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Advice on separating the barracuda from the background

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To All,

 

I have a slide that might be of potential interest to a client, but I am having a difficult time translating it into a digital format via scanning and Photoshop. The detail of the barracuda and 3D quality of the image seem to disappear during the process. Its not a great image to begin with in terms of composition, but it offers what the client needs.

 

Thus far, all I have done is scan the slide and then adjust the levels, contrast, saturation and unsharp mask in Photoshop. Oh, I did experiment with cropping it a bit as well. Below are two .jpgs of the same image after Photoshop:

 

barracudadbvtc0602001rv2.jpg

barracudadbvtc0602001rv.jpg

 

The next is the raw image after being scanned with a Coolscan 4000 ED:

 

barracudadbvtc0602001org.jpg

 

Any processing tips or advice would be greatly appreciated.

 

God Bless,

 

Scott

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You might try high pass sharpening, either as an alternative or before using unsharp filter. It works like USM, but you can go a bit further without making the air bubbles look like shattered glass. I think you it might help help make the cuda pop out from the rest of the image, if that's what you're trying to do.

 

The procedure is: Create a new layer. Select: Filter -> Other -> High Pass. Select a filter value around 10. On the Layer Palette, select Hard Light as the blending mode, and experiment with different opacity values on the new layer. Something around 30-40 should work. When you're happy, merge the layers, and you can consider also applying a bit of USM too.

 

Robert Delfs

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Hello Robert,

 

I will give it a try. Other than the basics, my Photoshop skills are minimal. I would certainly benefit from an indepth course or two or three regarding Photoshop. :-)

 

Scott

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Hi Scott,

 

ther are several self study cds out there. In english I know of the Total Training Series. I tried em and they are pretty extensive. On the downside they are quite slow in terms of learning speed.

 

Chris

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The procedure is:  Create a new layer.  Select: Filter -> Other -> High Pass.  Select a filter value around 10.  On the Layer Palette, select Hard Light as the blending mode, and experiment with different opacity values on the new layer.   Something around 30-40 should work.  When you're happy, merge the layers, and you can ...

 

Whoops! There's an error here. I should have written:

 

Create a new DUPLICATE layer.

 

Sorry!

 

Robert

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Hello Chris,

 

I am sorry, but I think you are focusing on the wrong end. I am the one who is "quite slow in terms of learning speed". ;-) Seriously, thank you for the suggestion.

 

Scott

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Robert, Robert, Robert,

 

You told me that you NEVER made a mistake. Now what am I to think? :-) Thank you for catching the error and taking the time to make another post.

 

Scott

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