I did a search and couldn't find a topic devoted solely to image-editing (and the ones I did find were joke topics) so I figured I'd start one.
I'm pretty sure there are many members here who use, or try to use, Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro or some other image-editing/graphics creation program and I thought a thread where we could seriously talk about our techniques and such could be fun (and educational).
I'll start off by showing how I took a low-res cap from an episode of JLU and tried my best to spruce up the image.
Here's the original image:
I used Photoshop CS.
1. First thing I did was create a new layer to work on (Layer>Duplicate Layer).
2. Now I corrected the darkened image. If you go into Image > Adjustments, you'll find that there are various ways of achieving this and in this case, the 'Auto Color' option worked well. Newbies should take note - what works on one image doesn't necessarily work on another and this is why most photoshop users always give the same advice ("Play around with the settings") because the truth is that when it comes to PS, there is no one way to do things.
3. I increased the brightness and contrast levels a little more because even though they were raised through the Auto Color mode, the image was still too dark for my liking.
4. Then I got to work on cleaning away those nasty looking artifacts and pixels and I did this by selecting the 'Eyedropper' tool and clicking on Shayera's hair. Using a 'Soft Brush', I began "painting" over her hair with the selected color, effectively removing all the pixels and artifacts. When that was done, I moved onto another area and repeated the process until both she and John were completely "restored", so to speak.
Here's the final image:
Which I'm using in my new avatar.
So there you have it. What do you think? Does anyone want to try their hand at this or perhaps post their own retouched image? Could be fun. :)