Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Enlarging action-camera images with third-party technology, part of Editing GoPro HERO Photos and Videos with Lightroom and Photoshop.
- While Photoshop offers some good tools for resizing there are some third party additions. You could also access these from Whiteroom. One in particular that I want to show you is from onOne software. What I like is it makes it easy to resize an image and while it takes a bit longer it does a great job of scaling up. Let's explore resizing to a larger delivery size. Once I select an image I could choose Photo, Edit In, and then Perfect Resize. This is a tool from onOne software.
When you're ready, make sure you choose to edit a copy so any of your Lightroom adjustments come over. And then I recommend the PSD format and personally I prefer ProPhoto RGB for a wider color gamut. When I choose Edit, a duplicate file is made, and it hands off to Perfect Photo Suite. Within here you could choose to crop. This gives you tools similar to what you had inside of Lightroom. You'll notice from the pop up list there are specific sizes as well as photographic presets.
Let's go with a larger image here. Since we know we're gonna blow up and I'll choose 24 x 30. I can, of course, adjust this if I'd like to crop in further on the image or even rotate to straighten the horizon. Let's apply the crop. Now, consider turning on Sharpening and take a look at some of the other settings. The method is usually chosen between perfect resize and genuine fractals.
I prefer the genuine fractals method but you'll see that you have an option here to choose from which type of image it is. Now, in this case, it's a landscape image. So, it recommends the genuine fractals engine. On the other hand, if you're working with a portrait, it may choose to use the Perfect Resize. Let's stick with Landscape as a preset. Next, take a look at Sharpening. This allows you to adjust how the image is sharpened. Usually an unsharp mask method is the best method and I recommend you dial the amount in the Radius.
You get an idea of what's gonna happen as it blows it up. The default values for highlights and shadows are usually okay. If you'd like to add film grain you can turn that on, although I find that I'll usually do that after the fact or not at all. Tiling is going to split the image up into smaller pieces and this is useful if you need to create overlapping but I'm gonna leave it as is. Similar is the Gallery Wrap option which allows you to create some reflected borders on the side.
So, if you are going to be printing this for mounting what this will do is actually mirror the images on the top and bottom to create an extra overlap that you can use when you get this wrap to canvas, and the fact that this is built in is quite useful. When you're all set, simply click the Apply button, and it will go through the entire process of upscaling the image. It may take a little while because it is doing quite a bit of work. The progress box gives you some indication of how things are moving along.
Once it finishes you can close the document and send it back to Lightroom. If you use the Reflect option, make sure you communicate to your printer the thickness of the wrap. You may be able to set this yourself or they may give you some guidance. In this case, I chose a two inch wrap on the edge. And when we return to Lightroom it's loaded back in and you can see the borders on the edge. Now, if we compare these two images you'll see that this one is substantially larger with the dimensions of almost ten thousand by eighty four hundred pixels.
Compared to the original image which only clocked in only at four thousand pixels. So, a substantial resize of the print. But if we were to zoom in here and take a look while it's a low-quality source the resize seems to hold up pretty well.
Author Rich Harrington starts with the basics: importing and organizing photos, correcting distortion, adjusting color and exposure, and getting ready for print. He then moves on to working with video: developing color and exposure with adjustment layers and presets, and then rendering out the adjustments for editing in another application. He wraps things up with a short, fun tutorial on assembling a time-lapse sequence. Start watching and learn the skills you need to get the best-looking footage from the GoPro and other action cameras.
- Importing and organizing stills and video
- Correcting lens distortion
- Repairing color, contrast, and compression artifacts
- Improving exposure
- Boosting saturation and vibrance
- Sharpening and cropping
- Assembling panoramas
- Merging HDR images
- Building time-lapse sequences