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Camera-photo.svg Photography workshop


This workshop is part of the Graphics Lab, a project aimed at picture retouching to improve the graphical content of the Wikimedia projects. More information about the lab can be found on its main page and requests pages (Illustrations ; Photographs ; Maps ; Video and Sound). To ask questions or make a suggestions, see the talk page of the graphic lab page.

This specific page is the requests page for the Photography Workshop. Anyone can make a request for a photograph to be improved. The standard format for making a request is shown below, along with general advice, and should be followed.

Make a request

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How can I improve that?[edit]

Citrus x limonia in a black background


I just want a help to improve the quality, how can I improve this image? (white background is not a option) --Rodrigo Tetsuo Argenton (talk) 12:58, 7 September 2014 (UTC)

Graphist opinion(s):

This could be an option. Please revert if not satisfied. Regards, MagentaGreen (talk) 14:29, 7 September 2014 (UTC)
MagentaGreen, thanks for your attention, but this became totally artificial, and created some chromatic aberrations. Rodrigo Tetsuo Argenton (talk) 16:38, 7 September 2014 (UTC)
Well, then I do not know what you are expecting. Could you please be a bit more precise? In addition, chromatic aberration results from a distortion due to an inaccuracy of the lens and not of the software. Regards, MagentaGreen (talk) 19:45, 7 September 2014 (UTC)
The question is very simple, there is a way to improve that photo?
Shoot it in a different angle, increase light, decrease light, change exposition, change aperture...
Balance in more warm/cold colour, put more vibrancy...
Ore it's ok, it's a good quality image? Rodrigo Tetsuo Argenton (talk) 23:52, 7 September 2014 (UTC)
Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment I noticed it has black "things" in the reflection. It is distracting. -- Deadstar (msg) 12:37, 10 September 2014 (UTC)
I agree with Deadstar and the center of the cut fruit is "burned". Then I ask, Rodrigo Tetsuo Argenton: which is the scope of the picture?--Pierpao.lo (listening) 09:21, 12 October 2014 (UTC)
Red x.svg StaleYann (talk) 15:35, 14 May 2015 (UTC)

Photos of Nariman Marimanov and his son Najaf Narimanov[edit]

Articles about Nariman Narimanov and his son Najaf Narimanov in different language branches of Wikipedia.
Please remove "fotobank" watremark and big diagonal lines from it. Thanks. --Interfase (talk) 14:10, 11 February 2015 (UTC)
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Articles about Mirza Shafi Vazeh in different languages of Wikipedia. --Interfase (talk) 17:24, 19 February 2015 (UTC)
Please remove "fotobank" watermark and two diagonal lines from the images. --Interfase (talk) 17:24, 19 February 2015 (UTC)
Graphist opinion(s)
There are better versions! See here. Regards, MagentaGreen (talk) 16:18, 29 March 2015 (UTC)

Request from Resident Mario[edit]

Ack! PDF! --Resident Mario (talk) 23:44, 23 April 2015 (UTC)
Graphist opinion(s)
What do you want? Yann (talk) 08:15, 26 April 2015 (UTC)
Red x.svg StaleOffnfopt(talk) 19:52, 22 June 2015 (UTC)

01 Menu.jpg[edit]

Please remove the decoration since it might be (likely is) (c). Crown on top and leaves above the actual menu. Thanks! This photo belongs to a little set made (and cooked) by the same user. Maybe he'll cook for us one day? Clin --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 06:46, 17 June 2015 (UTC)
Graphist opinion(s)

✓ Done with the CropTool. Yann (talk) 09:00, 26 June 2015 (UTC)

@Yann: I don't think you fully read the request. The request was to remove the decorations from the image because they are likely copyvio. See the deletion request you closed for more information. Offnfopt(talk) 09:43, 26 June 2015 (UTC)
Copyright on this? That's a bit stretching... Yann (talk) 10:17, 26 June 2015 (UTC)
I'm not the one who made the suggestion since my knowledge in copyright law is almost non-existent. I'm just repeating the statements made in the deletion request and which was the whole reason for the image edit request here. If your post to the DR would have addressed the comments about possible copyvio caused by the clipart used in the image then we wouldn't be having this conversation. I just wanted to make sure you noticed the comments regarding the reason for the edit because none of those concerns have been addressed. Offnfopt(talk) 10:34, 26 June 2015 (UTC)

