Re: The Elephant Trunk Nebula in the Hubble palette


Hi Robert

>>>For extended nebula or large galaxies this does not work. 

i think it works exceptionally well for extended nebulas, where enhancing the nebulosity without hurting the stars can really bring out structures 

Although this image could certainly be improved, I used this approach to pull out nebulosity and blend back with the "regular version". IIRC i did this going between PS and Pix

(can't speak to galaxies because I use other techniques for those)

On Tue, Jul 27, 2021 at 9:09 AM Robert Chozick via <> wrote:
Thanks. This sounds like a very useful tool. As you all know, destruction of the stars is so easy with all the processes we do to make our pretty pictures.   Around a small target in Photoshop I can bring back the original background and stars easily.   For extended nebula or large galaxies this does not work. 


On Jul 27, 2021, at 10:23 AM, Brian Valente <bvalente@...> wrote:

Starnet only works on stretched images and is now part of regular PixInsight distribution

The "starmask" version produces a color version of the stars, which is good for blending back, but this approach can have some artifacting around the stars. A typical application is to use starnet to create the starless version for enhancing the nebulosity, then blending back into the "regular" image version using something like Screen blend mode (PS or PixInsight). ymmv



Brian Valente

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