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Hello,

I've updated my Web Sharpener Script for Photoshop to version 0.8. You will need Photoshop CS2 or higher to run it.

New features ...
*) Improved downscaling algorithm that uses more than 2 steps now and considers the image size. If you liked the previous algorith, you can select this option as well.
*) Better edge masking to prevent halos more efficiently.
*) Some bug fixes.

Here's the link ... www.andreasresch.at/upload/Web…

The ZIP-files includes both a German and an English version of the script plus the documentation in PDF-format.

As there are quite a few medium format and large format shooters here - the new script works significantly better with larger images now.

AUTO-RUN VERSION
By request I also created a version that runs without dialog so that you can use it to run in a batch. Here's what you have to do ...

*) The script is included in the "English" folder of the ZIP-file.</b>
*) Open the script in a text editor.
*) There's a section at the beginning of the script called "EDIT THESE SETTINGS FOR THE AUTO-RUN". Edit the settings there to your liking.
*) After that, save the file with it's original name or better with a descriptive name like "WebSharpener V0.8 850px NoSaturation Opacity45.jsx" which can reflect some settings that you changed in the script.
*) In that way you can create several script files with different setting.
*) To be able to include the script in the batch automation you have to create an action for it. So go ahead and open some dummy image. Create a new action and label it to your liking. Now go to "File->Scripts->Browse..." and navigate to your own saved version of the script and run it. After that stop the recording of the action, close the dummy image and you're ready to use it a future batch processes.


Cheers,
Andreas
  • Listening to: Morow Progressive Radio
  • Reading: Photography and Photoshop Books
  • Watching: This and that
  • Playing: Boardgames
  • Eating: ... sometimes.
  • Drinking: ... of course.
Hello!

I was often asked to make a tutorial about manual blending of exposures in Photoshop without the use of HDR (which I never use anyway). In the process of the relaunch of my new website, I posted and article and a video-tutorial there descriping my process. Unfortuntely the article is written in German only, but the video is quite helpful as well and just contains an audio track without any odd German talking :)

There's an action I used which is one of the luminosity masks of Tony Kuyper, a fellow photographer from the US. Go there and ge them - they are only $10 and very helpful in many ways. Here's the link ... www.goodlight.us

www.andreasresch.at/2011/11/20…

Check out my new website too ... there are some new images there and I will have tutorials and tipps posted then and now.

Take care,
Andreas
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  • Playing: Boardgames
  • Eating: ... sometimes.
  • Drinking: ... of course.
Hello!

It took Google a while until they managed to get Google+ going for Google Apps users like me. I always followed the development and prefer it much more to Facebook now, as they appreciate the quality of presentation that artists and photographers are looking for. Their gallery is wonderful.

So please - if you like to follow my work, add my page to your circles. Thank you.

gplus.to/AndreasReschNP

Take care,
Andreas
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  • Reading: Photography and Photoshop Books
  • Watching: This and that
  • Playing: Boardgames
  • Eating: ... sometimes.
  • Drinking: ... of course.
Hello!

Tristan Jud over at his photography blog was so kind to post an interview I have done for him to share. If you want to learn a little more about what I do and read about some of my thoughts, go there and check it out. I'd appreciate if you spread the link on facebook etc.

raw.tristanjud.com/2011/06/int…

Thanks to Tristan for the interview and sharing it with the public.

Take care,
Andreas
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  • Reading: Photography and Photoshop Books
  • Watching: This and that
  • Playing: Boardgames
  • Eating: ... sometimes.
  • Drinking: ... of course.
Web Sharpener V0.6 (Update)

For those of you that use my web sharpening/downscaling script for Photoshop or for those of you who are not happy with the quality of their web images as far as sharpening is concerned, I've updated the script.

It's a minor update that adds a slider to adjust the pre-sharpening strength. The layers created are split up in a "Darken" and "Lighten" layer to provide individual adjustment options.

Feel free to download and use it. The ZIP file contains the English, Norwegian and the German version of the script as well as the documentation in each language.

