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John's mill ..Vandana's PS Cs2 style

John's mill ..Vandana's PS Cs2  style
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Copyright: John van Aarle (JohnTulip) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3349 W: 798 N: 8612] (35303)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-08
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon EOS 30D, Sigma 10-20mm 4-5.6 DC HSM, Compact Flash 2-2gb, B-W UV
Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 80-89 points (II), 70-79 Points Part 4, Tips and Techniques, Vandana's Favorites II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-31 14:02
Viewed: 2906
Favorites: 5 [view]
Points: 82
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
John T 's windmill; using Vandana's PS technique.

Today Treklens another kind of story, for my mill photo here ..taken in Maasland / near Delft; taken with my super wide-angle Sigma 10-20 lens

Mostly ..like Pierre Frigon ..I work my photo's with Paintshop Pro 9 or/and PSP 11

Here I used a technique Vandana wrote down for me during her stay here, the TL meet in September.

With her permission I will write it down here, her step by step procedure.

Have you noticed what a giant step forward she made the last months?
She joined a Photo Shop course some months back ...following my advice. Now she can teach me (and some of you too maybe..)

The fee for using this technique is 50$$! best to send to me ok?? I will send it on to Vandana {*___-} (yes I am joking)

Ok , here we go USING PHOTO SHOP cs 2! :


Dear Johnny,
here putting the steps I do for PP in CS2.
Trying to put all scenarios to the best I can.

1. Open RAW image first - when you open it in first window it will show you the details of exposure, shadows, highlights etc. Pay attention to that. Do not change anything at this screen. Say OPEN.

2. Now you've got RAW image open in CS2.
3. First thing I look if any correction to the image is required...like cropping, adjusting the tilt adding Perspective etc.

For that Use "Ctrl A" that will select all image.

Go to Edit -> Transform -> and use the option you need. I generally use Distort to correct the horizon, or tilts and Perspective to add Perspective to the image.
Once you perform this, apply and your image will be in correct way as far as look goes.

4. After that I go to Image -> Adjustment->Exposure
Here I correct any exposure problems and Gamma effect

5. After that I go to Image->Adjustment->Shadows/Highlights

Here I adjust shadows, highlights increase/decrease the Midtone contrsat if required

6. After that I check for Image->Adjustment -> Saturation.
If at all I need to increase of decrease the color saturation I do it here.

7. In Image - > Adjustmet ->Color Balance
I check here the balance of various colors. That will add or remove the extra time of any color we've got in photo

7.1 In Image -> Adjustment -> Curves
I select this option to make my BG and FG changes as far as color density goes.

8. Then Image -> Adjustment -> Contrast
If ONLY required I change or add more contrast here

9. Last I go to Filter -> Sharpen ->Unshap mask
Amount 50%
Radius 6.0 pixels
Threshold 4 levels
I use above setting in general...and suits to almost all my photos.

Now based on the health of the image I may not perform all of these steps.

10. Also, if you want to use any filter effect on photos like warm filter or cool filter etc you can do that in Image -> Adjustmet -> Photo Filter.

I'll suggest try to use filters then only you'll realise the effect of the same.

Now coming to layers to add farems.

1. Use "Ctrl A" to select complete image.

2. Copy and Paste. It will craete another layer of the same photo for you.

3. Then go to the Image -> Canvas Size
You can change here Canvas size and the color which adds the Frame to the image.

4. To add the Drop shadow to that frame
Go to Layer -> Layer Style -> Drop Shadow
Here you can set coordinates for the shadow.
I change Opacity from 75 to 90 based of the intensity of shadow.
Angle is 30
Distance 0
Spread 50
Size 50
In Countour I select the first one which looks like Triangle.
After this hit OK, and you are done.

5. At this time now you have at least 2 layers.

6. When you'll add any text with "T" icon, it will add third text layer.

7. After this you need to merge all these layers to flaten the image.
For this in that small window on left side you'll see Layers as first tab.
In that small window, above "Opacity" you'll find little drop down arrow.
Click that, and the menu will pop up
From that you need to select "Flatten Image"
That will make this as a one image instead of multiple layers.

8. AFter that go to Image -> Image size
Change that to 800 pixels.
Save as TIFF.
You can Open this TIFF either if PSP or Photofilter (which I use) just to convert to JPG.

So far these are the things i do in PP based on the health of image.
I'm sure, you'll also quickly pick them.

