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In this workshop Tim Grey teaches how to use Nik Software's HDR Efex Pro 2.0 to create great high-dynamic-range (HDR) images. After showing you the basics of HDR Efex Pro—including configuring the interface and settings, using presets, and evaluating your image—Tim introduces the various adjustment options. Learn how to make overall tonal and color adjustments, use control points to apply selective adjustments, and reset adjustments or go back in the history. Plus, get tips on applying finishing touches to your images and saving the final processed image.
HDR Effects Pro provides you with a couple of options for adjusting the appearance of the overall interface. First off, we have the ability to hide one or both of the panels. The panels are found on the left and right sides of the interface. The left panel primarily includes presets that you can use as a starting point for adjusting the appearance of your HDR image. And the right panel, for the most part, contains adjustments allowing you to refine the effects that are being applied.
We can hide one or both of those panels very, very easily. Up on the top bar, we have a button at the top left that we can click in order to hide the left panel. And we can click again to reveal that left panel. And similarly over at the top right, we have the button that enables us to hide the right panel and then reveal the panel. Obviously, you click each button in order to hide both panels so that you're able to focus a little bit more attention on the image. But you can also use a keyboard shortcut to hide or reveal both of the panels. And that is the Tab key on your keyboard. By pressing Tab, you'll hide and then reveal.
So, it's a toggle allowing you to hide or reveal both panels at the same time. And I find that this is very helpful as I'm applying my adjustments and I really want to focus my attention on just the image, that I'll just press the Tab key to focus my attention on the image itself. In addition to being able to hide or reveal those panels, we can also adjust the brightness of the background. And that's with this little Light bulb button up at the top right. I'll go ahead and click and you can see that the background goes to black, which makes it a little bit easier to focus my attention on the image and not be distracted by the tonality of that middle grey background. We can also click one more time to get a white background, and to me this is helpful because it gives me the appearance of the image as being a print on white paper.
And so I get a better feel for how that final image might look if I print it out. In most cases, I leave the background set to a neutral gray value, because I find that's the least distracting. But from time to time, I will switch to the black or the white display, in order to get a better sense of the overall image. So you can see some very basic capabilities in terms of being able to change the background color between black, white and grey. And also, hide and reveal those left and right panels, so that you can focus a little bit more attention on the image itself rather than those controls.
I find that I do sort of switch back and forth between those various view options from time to time, depending on what I'm focused on and what I'm trying to accomplish for my photo.
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