Heavily vignetted photo[edit]

Remove vignetting so corners are same light levels as middle of photo; also remove red/purple cast and brighten slightly (so sky is sky-blue!) - MPF (talk) 07:35, 19 June 2015 (UTC)
Graphist opinion(s)

The corners are too dark, so I decided to crop using the inverse aspect ratio. Regards, MagentaGreen (talk) 14:47, 21 June 2015 (UTC)

Checkmark This section is resolved and can be archived. If you disagree, replace this template with your comment. MPF (talk) 21:49, 27 August 2015 (UTC)

Contrast stretching[edit]

Warren G. Harding
Can this be lightened to show greater detail? --Wehwalt (talk) 07:58, 19 June 2015 (UTC)
Graphist opinion(s)
I recropped this from the original file, and stretched out the contrast to remove the apparent 'grey' cast. Not sure if this is sufficient for the desired use in an infobox, though... might want it altered more, so leaving it open for the moment. Revent (talk) 08:57, 19 June 2015 (UTC)
Whatever can be done to improve it thank you for your efforts.--Wehwalt (talk) 07:14, 27 June 2015 (UTC)
I've just turned on the light. Regards, MagentaGreen (talk) 13:30, 1 July 2015 (UTC)
@MagentaGreen: That is indeed much better, with the denoise and all. I tried to just do a quick 'minimal' job (literally just stretched the contrast). Revent (talk) 13:42, 1 July 2015 (UTC)

Rodolfo Graziani[edit]

  • Please remove the watermarks and improve the quality if possible.--Trimna (talk) 23:17, 23 June 2015 (UTC)
Graphist opinion(s)

One first step. Regards, MagentaGreen (talk) 07:06, 24 June 2015 (UTC)

This was now the second trick, but the third will follow quick (the "Bundle of sticks" maybe in july). Regards, MagentaGreen (talk) 13:49, 24 June 2015 (UTC)

Alright prankster :o) Thx. --Trimna (talk) 17:35, 24 June 2015 (UTC)


Can somebody enhance the contrast? Thank you in advance. --Kekator (talk) 07:49, 25 June 2015 (UTC)
Graphist opinion(s)

One first proposal. Regards MagentaGreen (talk) 20:51, 25 June 2015 (UTC)

Chingiz Ildyrym and Orjonikidze in Baku[edit]

Articles about Chingiz Ildyrym and Orjonikidze, and history of Azerbaijan and Baku.
Please clean this photo from the red description. --Interfase (talk) 17:51, 25 June 2015 (UTC)
Graphist opinion(s)

✓ Done. Regards, MagentaGreen (talk) 22:30, 25 June 2015 (UTC)


Please make a tighter crop of the first two images. Then remove the non-signature portions some of the images. Also neutralize the lighting and somehow remove some of the graininess from the page --KAVEBEAR (talk) 20:46, 26 June 2015 (UTC)
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The Bad Guys[edit]


Please remove the NAC watermark and increase the quality. Regards --Trimna (talk) 20:21, 29 June 2015 (UTC)

Graphist opinion(s)

I dont know whether the second picture is worth the effort, but I will try it. Regards MagentaGreen (talk) 10:06, 30 June 2015 (UTC)

Hi Trimna, if you dont like the cropping of the 2nd picture, you may revert it to its first version. Regards, MagentaGreen (talk) 13:12, 30 June 2015 (UTC)

Mussolini and Graziani[edit]

Please remove the NAC watermarks and clear the photos. Regards, --Trimna (talk) 04:38, 7 July 2015 (UTC)
Graphist opinion(s)

Das zweite Bild braucht noch etwas. Gruß, MagentaGreen (talk) 10:31, 23 July 2015 (UTC)

Das zweite Bild ist nun auch fertig. Signatur MagentaGreen (talk) 22:37, 23 July 2015 (UTC)

Good job, thanks. --Trimna (talk) 14:07, 24 July 2015 (UTC)

