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Posted on 03/12/21 12:23:56 PM
Steve Caplin
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Photoshop's new Harmonisation filter
This is a really good filter in the latest version of Photoshop CC.

Check it out here:

https://creativepro.com/how-to-use-photoshops-harmonization-filter/





Posted on 03/12/21 10:57:24 PM
Frank
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Agree Steve, a real time saver and works quite well.


Posted on 08/12/21 8:20:09 PM
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Re: Photoshop's new Harmonisation filter
Not quite sure how I feel about this. I have yet to try it as to upgrade to this level of PS I have to upgrade my OS which will cost me a number of peripherals, including very probably my expensive Intuos4 large surface Wacom slate, as they will cease to work.

I feel very ambivalent regarding these new tools. I love the new selection tools because they save me what is often 'grunt' work with lots of time and effort and little satisfaction except a decent selection at the end. I am very happy to have a digital assistant for this kind of labour.

But having AI take over the creative subjective role? I am truly not at ease with this. For me PS is a tool which allows me to manipulate images in a very personal way. Why should I allow an algorithm which must, by definition, be programmed to an 'average' interpretation of the image to do this in a less personal way? I have found many of the latest filters incredibly disappointing and in the end, by the time I have finished 'tweaking' them, more time consuming than using my own experience and judgement.

Now I appreciate that for a busy professional professional like Steve, who has many strings to his bow, and only so many hours in the day to give to any of them, that, when a newspaper or journal on a deadline wants him to transform an image before the end of day, these kind of tools could be a total boon! That's undeniable. Up to a point, delivery takes precedent over personal satisfaction. I have been there enough times myself to understand the conflict between absolute standards and absolute delivery!

But I can't get very excited about these filters. For me PS is a tool that I use for my very personal needs and satisfaction. Filters such as these are a little bit like giving me a brush and palette and then providing two options: a blank canvas or one divided up into areas with numbers in them.

I don't think you needed to be prompted as to which I prefer.

Maybe I'm just an old out of touch fuddy, duddy, but I love my work to be my work.


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Posted on 09/12/21 09:31:22 AM
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Re: Photoshop's new Harmonisation filter
It's still your work, David - but as with so many Photoshop tools, the Harmonisation filter gets you a long way towards what you want without the grunt work.

It doesn't detract from your creativity!

Posted on 09/12/21 11:07:07 AM
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I decided to put this to the test and hand match your result.

After all, it doesn't look that difficult!

Wrong!

The end result is close(ish) but far from perfect. It took six adjustment layers with three different masks and required nine minutes of trial and error and fine tuning.

Seems Adobe have beaten me into submission .........



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Posted on 11/12/21 02:25:05 AM
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I have used it a few times, among others on the composite of a nightsky and a daytime photo.




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Posted on 11/12/21 09:13:29 AM
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Yes. Well that's very successful. It looks as the original chapel was in full sunlight. Not easy. I'd be very pleased if I had done that

Seems I have a lot of adjusting to modern techniques to do.

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Posted on 11/12/21 4:42:53 PM
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Nice work Vibeke,

PC-MAN only used Brightness and Contrast, Colour balance, and Levels to achieve the same effect in 20 mins:

Curiously, I got a very close match actually inside Photoshop, but when I transferred to the forum, it changed slightly--but still good




Posted on 11/12/21 5:43:50 PM
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Re: Photoshop's new Harmonisation filter
Well done Michael. You've got closer than I. Although it took a lot longer. I used Curves, Levels, Colour balance and Hue Sat.

In both cases it took us a long time to achieve what PS neural filters do in a matter of seconds.

I have to accept some of these new filters do seem to work very well (which many of them don't ....... yet).

However impressive and time saving it may be I still find it rather de-motivating and disturbing. All the years I spent acquiring and fine tuning skills reduced to very little.

But of course that's progress and has been for centuries in every craft and profession. I just find it hard to accept ...............

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Posted on 11/12/21 7:33:26 PM
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I consider it to be a good place to start and with any luck finish - overall I find it does a decent job .
Nice work Vibeke, looks like a subtle touch of moonlight to me.

Posted on 22/12/21 08:19:11 AM
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Thank you David, Michael and Frank and have a lovely Christmas, I'm planning too, we had 30 degrees here today, not very Christmas like but very pleasant.
This was taken today, with a New Zealand Christmas tree in the background.
211222 112410 by Vibeke Friis, on Flickr

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