Good luck; smiles

Well..Thanks Vandana .. pleasse let me know what you think of this 'baby' here.. my (partly) mill
and thank you for popping in Folks


*Your manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original and the part that is original is not good.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)*

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  • Great 
  • linz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 77 W: 29 N: 161] (1742)
  • [2007-10-31 14:27]

Hi John
Wonderful image which has been very well worked. Excellent contrast and clarity, love the colours as well.

TFS Lindsay

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2007-10-31 14:42]

Een geweldige kleurenfoto John het is knap om van zo een simpel onderwerk zo iets mooi te maken.

Vind het een mooi stukje van de molen, wat nieuwsgierig maakt naar de rest

TFS Greetz Kristy

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  • Josine Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 922 W: 21 N: 652] (4069)
  • [2007-10-31 16:15]

Alles in kopie hier John
Waar moet het geld heen ? :-)
Prachtige plaat, een sprookje. Heel mooi,

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  • c_rapp Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 933 W: 14 N: 1331] (7535)
  • [2007-10-31 16:57]

Great colors and wonderfully presented. Interesting pov. TFs

Very sharp image with beautiful colours. Most useful note! So I owe you now 50$!??

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  • Pops71 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 252 W: 24 N: 523] (2093)
  • [2007-10-31 19:04]

Hi John, Excellent capture. I like to see the fence in the foreground. Before reading the note, I was wondering what has happened to the top of the wind mill or was it a new modern type. (*_^)
Superb color, Bravo

hi john, good shot here, i like this composition, even though its a wide angle lens you managed a fairly tight crop, great colors and light, its a photographers photograph! well done, thanks scott

ps: about the photoshop stuff, i was lost after step two...ha-ha

Hello John,

I must say you've done pretty good here. Smiles here :)
I remember this mill you shown me just the day before I left.
Beautiful wide angle shot.
Lovely light, composition, colors, and presentation.
You are a fast learning student ...Hehehe

Hugs to both of you from cold Bloomington

  • Great 
  • Kiwis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 189] (13118)
  • [2007-11-01 2:47]

Hi John,
Ca va? Excellente originale composition with great colors, light and details. Well presented. Humorous and constructive note, I like it! Bonne journée!

Wrote all down John
What else to say than: toppie!!
De mazzel,


Interesting PP work. Seems like a lot of steps though.
But the result is pretty good.
Well done

Hi John :)
Nice shot with bright colours :) I don't really understand your great lesson in PSCS2, it's hard for me ... but i would have a look later to try :)

Hi John
Beautiful and nice shot of the windmill. Though I would have liked that the mill was in center of the gate - if you only had moved one step to the right. Great colors and contrasts, TFS

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2007-11-01 7:10]

Hi John

I can see the same shape as the Golden Gate bridge in the green fence palings. The tight framing, sharpness & colour are all superb. Good job & tfs!

Hi John,
Thanks for sharing both this beautiful dutch picture and Vandana's lesson.
Both are appreciated.
Have a nice day

Hi John,

Great shot, the wide angle lens is a gem, very versatile and the shots are impressive. Very sharp,excellent lighting, vivid colors and well composed. Your note is also informative and very interesting.

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  • salmi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 752 W: 5 N: 428] (4755)
  • [2007-11-01 8:42]
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Hej John!
Great PP work, Vandana is a great teacher :). Good contrast, colors, leveles, sharpen...:).
I just read the reasons why you didn't put the mill in the center, it was an element which bother me.

Just lovely picture, i like it!

Hej då!
Vi ses.

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  • inaam Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1816 W: 39 N: 465] (4859)
  • [2007-11-01 9:58]

Hi Sir John,

I prefer to say NO straight away becuase I need to practice this technique on some raw image....... lol (just kidding, I trust Vandana didi's techniques and her photography).

A beautiful picutre and an intersting subject has been chosen. Excellent shot my friend. Well done.

Thanks for sharing this shot and the technique which is precious.

Mooie plaat geworden John!
Daarmee heb je meteen bewezen dat de intructies werken.

so interesting tecnique!! i like to play with CS3!! thanks to u and vandana!!
here.. a great image! i dont know if it's right to cut the top!! but in truth i like ur work!! colors and light are so good!! wonderful capture!!
ciao Marco

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2007-11-01 11:29]

selam arkadaşım John...
ne kadar güzel bir konpozisyon, deyat,renk ve kadraj mükemmel, eline sağlık...bende iyiyim...selam ve saygılar...

