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Improving screenshots?

Postby caravaggio » Sun, 16Sep11 09:15

Hello all, I'm totally illiterate regarding image creating and stuff, the only experience I had was using photoshop to make weird satirical collage...
So, my question is: if I took a screenshot from a game, is there an EASY way to improve it using PS, Gimp or whatever? Like applying a filter or whatsoever..

thanks in advance
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Re: Improving screenshots?

Postby Draga » Mon, 16Sep12 17:05

Well I guess it depends on what you want to improve?

With Photoshop:
A bit more brightness or contrast? Image->Adjustments->Brightness/Contrast
Changing colors or stronger colors? Image->Adjustments->Hue/Saturation

There are also some filters if you want to play around Filter-> Artistic-> Click on anything and a new Menu should open up with different filters/effects.

That's just some basic stuff, it really depends on what you want to do.
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Re: Improving screenshots?

Postby fleet » Mon, 16Sep12 18:33

Showing a screenshot of something you'd like to improve, and then saying specifically what needs improved would be helpful to persons wishing to give guidance. [img]images/icones/icon14.gif[/img]
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Re: Improving screenshots?

Postby caravaggio » Mon, 16Sep12 20:14

Fair enough :p

A screenshot like this one

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Re: Improving screenshots?

Postby fleet » Mon, 16Sep12 20:50

Now that we have a screenshot, what specific improvements do you want?
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Re: Improving screenshots?

Postby caravaggio » Mon, 16Sep12 21:21

I would like to know if there was a very easy way to make it look more natural, more realistic
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Re: Improving screenshots?

Postby fleet » Mon, 16Sep12 22:35

caravaggio wrote:I would like to know if there was a very easy way to make it look more natural, more realistic


Play with the settings Draga suggested.
"With Photoshop:
A bit more brightness or contrast? Image->Adjustments->Brightness/Contrast
Changing colors or stronger colors? Image->Adjustments->Hue/Saturation

There are also some filters if you want to play around Filter-> Artistic-> Click on anything and a new Menu should open up with different filters/effects."
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Re: Improving screenshots?

Postby Greyelf » Mon, 16Sep12 23:56

I believe one of the main issues with that screen shot is the fact that the light source that being used to light the model (and create her shadow) is only lighting the tree on the far left, this causes everything to the right of that tree to appear in one big shadow but there is no visual indication of where that one big shadow is coming from.
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Re: Improving screenshots?

Postby caravaggio » Tue, 16Sep13 12:48

Greyelf wrote:I believe one of the main issues with that screen shot is the fact that the light source that being used to light the model (and create her shadow) is only lighting the tree on the far left, this causes everything to the right of that tree to appear in one big shadow but there is no visual indication of where that one big shadow is coming from.

So the problem is the game itself? Is there a way to correct this issue with something like Photoshop or else?
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Re: Improving screenshots?

Postby GDS » Wed, 16Sep14 21:11

fleet wrote:
caravaggio wrote:I would like to know if there was a very easy way to make it look more natural, more realistic


Play with the settings Draga suggested.
"With Photoshop:
A bit more brightness or contrast? Image->Adjustments->Brightness/Contrast
Changing colors or stronger colors? Image->Adjustments->Hue/Saturation

There are also some filters if you want to play around Filter-> Artistic-> Click on anything and a new Menu should open up with different filters/effects."

I did what they told you, took me less than 1m

Now you can see her sweat better, and the background look less fake

Image
My tip is: IF you are going to edit render the background separated, then merge they on Photoshop and add showdown and all effects.

here a thread about it:
http://the-new-lagoon.com/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=3767
[*]Suddenly a Party!:http://the-new-lagoon.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=3965
[*]Matt and the Bus stop Girl:http://the-new-lagoon.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=3666
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Re: Improving screenshots?

Postby caravaggio » Thu, 16Sep15 13:03

GDS wrote:
fleet wrote:
caravaggio wrote:I would like to know if there was a very easy way to make it look more natural, more realistic


Play with the settings Draga suggested.
"With Photoshop:
A bit more brightness or contrast? Image->Adjustments->Brightness/Contrast
Changing colors or stronger colors? Image->Adjustments->Hue/Saturation

There are also some filters if you want to play around Filter-> Artistic-> Click on anything and a new Menu should open up with different filters/effects."

I did what they told you, took me less than 1m

Now you can see her sweat better, and the background look less fake

Image
My tip is: IF you are going to edit render the background separated, then merge they on Photoshop and add showdown and all effects.

here a thread about it:
http://the-new-lagoon.com/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=3767



Nice, so it's jut a matter of adjusting those 2 settings? Is there a way to, I don't know, simply save a setting with let's say X saturation/Y contrast and simply apply it to a set of similar pictures?
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Re: Improving screenshots?

Postby GDS » Thu, 16Sep15 16:53

caravaggio wrote:
GDS wrote:
fleet wrote:
caravaggio wrote:I would like to know if there was a very easy way to make it look more natural, more realistic


Play with the settings Draga suggested.
"With Photoshop:
A bit more brightness or contrast? Image->Adjustments->Brightness/Contrast
Changing colors or stronger colors? Image->Adjustments->Hue/Saturation

There are also some filters if you want to play around Filter-> Artistic-> Click on anything and a new Menu should open up with different filters/effects."

I did what they told you, took me less than 1m

Now you can see her sweat better, and the background look less fake

Image
My tip is: IF you are going to edit render the background separated, then merge they on Photoshop and add showdown and all effects.

here a thread about it:
http://the-new-lagoon.com/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=3767



Nice, so it's jut a matter of adjusting those 2 settings? Is there a way to, I don't know, simply save a setting with let's say X saturation/Y contrast and simply apply it to a set of similar pictures?


Dude, you don't need to save presets:
  • You will take less the 30s to adjust each
  • You may change the setting to adjust every pic better, so a preset won't help
  • You don't have to use just those 2 settings, you can use almost all setting on "Image>Adjustments" till you have a satisfactory result
[*]Suddenly a Party!:http://the-new-lagoon.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=3965
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