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just curious if there's some way to make a screen cap appear better quality, like a photo. i find it hard to make graphics with screencaps as their quality is quite low and they appear too dark.

any help would be nice & apreciated

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jazzydoc
Jan. 8th, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC)
Try This:

Duplicate your image twice, set the first one to SCREEN and set the second one to SOFT LIGHT. You should have three layers; 1 set to NORMAL, one set to SCREEN and the top set to SOFT LIGHT. Set the SCREEN layer's opacity to 80%.
Take the top layer and hold down CTRL+SHFT+U. That desaturates it. Then go Filter> sharpen> shapren.

Now add a new HUE/SATURATION adjustment layer (Layer> New adjustment layer> hue/saturation) and set them to this:
Hue - +1
Saturation - +42
Lightness - +12

Add a new selective colour layer (Layer> New Adjustment layer> Selective colour) and set them to this:
Whites: 0, 0, 0, +100
Neutrals: -9, 0, -4, -8

1 more selective colour layer set to:
Blacks: 0, 0, 0, +100

There. Hope that works. If the image is too dark then try messing around with another hue/saturation or brightness/contrast layer. You could also try using the unsharp Mask (Filter> Sharpen> Unsharp mask) and play abit with that. Hope i helped :D

makeuptobreakup
Jan. 8th, 2007 04:54 pm (UTC)
:o
that worked very well! thank you so much <3
christine0701
Jan. 8th, 2007 07:07 pm (UTC)
I followed this and it really worked well. what I did with my cap, though, which was really dark was to add 2 screen layers - the first i left alone, the second became 80% opacity and desaturated
jazzydoc
Jan. 9th, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, Lol. Didnt know that would work. Spose if it helped then :D Glad i could help in some way
christine0701
Jan. 9th, 2007 07:45 pm (UTC)
yeah, i decided to try it to see - i didn't think it would work either!
rainisnice
Jan. 8th, 2007 05:34 pm (UTC)
possible solution pre-photoshop:
what are you using to make screencaps? you should check to see if you can adjust the settings to raise the quality. i didn't do any adjusting to this icon [other than crop it] and i think it looks fine.
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