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Written by Award-winning Author/Illustrator: Jo Ann Kairys

*All images are copyright 2012 JKairys and contain a Digimarc embedded code

As an illustrator of children’s books, I combine real photos with digital art to create story pages. It’s essential to have a clean, crisp image of the main characters.

Since I rarely have the opportunity to pose children at play, I take photos in almost every lighting condition. The image below captured the expressions and positions I needed for a particular page. But the original photo was too dark, and the girls’ skin appeared grainy and uneven.

To address these issues, I used 4 key workflow steps.

Workflow Step #1: Photoshop PS6 Levels Adjustment to balance light and dark areas.
Workflow Step #2: Hue/Saturation Adjustment to brighten skin and clothing.

These initial adjustments improved the photo, but revealed much noise on the skin.

Workflow Step #3: Applied Topaz DeNoise 5 – Light JPEG setting.

DeNoise 5 effectively removed the problem skin areas, making them smooth and more natural.

These screenshots take a closer look at the BEFORE and AFTER image.

Workflow Step #4: Used soft brush with skin tone color to fill in areas washed out by the sun:

My next step would be to extract the girls from the background to place in a story page. Further skin tone adjustments may be needed as I create the digital landscape/story page. Below is an example of a page from my next book.

The background and elements are from photos I’ve taken and adjusted using Topaz Labs filters. The resulting images in my current book earned 7 major book awards – including Mom’s Choice Gold – so far in 2012!

Written by Peter Tellone

Photographer and Topaz user Peter shares with us some helpful tips on how to prevent noise.

Low ISO: First and foremost; we should try to shoot at the lowest ISO possible for our situation. If you can open up your aperture without affecting the DOF you are trying to achieve rather than increase ISO, do that. Slower shutter speeds that still stop the motion we may have or are within the speed that we can hand-hold without showing camera shake then do that. If you can’t handhold and are not shooting a moving object then consider using a tripod instead of raising the ISO.

Expose Correctly: Secondly: Expose your scene correctly and as best you can. Underexposing will increase noise, so getting a correct or slightly over exposed image will make all the difference in the world. The best way to know is to check your histogram. If you see most of your histogram bunched up to the left and very few pixels or a big gap on the right, you probably are underexposed.

As I talked about earlier, some photographers like to “shoot to the right” which involves slightly over exposing their images and pushing the curve in the histogram more towards the right hand side. Just don’t go too far and clip your highlight because you may loose detail which can be worse then the noise you are trying to prevent. After someone has shot to the right, usually in post they will bring that luminance range down and take with it noise.

Edit with a light touch: Watch your editing. If you have an image that is slightly noisy to begin with or even if you don’t, you can increase and exaggerate that noise by excessive editing and manipulating the lightness values and color values of your image. So try not to push Levels or Curves too far or even the saturation beyond what the image needs.

If you are taking some big swings to give an image Pop or Punch, then consider where in the process you are making those adjustments. If you shoot RAW rather than JPEGs you are at an advantage because in most case in a RAW editor that is not pixel editing you can push things further without some of the side effects you will get if you try to make those adjustments in a Pixel editing program.

Crop reasonably: Also watch how much you crop an image, if you crop too many pixels out of an image we essentially magnify the image and it may make the noise more visible in the image.

For JPEG compression noise, Always save files with the least amount of compression, (Photoshop 10+) or consider using a file format like Tiff or PSDs that are not subject to lossy compression noise.

For long exposure noise, consider turning on the long Exposure Noise Reduction available in the custom menu of better DSLRs.

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Correcting Grainy Skin
By Jo Ann Kairys

“As an illustrator of children’s books, I combine real photos with digital art to create story pages. It’s essential to have a clean, crisp image of the main characters.
Since I rarely have the opportunity to pose children at play, I take photos in almost every lighting condition. The image above captured the expressions and positions I needed for a particular page. But the original photo was too dark, and the girls’ skin appeared grainy and uneven. To address these issues, I used 4 key workflow steps.” Continue Reading…

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DeNoise Processing Tips
Following along as pro photographer and Topaz user Jason Hines shares with you his post processing tips for noise reduction with Topaz DeNoise. Continue Reading…

Noise Prevention
Photographer and Topaz DeNoise user
Peter shares with us some helpful tips
on how to prevent noise – before and
after the shot. Continue Reading…

DeNoise Processing and Comparison
The power of Topaz DeNoise is explored and compared by user Tyson Robichaud. Following along to see how he is able to rescue noisy images. Learn More…

Quick Subject Enhancement
Digital Lady Syd reviews Topaz DeNoise 5. See what she thinks and how she puts it to the test with her noisiest images. Read More…

DeNoise Tutorial
Before he used a plug-in, Topaz user Harvey Grohmann battled to control the noise in camera. Learn more about his switch to DeNoise and follow along with this helpful noise reduction tutorial. Read Now…

How to Remove Noise in photos
DeNoise user Max Spiker shares with us how he used Topaz DeNoise to rescue a super noisy panoramic photo taken with his iPhone while visiting a friend in Playa del Carmen. Continue Reading…

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If you are a Photoshop Elements users then this is your time! The new Elements 11 was just released and WOW are there some BIG changes that make it more use-friendly and easier to use. Two of the first things you’ll notice upon opening it is the redesigned interface and the guided edits and filters. Together with your favorite plug-ins, you’re sure to see a definite boost in both productivity and creativity.

For those making the switch to PSE 11 (or doing a 30-day trial run) your Topaz plug-ins are already compatible, so just be sure to move them over so that you can still use them. If you don’t know how to move your plug-in files I have written some steps to quickly walk you through the process. (It’s pretty simple and should take less than 3 minutes) Learn how here.

Should you find any issues with Topaz or Photoshop Elements and need to reinstall (or any other questions) just contact our customer support and we can help you.

Once you get up and running in the new PSE11 let me know what you think. Do you like the new design and setup?