Here's the link ... http:/www.andreasresch.at/upload/WebSharpener.zip

If you like the script and use it frequently you can donate something to my PayPal account which is always appreciated. The link is included in the documentation.


Enjoy the script.

Take care,
Andreas


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  • Reading: Photography and Photoshop Books
  • Watching: This and that
  • Playing: Boardgames
  • Eating: ... sometimes.
  • Drinking: ... of course.

My Images on the iPad

Wed Dec 29, 2010, 12:42 AM
Hello!

My friend Stephan Zimmermann created a gallery app for the iPad showing 75 of my best images from the past years. The pictures are spiced up with interactive graphics effects and ambient sounds to enhance the experience for the viewer. The images were especially optimized for the iPad.








MORE INFORMATION HERE

So if you have an iPad and want to watch my images in great quality while sitting on a couch, download this app (it's only 1.59 Euros) and support his great work. If you like it, spread the word - that would be awesome.

If you're an artist that is interested in a similar app for his own work, contact me and I will set you up with Stephan to discuss the details.

Take care,
Andreas



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Web Sharpener Documentation

Fri Nov 5, 2010, 8:29 AM
Web Sharpener Documentation

Since quite some people use my web downsizing/sharpening script meanwhile and I always get asked how to install or use it, I finally sat down and wrote a proper description.

The ZIP file contains the scripts and the documentations in both German and English. Feel free to download and spread it.

Here's the link: www.andreasresch.at/upload/Web…

Take care,
Andreas



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Web Sharpener V0.4

Fri Aug 13, 2010, 12:11 AM
Web Sharpener V0.4

UPDATE to V0.4
*) Added a checkbox for presharpening based on image size. In some cases it can give the image an extra edge on sharpness. I only recommend to use it on low-noise source images.
*) The zip-file contains a German version now.

UPDATE to V0.3
*) Compatible with Photoshop CS2 now

UPDATE to V0.2
*) Cleaned up the code and commented it
*) Uploaded the viewable JSX-file for better compatibility
*) Added a saturation layer for sharpening compensation that can be activated if wanted

Since I've been asked so often about how I sharpen my images, I decided to learn a little about Photoshop Scripting and wrote a  Photoshop script for web output sharpening. I tried to share my technique via actions but on some computers they didn't work properly and one was limited to certain resolutions as well.

In this script you can specify the output resolution (in pixels for the longer side) and the script will do the rest for you. You can check the "Create Edge Mask" checkbox if you want the script to create a mask that lessens the sharpening effect on hard transitions (you can further modify this mask after the script has finished).
The result are two layers. The background layer is a blurry (ordinary downscaling) one. The upper layer is the sharpened one and initially set to 80% opacity which works in many cases. If you want you can adjust the opacity to enhance or decrease the sharpening like you want.

The sharpening technique is based on the technique I use for my images at the moment and is the result of fiddling around with various techniques over the last few years. It might be that the technique will change in future versions, but at the moment I'm quite happy about it.

The script works in CS4 and CS5 on my computer. Let me know if you have any problems. Future versions of the script might contains more settings to enhance the options for the user. All depends on the feedback and available spare time.

Installation
Just copy the JSX-file to the "Presets/Scripts" folder within your Photoshop installation folder and restart Photoshop. You'll then find a new entry under "File->Scripts".

I hope you like this first test version. If you like it and use it often, I would appreciate any kind of donation to my Paypal account if you can afford to spare some bucks.

Donations: www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?…

Here's the link for the script: www.andreasresch.at/upload/Web…

... and the same inside a ZIP-file (including German version): www.andreasresch.at/upload/Web…

Take care,
Andreas



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  • Watching: This and that
  • Playing: Boardgames
  • Eating: ... sometimes.
  • Drinking: ... of course.

Facebook Fan Page - Update

Tue Jan 5, 2010, 12:25 AM
Hello my friends!

I know that I'm not much of a star but I've created a "Fan Page" on Facebook anyway. It's a nice way to share my images, thoughts and findings with those who are already there. The idea came from fellow photographer Vincent Favre who also published his Facebook fan page recently.

