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Everything posted by Big_Stan

  1. Thank you for your suggestion. Unfortunately, the problem actually started under Mojave.
  2. I am using a 5,1 (2010 Mac Pro) and I am not experiencing any problems.
  3. Oops, Should be John Paul Caponigro.
  4. At a qualitative level your explanation is quite good. However, this is not what is actually happening at a statistical level. Here is a copy of a paper written by John Paul Caponigeo (Use Multiple Exposures To Reduce Image Noise, December 13, 2017) in which he describes what goes on in Photoshop. I assume AP behaves in a similar manner. Occasionally I have used multiple exposures for star photography to reduce image noise in both PS and AP, it works. "So what is Photoshop doing? Photoshop first aligns a series of images as separate layers, converts them into a Smart Object, and blends them, reducing or amplifying the differences between the layers with a variety of rendering modes. You can choose one of eleven rendering modes; Entropy, Kurtosis, Maximum, Mean, Median, Minimum, Range, Skewness, Standard Deviation, Summation, and Variance. Few people will ever use all of them; most won’t use any of them; but I recommend you try two – Median and Mean. (Stacks were designed for analytical tasks in various scientific fields, like astrophotography or forensics and they’ve since been put to many other uses.) Median and Mean select values in between the highest and lowest values, smoothing out the differences between aligned layers in a stack. Median works best for images with some motion, either subject or camera, to remove moving objects or noise. Mean works best for processing exposures without motion. (Astrophotographers typically make many exposures, sometimes dozens or more, of the same subject and use Mean to reduce noise.) The more exposures you make and combine the better the noise reduction. Only practical limits apply. How many exposures can you make? How many exposures can Photoshop process on your computer? You can stack and process as few as two images. Three is my recommended minimum. Six is better. After that, you get diminishing returns. (Try using your camera in burst mode more frequently.) The most challenging part of this technique is identifying situations where it’s helpful and remembering to make multiple exposures. If you have the exposures you can take advantage of this great feature; if you don’t have the exposures you can’t."
  5. It was the Separated Mode problem; one click and all is well again. I don't recall going there, but Separated Mode was checked. It had to be a poltergeist. Where are the Ghost Busters when you need them? Thank you all, for your help!!
  6. I was working on a photo this afternoon and quit at the end of the session. When I went back this evening the screen was weird. How do I get back to the default screen?
  7. Let's assume that I have 2 copies of the same image. I will call one image "clone 1" and the second image "clone 2". I would like to be able to place both images into AP such that clone 1 is on the left side of the screen and clone 2 is on the right side. My goal is while doing a dodge and burn on clone 1, I can look at clone 2 and, by comparing the difference between the two images gauge my D&B progress. I do not want to do this with a split screen because I want to be able to see both images at once and not have to move a slider back and forth.
  8. Thank you, I'll give it a try.
  9. I am doing Dodge & Burn with 50% gray scale mask. Carl Surry did an excellent tutorial fro this process based on translating a PS tutorial. Other achieving the 50% gray scale, the PS tutorial is fine and Carl did a very good job showing how to get the gray scale with AP. In the PS tutorial, the author showed a split screen; the gray scale mask (he called this a "visualization layer") next to the Pixel image. How can I get the same side by side view in AP?
  10. Thank you. Will you please point me to a tutorial that discusses the "certain filters".
  11. You guys are number one on several levels, your products are great, your tutorials are among the best, and you are continuing to expand your product line, keep it up. However, as you increase your product line, the "desktop forum" is becoming cluttered. For example, when I have a question, I am forced to wade through inquiries regarding Publisher, Designer, and Photo (thank you for separating iPad and Beta). I realize that Serif has intentionally created products that are are inter-related and have much in common, however from a user ease of use prospective, I think that the time has come to have a separate forum for each product line.
  12. The Serif reaction that just saw did NOT address the issue I raised. OK, I surrender!!!
  13. John, In response to your comment that perhaps Serif doesn't regularly monitor the forum, I would have hoped that a moderator would listen and provide feed back to Serif. Well, since that does not seem to be happening, does anybody have a suggestion for a way to get Serif to respond?
  14. Wonderful, other people want to see it split-up too. Has anybody seen a response from Serif that indicates that they are going to make it happen or is it only on our wish list?
  15. Thanks for your support. Hopefully we will it happen in our lifetime
  16. There are numerous tutorials on how to use Frequency Separation to tweak portrait photography. Will somebody point me to a tutorial that describes how to use Frequency Separation to remove wires from a landscape photo?
  17. Thank you, I have recently seen references to use FS in order to remove wires from complex/cluttered backgrounds. With complex backgrounds, such as wires passing behind or in front of bare tree branches, Inpainting does a fairly good job as long as you do not view it at 100%. I want to evaluate FS as an alternative to Inpainting.
  18. I went the direction that you are going, replace Acrobat with something else. PDFelement turned out to be a fairly good replacement for Acrobat Pro 10. That was the good news, the bad news is that their (Wondershare) customer support is amateurish at best. They reply to your requests BUT they never seem to answer the question you ask. It may be a language problem, they are a Shanghai company.
  19. Have you tried restarting the mac? Not sure if it help your problem, but I often use "restart" when apps are not behaving and most of the time it works.
  20. I have a shot of an old (1794) gristmill that has significant noise in the "pinkish" shutters on the shaded side of the mill. I decided to dig-out Define 2 to see if it would be able to reduce the noise on the pink shutters to an acceptable level. Define met my objects, however as can be seen in the screen grab, while using Define, a weird color shift occurred in the preview window (the color shift went away when I clicked ok and went back to AP). The color shift has not really impacted my use of Define, just disconcerting. BTW, I experienced a similar color shift while using Imagenomic's Noiseware and Topaz Denoise 6.
  21. Thank you!!! Now just fix the ProPhoto profile color issue and I'll be a happy man again.
  22. I was unable to expand the window image 1 is 1.7 beta, image 2 is 1.6.7
  23. image 1 is 1.6.7 image 2 is 1.7 Beta
  24. Not sure what happened. Here is the correct screen grab.
  25. MEB, Thank you. Yes I am using ProPhoto. Will 1.7 be passing the color profile? BTW, I tried to load the 1.6.7 plugins into 1.7 beta and the results were not particularly satisfying. Image 1 is 1.6.7 and Image 2 is 1.7 Beta. Neither Imagenomic, NIK, nor Topaz appeared in 1.7

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