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You can edit the predefined picture styles or save your own picture styles by going to the Picture Style screen and picking the picture style that you want to manipulate and then hitting the INFO button. So let's say I've been shooting with the Landscape picture style and I'm not completely pleased with my results. I'm going to hit the INFO button to go into the editing screen and there are four parameters that I can edit here Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation, and Color tone. So perhaps I'm not liking the sharpness in my images. They are coming out too sharp and you may think well how can an image be too sharp? Well, that has to do with the way that the camera actually sharpens the image.
It's kind of an optical illusion and too much sharpening can end up making your image look kind of garish. So I'm going to hit the SET button and I'm going to dial the Sharpness down 1 notch and hit OK. You can see there is still a light gray, a little marker there that shows me the original default position. Let's also say that I've been out shooting nice lush forests and they're coming out a little dull somehow, so I'm going to increase the Saturation by 1 notch and hit OK. When I'm done I can just hit the menu button to go back to my main Picture Style page and now I have altered the Landscape picture style.
Let's say that I want to create my own picture style say for a different type of landscape, maybe I've been spending a lot of time shooting deserts. So I'm going to go in here and hit the INFO button on User Defined 1. Now I have basically an empty picture style that I can work with. It will be based on another existing picture style. I can choose Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral. So I can choose any of these. I'm going to start with the Landscape one and I get the normal default Landscape settings. And I'm going to go in here and say that I've been shooting onto sand dunes and I want them really contrasty.
I really want to see the crunchiness of the sand and that kind of thing and maybe I want to desaturate them a little bit. And so now when I hit MENU and save that I have my own special user defined picture style for that particular application. Again, Picture Styles are only applied to JPEG images; however they are stored in the raw files. So, if you're editing your raw images in Canon's DPP these adjustments will be made. Picture Styles are not a full blown substitute for image editing on your computer, but if you regularly shoot under the same situations and you don't want to spend a lot of time editing Pictures Styles can be a great shortcut.
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