The term macro photography refers to the extreme close-up photography or capture an image on 35mm film frame that ranged from 1:10 to 1:1 size of the original subject. This technique enables you to have an image of small ant larger than the original ant. You can see the details and depth of field of the subject. To take a macro photo of a tiny subject requires suitable macro photography setup. You need to know exact macro photography hacks and tricks.

Macro Photography Gears

Macro Photography Accessories

A macro photography workshop demands a considerable number of macro photography gears and accessories which will make you capable to capture stunning macro photos. Suitable macro photography gears will help you to succeed as a hobbyist or a commercial macro photographer. Perhaps you are thinking about some dedicated and costlier gear, but that is not correct. Here, we want to share a list with you what macro photography equipment you exactly need.

  1. Macro lens
  2. Lens reversing ring
  3. Flash & Lighting
  4. Friendly tripod
  5. Shooting table
  6. Box
  7. Rail
  8. Software

1. Macro Photography Lens

Macro Photography Lens

Actually, you don’t need to buy dedicated macro photography lens. You can shoot macro images with whatever lens you have in your collection. You have to buy just a lens reversing ring. But, if you can afford and want to buy such lens, we have some suggestions. For getting 1:1 magnification, you have to buy non-zoom lens. You may think about which one is the best. To consider, here is a list of macro lens.

⚫️ Short Macro Lenses (30-50mm)

Such a lens is for smaller sensor camera. It works best in short distance and produces greater depth of field. These lenses are cheaper that longer macros. The problem with the lenses is that they cannot work well with living flying subjects like butterfly. There are lots of brands like Sony, Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Sigma, etc. are offering these lenses.

o Sony E 30mm f/3.5 Macro

o Olympus Zuiko 35mm f/3.5 E-ED Digital

o Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Macro

o Nikon 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro

o Olympus 50mm f/2 E-ED

o Sigma 50mm f/2.8 Macro for Sigma

o Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro

 ⚫️ Standard Macro Lenses (60-105mm)

It is the most common focal length for macro lenses. It provides comfortable working with distance from 9 to 12 inches. For capturing portrait images, this type of lenses are very suitable. There are lots of price variation of this type of lens starts from around $450.00. The brands like Nikon, Canon, Sigma, Sony, Tamron, Tokina, etc. are offering the best lenses.

o Nikon 60mm f/2.8 D AF Micro-Nikkor

o Tamron SP 60mm f/2 Di II

o Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro

o Sigma 70mm f/2.8 EX DG AF Macro

o Nikon 85mm f/3.5G AF-S DX Micro ED (VR-II)

o Sony Planar 85mm f/1.4a

o Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di

o Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro (AF)

o Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM (AF)

o Sony 100mm f/2.8

o Tokina AT-X 100mm f/2.8

o Pentax D-FA 100mm f/2.8 Macro WR

o Zeiss 100mm f/2.0 Makro Planar ZE

o Nikon 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor

⚫️ Tele-Macro Lenses (150-200mm)

If you want to capture macro photo from two feet distance, you should use tele-macro lenses. It will go to get close-up photo where reaching is almost impossible like living subjects or impenetrable places. Such type of lenses are costlier. Sigma, Canon, Tamron, Nikon, etc. are providing these lenses.

o Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG APO AF

o Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM

o Tamron SP 180mm f/3.5 Di Macro LD-IF

o Nikon 200mm f/4 ED-IF AF Micro Telephoto Nikkor

⚫️ Mirrorless Macro Lenses

Mirrorless interchangeable lenses compact are smaller and lighter than DSLR. They are cheaper also. These lenses take the facilities of live view system. Anyway, these lenses continue to be refined and improved. There are some brands like Olympus, Zeiss, and Yasuhara are offering this type of lenses.

o Olympus M-Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8

o Yasuhara Nanoha Macro 5:1

o Yasuhara Nanoha Macro 5:1 for Sony E-Mount

o Zeiss Touit 50mm f/2.8 for Fujifilm X-Series

o Zeiss Touit 50mm f/2.8 for Sony E-Mount

2. Lens reversing ring

Lens reversing ring

To shoot macro photos, you have to have various lenses, that is not always correct. Even you can continue macro photography without macro lens. You can take such images using the 50 mm lens if you have. What you have to do is just to reverse your lens, just like you can reverse your binocular. The front part of the lens will go outward and the outward part will be attached to the camera body. For doing this, you should have a lens reversing macro photography ring or macro reverse mount adapter. You can use your existing lens by using this ring. By the way, there are two types of ring for reverse lens macro photography available in the market.

⚫️ Single lens reverse macro

This reverse ring macro photography is used for reversing a single lens. It has one side screw at the end of your lens like a filter. You can buy the lens from Amazon or eBay at affordable prices.

⚫️Twin lens reverse macro

It will give you advantage to attach couple of lenses with camera body. It behaves like a powerful close-up filter. This lens is also available in the market like Amazon or eBay. You will get the lens cheap.

