Learning Analog Efex Pro
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Photo Plate effects


Learning Analog Efex Pro

with Tim Grey

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Many of the effects available in Analog Effects Pro, of

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1h 5m Intermediate May 20, 2014

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Analog Efex Pro, part of the Nik Collection from Google, is focused on adding various film and wet plate effects, enabling you to import a sense of age and a unique look to any digital photo. In this course you'll learn all about the many creative effects you can apply in Analog Efex Pro, such as lens distortion, vignettes, bokeh, and imitated dust and scratches.

Analog Efex Pro
Tim Grey

Photo Plate effects

Many of the effects available in Analog Effects Pro, of course, create a bit of an older look for our images. Essentially we're reproducing the effect of various film or wet plate effects. And one of the ways that we can really age a photo very quickly. Is with the wet plate controls. You can see that I've chosen a preset from the wet plate section, and that gives me access to the photo plate set of controls over on the right panel.

I can also make those controls available by choosing Camera Kit and then turning on the option for photo plate. But, the quickest way to get started I think is to use one of the wet plate presets because that gives you the ability to view the effect as it's going to be applied to the image. And then add the effect to the photo and fine tune as desired. In this case I've very quickly added quite a bit of age to this image. I'll go ahead and click and hold the compare button so that we can see the before version of the image.

And you see that it's a rather modern looking image. Obviously. The church here looks a little bit old. Freshly painted but its kind of got a classic look to it. But as soon as we apply that wet plate effect, suddenly it looks like a very old image indeed. I'll go ahead then and click the photo plate header, over on the right panel, so that we can choose among the various effects that are available to create our old weathered our old weathered photo plate type of effect. To begin with we can choose a category of controls essentially.

We have options for streaked as well as corroded and concrete. I'll go ahead and start off with streaked and I typically like to work with the strength set to a relatively high value. Just so that I'll be able to better see the impact of the particular type of effect I'm adding. In other words the texture that's being added to the image based on the particular thumbnail I click on. I can obviously get a pretty good sense of the effect just by looking at the various thumbnails. But to see the effect in the image, all you need to do is click on the thumbnail.

I'll go ahead and switch to the corroded option here, for example, and we can see various types of corrosion effects that we can add to the photo. And then I'll switch to the concrete option. And you can see that we're able to add some texture. Which actually does have a little bit of a look of concrete and that will add various degrees of relatively subtle damage and artifacts to the image. In this case though, if I'd like to apply a relatively aged look to the image then I might choose among the various corroded options, but again, keep in mind that I have the strength of the adjustment set it its maximum value.

After choosing an option that I think will work well for the photo. Then, I can fine tune that strength control. Again, I like to have it at a very strong value, typically the maximum value of 100% while I am evaluating the shape of the various effects. The texture that might be added to the image, but then I'll typically reduce the effect, at least, a little bit. I can go all the way down to zero, but then of course, there is no impact from that photo plate effect at all. I can add a very subtle effect with a low percentage. Usually I find that I like to start off maybe with a minimum value of somewhere around 40% and then take it up from there depending on the image.

For example, if this image had a very open sky without any clouds. Then some of the effect of that photo plate might be a little bit stronger there. And I might want to use a relatively low strength, whereas with images that contain a lot of texture, I might want to use a relatively high value so that that damage shows through a little bit. But I can continue in this way, just navigating among the various categories of photo plates. Clicking on the thumbnails to get a preview of the overall effect. And then find tune the result with the strength value.

With a high value giving me a very dramatic effect, and a low value giving me a relatively subtle effect. But again. Usually around 40 to 50% is about the minimum I'll want to apply so that the effect is actually visible within the photo.

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