Retouching the Crescent

With the new denoise scheme and other skills under my belt, I’ve been redoing the post-processing of many of my older images, with much better results. As another example, here is the Crescent nebula:

Steps taken to process this were the following:

  1. Levels adjustment to remove most of the background.
  2. Remove a radial background using the gradient tool with a subtraction layer.
  3. Denoise using “Iain’s noise reduction” G’MIC plugin.
  4. Touch up some remaining background artifacts in the corners.
  5. Wavelet sharpen with a layer mask to not blow out the brighter stars.
  6. Saturation increase.