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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.
Within HDR Efex Pro there are a series of settings that you can adjust to modify the overall behavior of HDR Efex Pro. Let's take a look at those settings and how you might like to configure them as you're working with your HDR images. To access those settings within HDR Efex Pro, you can simply click the Settings button along the bottom bar over on the left hand side. That will bring up the Settings dialog. You can specify which language you'd like the interface to utilize from a variety of supported language.
I'll leave mine set to English US. We can also choose which preview mode should be used by default. We can use the last settings, in other words every time you launch HDR Efex Pro the preview mode will be set to whatever you left it at last. But you can also specify a particular preview mode and for me personally I prefer in most cases to work in the single image view. But you can also choose a split preview or a side by side preview. So I'll go ahead and switch this to single image view. For the background you can specify once again that the last used color should be used or you can specify white gray or black.
My preference is to set this to gray as my default color. We can also specify the default zoom setting and my personal preference is to have the image fit within the available space. And in most cases a zoom setting of around 25% will accomplish that if I'm working with a full resolution image. But this will depend on the image resolution you tend to work with as well as your overall display settings, so you might want to choose a different setting. Or once again choose that use last settings option. So that whatever zoom setting you had last time, you processed and image, will be the default for the next image that you open. We can click on the Alignment and Ghost Reduction section, and that will pop up that set of controls.
The Alignment option, my preference, is to have turned on, and so I specifically choose on, rather then use the last settings. Just so that if, for any reason I were to turn it off, it would be turned back on again the next time I open an image. For Ghost Reduction similarly I always want that option turned on by default. I can always turn it off later if I decide I need to for a particular image, but in most cases I have it turned on and I have it set to 100%. So I'll set those as my default settings so I don't need to worry about resetting them to my preferred settings if I should use different settings for a particular image.
For chromatic aberration my preference is to have the option turned off and to only turn it on when I actually need it. So that's my personal preference but obviously you could set the option to on or to default to whatever you'd used recently. And for the Merge dialog preview quality, I generally use the Quick option. Because in the Merge dialog, I'm not really focused in the final image, but rather on ghost reduction and chromatic aberration. And so I use the Quick option here, just so that I don't have to wait for an additional period of time for the preview to be rendered.
but you can choose the precise option here as well. It does require a little bit more time in order to generate the preview as you adjust the settings but it also ensures that you get a more accurate preview of the image. I'll just leave my setting here set to quick though, and then we can take a look at software update settings. And this allows you to determine how frequently HDR Efex Pro should check for updates to the software. I leave mine set to the weekly option that is the default, but you can also choose daily, monthly, or never. And at the bottom of the section, you do have a button that allows you to check for updates right now. And then finally, we have the GPU section, with just a single checkbox, Enable GPU Processing.
I highly encourage you to leave this option turned on, because it can greatly improve performance in HDR Efex Pro. The only reason I would turn this option off is if you're experiencing odd error messages, crashes, or other issues. Because in many cases, display adapter drivers can cause problems with certain software. So generally speaking, we'll leave this option turned on unless you're experiencing problems within HDR Efex Pro. That takes care of the various settings options we have available. Once you've chosen the options that work best for you and your particular work flow, you can simply click the OK button to accept the changes.
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