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Varying the effect


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Learning Analog Efex Pro

with Tim Grey

Video: Varying the effect

Because Silver Efex Pro, like many of the other applications in the Nik collection, makes use of presets in order to get started with a particular look for a photo, you might be concerned about repetition. About having multiple images appear identical to each other or, at least, very similar to each other in terms of the final effect. For example, you can see the particular look of the effect that I've currently selected. Based on this Wet Plate preset, I'll switch to a different preset, and we get a different look, but as soon as I switch back to that Wet Plate number nine preset, I'm back to the exact same starting point for my image.
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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.

Subject:
Photography
Software:
Analog Efex Pro
Author:
Tim Grey

Varying the effect

Because Silver Efex Pro, like many of the other applications in the Nik collection, makes use of presets in order to get started with a particular look for a photo, you might be concerned about repetition. About having multiple images appear identical to each other or, at least, very similar to each other in terms of the final effect. For example, you can see the particular look of the effect that I've currently selected. Based on this Wet Plate preset, I'll switch to a different preset, and we get a different look, but as soon as I switch back to that Wet Plate number nine preset, I'm back to the exact same starting point for my image.

I can certainly go through the various controls over on the right panel in order to make changes to the effect, to fine tune the result so that I get something a little bit unique. But I also have an option to vary the effect. I can fine tune the overall appearance that I'm looking for, and then click the Vary button down at the bottom of the right panel in Analog Efex Pro in order to apply subtle variations based on the current settings. I'll go ahead and click the Vary button.

And you may notice for example that the slider values up in basic adjustments are changing. I'll click it again and again and again, and what you might also realize is that even though we're only looking at the slider controls for the basic adjustments we're actually modifying the settings for all of the adjustments that have been applied to this image. So you'll notice that some of the dust and scratches move around within the image for example. And we get other variations on the overall effect.

The strength of some of the adjustments will change and the other settings. For example, the vignette might move a little bit further into the image or a little bit closer to the edges of the image or the shape might change just a little bit. The overall look for the image will remain the same. We're just making subtle variations. So that we get something that's a little bit more unique, so that we have some variations on the theme essentially. So we don't have that cookie cutter type of look where we apply the, essentially, exact same effect, perhaps to multiple images.

So, you can click through that Vary button several times if you'd like until you see a result that you're happy with. And then, of course, since we've made some changes even if only through the use of that Vary button. We've made changes to the settings for the preset. You might want to save a new preset based on that varied adjustment. If you'd like to do that, you can click the Save button, or, you can click the plus button over on the custom section on the left panel. I'll go ahead and click the Save button. That will bring up a dialog where I can enter a name for the preset, and I'll just call this Wet Plate Variation for example.

I just want a name that will be somewhat meaningful. And so I'll go ahead and click the OK button. And now you can see that, that Wet Place Variation preset is saved in my custom section of presets. But the point is by simply clicking the vary button, perhaps multiple times, we can see a variety of different variations on a theme, for our creative effect in Analog Efex Pro.

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