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Dirt & Scratches

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One of the challenges of film photography was that our images, the film,

Dirt & Scratches

One of the challenges of film photography was that our images, the film, slides or prints could be damaged overtime if we weren't careful with them. When we are trying to simulate an older image. One of the ways, we can add some realism, is to add that type of damage, essentially adding the appearance of dirt and scratches in the photo itself. Analog Effects Pro, enables us to add dirt and scratches with the dirt and scratches adjustments.

Those are available, for example, with the classic camera presets, but you can enable the effects for any of the presets by simply choosing camera kit and then turning on the dirt and scratches option. But in this case, I've chosen one of the classic camera presets, and I have an effect applied to the image. But actually, in this particular case, while the dirt and scratches adjustments are available. None of the effects of dirt and scratches have been added to this particular photo because they're not included as part of the preset, so the controls are available, they've just not yet been applied.

I'll go ahead and click the header for dirt and scratches to expand that section, and you can see that the controls are relatively straight forward. In fact, we're primarily able to add the effect by choosing among a variety of thumbnails representing specific effects. There are actually multiple categories of those effects, you can see that I have dust and lint selected at the moment. I'll go ahead and click the pop-up here. And we can choose from scratches, organic and eroded settings as well. So I'll go ahead and take a look at scratches.

And you can see that we have various scratch effects, as well as organic effects on the organic pop-up. And then finally the eroded options, these would simulate more of a wet plate type of effect we can use any of these options with any image just by enabling dirt and scratches. I'll go ahead and turn on one of these options, and you'll notice that while analog effects pro spends some time processing the image, there's no apparent result in the photo itself, and that's because my strength slider is set to zero.

It might seem a little bit odd that zero appears at the center of the slider value rather than at the far left end. And that's because we can actually apply, a positive or negative strength for our dirt and scratches effect. I'll start off with an increase in value, in other words a positive value so that we're essentially just adding dirt and scratches. In this case, adding what looks to be some mold damage, perhaps, to the image. But we can also set a negative value and what that will do is essentially invert the effect.

So, now I have a lightning effect as opposed to a darkening effect. That obviously allows us to simulate the effect as though it were being applied to positive or negative film for example, and it gives us a lot more flexibility in terms of the overall effect. What I often like to do is just set a maximum value so for example a positive or negative 100% and then click among the various thumb nails in the category that I think might be most useful for whatever my goal happens to be for the image. Because that will give me the strongest possible impact for the damage that I'm virtually applying to the photo.

In this case for example, I might like to add some scratches so I'll go to these scratches option. And then with that strength set to its maximum value, I'll go ahead and click among the various thumbnails. To find the effect that I like because the effect is essentially exaggerated. It's at its strongest possible value. I'm able to better see the actual effect within the photo. Once I found the effect that I like, I'll assume that this type of scratching effect is going to work for this image, then I can just fine tune these strengths.

So I can go to a negative strength if I want a lightening effect for those scratches or whatever other damage I'm applying to the image. Or I can increase the value if I want a darkening effect. In this case, I think the darkening effect is a little bit more dramatic. So, I'll stick with that, but I might want to fine tune the strength of the effect. So, I can switch among the various sections of damage I'm able to apply to the image and then choose among the various thumbnails. Then fine tune the strength to finalize the impact of dirt and or scratches in my image.

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