Bin can box

I've been trying to learn how to use 'curves tool' on GIMP. It is very useful tool for adjusting the contrast and brightness selectively in very similar way as one would use sound equalizer on music player. With extreme adjustments it can been done such things as 'solarization' aka Sabatier effect. Less dramating editing can be done to make the dark areas lighter and vice versa. But the best thing about curves tool is that it is fun.

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25 thoughts on “Bin can box

  1. Love it, looks great…I use this type of effect in Photoscape under "filter" and "region out of focus" In that menu, you can chose from different options to help you adjust small or large spaces.

  2. Thank you Sarah ๐Ÿ™‚ I also did a lot more on these pictures. So, adjusting curves was only one phase. I recall I used the contrast masking on all of these pictures, which has became my favorite technique lately. It just seem to fit for almost any picture. With that I easily get the dynamic range increased nicely before I start to play with curves. And I somewhat always add at least very fine vignetting.

  3. It is very useful tool, Sami. I love it myself. I use it for subtle color balance adjustments particularly on scans of faded prints. It's amazing how much life you can restore into an old photo with a little tweaking.

  4. :yes: On "green bin" picture I manage to get the scratches visible and on "flower pot" picture I made the shadows lighter. By the way, the idea of this series is to illustrate trigram words in English for vessels and containers: can, box, jar, pot, mug, cup, tub, vat, bin, keg, bag etc. ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. Originally posted by serola:

    By the way, the idea of this series is to illustrate trigram words in English for vessels and containers: can, box, jar, pot, mug, cup, tub, vat, bin, keg, bag etc.

    ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  6. what a fun and refreshing collage to view! enjoyed this thoroughly. just wondering what to do with the "curve"… glad to know this will be fun when I decide to jump in!

  7. Originally posted by serola:

    I recall I used the contrast masking on all of these pictures

    Yes, love that!also, I am addicted to vignetting and have to be careful not to overuse it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Sarah, are you using 'soft light' layer mode when adding the vignette? I usually prefer it that way because then the vignetting comes almost unnoticeable. And also by adjusting the opacity the effect can be made just a little darker at the periphery. For example the flower pot picture above. There's also vignetting used ๐Ÿ˜‰ For some reason it really improves almost every picture.EDIT: Oh, and :cheers: Mad Scientist ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Originally posted by serola:

    everything seems to be written by someone already.

    :up:

  10. Hey Sami I have a question :)which is the best place for starters to learn about DSLR's and taking photographs with it ?

  11. Shoot & Tell :p And I just added there two interesting links on Links page to camera simulators, spotted by Orlando. Well, very likely there are plenty of Web sites for beginners but at Shoot & Tell we give challenges for members to learn new tricks. And there you can always ask tips and tricks.

  12. Thank you Tim ๐Ÿ™‚ And that "work" continues… :p This week I shoot old pictures of mine ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. Ok, I see gimp as one of your tags, I just recently downloaded this program and studying all the features.

  14. Originally posted by serola:

    And also by adjusting the opacity the effect can be made just a little darker at the periphery

    Sorry if I missed it, what photo editing software are you using?

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