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31  Mike's Software / Qimage / Need Help with QI-U 2017-114 on: January 31, 2017, 11:03:59 PM
Previously, I did not find the area to be able to enter a new post -- so I sent an email (below) to Mike C.  Looked again and hope I am using the Forum properly.  Any help will be appreciated.  This evening, I re-installed QI-U 2017-114 and have the same problem in the area indicated with the screen shots.
Thanks,  Vernon


Hello Mile,          01-31-2017

I need help with QI Ultimate 2017-114 that I downloaded and installed several days ago but had not (tried) to use until today (01-31-2017.   I intended to post in the QI-U forum but did not locate how/where to enter a NEW post -- and that is why I am sending my inquiry to you.  If there is a procedure for this, please refer it to me and I will get better acquainted with the Forum.  I rarely have need to visit the Forum/

My last (latest version) used before the 2017-114 was 2016-155.  I don't know if the 114 Version has been changed --OR-- if I clicked on something to cause this difference.
Below are screen shots of both -- with red line pointing to the difference.

NOTE:  It did not accept the screen shots interspersed in the text message.  The problem is in Printer Setup and Print icons -- top Right of screen.  


Thanks Mike.  I will appreciate your assistance.
Vernon D Rainwater  
32  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Page Layout Content QI-U_09-03-2015 on: September 04, 2015, 05:30:27 PM
Fred, you gave me my laugh for the day.
At age 83, I thought I was the only one -- even though (so far) my Memory is ok. -- [Grin]....

Thanks again for your help.

Vernon....
33  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Page Layout Content QI-U_09-03-2015 on: September 04, 2015, 03:51:00 PM
Fred, many thanks for the help -- it worked perfectly.  I actually didn't know what holding the shift key was for -- all I knew was that it worked to allow QI-U to start up normal.  I thought surely there must be some a way to make the desired setting "stick" but I thought QI-U (when next opened), that it opened with same "previous" settings and not again loading the Default settings.

It is somewhat ridiculous that I have used Qimage for over 10 years and there continues to be details that I have never used and don't know about.  Unfortunately, that will probably be the same after another 10 year of usage.

Thanks again,
Vernon....
34  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Page Layout Content QI-U_09-03-2015 on: September 04, 2015, 12:28:38 AM
I actually don't use this Forum enough to understand many needed details --even relating to new posts.

However, I thought I had posted this earlier but have not been able to find it so Making another effort to get it posted.

Original Message follows:
I updated to the latest version of QI-U then could not get it to start and continue past one small displayed screen.
I sent Mike an email along with details plus 2 screen copies.
He replied with suggestions and the first I did (as advised) was to start QI while holding the Shift key.  It completed the start up.
Then closed QI and again started just by clicking the quick start icon and with additional close and opens, it opens normal.

However, the latest update did not retain all my QI Preference Settings.  I am having to make preference changes the best that I remember.
The main issue I am posting about is that the Page Layout area is showing three 4 x 6 positions for images to be printed.  I change to Fit to Page or Fit to Paper (using 8 1/2 x 11 inch) and it accepts this or other changes.  However, then when closing QI and restarting, it again displays the three 4 x 6 image areas and the last selected setting (Fit to Page) did not "stick".

I thought this may possibly be related to a corrupt Print Driver setting so I deleted the Printer and then allowed it to load the driver (again) for that printer -- but did not help.

Any assistance will be appreciated.

Vernon.... 
35  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Specialty Printer Setup on: June 07, 2015, 07:03:37 PM
Thanks again to both. 
This provided a solution for what I needed.  I had never used this feature of Qimage Pro even though I have been a user of Qimage for around 12 years.  There are also probably other features that I have not used.

The only issue I encountered was after entering the settings, and Click FILE, Save Parameters to a file -- I could not enter a file name in the provided area.  I have no idea as to why since I tried several times as well as re-started Qimage, etc; but this persisted and would not allow entering the "save to" file name.

However, I did a "work around" by going to the folder with the several files of this type, Copied one of them then renamed to the desired file name for this function.  Then, I went through the parameter entry and clicked on the renamed (desired) file name and saved plus over wrote this file. 

Then, as also suggested, I also created a "Save As" file which included the number of images to be printed on each page as well as including the setting with the Pfilter selection.

Qimage is an amazingly versatile software.

My Regards,
Vernon....   
36  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Specialty Printer Setup on: June 06, 2015, 03:42:52 AM
Both -- Fred and Bryan,

I got busy with the Lawn Mower (tall grass after all the rain) all day and just now getting to check the Forum.  I appreciate your help and feed back.