3. Flash & Lighting

Flash & Lighting

For macro photography, the use of natural light is the best way. But, sometimes you may feel shortage of required light as your subject is little insects or a portion of big subject. If you want to reach depth of field, you need enough light. For this reason, you need a suitable macro photography flash setup. There are various types of flashes you can use, but if possible, use flash from an off-camera position. You can hold external flash and a hand-held flash offer more freedom to control direction and quality of light. Here we are sharing some flashes you can get ideas.

o   Phoenix SmartFlash RF46C Macro Ringlight

o   Olympus SRF-11 TTL Ring Flash

o   Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX

o   Nikon R1C1 Wireless Close-Up Speedlight System

3. Tripod

A suitable tripod is always necessary for any kind of photography. If your hand is too much shaky, a tripod can be a great solution. During macro photo shooting, you may face problem with low angle and awkward spot. You may need longer shutter speed. In these cases, tripod can be very effective. For pre-focusing, focus stacking, and to reach into the depth of field of a macro subject, a macro photography stand helps much to have professional macro photos. Here, we are sharing some suitable models of tripod for macro photo shooting.

o Manfrotto MT055 CX Pro 4

o Velbon VS-443D

o 3Pod PTT1H Table Top Aluminum Tripod

o Novoflex Rod Support System

4. Photo shooting table

Capturing macro photos is pretty much tricky. So, as much as possible easiest ways should be taken to have better images. A shooting table for macro photography can be an awesome addition. It will help you to get closer to the subject. When you try to get a macro photo of an insect or little object, if you keep it on the table, it will be easier to focus and even, you can place camera just parallel with the subject. It will help you to capture shaky & blur free macro photo. You can create a table using wood or hardboard DIY at home.

5. Lightbox

Lightbox

If you try to take macro photos of the live subjects like a flying butterfly or such insect, you don’t need any light box, natural light is the best in this case. But, when you take macro photos at a studio or home of the objects, products or dead insects, you should use a macro photography box which can be said a portable studio. It will help to you to fell proper light on and around the subject. You can make a suitable lightbox at home or buy from market. There are various types of lightbox, just choose one suitable for macro photo shooting. A suitable lightbox should have white background color. Its front part is open and three walls, including top and bottom parts are covered.

6. Macro photography rail

Macro photography rail

It is an excellent photography gear very useful for taking macro photos. For focus tacking, a series of perfectly aligned photos are taken from a slightly different focus point and later focus stacking software blend all the focused areas from each shot and composed a perfectly focused photo from front to back. In this way, an image of a small subject is made sharp and clear to look. The main advantage of macro photography rail is that it will let you dial camera forward slowly needed for perfectly aligned photos. The rail works best for super macro photography with reversed and stacked lenses for perfect depth of field.

7. Macro photography software

Macro photography software

Macro photos demand focus stacking. At one attempt, you may not get sharp close-up images. You may get a lot of blur images, but don’t be hopeless, there is solution. A bunch of software is ready to solve your problem. Here, we want to mention some software like Adobe Photoshop, Helicon, Zerene Stacker, GIMP and many more. Using these software, you can do focus stacking by auto blending same aligned images together. Among all these tools, Adobe Photoshop is the best macro photography software for image blending or focus stacking and overall image editing services.

Though macro photography is pretty much tricky and challenging, it can be a great fun if you have suitable accessories. Anyway, suitable photography equipment always cannot produce right macro images, rather they may contain some flaws and that’s why, you need image editing services fro further enhancement, like: image retouching, focus stacking, Photoshop photo blending, and more like these. We are Color Experts International have been offering all types of image enhancing services for professional photographers, photo studios, and photography agencies. We have full-equipped self-owned production house that has more 250 experienced graphic designers who are working with the latest photo editing tools and gadgets. You can try us free to judge our service quality.

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Vector Based Image File Formats & Extensions and their Definitions https://www.colorexpertsbd.com/blog/vector-based-image-file-formats-extensions Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:23:38 +0000 https://www.colorexpertsbd.com/?p=10201 When you think about quality logo, banner, marketing design, and some other corporate identity designs, you can’t skip vector images. For advertising purposes, you should use images of high quality, distortion free, and extended at any sizes. You should use vector images, because only vector format can serve you the purposes. Raster images cannot keep […]

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When you think about quality logo, banner, marketing design, and some other corporate identity designs, you can’t skip vector images. For advertising purposes, you should use images of high quality, distortion free, and extended at any sizes. You should use vector images, because only vector format can serve you the purposes. Raster images cannot keep their original quality zoom or expand them for larger media, since pixels are made up of dots. So, when you zoom or expand, all you see is pixilated stuffs or dots. However, vector image formats contain vector lines, fills, & patterns which can be zoomed at the maximum sizes without losing image quality and dynamically retain their original look, as they are not limited to pixels.

 

Various Image File Format Lists
>> Different Types Of Raster Image File Formats And Their Features Explained

 

There are various types of vector formats considering many useful features and usage sectors. Some of them are perfect for graphics or 2D images, some of them are highly portable and web-friendly, and some are convenient for print industry. All the vector formats produce distortion free high quality, fully extended graphics.

PDF (Portable Document Format)

PDF is a platform-independent image file format. That’s why the file system is not affected by Operating System and you can open the file in Windows, OSX, and even Linux. It can be used for storing many raster formats (which most often is the case), but you can also use this format as a very good vector format. It can contain both raster and vector file. But, it depends on how you have created the file. If its layers can be flattened, it is a raster image in the file. But, you may find difficulty in flattening a vector file.