Remove smearing from a scan[edit]

en:Ancient Chinese wooden architecture, en:Tokyō, en:Dougong, en:Shen Kuo, en:Yingzao Fashi etc
Several scans of ancient documents have a bad smear. I tried removing it by mixing channels:
  • Red: 0.2 green + blue
  • Green: 0.4 green + 0.65 blue
  • Blue: blue
as red is badly smeared, green is slightly smeared but has least noise, and blue is not smeared but has most noise. The smear is gone (as above) but there are some artifacts and the colour is not quite right. Can anyone do better? Cheers, cmglee (talk) 04:26, 15 July 2015 (UTC)
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en:Ayers Rock (band)
Please remove "Ayers Rock" logo, and check and adjust brightness, contrast etc. if necessary. As always, many thanks - CaesarsPalaceDude (talk) 20:28, 17 July 2015 (UTC)
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The image is, I don't know what, yellow. Maybe some dust was in the air or the lens had something on it. Can it be clarified to look better than what it is now? §§Dharmadhyaksha§§ {Talk / Edits} 06:10, 18 July 2015 (UTC)
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It is probably due to several causes: poor lighting conditions and a misleading of the exposure sensor by reflections öf the necklace. In addition, I have worked on another illustration that I think is hopefully more suitable. Regards, MagentaGreen (talk) 06:23, 23 July 2015 (UTC)

Cool iconic coin - please make background transparent[edit]

The Wikipedia Library: Coordinators - want to use as icon for my new role as Research Coordinator for Wikipedia Library. Can also see use as graphic symbol of all that Athena and Athens represent in many other contexts.
Please make background transparent.
I would like several sizes, and, if convenient, both jpeg and png. But I can do that.
I tried using lasso & magic wand tool in Gimp and can't get alpha channel to work for more than one selection. Any tips, tutorials, appreciated.
Thank you, artist!
-- Paulscrawl (talk) 10:06, 21 July 2015 (UTC)
Graphist opinion(s)

Unfortunately the wiki software displays PNGs and GIFs in the preview quite blurred - insofar, there are no benefits to formats that can represent true transparency. If you instead can be content with a monochrome background (eg. white), I will gladly assist. Regards, MagentaGreen (talk) 23:13, 23 July 2015 (UTC)

Yes, please, @MagentaGreen:, do give a monochrome white background for jpeg a whirl. All the images on use jpeg and have an acceptable, very narrow frame, which, if possible, I would like to emulate precisely (if not possible to eliminate frame altogether). -- Paulscrawl (talk) 18:32, 24 July 2015 (UTC)
  • @Paulscrawl:Will this file work for you? I did it in a bit of a rush so I can take another stab at it when I get another chance if this doesn't work for you. Offnfopt(talk) 01:09, 24 July 2015 (UTC)
Thank you, @Offnfopt:. I tried that on my User page here on the Commons, with and without the frameless parameter, and think perhaps png not optimum. I've asked MagentaGreen (just above) to try a suggestion, but welcome your input (if not duplicating efforts) and thank you again. -- Paulscrawl (talk) 18:32, 24 July 2015 (UTC)
  • You're welcome, hopefully, this opinion takes priority. Regards, MagentaGreen (talk) 20:19, 24 July 2015 (UTC)
Thank you! That will definitely work. -- Paulscrawl (talk) 23:05, 24 July 2015 (UTC)
P.S. Shouldn't the source be the original jpeg? -- Paulscrawl (talk) 23:38, 24 July 2015 (UTC)
It is based off of my edits to the image so it should source my edited image. It is a derivative work of my derivative work. If it was based off of the original without using any of my edits then the source would be the original. Offnfopt(talk) 23:53, 24 July 2015 (UTC)
If that is the case, I would respectfully ask @MagentaGreen: to work from the original, as the link to the original photographer's work would be direct. -- Paulscrawl (talk) 06:05, 25 July 2015 (UTC)

@Jastrow: Your beautiful photo at issue. I don't know the policies. Wanted to:

(1) credit you directly in metadata
(2) have derivative file name (..."-transparent") parallel your original file name and avoid parentheses in file name (e.g., Move/Rename File:Tetradrachm Athens 450 reverse CdM Paris (B).jpg to File:Tetradrachm Athens 450 reverse CdM Paris transparent.jpg.
Rename/Move request recently rejected: "not transparent"?
Love your photo! Your thoughts? -- Paulscrawl (talk) 05:50, 25 July 2015 (UTC)
Something like "white ground" or "WG" would be fine I guess. I don't mind if my original picture is overwritten either, as the original background is rather useless. Jastrow (Λέγετε) 11:46, 25 July 2015 (UTC)

It is already the second time that Offnfopt change my edits and he describes himself unfairly as editor. It is easily possible to make the differences between the different versions clearly visible. MagentaGreen (talk) 08:32, 25 July 2015 (UTC)

@Paulscrawl, Jastrow: I've uploaded the obverse side not only to show that I don't need the help of anyone else. Regards MagentaGreen (talk) 11:36, 25 July 2015 (UTC)
p.s. I wonder something about the color. Is this due to the contamination of silver with copper?