Here's my Fan Page: www.facebook.com/pages/Andreas… ... and here is Vincent's  Page: www.facebook.com/pages/Vincent…

Feel free to join me there - I'm happy about every fan.

UPDATE: Looks like I had some stupid country restriction activated. Please try again - it should work now.


Have a great 2010 everybody,
Andreas



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  • Playing: Boardgames
  • Eating: ... sometimes.
  • Drinking: ... of course.

Video on Youtube / Merry Christmas

Thu Dec 24, 2009, 2:30 AM
Hello my friends!

I've found some time to create a compilation video of some of my best images from 2009 on Youtube. If you're interested and have about 3 minutes to spare, check it out.

Here's the link ... www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8BKIV…

I'm looking back at a great year 2009 which got me some awesome photography experiences and a lot of new friends here on deviantArt.
I wish all of you a peaceful Christmas time and a wonderful, exciting year 2010. Enjoy nature and photography with all your senses.

Merry Christmas,
Andreas




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  • Playing: Boardgames
  • Eating: ... sometimes.
  • Drinking: ... of course.

Off to the Dolomites

Wed Sep 30, 2009, 7:35 AM
YEAH!!!

The bags are packed, the lenses are cleaned. Tomorrow morning I'm going to head off to the Dolomites for a week of hiking and photography. Two fellow Austrian photographers will join me and we will backpack from East to West.

Here are our locations:
*) Tre Cime (2 nights)
*) Ra Gusela (1 night)
*) Torre di Vajolet (2 nights)
*) Le Odle (1 night)

After that one of us has to head home while me and the other guy continue to the Austrian Alps for one or two more days.

I hope for great weather and some nice autumn colors and will start posting images by November then. Let's see what I can come back with.

Everybody else have fun throughout autumn and show us a lot of great images from this wonderful time of year.

Till then ... Andreas.

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  • Mood: Joy
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  • Watching: This and that
  • Playing: Boardgames
  • Eating: ... sometimes.
  • Drinking: ... of course.

PhotoInfo Tool

Wed May 6, 2009, 7:35 AM
Hey guys!

Some time back now I started to add detailed technical descriptions to my images. It's nice for me to check them out when I go back to my images and some of you find them helpful as well.
As this started to become a lot of work to write, some years back my friend Erich Jarz hundsmiachn.deviantart.com wrote a little tool for me to speed up this process. Since then I use it all the time and it saves me a lot of work.

There was a little issue with the size of the description text box and Erich was so kind to fix that for me today. I've updated the file on my server and you can download it from here ... PhotoInfo Tool

For those of you who haven't used the tool before you might want to check it out. To see what the result looks like, just click on one of my recent images and look at the text below it. The settings are configurable via XML for individual needs and the output can be adjusted via a text-file with placeholders - simple and flexible.

The tool is for Windows only.

Have a great day ... Andreas.



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UPDATE: After I included the English translation there were some upload issues I had to resolve and my server was offline for several hours. Sorry for that. English language switch works now and I will try to keep the site bi-lingual in the future.

I finally managed to use a little time window I had to get my webpage design and programming done. This was on my to-do-list for such a long time now, but as you can imagine this isn't something you can do before you go to bed.

I was lucky to stumble over Joomla! somehow and never thought about using a CMS before. But when time is little you have to think of alternatives. I did a quick research on Joomla! and read some tutorials. What I saw looked promising and just a week later the site was done. If I didn't have to fiddle with the source code of it and rewrite a lot of CSS, it would have gone even faster.

So far I'm happy about the results, though there are a few things I will add in the future. Because of a lot of international friends , the english language implementation will be one of the next tasks. But you should be fine with the few german words that are up there.

I hope you like what I created and your browser is fine with all the code and CSS.

Here's the link: www.andreasresch.at

Take care ... Andreas.


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  • Watching: Angel
  • Playing: Boardgames
  • Eating: ... sometimes.
  • Drinking: ... of course.