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portable_Document_Format

AI (Adobe Illustrator Artwork)

AI

Nope, AI here is not Artificial Intelligence, we are talking about Adobe Illustrator file format. AI file acts like PSD that can be reopened and edited as you want. AI file is the native image format of Adobe Illustrator. It is a modified version of the older EPS format. The tools that can read EPS can also read AI format. This file format is mostly used for creating logos, Illustrations, and print layouts. In short, this AI Formats are best from of Vector File Formats.

 

Read More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe_Illustrator_Artwork

SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics)

SVG

Scalable vector graphics are actually high quality image formats. The image of this format can be created by various Adobe Programs including Adobe Illustrator, Flash, After Effects, and more. The image of this format is quite lightweight, scalable, and OS independent. That’s why this file format is very popular for web resources. It provides much flexibility while editing. These images can be scaled up at large sizes without a bit of distortion. And the best thing is, SVGs are supported by almost all browser now-a-days. However, SVG file size can be higher if it contains many small size contents. It is not possible to read object partly, but entire object which may slow you down.

Read More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scalable_Vector_Graphics

EPS

EPS (Encapsulated PostScript)

It is now an almost becoming legacy format, as new formats are becoming more popular. However, there are still many software in the market that support EPS files. It is the most common vector image format that still has good popularity. It can be reopened, edited, and exported any time at any sizes. The best use of EPS file is for logo, graphic, and print design. It is mostly supported as an export format. Adobe Illustrator and CorelDRAW can read and edit EPS file, Ghostview is a reader, and Inkscape is an exporter.Read More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Encapsulated_PostScript

DXF

DXF

DXF stands for Drawing eXchange Format. It is also known as a ‘tagged data’ which is preceded by integer- ‘group code’. It is a CAD from Autodesk and used by CAD tools. All programs cannot read DXF files having splines (curves). Anyway, DFX is not so useful now because AutoCAD has become more powerful meanwhile with its supporting complex object types.

 

Read More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AutoCAD_DXF

CGM

CGM (Computer Graphics Metafile)

It is a free and international standard file format for 2D vector & raster graphics and text. But, it is not supported for web pages. This file format has been succeeded by other graphic art formats. But, this format is great for product design. That’s why this file format is being still used for aviation, engineering, and many other technical tools and applications.

SWF (Small Web Format)

You might have seen flash on many sites. But, SWF is the file format that helps you to see the flash animations. This is in fact an Adobe Flash file format and it is used for multimedia, Vector graphics, and ActionScript. A SWF file format contains various interactive and functional animations or applets. They occur in a lot of programs using ActionScript. Many programs can generate SWF files.

SWF

For instance, Adobe products including Flash, Flash Builders which is an IDE, Adobe Animate, After Effects, etc. Adobe Illustrator can generate SWF files using ‘Export’ function, but it cannot open or edit those files. There are some other 3rd party tools like Multimedia Fusion 2, Captivate, SWiSH Max, etc. can produce SWF files. SWF can also contain both raster and vector images, but vector SWF files are way too smaller than the raster counterpart.

Read More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SWF

Shapefile

It is a geospatial vector data format for geographic information system (GIS) software. It can spatially elaborate vector features such as anchor points, lines or polylines, polygons, etc. As a result, this format is useful for creating vector map and presenting water wells, rivers, lakes, building, and other things. In fact, this format is a digital vector storage to store location and other information associated with location.

Read More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shapefile

WMF

WMF (Windows Metafile)

This file format is designed for Microsoft Windows. It can contain both vector graphics and bitmap components. WMF format acts almost like SVG files. It also can store a list of function calls issued by Graphics Devices Interface (GDI). WMF is the native vector format for some Microsoft Office applications like Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Publishers, etc. From 2015, WMF file format is available for online reading or download as PDF.

Read More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Metafile

GBR

GBR (Gerber Format)

It is an open ASCII vector format for 2D binary images. This industry-standard format is used in PCB fabrication data. The vector based format is used as a way of transferring printed electronic circuit board information to many devices. The latest version of GBR format supports polygons, ovals, circles, outlines, arches, etc. and many other shapes that are necessary for creating a circuit board. It also can represent copper layers, legend, solder mask, drill & route data, etc. and its attributes can supply meta-data about the images.

Read More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerber_format

CDR

 CDR (CorelDRAW)

CorelDraw is in fact a vector graphic editor and creator. The images created by this software get .cdr file extension. It can create two dimensional vector graphics which act same as the vector images created by other tools like Adobe Illustrator. The graphics of this format like logo, banner, poster, etc. are distortion free high quality vector images and they can be used anywhere for personal or commercial purposes. The CRD images contain all necessary quality of vector graphics including zooming capability at any sizes and others.

Read More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CorelDRAW#CDR_file_format

EVA (Extended Vector Animation)

It is a vector graphic file format. It is different from other vector image formats. It is one of the popular formats in Japan and has been produced only for the Japanese versions of Windows. It has never been created for English versions. This format is comparable with the Macromedia Flash format, nevertheless EVA file format size is less than that of Flash. Anyway, this format has been declared to discontinue from January, 2016.