@MagentaGreen: I cut out the background by hand and every turn and every curve that I made by hand is present in your image. The fact that you would use my edits to the image to make your image and take credit yourself for the work I did is insulting. You did not spend the time to cut the background out, this is a fact. There is no way you would have the exact curves to your image if you did it on your own. I don't know why I bother donating my time and effort when there are users like you. - Offnfopt(talk) 17:13, 25 July 2015 (UTC)

MagentaGreen said "It is already the second time that Offnfopt change my edits and he describes himself unfairly as editor. It is easily possible to make the differences between the different versions clearly visible." 08:32, 25 July 2015 (UTC)

I changed the source once, my edit was never reverted, you never changed it back and you never tried to discuss the matter with me. It is clearly visible you downloaded a copy of my edited image and used it in the process of making yours. I'm not claiming what I did was hard and that you couldn't do it, but it is a time consuming process that I spent doing. You clearly used my work to make yours and if it will be allowed for a editor to claim the work of another as his own, I see no further reason to donate my time and effort. - Offnfopt(talk) 17:26, 25 July 2015 (UTC)

Dear Offnfopt,
your hostilities are slowly getting funny, we used both the same basis, so why should the cut edges that are based on brightness and contrast values be not the same - are you the only creature with two eyes in his head? The time now is little more than a month ago (6-22-15), as you reacts in a similar case (PNG vs. JPG) just as uncomfortable and inappropriately; now again it looks as if you wants to break unnecessarily a quarrel. But here is not the place for such childish things. MagentaGreen (talk) 20:57, 25 July 2015 (UTC)

lefthand:Offnfopt's edit, rigthand: my edit. Both compared to the original
I cut away parts of the coin, parts that if you had cut the coin out yourself you would have kept. I did this to smooth out the edges. Like I said above, every single curve I made is in your revision. I find it insulting that you continue to claim the editing I did (removing the background) as yours. You took my image, re-sized it a bit smaller to make it more square, you used a sharpen filter on the image and claim all the editing done by you. These actions show your true character. There is nothing wrong with you building on my work, but don't claim all the work as your own. - Offnfopt(talk) 22:10, 25 July 2015 (UTC)
Don't bother replying, I am done with thread and I'm done with you. I come here to help users and have to deal with this type of insulting non-sense. I'm going to take a long break from commons, maybe in two years or so I'll check back. Offnfopt(talk) 22:13, 25 July 2015 (UTC)

The Crescents vocal group: Clean up[edit]

en:Col Loughnan
The only image that it was possible to license. I'm told it could be a b&w Polaroid shot, with many problems. Please do whatever you need to in order to turn it into a very good image, if possible. -CaesarsPalaceDude (talk) 12:00, 24 July 2015 (UTC)
Graphist opinion(s)

Hi @CaesarsPalaceDude, a very good image is asked too much and a picture with an acceptable quality is also hard to obtain but I did my best. Hope, you can get the OTRS-Ticket.
Regards, MagentaGreen (talk) 21:08, 24 July 2015 (UTC)

Thankyou so much, @MagentaGreen, that has really brought these guys out of the "fog". I love it. Would it be possible to alter the orientation a little, please? They look like they are all leaning to the left. I believe we will get the OTRS ticket; a friend of mine knows a close relative of the photographer. Thanks for your encouragement. CaesarsPalaceDude (talk) 00:15, 25 July 2015 (UTC)
Hi @CaesarsPalaceDude, I've changed the perspective again and again, maybe the photographer can decide which version is correct.
Regards, MagentaGreen (talk) 12:14, 25 July 2015 (UTC)
It's a beautiful thing! @MagentaGreen Unfortunately, Tom Hart is no longer with us, but I'm sure he would be impressed. Can I make a suggestion for the future? In the 50s and early 60s, they didn't use wide angle lenses that much. So, the quickest way to align these shots is to make the right corner of the building exactly vertical, which you have done. I'm completely happy, thanks again. Great work. CaesarsPalaceDude (talk) 20:55, 25 July 2015 (UTC)

Clean up transparency of Saturn[edit]

Navigation bar on many astronomy articles on English Wikipedia
Can someone please improve the conversion of black to transparent particularly in these 2 respects?
  1. Parts of the rings in shadow should remain dark, not missing.
  2. At large sizes, there are ugly lumps on the rings.
  3. (Optional) The Cassini division should be transparent.
  4. (Optional) The black spot (shadow of a moon) could be filled with a texture similar to its surroundings.