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  • sela Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 11 N: 1379] (8213)
  • [2007-11-01 12:22]

Very nice capture, excellent work.TFS John

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  • Nikas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 352 W: 3 N: 97] (2034)
  • [2007-11-01 13:24]


Well... i like the composition, and the colours, and i think i would like to live in windmill!!!

Regards João!


Wonderful color balance & such...in touch!!!

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  • ttreen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1317 W: 129 N: 3792] (15759)
  • [2007-11-01 14:05]

Hello JT,
What a wonderful tribute to Vandana.. Thank you so much for the wonderful notes... I will have to jot down her directions and try it :)

You photo is wonderful.. love the nice blue sky behind the gate


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  • Jan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 451 W: 139 N: 813] (5358)
  • [2007-11-01 14:31]

A very usefull note!
'k weet niet wanneer ik het uit ga proberen en of het kan met mijn fototoestel, maar ik vind het een leerzame note waar je wat aan hebt!!

Een mooi hollands plaatje. Om het hek recht te krijgen had je nog even verder nar rechts moeten gaan staan :)


Merhaba John,
What a superb perspective.Excellent sharp, colours and light.TFS.


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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2007-11-02 0:39]
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Great work, John
Superb colours and details -- lovely composition, great PoV and really fabulous notes. Thanks for sharing these ideas with everyone
One thing though: I was taught a little differently about the first step in the list you have given.
Many of the changes that are made to the image should be done while it is open in the first window -- that way you actually have more control. There would be no point at all in shooting in RAW if one simply opened it as is.
And In order not to disturb that initial RAW image, after you make all the changes you can there, open it while holding down the Alt key. That way nothing in the original is disturbed.

I am afraid I have to agree with Pierre John, PSP is far less involved. Good colour and detail and fine focus on the mill itself but I feel the fence could be a bit sharper. TFS,

perfect shot wit excellent sharpness.. love ur mill shot, JT..

tfs also the useful note..

regards, terry
later :))

Helloooo John !

My god.. too much step for me .. hi!hi! Je n'ai pas toute lu ta note désolé, J'ai arreté de lire au numéro 4! *_-

La photo est belle mais je suis décue de ne pas voir le haut du moulin à vent. J'aime beaucoup les moulins à vent et c'est dommage de ne pas voir les belles palmes. Vos moulins à vent ne sont pas comparable . Ils sont magnifiques et bien entretenus.

Merci de partager John. Passe une belle journée.

Salutations du Québec

Josée :)

  • Great 
  • BenF Gold Star Critiquer [C: 261 W: 0 N: 352] (3060)
  • [2007-11-02 6:22]

Hi John,
Great shot with perfect colors and very sharp.
I like the patterns.
Great note.

Hi John, elegant composition with splendid windmill and lovely green gate, great colors and excellent sharpness, I like a lot, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • jawa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 1] (12005)
  • [2007-11-02 8:33]

Hallo John
Mooie uitsnijding.Geeft een mooi beeld.
Ook mooi van kleur.
Gr Jos

Merhaba John:)
Wonderful compo.Very sharp image with beautiful colours.

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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2007-11-03 1:49]

Hola amigo,
una magnífica composición,
colores y pov,
siempre interesantes trabajos...
ahora un poco en inglés :)

Dear friend, my observation, is very common in the Canary Islands, the idea is... if your you work in the policy or you are politician, your motivations always will be economic. (I speak of my last photo, Surviving)
saludos John

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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2007-11-04 13:56]

This is so fantastic!! The colors just 'jump out' from your gallery! Excellent pov and a beautiful image!!! TFS

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  • Jens Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 555 W: 53 N: 1139] (4663)
  • [2007-11-05 3:03]

Hi John
A great shot my friend, and a very good and useful note as well, you have done a good job, TFS.

Hi Bro, this is a nice low pov of the windmill and it's front fence.
Original low composition then what we are used to see and it is refreshing.

Cheers, sis :)

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  • Tomek Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1264 W: 44 N: 3160] (18766)
  • [2007-11-06 7:14]

Hello John:)))
Very useful note!!! and picture itself is so pretty and very interesting POV here - I like it so much.
Regards - Tom
:) follow

  • drymd29 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1146 W: 242 N: 659] (7658)
  • [2008-03-23 6:24]

Een kolfje naar mijn hand; een molen zonder wieken! dat is uniek en toch staat de molen eronze geest vult in; mooi man!

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