Read More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extended_Vector_Animation

HVIF (Haiku Vector Icon Format)

It is a vector storage format and created to store various icons, specifically for Haiku Operating System. The vector image of this format renders fast due to its small file size. Its native icon size is 64×64 pixels. It has three basic path types like path with commands, straight lines, and curves and for creating icons, there are four paths such as horizontal line, vertical line, line, and cubic curve. It contains two colors- plain color and gradient. HVIF consists of three sections- first one encodes styles, second one the paths, and the last one shapes. Its average icon size is of 500-700 bytes. However, the vector graphics of this format are less in size than any other vector image formats.

Read More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haiku_Vector_Icon_Format

PGML (Precision Graphics Markup Language)

It is basically an XML based language that represents vector graphics. This format for those graphic artists who want their graphics show precisely the correct fonts, layout, color, and composite. This format was not adopted as a recommendation though it was a W3C submission as a proposal by many great companies like Adobe Systems. However, it later took part and improved upon to produce SVG.

Read More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Precision_Graphics_Markup_Language

PICT

This graphics file format was developed for original Apple Macintosh. It was a standard metafile format of Mac. It allows the interchange for images from both raster and vector formats. This format was designed to make vector graphics compact. Later, it was replaced by PDF, though there was taken a measure to retain the format.

Read More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PICT

Anyway, vector image formats are necessary to have distortion free fully scalable graphics. The images of this format can be used anywhere for commercial or personal purposes. Vector images are very useful for logo, banner, real estate ad design, industrial product design, catalog & manual design, corporate ad design, and many more.

We at Color Experts International, have been providing all types of vector design services such as raster to vector conversion, vector illustration, vector line drawing, vector artwork design, and more at the most competitive price packages. We provide high end quality vector design services. We have worldwide customers and if you need to judge our service, take our Free Trial offer up to 2 images and then take your decision.

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>> Different Types Of Raster Image File Formats And Their Features Explained

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Different Types of Raster Image File Formats and Their Features Explained https://www.colorexpertsbd.com/blog/different-types-raster-image-file-formats Thu, 01 Feb 2018 12:35:09 +0000 https://www.colorexpertsbd.com/?p=10134 When you talk about pixels, you really are talking about raster images. Raster images can be low to high quality images containing pixels. While vector images contains vector lines, fills, and patterns that can be dynamically stretched without losing resolution and are not limited to pixels. In the history of images, raster images came first. […]

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When you talk about pixels, you really are talking about raster images. Raster images can be low to high quality images containing pixels. While vector images contains vector lines, fills, and patterns that can be dynamically stretched without losing resolution and are not limited to pixels. In the history of images, raster images came first. That’s why we wanted to highlight raster images first and then cover vector image formats since history.

The images of raster category are used for simple to complex purposes. Each image file type has its own details and different extensions. They were created to use for different purposes and they have some advantages regarding using platform variation.

 If You Are Interested In Different Types of Vector Image File Formats, Read This Blog Post 
>> Vector Based Image File Formats & Extensions And Their Definitions 

 Image Formats for Web

JPEG

JPEG is the most common image format on World Wide Web and most of the digital cameras produce built-in JPEG image. The compression degree of JPEG image can be adjusted and typically, it gains 10:1 compression and you can feel the loss of quality in image.  This filename extension is usually .JPEG or .JPG. A JPEG image is easily editable or compressible, but once you edit a high quality jpeg image, you cannot regain that quality again by reversing.

JPEG

Anyway, the compression benefit has made JPEG image more popular than other image formats. Such a reduced image data and compressed image format is useful for responsive presentation in web though it is not usable for drawing and iconic graphics which need to be enlarged. For medical and scientific imaging data creation, this format is not suitable as JPEG format being a lossy compression method. It cannot regain its original quality if it undergoes editing several times.

One fact that most designers do not know is that, JPEG/JPG file also can take on many add-ons, like: Clipping Paths, EXIF, Meta Data, and more. One drawback of using JPEG is that it does not support transparency in web.

JPEG 2000

 This format offers both lossy and lossless storage. It compression methods improve quality and compression ratios. This file format also includes the features that are missing in JPEG. It is now not common as general JPEG, but this format is used in professional movie editing especially for individual movie frames.

GIF

GIF

GIF is has been quite popular in web for lightweight animations. Currently, they are also used instead of emoticons in various chat apps. But, for scanned images containing text and for general images with texts also render clear visibility on web.

GIF, a bitmap image format becomes more popular because of its wide support and portability. GIF supports up to 8 bits per pixel for each image and animations. It also allows separate palette of 256 color for each frame. Lempel-Ziv-Welch lossless data compression technique is used to reduce file size without compromising with the visual quality. Such a GIF image can be downloaded easily even with very slow modems and this fact has made this image format pop.

PNG

PNG It is an acronym of Portable Network Graphics. It is a raster image format which supports lossless data compression and also background transparency. In fact, for having transparent effects, PNG images are best options for professionals who are related to web.

PNG image format supports palette-based images, grayscale images, and full color RGB images. Its file extension is .png and if you want to get a transparent background image, you have to get PNG image format. This image format is mostly used for getting transparent image background for logo, banner, and something like this.

