screencap preparation: jade style!
This isn't a very extensive tutorial, just a workaround I discovered a while ago, and figured I should share because it's pretty useful when working with dark caps, or caps that need serious colour correction! You probably will have to do extra things to the cap alongside this, but it's quite nice as a first step for people who do want to work with caps but can't work out how to make them work.
As far as I can see, this tutorial is not translatable as you need something specific to curves -- for GIMPers, you can achieve a similar effect with auto > white balance in place of the curves layer, I believe (or a GIMPer will confirm an alternative ).
For the sakes of this tutorial, I am using this cap, provided by Amy (caomoyl).
All I've done to it for this is to crop it smaller so we can see what's happening - no sharpening or anything like that (although it will be naturally sharper from being made smaller, but that's okay here. ).
The main issues I can see with this cap is that it's dark, it's blue-toned, and it's from a show featuring way too much misery to be acceptable.
STEP ONE -
The easiest thing to fix is the darkness, so I duplicate the cap and set it to screen. You can lower the opacity of this layer if it's too much (it might be, if the original cap is already quite light).
I set the screen layer to 90%, if you're following along.
This is already looking a lot better! I might not use it on a graphic just yet, but I'm not gonna worry about bad colouring if I do. It's still pretty blue-toned, though, which doesn't really help on the graphicing front (I am not adventurous).
STEP TWO -
Time to break out the curves! For this specifically, you're gonna need these two little buttons, which I've helpfully outlined in red:
For step two, you'll need to click on the eyedropper on the far right - the one that looks like it's got white in it. You'll, of course, now have an eyedropper tool to move around.
With this tool, select the whitest white you can find on the canvas. It can get a little difficult, so I do recommend taking a moment to look at the canvas and click properly, even if you have to zoom in! The better white you select, the better the outcome will be!
For this cap, I selected a white from the very edge of the baby's hood; it was actually a light blue but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
The change will happen the moment you click on the white ahaha.
STEP THREE -
The last step is to do the same thing again, but with the eyedropper on the far left; the black one!
This time, you need to select the darkest black you can find on the canvas -- in this case, the cap is full of blacks, and I just selected randomly from the background:
BAM, simple as that. Not only is it lighter, but a lot of the blue has gone, and it's more workable, overall.
This can essentially work on any cap as long as you can find a very close white and a black on the canvas somewhere. Here's a before-and-after of a darker shot (cap still provided by caomoyl):
That's really it! I do hope this helped someone somewhere Like I said, you'll probably have further image prep to do after this point, but I'm hoping this stops screencaps from seeming so scary.
Feel free to ask any questions/leave a comment/do this on five thousand caps out of excitement (wat.) - if you have other program questions, my Q&A is +here
Screencap Preparation: Jade Style!photoshop | beginner | non-translatablephotoshop
Posted 18 January 2017 - 03:15 PM
screencap preparation: jade style!
Posted 18 January 2017 - 04:21 PM
Holy crap who new that screencap prep could be so simple!!! Thank you so much, this will save SO many graphics! <3
Also, I should have waited for this before working with hella dark HP screencaps for a UC graphic -_- lol
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