POP goes the image

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There are a lot of discussions on photo forum on making images "POP". I thought I would share one that I stumbled upon quite by accident.
Here is the "un-popped' image:

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And here is the same image with one additional NX step to add the 'pop':

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And here is a screenshot from NX showing the key step expanded:

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I used "Saturation/Warmth" but actually you can use ANY adjustment. The important part is to use the Blend Mode of "Overlay". Opacity of 20 gives a mild pop. Setting it too high will cause the image to look unnatural.

I have a setting file that adds the 'Unsharp Mask', 'Saturation/Warmth', and 'High Pass'. I use it as the basis of my final adjustments on most images. Easy to tweak them as needed.
 
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Try increasing local contrast by sharpening with USM settings like 10 for amount and 50 for radius.

Instead of color saturation, try separation. Convert to LAB and add a curve that brings the end points in equal amounts on the a and b channels.
 
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Hi Kees,
Glad someone 'got it'. I really like the effect, and it is much easier to do than playing with curves / level / contrast / LAB / layers / sharpening / whatever.

My 'standard' USM is 50,5,4 and my 'standard' HP is 4.79 with opacity of 30. The S/W setting I use as a default is shown in the screen shot above. The effect is magnified quickly by changes in the 'opacity' slider, less so in the actual S/W settings.
 
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Thanks Tomas for the settings. The USM settings are about the same I use but I will add the HighPass to see the effect it has.
 
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It appears that the Flickr images posted in the original message are not displaying (at least on my browser), and I wonder if Tomas or another reader could post the standard Saturation and Warmth settings that Tomas uses in his regular recipe? Thanks.
 
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It appears that the Flickr images posted in the original message are not displaying (at least on my browser), and I wonder if Tomas or another reader could post the standard Saturation and Warmth settings that Tomas uses in his regular recipe? Thanks.

I would also like to ask if someone would be kind enough to post the numbers.

Thankyou.
 
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sorry about the missing images. guess i deleted them a while back.
my 'standard' saturation and warmth settings are 20/10. but they are much less important than the opacity setting of the 'overlay' blend mode (as i mentioned in one of my previous replies). in fact, you can use the default setting of ANY adjustment to see the POP effect. i start at 20 for the opacity. going too high will definitely create an unnatural look.
 
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I've also found that converting to black and white, and doing an overlay of that with a low opacity 20-25 works to provide a little pop as well.
 

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