IP4AP- Image Processing For Astrophotography - Superdisk

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Warren Keller IP4AP- Image Processing For Astrophotography - Superdisk

IP4AP was created for Astrophotographers of all skill levels. There are many resources for learning Image Processing, but we believe these techniques are best taught - Visually! Let "Image Processing for Astrophotography - Superdisk" be your guide to the easy and fun way to learn the most sought after techniques in Astro-Imaging.

Unleash the power of Adobe Photoshop on your Astro-Images! You've made a large investment in equipment - Now make a small one and learn the secrets of producing stunning Astrophotographs. IP4AP has produced three series of quality videos called Photoshop Foundations Basics, Photoshop Foundations Intermediate Part-1 and Part-2 The Five Ss. They'll convince you.... Visual learning is the easy and fun way to go!

While recorded in CS2, All of the processing concepts demonstrated in the series are valid through the latest version of Photoshop CS. 'The Kitchen' tutorial of Photoshop Foundations Intermediate Part-2 The Five Ss addresses the major changes. Of course, Photoshop will continue to be improved, and the look of the UI workspace will change as well, though this is largely cosmetic.

The most significant change as of CS4 is the institution of the Adjustments Panel. Whenever Warren demonstrates the use of Duplicate Layers in CS2, be advised that most adjustments can now be done in more efficient Adjustment Layers via the new Panel. (See Illustration One and Illustration Two). Additionally, the new Mask Panel is conveniently placed right beside it.

If you've ever been dazed and confused at the thought of doing Astro-Imaging and Processing, don't be! Everyone learns differently - Some people are great at reading instructions, others learn through trial and error, and many learn best by being able to actually "see" how something is done. That's the secret behind IP4AP’s "Image Processing For Astrophotography - Superdisk". Let's take a look at how the system works...

High-Quality Scripted Tutorials - Let's face it, your time is valuable. You've made a large investment in imaging equipment and you want tutorials that get to the point. Every IP4AP Flash movie is carefully written to get you there in 5-minutes! IP4AP prides themselves on thorough research and professional production.

Photoshop Foundations Basics - This is where to begin! Adobe Photoshop Basics walks you through Photoshop step-by-step, with an emphasis on Astrophotography.

Twenty-one Video Tutorials comprise this first series of IP4AP's Visual Learning System. Adobe Photoshop Basics teaches the mechanics of Photoshop for image processors of all skill levels. Learn to navigate Photoshop more effectively with titles like Setting and Preferences, Photoshop Workspace, Navigation, We Want Information, The Histogram, History, We Want Actions, Channels, Layers and More Layers, Channels I-III and Menus I-VI.

Photoshop Foundations Intermediate Part-1: Photoshop Foundations Intermediate Part-1 takes you to the next level of mastering Astrophotography, building on the lessons of the Basics Series. Here you'll learn more in another 12 video lessons whose titles and subjects include: 1. "The Nature of the Beast" - What's your chosen ‘photon capture device’. See how the nature of your 'beast' affects Post Processing. 2. The Assembly Line - Learn the easiest method of assembling an L-R-G-B. 3. Luminance - Begin using the power of non-linear Curves to bring out the full tonal range of your photographs. 4. UFI - An introduction to Uneven Field Illumination due to light gradients and natural vignetting. 5. Avy Agee Radial - Demonstrates the repair of Vignetting using the Radial Gradient Tool. 6. Avy Agee II - Demonstrates the repair of Uneven Field Illumination using the Subtraction Method. 7. Avy Agee III - Demonstrates the repair of a Linear Gradient using the Linear Gradient Tool. 8. Avy Agee IV - Demonstrates the repair of a severe Light Pollution Gradient using GradientXTerminator. 9. Dangerous Curves - A master class in those intimidating Curves. 10. Curve Confidence - Pick up speed on Curves with new found confidence. 11. DDP The Digital Development Process - A Quick Start into Postprocessing, and 12. Recap - Review of Part 1, and Introduction to Photoshop Foundations Intermediate Part 2 The Five Ss.

