Matt Anderson

Matt Anderson

Digital Content Production Lead at Widen

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Photography, Digital Media Conversion, and Prepress Color Management Services by Matt Anderson

by Matt Anderson, June 9, 2011

In the world of catalog production services, one of the most challenging product lines to reproduce is jewelry. 

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Mac - Apple OS X 10.6.4 Adobe Photoshop CS4 CS5 and Crashes by Matt Anderson

by Matt Anderson, July 27, 2010

Have you been crashing quite frequently, and your using Apple's Mac OS X 10.6.4 system software with Adobe Photoshop CS4 or CS5?

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Canon 5DMKII Banding at Base ISO

by Matt Anderson, June 8, 2010

Does the Canon 5D Mark II have banding issues at or near base ISO?
The RAW converter of files sometimes makes all the difference in the world.

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Adobe Photoshop CS5 Beta Testing • Tips Tricks Report by Matt Anderson

by Matt Anderson, March 29, 2010

Ok, I, like many others, have been secretly and quietly testing the new Adobe Photoshop CS5 Beta. We finally got the go ahead to share SOME information, er, images that showcase some features that may or may not exist or ship in the final version. Until April 12, 8am PST/11am EST, then we can really shout it from the Mountain Top, I think.

To follow the proper protocol....

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Digital Asset Retouching & Masking • Removing a Glass Shower Door • By Matt Anderson

by Matt Anderson, March 19, 2010

Todays color manipulation involves removing a glass shower door.
 
Here is our original file. The new version of this digital asset required I remove some componets.
Versioning is quite common in our premedia industry.

 
The client asked that I remove all the metal frame work as well as the textured shower door.
Thus leaving a completely exposed tiled shower and all the accompanied hardware.

My first step was to do all the appropriate masking required to color correct,
digial retouch, and digital image manipulation.
 


Once the image was masked I used Adobe Photoshops Content Aware Scaling, Vanishing Point, Object Transform,
Delicate Airbrushing via a Wacom Intuos Tablet, and selective layers with precise masking.

Here is the final image with all premedia color retouch and digital manipulation applied:


 

Animated view showing different steps of the process:


 
Catatlog production services, color retouching, and robust prepress experience go into each and every one of these little gems.
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Photoshop Background Extension Example #3 • Premedia Services • Color Retouching by Matt Anderson

by Matt Anderson, March 19, 2010

Many of my premedia / prepress clients have digital assets that require image extensions based on different uses. Their photo studio might have shot a certain scene in horizontal format, and the image is now needed in vertical for a different purpose. Another scenario may be a picture box in a page layout program ( Quark / InDesign ) is expanded by a graphic designer. The newly formed "white space" needs image data created. As is the case below. My client had a very nice legacy image that was retrieved from the image management system. This image needed to be versioned for a new purpose. My job was to use my high end Adobe Photoshop retouching and color correction skills to expand the bounds of the digital image, filling the new required space. The extension of this room scene wasn't as difficult as the image I posted in the prior blog. The wooden floor boards were easily stepped and repeated as necessary. You can see I did some selective masking and color correction on our clients amazing products.

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Background Extension Example #2 • Premedia Services • Color Retouching by Matt Anderson

by Matt Anderson, March 19, 2010

Many of my premedia / prepress clients have digital assets that require image extensions based on different uses. Their photo studio might have shot a certain scene in horizontal format, and the image is now needed in vertical for a different purpose. Another scenario may be a picture box in a page layout program ( Quark / InDesign ) is expanded by a graphic designer. The newly formed "white space" needs image data created. As is the case below. My client had a very nice legacy image that was retrieved from the image management system. This image needed to be versioned for a new purpose. My job was to use my high end Adobe Photoshop retouching and color correction skills to expand the bounds of the digital image, filling the new required space. This particular image may have been the "trickiest" background extension this post processor has ever tackled. Using tricks such as vanishing point, content aware scaling, healing brush, and good ole' fashion cloning. The contour of the tile, light fall-off, and scene elements made this image fierce competitor, but in the end, the results were superb.

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Background Extension Example #1 • Premedia Services • Color Retouching by Matt Anderson

by Matt Anderson, March 19, 2010

Many of my premedia / prepress clients have digital assets that require image extensions based on different uses. Their photo studio might have shot a certain scene in horizontal format, and the image is now needed in vertical for a different purpose. Another scenario may be a picture box in a page layout program ( Quark / InDesign ) is expanded by a graphic designer. The newly formed "white space" needs image data created. As is the case below. My client had a very nice legacy image that was retrieved from the image management system. This image needed to be versioned for a new purpose. My job was to use my high end Adobe Photoshop retouching and color correction skills to expand the bounds of the digital image, filling the new required space. This was on of the more tricky images I have worked. Using tricks such as vanishing point, content aware scaling, healing brush, and good ole' fashion cloning.

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Using Lab mode in Photoshop to add Saturation to your Digital Image Management & Retouching by Matt Anderson

by Matt Anderson, March 19, 2010

Todays tip will involve using Lab color space in Adobe's Photoshop CS4. We'll make a curves adjustment layer, tweak the a / b channels, adjust the layer opacity, and BAM! Your photo just got more color than a new 64 pack of Crayola's ! Prepress color management and color manipulation done fast.

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RAW Presets for Photoshop CS4 & Lightroom: Canon EOS-1D Mark IV by Matt Anderson CS5

by Matt Anderson, March 16, 2010

RAW presets are helpful little buddies ...

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