PHOTOGRAPHER - TOMAS KASPAR

Journal Entry: Tue Mar 25, 2008, 5:08 AM
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  • Drinking: ... of course.
Artist Feature




Love for nature

I've stumbled over the images of Tomas Kaspar some time ago and I think it was here at deviantArt. I was instantly fascinated by the high level of quality and uniqueness of his work. Once I knew his name, I've seen images of him all over the web.
When you watch his shots and read his comments, you get to know about his dedication to photography and nature. He walks through hot deserts and up to snowy mountains to get the image just the way he imagines it, often waiting a long time for the right moment to happen. He's passionate about the protection of nature, and I deeply share this thought with him.

Technical perfection

Not only are his images a pleasure to watch, the way he processes them is very delicate and you will be fascinated by the crispness of his shots. For the people who do not know much about downscaling images for web presentation, I highly recommend to take a look at the scripts he has written. I use the "Web Presenter" script on a regular basis and it's worth every penny.
Check them out here: www.tomaskaspar.com/Photoshop/…

Nature photography

Although I enjoy almost any kind of photography, my heart belongs to nature photography. The fun of photography alone is a blast, but the addition of recreation and  harmony with nature is a unique experience.
For people who want to learn about nature photography and meet some of the best in this field, including Tomas, I recommend to check out the website of NPN at www.naturephotographers.net. This wonderful community will help you to improve the way you experience nature and photography.
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Back again & Features

Journal Entry: Fri Nov 2, 2007, 5:05 AM
Hey!

I'm back from the boardgame fair for a while now and had to update my previous journal just to avoid misunderstandings. It was a blast again and I enjoyed every single day there. A lot of new games were presented and I was happy to see a lot of familiar faces again.

Finally I ended up buying 17 new games (less than last year). But as my flat mate was with me this year and he also got about the same amount of games, we have some exciting gaming nights coming up this fall and winter.

I took over 900 pictures. They are of less artistic value and more like photojournalistic stuff. For those of you who are interested in them anyway feel free to check them out here (Flash required).

www.andreasresch.at/galleries/…

Now I'm excited to go out and shoot some great nature photos again at this colorful time of year.

Take care everybody ... Andreas.



RECENT FAVORITES OF MINE


Shelter. by Rebybelly the London Eye. by trixy54
happy halloween by DanielaUhlig Chile Fish by PigeonKill Family Holidays by Anuk
Virraelle 2 by hiddenhallow Lick my boots... :-P by EbonyScar Touched by pink by andaria
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  • Drinking: Tea time seems to come again

Away for the rest of the week

Journal Entry: Mon Oct 15, 2007, 8:36 AM
From tomorrow (Tuesday) till Sunday I'm going to take care of my other big passion - boardgames. I'm going to attend the big board game fair at Essen/Germany. Like every year I'm excited to meet people and play all the new games shown there. Of course my camera will be with me - though the images will be more documentary than creative.

I wish you all a great week and will catch you again on Monday.

Take care ... Andreas.





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  • Reading: Studio lighting books
  • Watching: Weeds, KyleXY, Mythbusters
  • Playing: Boardgames
  • Eating: Not too much
  • Drinking: Tea time seems to come again

10.000 Pageviews ... contest over.

Journal Entry: Fri Sep 14, 2007, 10:03 PM
THANKS EVERYBODY

I still can't believe how fast the pageviews increased after I've posted the journal. Now I know how to get high pageviews - it will be expensive though ... :)

Anyway ... the winner is :iconalex37:.  But as Alex is living in a cardboard box and has images hanging everywhere I will send him something else. He has told me that I can give the print to somebody else with more space to hang it.

So thanks to Alex, there will be a second chance to win the print. As I don't like to push my pageviews again I will have a little contest.

THE CONTEST
The first person who sends me a note and guesses my favourite number will get the print. The number has two digits. The contest will run until somebody has guessed it right but not longer than saturday midnight (CET). If noboby guesses the number right, the closest guess will win. Of course only one guess per person. I will update the journal as soon as somebody hit the number.