Photoshop Foundations Intermediate Part-2 The Five Ss: Photoshop Foundations Intermediate Part-2 is the conclusion of the Foundations series giving you all the tools you need to bring out the best in your Astro-Images. Now the level has been turned up a notch. Are you ready? Of course you are! You've followed along step-by-step and here's the next set: PS-0 How to get the most out of this series with the Camtasia Flash Player - Intermediate Part-2 was created with Camtasia. This tutorial demonstrates the features of Camtasia - please watch this first so you will get the maximum benefits from this series. PS-1 Introduction to Photoshop Foundations Intermediate Part-2 The Five Ss - A tour of the universe set to beautiful music, sets the stage for the next adventure in mastering Astrophotographic Processing. PS-2 The Kitchen - Like a great meal, a great image is only as good as the chef, but also only as good as 'the kitchen'. Warren discusses the Photoshop Working Space, Monitor Calibration, and the innovations of CS3 and CS4. PS-3 Color - The methodology and philosophy of today's Chrominance with Monochrome and One-Shot CCDs (DSLR too!). PS-4 Color Bias - Understanding and Eliminating the preliminary threat to beautiful color. PS-5 Color Balance - With Bias eliminated, the subtle nuances of achieving perfect color balance are discussed. PS-6 Color Saturation - The first of The Five Ss- Saturating. The latest methods for achieving rich, beautiful color are discussed. PS-7 Selecting-1 - Learn the Secrets of Selecting through the use of Masks to effect changes only where they are wanted! Conceal-All Masks are covered. PS-8 Selecting-2 - Threshold Masks. PS-9 Selecting-3 - Reveal-All and Inverted Masks. PS-10 Stretching - Having covered Curves extensively, we look at the Shadow/Highlight command as a powerful, nonlinear manipulator of the histogram. PS-11 Sharpening-1 - The philosophy and methodology of Sharpening. Learn Photoshop's powerful sharpening filters to bring out fine detail- Unsharp Mask, Smart Sharpen, and Edge Sharpening. PS-12 Sharpening-2 - The High Pass Filter, Focus Magic and other Plugins, Deconvolution, Wavelets, and Selective Sharpening. PS-13 Sharpening-3 - Dust Lane Enhancement, and Star Removal are demonstrated. PS-14 Stars-1 - Make these forgotten 'stars' shine! Beautiful stars with Star Shaping, Shrinking, and Softening. PS-15 Stars-2 - Further enhance these beauties with Local Saturating and Sharpening. Also covers fixing Trailed Stars. PS-16 Smoothing - Noise Reduction filters are covered, including Reduce Noise, Neat Image, Despeckle, etc. PS-17 Saving - Yes, another 'S'! Saving for Archive, Web, Print Preparation, Resampling, NIK Sharpener, etc. PS-18 Bonus - Information on excellent Plugins, New Photoshop Tricks and Tips. An introduction to the Next Series- 'S/N' (not Signal/Noise- Soup to Nuts!). Next round we'll use (Included) Master Files and take them from Preprocessing to Postprocessing to Printing! Look for that at OPT in the near future!

MSB-Astroart: IP4AP extended their Visual Learning System to MSB-Astroart - a powerful Capture and Processing program. With a focus on One-Shot-Color cameras, the latest series shows you how to Reduce and Preprocess your Raw files, preparing them for Postprocessing in Adobe Photoshop. Users of Monochrome CCDs will also benefit from the series. The series begins with a series of 5 lessons that takes you through all aspects of Preprocessing with Astroart 3.0. Six videos cover Astroart 4.0's improvement.

As always, Warren's scripted content and high production values give you more information for your money- no wasted minutes as in 'off the cuff' presentations.

But don't just take our word for it... You can take a look at some sample quality files we've made up special just for you. These are just to give you an idea of what you can find on these very affordable and highly touted tutorials - a chance to check out Warren’s teaching style! Visit the "Articles" tab to the left and download the pdf files exclusive to OPT for some quick tips not found on the disk. Still want more? Then you can take a video tour, too! See why "Image Processing for Astrophotography" Visual Learning System works so well!

Warren Keller IP4AP- Image Processing For Astrophotography - Superdisk Features...
Easy to understand lessons are broken into 5-10 minute segments for learning at your leisure.
Video referencing allows you to experience what a program does by walking the user through each click-by-click function.
Self-pacing tutorials permit the user to repeat lessons or return at anytime for a refresher course.
Pause the tutorial and try what you’ve learned on your own images!
Learn the art of Astrophotographic Post-Processing beginning with the Basics and progress at your own pace.
Master Photoshop's tools and create your own works of "space art"!

See also Warren Kellers Image Processing for Astrophotography IP4AP - Soup to Nuts.

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