Fred, I partially created what you described before posting but obviously I missed (or left out) a part that was needed since what I created didn't work properly.

Late for this old man (Bed Time) so will wait until tomorrow to setup and use.

Many thanks again,
Vernon....


 
37  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Specialty Printer Setup on: June 04, 2015, 05:39:12 PM

I have three Epson R800 printers.  One of these normally prints slightly lighter than the other two printers --(for the entire image).

I am in process of printing many of my images for Photo Albums with some having one 8x10 on a page, others with two 5x7, and the remaining having 9 per page.  All are printed using 8 1/2 x 11 Photo paper.

I need to be able to include a - (Brightness minus factor of approximately -5) for brightness for ALL image file added to the Queue when recalling and using ANY of 3 Printer Setup files -- without having to select images in the Queue and entering the -5 Brightness setting.

Hopefully, there is a way to include this setting in the Printer Setup "saved" file for selection and usage.

I am aware of selecting one image, entering the -5, and apply to ALL images in the Queue, however; this also adds the setting to the image files and would require re-setting the files back to normal to NOT have the assignment.

Any suggestions will be appreciated.

Regards,
Vernon....   
38  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Fred -- Regarding Raw Refine on: August 17, 2014, 07:52:27 PM
I have reviewed all Canon Raw files exposed in the Mexican Restaurant and sorry that there are no files that don't contain Family Members.  This probably is logical since most are of some type of Family Gathering for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Graduations, etc; for which most Family Members are usually present.

Sorry that I don't have at least one image that could be shared especially since I need an improved "work flow" for these type images.

Mt Regards and thanks to all that helped.
Vernon....
39  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Fred -- Regarding Raw Refine on: August 17, 2014, 07:18:20 PM
Thanks for he reply:
The CR2 file I am experimenting with is exposed with a Canon 50D.  It has many of our Family Members -- some of which don't want any of the images distributed or posted in the usual Photo Forums -- and I certainly respect their wishes regarding this.  I will check my various CR2 files and see if there is (one or more) that may be used that have comparable difficulty with the previously mentioned environmental conditions regarding Mixed Lighting, Wall/Ceiling colores, etc -- that could be used to work with.

I have two other Canon Digital Cameras 20D and a 1DS MK II but I don't have any applicable images exposed with the 1DS MKII since it is fairly new (to me) and so far no images at the Mexican Restaurant.

Regarding, White Balance -- I am aware of the variations of different samplings giving somewhat different results.  Also, so far (over a few years) I have been able to accomplish ONLY acceptable results with excessive post processing work -- (for images exposed in the Mexican Restaurant) -- regarding the colors and skin tones.
Our Son has advanced Canon Cameras and lens and He indicates having the same difficulties with his RAW images exposed at the same place.
 
Careful adjustments using Color Balance in Photoshop seems to have been a "reasonably" effectice tool along with Selective colors especially using different selected areas with Layers.  These are about the main images I have excessive difficulties with RAW conversion to TIF (usually 16 bit) and also with Post pricessing.

Usually, it is not necessary to use excessive Fill Light especially with properly exposed images-- also levels (for R,G,B) have helped with overall clarity and exposure.  Also, Fill Light seems to have somewhat different effects for Highlights as compared to Shadow areas.  I use limited "selective" sharpening that also helps with proper contrast without "burn out" for Highlights.

I will check all my Canon Raw Folders for comparable file (or files) to be used for testing as you have mentioned.
40  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Fred -- Regarding Raw Refine on: August 16, 2014, 07:55:30 PM
Thanks to both.  I have used Qimage (very rarely) for any type of image post processing so even though I have been using QI for over 10 years -- it is for printing either to my different Models of Epson printers or print to TIF file for some special purpose or use.

I must admit, I selected one of the most complicated CR2 raw files that was an exposure of our local Family Members in our "preferred Mexican Restaurant" with the usual assorted colors of walls, ceiling, ets;  and decorative items as well as mixed lighting that has always been VERY challenging to get the correct colors as well as natural skin tones and to continue to have basically the same "atmosphere and mood" of the Restaurant -- which even though rather different, it is very beautiful.

I did make progress last evening with processing this CR2 raw file but I continue to have the usual issues as discussed above.

These issues seem to be there regardless of what software I use to process the CR2 file and convert to TIF and use Photoshop for the remaining post processing.  I have tested with several different types of software trying to find a combination (for this type image) and I have somewhat of a "battle" trying to get the best final image -- regardless of the software mix I use.