Thanks, cmglee (talk) 02:35, 30 July 2015 (UTC)

Graphist opinion(s)

Don't you think the best way is to create a svg instead and as I can see that you are very skilled with that my question is, can't you do that bye yourself? --Goran tek-en (talk) 18:02, 30 July 2015 (UTC)

I can recreate it in svg but it won't be the "real thing". Can anyone just fix the transparency channel, please? Cheers, cmglee (talk) 23:17, 4 August 2015 (UTC)
✓ Done I made an attempt, please check if that is better. — Julian H. 20:54, 5 August 2015 (UTC)
Excellent work, Julian. Thank you very much! Cheers, cmglee (talk) 21:46, 5 August 2015 (UTC)

Sky of Moscow[edit]

Please denoise the sky --Wolfgang Moroder (talk) 19:27, 30 July 2015 (UTC)
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El Badi Palace[edit]

Many, the ones related to the history of Morocco
Can anyone extract image from this source [1] (better quality) and replace the current version? --AymanFlad (talk) 22:18, 30 July 2015 (UTC)
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✓ Done Yann (talk) 09:02, 31 July 2015 (UTC)

John Mix Stanley[edit]

Please clean up the white background outside the image. Thanks. --KAVEBEAR (talk) 22:01, 4 August 2015 (UTC)
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Checkmark This section is resolved and can be archived. If you disagree, replace this template with your comment. Ww2censor (talk) 10:42, 28 August 2015 (UTC)

Making the images clear[edit]

Hello.Are you able to make these pictures are clear in order to use it in Arabic Wikipedia?Thank you --ديفيد عادل وهبة خليل 2 (talk) 16:24, 19 August 2015 (UTC)
Graphist opinion(s)
  • Comment: These are such low quality out of focus images which will not benefit much from sharpening and the subject matter seems rather unencyclopaedic. They really should be deleted as Out of Scope. I suggest you search for some better quality images, possibly on Flickr. Perhaps some of the Flickr images in this search or this search might work for you. Ww2censor (talk) 23:25, 20 August 2015 (UTC)
Checkmark This section is resolved and can be archived. If you disagree, replace this template with your comment. Ww2censor (talk) 10:10, 28 August 2015 (UTC)

Images have been deleted and user blocked. Ww2censor (talk) 10:10, 28 August 2015 (UTC)

File:VGcaplet.jpg - Crop image and censor content on device's display to fix copyvios[edit]

en:Pelican VG Pocket
This image appears to have copyright issues in its current form. To resolve the issues, the following adjustments should be made:
1. Losslessly crop the image so that the imagery on the depicted packaging is de minimis.
2. Blur or otherwise censor the content (particularly the "SPACE INVADERS" graphics) on the display of the depicted device. Ideally, this would be done losslessly. (Another option might be to save the retouched image as a PNG file, however, there might be issues with indicating that the PNG version has replaced the JPEG version.)
Thanks. --Gazebo (talk) 06:52, 23 August 2015 (UTC)
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Add heading for request here![edit]

I blurred to photo on the left hand side. Can a graphic wizz please clean up my shoddy work? I don't have the right tools. The original can be restored if needed. Thanks! --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 02:26, 26 August 2015 (UTC)
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Col Loughnan at Jazz Fest[edit]

en:Col Loughnan, visit my sandbox to see the current draft: Col Loughnan sandbox
I need to "kill" the strong white background by altering the background colour and/or pattern.
Suggestions: (one or more)
  • In the top half of the photo, I think we need to change all of the background including the light brown areas above the sax.
  • The white area left of the sax could benefit from treatment, if the shape of the "bell" of the sax can be realistically shown. Feel free to adjust the exposure of the image.
  • The background could be changed to a light grey eg R220G223B231 or pale blue eg R226G237B254.
  • The background could be changed to a pattern eg squares or hexagons.
  • Any technique you have used in the past. -CaesarsPalaceDude (talk) 21:20, 28 August 2015 (UTC)
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