EXIF

 It is not really an image format, but incorporated in the JPEG-writing software and capturing devices (camera). It is basically designed for exchanging image metadata. EXIF format can store various types of metadata such as camera settings, image captured time & date, shutter speed, image exposure & size, compression, camera name, color information, and most importantly geological location.

Bitmap/BMP

BitmapBMP Image

It is also known as bitmap image file or raster graphics file which is a dot matrix data structure. It is used to store bitmap digital images free from display device barrier. This file format is capable to store two dimensional digital images. It can store data of raw images. One of the many advantages of Bitmap formats is it can keep its quality while saving in multiple other raster formats. It is supported by most of the virtual devices. Before JPEG, BMP was quite popular.

PSB

PSB ImagePSB stands for Photoshop Big. The primary image file based on layers is PSD which can be of maximum 30,000 by 30,000 pixels. But, if in any case you need big files, you can take PSB file which can be of maximum 300,000 by 300,000 pixels, because a PSD file cannot be extended more than 30,000 pixels. You can export a PSB files into TIFF for other software compatibility.

DCS

DCS image file format is derived from EPS and it stands for Desktop Color Separation. DCS is actually a collection of EPS files. The main advantage of using this file is you can have a kind of OPI functionality to the file format. Once DCS file format was very efficient when Macs, PCs, and other tools were not so powerful as today. As DCS files contain separate EPS files for each plate, any software can produce and print color separations faster if you use DCS format. You can have a preview image like the EPS files.

JPS

 JPSA JPS file is actually a JPEG file and it is used for stereoscopic images. Usually, stereo image have to copies of same image that are arranged side by side. In such image, there is slight variations regarding lighting or perspective. This image format will enable viewers to see a 3D effect from 2D photos in one of three ways.

 

 

 

WebP

WebP

 It is a new image that is designed by Google. It is used for both lossless and lossy compression. Reducing image file size, it speeds up web page loading. This format purposes JPEG file as the primary format for the photographers on the web.

 

 

 

 

SPIFF

SPIFFIt is official file format for JPEG and it got ISO designation. This file format offers versatile compression, color management, and more metadata capacity than other formats like JPEG. Anyway, it has not wide support.

 

 

 

 

 

BPG

BPG

It is a new image format created for replacing JPEG format to cope with quality or file size issue. Its file size is much smaller that JPEG and high compression ratio. It is supported by the most web browser. It supports all color spaces and lossless compression. It also supports various Meta data.

It is a new image format and is intended to replace the JPEG. It has a lot of advantages. It offers high compression ratio and files are much smaller. It is supported by the most web browsers. This format can reduce losses while converting and support all spaces of color. It can also contain metadata and offers lossless compression. 

HEIF

HEIF

It is mainly an image container format. This file is compatible with ISO based media file format and it can include other media streams like timed text, audio, etc. This format is supported nu digital cameras, smartphones, web pages, and internet-connected image application, etc. 

Non-web Image Formats

RAW

RAW Image

These images are not processed and so, they are not ready to be printed. The images of this format is also called digital negative as they preserve all information like old negative and some cases, they keep more information than that of with minimum loss of data or metadata.

The other amenities of using raw files are that it produces highest level of image quality, it records greater level of brightness and easily adjust white balance, it provides advantage of easily correction over and under exposed images, it provides non-destructive image editing, etc. Besides, you will get better print and color space selection on output if you use RAW format.

PSD

PSD

PSD stands for Photoshop Document and it is the primary format that Photoshop produces. It is a layered image file and proprietary file. It can be edited anytime using its individual layers. The user can flatten the image into other image formats for making usable on the web. You have to save PSD files before converting into other formats lest you cannot regain the PSD again. A PSD file can be maximum height and width 30,000 px and file size is of 2 GB.

 

TIFF

TIFF

 It is a short form of Tagged Image File Format for storing raster graphics images. This format is popular among graphic artists, photographers, and print media. Scanning, word processing, faxing, optical character recognition, desktop publishing, image manipulation, and page-layout applications. TIFF is flexible, adaptable, and capable of storing image data in a lossless format.

 

PCX

TIFFIt stands for PiCture eXchange. This file is used in windows especially in MS-DOS world and windows supported software. It is the first file format that supports color images. It supports 256 colors. The image file is easy to read, use, and decompress. It supports internal compression and suitable for program based on windows. But, the disadvantage of this file is that it isn’t supported by the web browsers.

 

 

Formats that are (mostly) dead

PXR

PXR

It is an uncompressed raster image format. It has capability to store image data in RGB or grayscale with 8 bits per channel and it has been used mostly in animation and medical imaging purposes. This image format is now less supported file format.

 

 

 

 

BAT

BAT

This format has got a wide acceptance and ISO designation. It offers versatile compression, color management, and metadata capacity. However, this format has little support and that’s the reason of its less use.

 

 

 

 

 

By the way, these are the most known image formats. Some of them offer a lot of advantages for user experience providing high quality lossless images. Knowing about image formats and its advantages is important because the use of proper images can make web experience smooth. Proper use of images will speed up web applications. There are also some raster image formats which are outdated and less supported. So, it is necessary to use the most accepted image formats.

