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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.
Because control points in HDR Efex Pro allow you to focus adjustments on specific areas of an image, there's a good chance that you'll want to apply multiple control points throughout the image. And as you continue adding more control points, you might want to take a look at some of the options for organizing those control points. Let's take a look at what's available to us. I'll start off by adding a control point for the sky, for example, I can adjust the overall size of that control point and then fine-tune the settings for the image. Perhaps I'll enhance contrast in the sky and increase saturation just a little bit.
The idea is that we're able to apply a specific adjustment there and then go to a different area of the image, choosing to add a control point for example, for the grasses down below. I'll go ahead and adjust the size for this control point, and perhaps increase Saturation for this portion of the image, and adjust the overall structure so that we can get a little bit crisper view in that portion of the photo. And perhaps I'd also like to adjust just the reds in the wall here, the mural on the church. And so, I can focus the adjustment just on specific portions of the photo.
As I do that, you might find that you're applying adjustments to similar areas. For example, if I want to darken down this portion of the sky down below, I could add a control point there and then tone down the exposure. Possibly increase or decrease the overall contrast, maybe take that exposure down a little bit further. Perhaps trying to blend in this area just a little bit better with the sky above. And that means we have a couple of selective adjustments that are affecting a similar area of the photo. Specifically, control point one and control point four are both affecting the overall sky. And so we might, for example, want to group those two adjustments together. So I can select control point four, for example, and then I can hold the Ctrl key on Windows or the Cmd key on Macintosh while clicking on control point one. So that both of those control points are selected and then I can click the button to group those selected control points together.
So now, those control points will behave as one. I can adjust the Exposure, for example, and I'll be adjusting all of the sky based on those two control points, since they're grouped together. And if I decide at any point that I no longer want these control points grouped together, I can simply select that group and then click the Ungroup button. And now I have my individual control points, so that I can adjust one versus the other independently. I can also duplicate a control point. So for example, if I want to apply the same adjustment from the bottom right portion of the sky to the clouds over on the left side of the sky.
I can select that control point four which is the control point in this portion of the sky and then click the button to duplicate that control point. That creates, in this case, control point five and I can drag that control point over to the portion of the sky that I want to adjust. And that will cause the exact same adjustment to be applied in that portion of the image. So if I apply an adjustment in one area of the photo, I can then duplicate that adjustment to apply the exact same effect in a different portion of the photo. And if I decide at any point that I'm not really happy with that adjustment, I can also get rid of it.
Usually if I think I'm not happy with a specific adjustment, I'll first toggle the visibility for that control point off. And then on in order to get a better sense of whether or not I'm happy with that adjustment. I can also, by the way, turn off the visibility for all of my control points, all of my selective adjustments by clicking on the Power switch, the Switch On or Off button series of checkboxes. But if I decide that a particular point is one that I don't want to keep for this image, I can simply select that control point from the list.
And then click on the Trash Can button in order to delete that particular control point. So you can see, even if you add a large number of control points for a specific photo, you're able to manage those control points very effectively. Grouping together similar control points, duplicating control points in order to duplicate the same effect in multiple areas of a photo. And of course, deleting control points that you decide you no longer need.
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