The contest is over. The winner is :iconlavenderelegance: who guessed my lucky number perfectly right. The number is <13>. Most people might see it as a bad number, but I've always had a strong affection for it - not only because I'm born on a 13th. Thanks for everybody joining the little game and thanks for being such great friends.


Take care ... Andreas.





FEATURES OF THE DAY
Gaze by CameraDude... by GelapmataLines by mjagiellicz
The Summit Ridge by MarcAdamusbaby blues by andrewfphoto
:thumb61153686:Essence by EbonyScar










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Almost 10.000 ... win a print.

Journal Entry: Thu Sep 13, 2007, 3:23 AM
It's been a while since I've been here. Meanwhile I've found a lot of good friends and artists that showed me so much great work and helped me to improve my photography.

As my 10.000th pageview is around to happen, I will give away a print of one of my images to the one, who sends me the screenshot of the 10.000th pageview. I will print it on my new nice HP B9180 so it will have a great quality and last for 200 years. I'll send it to you no matter where in the world you live.

Thanks to all of you for the great time here.

... Andreas ...



FEATURES OF THE DAY
Gaze by CameraDude... by GelapmataLines by mjagiellicz
The Summit Ridge by MarcAdamusbaby blues by andrewfphoto
:thumb61153686:Essence by EbonyScar






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  • Watching: Weeds, KyleXY, Mythbusters
  • Playing: Boardgames
  • Eating: Not too much
  • Drinking: Tea time seems to come again

I&#039;ve been tagged ... and tagged ... and t

Journal Entry: Thu Sep 6, 2007, 12:47 AM
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  • Drinking: Tea time seems to come again
After I have been tagged several times now and I don't like unfullfilled tasks, I will do my part of the game. I've been tagged in German and English but I will reply in English as most of my friends here are international.

So let's find 8 things about me that are not completely boring.

1) I love big cities from a visual point of view but never want to live in one.
2) I've played league volleyball for several years.
3) I was pretty fat when I was a teenager but luckily got over it.
4) I love boardgames and own over 400 of them.
5) I played the flute and the trumpet.
6) I often have to double check things - I'm a control nut.
7) I once did watercolor painting and even had an exhibition.
8) I've just lost my job (I was so bored of it) and am curious what the future will bring.

So now I have to tag some people I know ... I hope I won't annoy them.

A young talented friend from the North
:iconh1lle:

A beautiful and awesome photographer and great support
:iconniragonzalez:

A great artist and inspiration
:iconpestilence:

My best Canadian friend
:iconplbeaulieu:

A great photographer and friend
:iconseaworthy:

A young and motivated friend from Austria
:iconsevenpix:

Another great photographer and friend from my country
:iconsilentmode:

A great collegue, friend and photographer
:icontobiasth:

I'm not a huge fan of games like that cause I don't want people make things that they maybe don't want to do. But I also hate to be the reason for a disfunctional system - so here we go.

Take care everybody and enjoy what you do ... Andreas.


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PhotoInfo Version 2

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 20, 2007, 3:26 AM
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  • Reading: Photography and web design blogs
  • Watching: Not much ...
  • Eating: A little less at the moment ...
  • Drinking: ... to survive.
PHOTOINFO V2

If you don't know about that program, feel free to check out my previous journal entry andreasresch.deviantart.com/jo…


What's new in V2?
*) The EXIF data can be obtained from a JPEG image now by either selecting it over a file dialog or drag&dropping it on the EXIF-button of the program!
*) I've written a new template file. You might want to overwrite the older one.
*) I've rewritten the settings.xml and added comments to the lines to make it easier to understand. If you've already written an older settings file you can keep that one - but for better legibility you might transfer your data to the new version.
*) Some bugs were fixed.

Check out this very useful tool. My thanks go to Erich hundsmiachn.deviantart.com/ for writing that wonderful program and saving me a lot of time.

Download the program here ... www.andreasresch.at/upload/Pho…

Greetings ... Andreas.


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