If You Are Interested In Different Types of Vector Image File Formats, Read This Blog Post 
>> Vector Based Image File Formats & Extensions And Their Definitions 

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Perspective Correction Tutorial: Straighten Curved Lines https://www.colorexpertsbd.com/blog/perspective-correction-fix-bent-lines Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:41:04 +0000 https://www.colorexpertsbd.com/?p=10110 Photography is an art; and art should be flawless (unless the flaw is art). For numerous reasons, your best photographs may suffer from problems like perspective distortion which is also known as keystone distortion. Such a problem becomes visible with some vertical lines & shapes which ruin the quality of photographs. This distortion is caused […]

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Photography is an art; and art should be flawless (unless the flaw is art). For numerous reasons, your best photographs may suffer from problems like perspective distortion which is also known as keystone distortion. Such a problem becomes visible with some vertical lines & shapes which ruin the quality of photographs. This distortion is caused by improper camera setting and operating. If you shoot your best images not with the parallel to an object’s surface and center, the images’ dominant lines get bents and thus it produces photos with perspective distortion.

In this content we are going to show how you can fix bent lines for correcting perspective distortion in Photoshop step by step. So, here we go!

1. Open up your photo in Photoshop and duplicate it. Look at our image which is suffering base line distortion. It is not perfectly aligned and the car looks upright instead of straight on the land.

Content-aware

2. Select Move Tool from the left tool bar. Take Guide and drag a line to align your image accurately. Now, rotate your image holding transform pointer from any corner.

Fill color

3. Have a look at the image corner and you will find out miss-match. We have to fix it. So, we are going to use Fill Take Lasso tool and draw lines to select the defected corner. Click right button of the mouse and select Fill. You will get a box, select Content-aware option and click on Ok. Finally, see the difference.

Select Move Tool from the left tool bar

Open up your photo in Photoshop

4. Finally, you will get a perspective distortion free image like the below image.

Final image

Before After Final Look

So far it is the easiest way of perspective bent line correction, but now we will show this photo editing with more complex image. Look at the real estate image below. We have pointed out some places where there are problems with bent line. Using some guide of Photoshop, we have tried to make you understand the problems.

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1. All right, now we are going to fix bent lines for this image editing in Photoshop. So, we open up the real estate image in Photoshop, duplicate the image layer, and take some guides to point out where we should fix.

tutorial second image

2. Take the Rectangular Marquee tool and select the area you first want to fix bent line in your photo.

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3. Then go to Edit from the top option bar. You will get a dropdown menu, click on Transform, and from the submenu, select Wrap tool.

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4. While selecting the Wrap tool, you will get some pointers and handles. Holding these controllers, you have to fix the bent line. Move the handles and you can understand the changes.

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However, we have worked for this tutorial and see the below image to feel the difference. There are no bent lines in this image. We have kept before and after image side by side for your better understanding.

Final Image

Tutorial Final Image

Bent lines in your image are serious issues that destroy the quality of the image. It spoils the quality of the great images of the photographers. So, perspective correction for fixing bent line is very important. Besides, there may come situations when you cannot shoot images with perfect perspective. You may take the image with bad perspective reluctantly. In this case, you can take the advantage of image editing in Photoshop for fixing perspective issues.

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Perspective Correction Tutorial: Fish Eye Correction using Photoshop Adaptive Wide Angle https://www.colorexpertsbd.com/blog/perspective-correction-tutorial-fish-eye-correction-using-photoshop-adaptive-wide-angle Wed, 10 Jan 2018 11:18:23 +0000 https://www.colorexpertsbd.com/?p=10097 Sometimes perspective in photo shoot can most of the time get distorted. Unless you like or think that perspective distortion is cool, it can be quite unpresentable. That’s why Perspective Correction is important to have professional quality photo. Many times you may need to shoot images using wide angle lenses that creates lens distortions. In […]

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Sometimes perspective in photo shoot can most of the time get distorted. Unless you like or think that perspective distortion is cool, it can be quite unpresentable. That’s why Perspective Correction is important to have professional quality photo. Many times you may need to shoot images using wide angle lenses that creates lens distortions. In this situation, if you want to edit photos professionally, you should use Adaptive Wide Angle filter in Photoshop. This filter enables you to straighten curved lines in panoramas or photos that have been shot with fish-eye and wide angle lenses. For those who are not familiar with these terms, it is about photographs where buildings or big constructions images seem to be leaning inwards or outwards. These type of Fish Eye and Adaptive Wide Angle photos can easily be edited in Photoshop using the Adaptive Wide Angle filter.

How it works

The filter can give a very cool look in your photo editing work. While you apply this filter, it detects camera and lens model features. To straighten the images, it provides multiple constraints to indicate straight distorted lines in different portions of the images. Adaptive wide angle filter uses this information to remove distortion from your photo. However, you can still use this filter if your image doesn’t have camera and lens information.

Based on our practical experience of using Adaptive Wide Angle filter in Photoshop, here are the steps:

  1. Open up your photo in Photoshop and create duplicate of the image so that you can have the original image if it gets damaged. Notice the image below, we have used a photo that is curved due to lens distortion. For this tutorial we’ve used Photoshop CS6.

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  1. Click on the Filter from the top menu bar. You will get a drop down menu and select Adaptive Wide Angle tool.

