Photoshop Tricks, Volume 4
How to Enhance Low-Resolution and Pre-Screened Public Domain Images
If you’ve worked with many images from the Public Domain, you’ve most likelyencountered the issues I’m going to address in this fourth installment ofPhotoshop Tricks. Many of the images that you find online from the PublicDomain are at a low resolution…most images are like that actually. And if youwant to make physical prints or physical products, most of these low-res imagesare worthless…rather they WERE worthless, because I’m going to show you howto enhance them in some really cool ways in this report.I’m also going to talk about another image problem you’re bound to encounterwhen using Public Domain images—pre-screened images. These are imagesthat have already been printed using a halftone process of one sort or another,resulting in hundreds of multi-colored, tiny little dots that make using theseimages extremely difficult. Well, as you’ve probably guessed by now, I’m going toshow you a couple tricks to say goodbye to those dots once and for all!
See Dot Run
I recently purchased a Children’s book solely for the illustrations. The book camewith 45 amazing, full-color illustrations that inspired me. There was just oneproblem…the illustrations were halftone prints, which meant that reproducingthem, even at 100%, would be challenging because of the dot patterns.Fortunately, I know a few tricks that can fix that problem in some artsy ways, so Iwasn’t too worried. To show you how I approached the problem and how Iaddressed it, I picked one of the illustrations from that Children’s book, however,these tricks will work with ANY halftone or pre-screened image.First a few qualifiers…there is NO way to completely remove the halftonepatterns from a pre-screened image without affecting the sharpness of theimage. That’s just the way it is. But the cool thing is that by using the tricks I’m