Make Your Images Hi-Def: Free Photoshop Action Script

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Make Your Images Hi-Def: Free Photoshop Action Script

SHARE NOW Needless to say, I love sports and ESPN. I am a big fan of ESPN.com and visit it almost everyday. I have always been fascinated by their photography and it got me thinking- hmmm Photoshop action script – about how they process images for the website. The photos jump off the screen and far exceed the color quality of rival sites. My subconscious always directs me back… So it got me thinking and you’re going to like what i have to share with you! I went ahead and scripted a Photoshop action script that will turn your good photos to great photos. I combined some of my favorite adjustments for you in one simple action in Photoshop. All you need to do is press ‘play’ and it’s all done automatically. Always process copies of your images in case you are not completely happy with the results and make another effort with compensations. Installing the Photoshop action script is easy. From inside Photoshop, go to Window/Actions to open the Actions window. In the upper right corner, pull down the drop-down menu and select Load Actions and select the HiDef3 color Photoshop action script. Click the Play button and presto, you’re image is done and ready for placement. The resulting image is in Adobe RGB and ready to be imported into Adobe InDesign. Yes, the image is in RGB, however you do not need to convert your images to CMYK. Watch this RGB to CMYK tutorial and automatically convert all your images to CMYK upon exporting press-ready PDF. A remarkable workflow that will save you a tremendous amount of time and improve your color quality on press. Drop me a note HERE and I will personally send you the HiDefColor Action Script. Or, if you’re in the market for printing, drop me a note and I will help you get the CMYK color you want in your next print project! Please post your feedback below in comments… Transcript of Video Hi. This is Rick Rys from HiDefColor.com Today’s tutorial is going be a quick instructional video on using the new Hi Def 3 action scripts within Photoshop to automate your image processing. 00:17 Inside Photoshop CS go under the window and select actions. In the actions window you want to select load actions and navigate to where you downloaded your Hi Def 3 Photoshop action script file. 00:35 Mine here is on the desktop, select the file, click open, and now the actions are ready to be used. So from here we’re going to open a couple of files. 01:02 Now with this action script, this action script will automatically assign Adobe 98 RGB color profile to your images. The Adobe RGB color profile is a much larger color gamut so your colors will be much more vibrant. I do not recommend using this for portrait photography. Use the sRGB...

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VIDEO: Advanced Sharpening and Noise Reduction in Photoshop

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VIDEO: Advanced Sharpening and Noise Reduction in Photoshop

SHARE NOW This VIDEO will show you how to get the most dynamic and sharpest images in your printed marketing material. This is a two-step Photoshop sharpening technique that will show you how to create the sharpest images without creating noise in smooth midtone areas of your photographs. This is one of my favorite Photoshop sharpening tips in reproducing beautiful photography on press. All images are not as sharp as they can be when converted from raw files. These days there is a lot of post image processing that needs to be done with digital images. One of the key things that is overlooked is how sharp the image is. We now work with incredibly sharp LCD displays and images seem to jump off the screen. Unfortunately, when an image goes through the RIP (raster image processor) process in prepress, the image is naturally softened in the screening process. Remember, your photography is only as good as the printer you choose! Note: If you enjoyed this video, check out our FREE Photoshop Hi-Def Color Action Script and make your images jump off the screen, almost 3-D! Transcript of Video Today, we’re going to talk about one of the greatest Photoshop sharpening techniques to take your photographs from a good photograph to a great photograph. [0:13] Notice the transition there. This will demonstrate how to take a great photo and make it into a true high definition color print when it’s printed on press. [0:25] All right, let’s get started here. [0:27] As you can see, I am working in the LAB color space right now. You can work in RGB and get the same results. I prefer using LAB. Just keep in mind you want to convert to CMYK at the very last moment so always work in RGB or LAB. [0:43] First things started, we’re going to do a Select All and we’re going to copy and create a new Alpha channel here and paste our document or image into our new Alpha channel. [1:03] We select that and we’re going to Filter, Stylize and click the Find Edges. Now what Find Edges will do is look at all the sharp contrasting points in the image and basically highlight those and create a line drawing for you. [1:21] From here, we’re going to go on to our curves, which is our Command M and we’re going to alter this channel. [1:30] First thing you want to do… In a nutshell, what’s happening here… We’re going to sharpen the darkened areas. The white areas will not be sharpened so we’re going to maintain our smooth, crystal clear, creamy midtones and not create any noise in there from excessive sharpening. [1:49] First thing, you’d want to grab our shadow end of our curve and bring this over all the way up to 50%. At the same time, you’d want to take our highlight end...

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Embedded Profile Mismatch When Opening an Image in Photoshop

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Embedded Profile Mismatch When Opening an Image in Photoshop

SHARE NOWWhen opening an image in Photoshop, you may be asked about embedded profile mismatch. You will be asked whether to keep an embedded profile, convert profile or ignore profile. The reason there is an embedded profile mismatch is because a photographer/designer had an intended appearance of what that image should look like. These embedded profiles should be honored. Another safe option would be to convert to your ‘working’ color space when opening an image to maintain consistency. Either option will produce the best possible color match. In order for the intended color to be converted to CMYK, the source profile must be known to get the most accurate color conversion. By keeping the embedded profile, the origin of the file’s color intent will be accurately reproduced. SHARE...

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When to Convert to Profile and When to Assign a Profile

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When to Convert to Profile and When to Assign a Profile

SHARE NOWNever take these two functions for granted. They are entirely different processes and will break your chain of Color Management. A successful Color Management workflow will always consist of a Source and Destination profile. These profiles will “link” devices and maintain the most accurate translation of color from device to device. The profile connection between Source and Destination is the LAB color space. When you Assign an RGB profile, the numbers within the file will stay the same, however, the color will be DIFFERENT. The difference in color stems from the size of the gamut for the particular color space you are working in. Don’t forget that sRGB has a smaller color gamut than Adobe RGB and the color will be different. Always convert to CMYK, never use “mode” change. Convert to Profile is a best practice to produce the most accurate color. If your printer can not provide you with a custom CMYK profile, run! There is no scientific method they are using that will provide you with an acceptable color match on press. Always communicate your color objectives from the very beginning. Does this clear things up? Please leave a comment below…   SHARE...

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