Complex Tutorial: Postcard
Note: before you try the following professional tutorial, we advise you to read our Before/After Tutorials, which are also displayed within CodedColor in the left hand toolbar of the Image Editor.
The following tutorial combines some of the unique editing capabilities of CodedColor PhotoStudio. In case you ever envied the perfection of photos in magazines, postcards and photo contests, have a close look at the tricks we will show you in this short tutorial. After this you might see "expert" photos from a different perspective, and you'll probably think twice about dumping some of your "novice" shots.
As you can see below, the original picture was taken during bad weather and light conditions, and with some annoying objects in the image. Here are some of the comments you might hear from a critical expert:
It's not easy being green, right? Especially not at -15 degress. Well, don't worry, from now on you can fix all of these little flaws and turn boring photos into amazing postcards in a few easy steps.
And here's how it's done:
1. Add some sunlight (easy)
2. Add some flash (very easy)
3. Remove the ski (advanced)
4. Remove the skilift (expert)
5. Change the weather (play god)
There you go - with a little practice, you can produce amazing postcards from your favorite images, even without the use of expensive tools and complicated layer techniques. Especially the Clone, Retouch, Paint and Fill brushes in CodedColor PhotoStudio provide you with a huge palette of professional improvement techniques. Have fun - this may become more enjoyable than painting itsself.
Footnote: All photos were shot with a Pentax Optio digital camera with 5 million pixels. The flash and exposure modes were set to fully automatic. No camera internal correction was applied, and the output format of the images was JPEG (not RAW). While the autofocus rendered mostly sharp images, different color and exposure errors occurred. The digital improvements were all done with the CodedColor PhotoStudio image editor, but were also compared to Adobe PhotoShop, Paintshop Pro and Gimp. While these programs sometimes had more options, the results were not significantly better in quality, but often took longer to accomplish. Picasa and IrfanView were not included in this comparison - since the few editing tools provide even less options, they cannot be considered classic image editors.
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