Part 3 .. Using Photoscape
Part 4 .. Image Processing
Part 5 .. The Finishing Touches
This tutorial is for those that shoot Jpeg or who shoot RAW and then convert the image to Jpeg or a Tiff file.
The first part of this tutorial will cover some of the reasons why I personally use this editor as my preferred tool. Bear in mind that I don't as a rule intend to process my work into objects of art as some people do. Thats a separate talent and process in its own right. I'm more interested in taking the image that I have shot and finishing it in a way that demonstrates how I saw or envisioned the final image to be.
A note here about file types:
Photoscape can convert a number of RAW formats but sadly Fuji RAW File format isn't one of them. I use Silkypix and convert to Jpeg or Tiff and then process in Photoscape.
Make sure that you set your Silkypix settings to zero as the default import/open settings. That way you don't get the automatic settings being applied to your images in SilkyPix. I currently use the latest version of SILKYPIX Developer Studio Pro English if I'm converting RAW files.
How I want the image to look in its final rendition relates directly to how the image was shot. I always review the shots in camera to see if the result is close to what I had in mind when looking at the subject prior to taking a photo. For our purposes here I will use one of the many shots I have taken recently of insects on roadside flowers.
|Photoscape Front Screen|
Now with all that in mind, why use Photoscape? Its really quite simple, for me its the best Free photo editor bar none. Its powerful and comes with a large suite of tools as well. Such as screen capture,batch editor, raw converter,image splitter ( a rather interesting tool) plus a host of other handy tools as well as a very good photo editor.
There really isn't a lot that's missing from this editor and I find that there is very little that I need to do in Lightroom 3.4 that I cant do in Photoscape. Add to this regular updates and bug fixes and you have a tool that has good support and a reasonable online help file/tutorial.
Part 2....Starting the processing