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  1. A dialogue box will appear and here you have to work. Take Constraint tool and start to draw line on the curved line to straighten.

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  1. Click on the bent line where it starts and secondly click on the end of it. You will get constraints that will give more control to remove bent line. Your image will get this look. Heed that this image is almost straightened.

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  1. If you have further bent line in your image, draw line there. It will get straightened automatically. Lastly, click on Ok from the upper top right corner and wait to progress. You will get desired straight photo. But, look at the above image, you can see some hollow space which will be filled while clicking on Ok. Now, you should crop the image proportionately using Crop Tool or use Content-Aware Fill. See the image we cropped below.

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Finally, what the result we have got is the attached image below. Here, we have also given before and after to make you sense a difference between the main image and result image.

Before and After

This is an awesome lens distortion removing Photoshop filter that helps you to remove bent line from your image and make a wide angel image pop. You may have cut some pixels from your image, but still it will have a great look that is better than the first one.

Enjoy using this filter for wide angle correction in Photoshop!

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Photoshop Luminosity Mask Tutorial – How to Create & Use Luminosity Masks https://www.colorexpertsbd.com/blog/luminosity-mask Thu, 21 Dec 2017 12:30:47 +0000 https://www.colorexpertsbd.com/?p=10067 Luminosity mask is much more effective to bring the most out of your photos. It enhances the quality of photos and makes the pixels better than before. Luminosity Mask is the Photoshop technique that works with brightness and mask in adjustment layer. Luminosity Mask is applied to the original layer. Usually the layer alters without […]

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Luminosity mask is much more effective to bring the most out of your photos. It enhances the quality of photos and makes the pixels better than before. Luminosity Mask is the Photoshop technique that works with brightness and mask in adjustment layer. Luminosity Mask is applied to the original layer. Usually the layer alters without hampering the main image. Luminosity mask also has other names like: brightness mask, exposure mask, etc.

Okey, now we’ll share our experiment where we have worked with luminosity mask in a much more efficient way.

1. Firstly, open up your image and duplicate in Photoshop on which you like to apply luminosity mask for achieving more detail. The below attachment image is for this tutorial.

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2. Look at the image, here is a sky and some bushes upper right. We have to select this portion more accurately and that’s why we should leave the traditional way. As there are some trees with soft edge, we should choose Color Range to select. So, go to Select from the Top Menu bar and click on it. You will get a dropdown like this.

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3. From this dropdown, click on Color Range and you will get a dialogue box. Here, select Highlights and Quick Mask from the two options. Your image will get a red look. Notice that here the red color area is not selected, whereas the white area is selected. At last click on OK.

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4. If everything goes well, the white portion of your image will get selected and you can see moving dashed line around the selected area. Look at the screenshot below. In this image, the sky area is selected.

5. At this stage, go to Adjustment layer from the bottom of the layer palette, you will get a dropdown, and select Curves out of many options.

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6. As we want to decrease the over exposure and bring out the detail of the sky area, we drag the curve line downward. You can see the result in selected sky area.

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7. Okey, so far it looks good. But, heed that the nature is brighter which does not match with the sky, because sky itself is darker. The setting should be clear according to the brightness of the sky. That’s why it is time for working in the dark area.

8. So again take the Curve tool from the Adjustment layer of the layer palette. Go to Select and choose Color Range. Look at the image below and select the same as we have selected the Shadows instead of Highlights. This process will select the black areas in the image.

Then drag the curve line downward and see the changes happen on your image. It will make your image graver and darker.

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9. However, the image attachment here in the below is the result of our luminosity mask tutorial.

Final image

Final image

Here we have shown the process of easy Luminosity mask using an ordinary image. You can choose any image of a sunset. After luminosity mask in Photoshop, sunset image looks more beautiful.

Anyway, though Luminosity masking in Photoshop is time consuming, it is better than any other tool like Lightroom. Because, Photoshop offers many individual tools for doing particular job and you can select the area where particularly you want to apply effects, but in other tools, especially in Lightroom, whole image gets selected and effected instead of individual area. So, most of the time you may not be satisfied. Now, it is up to you what tools you will use.

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Review of Manual vs. Automated Photo Editing Tools to Remove Image Background – Similar Color Background – Experiment #4 https://www.colorexpertsbd.com/blog/review-of-manual-vs-automated-photo-editing-tools-to-remove-image-background-experiment-4 Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:49:26 +0000 https://www.colorexpertsbd.com/?p=9964 It is the fourth part of our experiment. In this experiment, we ran tests on the various objects with similar color background. Previously, all the images tested had contrasting colors. The reason we selected similar color background is that, the selection of subject becomes very tough when you want to automate the background removing technique. […]

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It is the fourth part of our experiment. In this experiment, we ran tests on the various objects with similar color background. Previously, all the images tested had contrasting colors. The reason we selected similar color background is that, the selection of subject becomes very tough when you want to automate the background removing technique. But, all the automated tool may not be the same. So, this in our opinion is the best option to really test what the automated tools offer.

This experiment is also a part of our series content. We here have tried to knock out the background of some images using Adobe Photoshop manually and also three online image background removing tools such as Auto Clipping, Background Burner, and Clipping Magic. So, let’s dig deep to see which performs better, Manual vs. Automated.