I will continue to try to get improved results using Qimage and see what my best final image is.  I am NOT trying to "Bake or otherwise over process or adjust" for a final image other than a GOOD natural image (for that lighting, interior, but also to have skin tones to be natural) and not "take on" the surrounding mixed lighting effects or reflections.  I realize that I could process each of the many Family members for better skin tones but I am hoping to find a method that can be processed with good results without "individual" post processing -- primarily to use for future images exposed in the same environment.  Even using (higher powered) External Flash, basically the same issue exists with all exposed CR2 images.  I sometimes expose for CR2 plus JPG but the JPG images are less applicable for getting better post processed images than when using CR2 as the source.           
41  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Fred -- Regarding Raw Refine on: August 16, 2014, 02:31:39 AM
Fred, I found the Raw Refine option.  It was at a lower part of the overall list of options and the small UP indicator was mixed with the row of quick start icons.  I found it and clicked to move the entire list upward and available.

I will continue with my processing of the RAW file and see if I "lose my way" again

Regards, Vernon....
42  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Fred -- Regarding Raw Refine on: August 16, 2014, 02:22:30 AM
I have read your discussion posts with Ron where you discussed your workflow for RAW images.
4. Open raw refine for the images I want to check, either as a batch by selecting a set of thumbs or place them in the queue.
The above is the area I am discussing.

I have a selected raw CR2 file (along with other TIF files) in a Test Folder.  This file is as downloaded from the Canon Camera using the Canon DPP software and a card reader.
I am attempting to try to use the Qimage RAW processing with this image and (when finished) to be saved as an 8bit TIF file -- or print to file as a TIF file.

I tried to follow your steps but they evidently are based on a person being somewhat familiar with the various steps you listed.
I failed to be able to get step 4 operational since I did not find the place to "Open Raw Refine".

Any help will be appreciated.

Vernon....
43  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Qimage Ultimate RAW Development Workflow on: August 16, 2014, 02:11:06 AM
Hi Ron,
I was wondering if those using Qimage Ultimate to develop their RAW images would be willing to share their basic workflow steps.
You could make a start with the Learning videos:
http://www.youtube.com/embed/JBQPJw-ana8
http://www.youtube.com/embed/JBQPJw-ana8
http://www.youtube.com/embed/qjkASfTzfFA
Have a look at those  and ask any questions you may have.
The main features of  QU raw processing is:
a) it's smart in that exposure fill etc is done automatically by QU adjusting for each image INDIVIDUALLY.
User adjustments can be made noting that ....
b) there are a minimum of sliders to fiddle and be confused with.
c) exposure adjustments are made by clicking any one of the 9 rectangles in the raw refine screen or more recently, drawing your own rectangle over an area that you want to use to control the balance of the image.
d) Additional highlight recovery, if required, can be made with the HDR slider.

My workflow for raw is:
1. Copy & re-name the raw images from the flash card using QU Flash Card Copy-Move feature.
2. Open the folder of raw images
3. Wait to let the raw cache be built
4. Open raw refine for the images I want to check, either as a batch by selecting a set of thumbs or place them in the queue.
5. Check & Adjust white balance.
6. Make any adjustments as described in c) and d) above.
7. Close refine screen and open the image editor to do any additional sharpening or other "conventional" adjustments.
8. Print from the raw image and/or convert the image for web or email use.

Terry






44  Technical Discussions / General Photography Discussion / Re: Qimage Ultimate RAW Processing Guide on: August 15, 2014, 08:11:48 PM
Thanks Terry.  I was hoping the RAW (CR2 in my case) provided perhaps more (or different) options for making more of any needed adjustments as a part of RAW processing but my brief test indicates that the normal image processing details are applicable such as would be  used with such images as TIF.  It is good for those that want to be able to open their RAW images for their specific camera and make basic adjustments -- then be able to print from the RAW file.

I will continue using my RAW software and work flow as in the past which has served me well and continue using Qimage for Photo Printing plus some other functions for which it has always done an excellent job.
My Regards,  Vernon.... 
45  Technical Discussions / General Photography Discussion / Re: Qimage Ultimate RAW Processing Guide on: August 14, 2014, 10:59:00 PM
Thanks for the Video link.  Is there any current PDF type user guide regarding my inquiry.  Video's are probably easier to prepare but (for me) are not nearly as versatile and useful as PDF type user guide.

Thanks,  Vernon....
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