'Edited' Spanish marbled white - Melanargia ines
To get from the original to the final a series of steps needed to be done, using Photoshop. Incidentally I'm not claiming that this is an improvement, it just illustrates a point.
To begin with Photo CD scans lose a little colour and are a shade fuzzy. Using USM and levels in Photoshop adjust this problem, although the auto-levels is much too harsh to use. To remove a couple of unwanted grass stems I selected the affected areas and duplicated colour from elsewhere and then merged it in. The top eyespot is an edited version of one of the bottom wing spots.
To achieve a reasonable effect you have to work with a large image file and
methodically work with small areas bit by bit, occasionally checking the overall effect.
Photoshop 4 has layers which are excellent for this purpose as you can work with a kind of
overlay, not actually affecting the original image but working on a transparency above it,
so you can see the effect. It is always possible to then go back and redo a small part if
you're not satisfied.
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