We have taken an advantage of comparing and contrasting with one another. These online tools provide us shocking experience. And we have discussed it here. We have written a review based on our experience of using Photoshop and the three automated online tools mentioned earlier.

 

Basic Shaped Object

(Shapes like boxes and round objects)

Similar Color Background:

Firstly, we have taken a photo of mobile with same color background. Removing background from such an image is not easy automatically and that’s why, we select this image so that we can test these tools.

We upload the image in autoclipping.com tool and try to remove same color background. We use two red and green manual tools for selecting the foreground and the background color. The red one is for selecting background and on the contrary, the green is for selecting your objects. Anyway, we drag these tools and automatically it removes background.

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The above attached photo is the outcome of the online automated tool. We are requesting you to have a look on the image at basic shaped object. You can feel the problems. Though it removes background well, it also ruins the resolution, curves, edges, and shape of mobile. It is looking unreal, funny, and the work of a kid. Besides, it breaks its promises of automation, because it is also providing some tools for working manually.

Score for Auto Clipping: 38%

Breakdown:

Performance Fields Marks
Working with Soft Edges 2%
Work on Curved Areas 2%
Work on Shadows 2%
Maintain Image Resolution 5%
Time it takes 8%
Work on Holes 5%
Re-utilization benefit 0%
Securing subject pixel 3%
Background Color on Subject 4%
Skills Required for Editing 7%
Total 38.00%

 

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Next, we have uploaded this image on Background Burner for removing backdrop of this same image. Here, we face a burning dragon which burns the background. But, it cannot do the job properly, rather it ruins the shape and resolution. It also destroys the edge, curves, shadows, and in some places, it cannot remove the background. Amazingly, it is saying of automation, but it also provides retouch options that break the commitment.

Score for Background Burner: 44%

Breakdown:

Performance Fields Marks
Working with Soft Edges 3%
Work on Curved Areas 5%
Work on Shadows 3%
Maintain Image Resolution 6%
Time it takes 8%
Work on Holes 5%
Re-utilization benefit 2%
Securing subject pixel 4%
Background Color on Subject 0%
Skills Required for Editing 8%
Total 44.00%

 

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Then, we have applied Clippingmagic automated tool for removing the background from the same photo of the basic shaped object. It works better than the other two tools. It maintains resolution and shadows nicely, but it fails to remove background completely. Some portions still you can see in the background that is not fulfilling the purpose.

Score for Clippingmagic: 53%

Breakdown:

Performance Fields Marks
Working with Soft Edges 5%
Work on Curved Areas 5%
Work on Shadows 4%
Maintain Image Resolution 6%
Time it takes 7%
Work on Holes 4%
Re-utilization benefit 3%
Securing subject pixel 5%
Background Color on Subject 6%
Skills Required for Editing 8%
Total 53.00%

 

manual

Being frustrated with these so called automated tools, we tried to cut out background in Photoshop by hand. We opened the same image in Photoshop, created path with Pen tool around image, make selection, and delete the background. We also apply white background and shadow carefully. And thus we got the perfect photo as we desired manually. See the above image where you will get perfect resolution, shadow, curves, edge, pixels or holes, etc. It seems to us that Manual photo editing in Photoshop is the best tool rather than the any online automatic tool.

Score for Manual Photo Editing: 80%

Breakdown:

Performance Fields Marks
Working with Soft Edges 10%
Work on Curved Areas 10%
Work on Shadows 10%
Maintain Image Resolution 10%
Time it takes 2%
Work on Holes 8%
Re-utilization benefit 10%
Securing subject pixel 10%
Background Color on Subject 10%
Skills Required for Editing 0%
Total 80.00%

 

Object Background Manual AC BB CM
Basic Shaped Object Similar Color Background: 80% 38% 44% 53%

 

Conclusion:  Though the automated image editing tools can do job faster, they cannot achieve the desired quality of the photos especially for removing background. Whereas, the same job in photoshop is being completed with full quality. This tool removes background and if needs, you can use it for further retouching photos, no matter the types and shapes of images. Whatever you want, you can do in Photoshop, but the automatic tools cannot do so, even they fail what they are made for.

Browse Through All The Research And Reviews

Background Color Subject Types
Single Color Contrasting Background Basic-shaped object
Simple-shaped object
Compound-shaped object
Complex-shaped object
Group Shot
Single Color Contrasting Gradient Background Basic-shaped object
Simple-shaped object
Compound-shaped object
Complex-shaped object
Group Shot
Multi-Color Contrasting Live Background Basic-shaped object
Simple-shaped object
Compound-shaped object
Complex-shaped object
Group Shot
Single & Same or Similar Color Background Basic-shaped object
Simple-shaped object
Compound-shaped object
Complex-shaped object
Group Shot
Single & Same or Similar Color Gradient Background Basic-shaped object
Simple-shaped object
Compound-shaped object
Complex-shaped object
Group Shot
Single & Same or Similar Multi-Color Background Basic-shaped object
Simple-shaped object
Compound-shaped object
Complex-shaped object
Group Shot
Special Case: Transparent Subject, Translucent Subject, Blurry Background

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