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Learn the basic techniques for working with the affordable, easy-to-use Nik Collection, a group of photo enhancement plugins from Google. This course provides a great way to get up to speed quickly with the full Nik Collection, including workflows for integrating the plugins with your Lightroom and Photoshop workflows. Tim Grey touches on interface options, presets, loupe and histogram behavior, preview options, and other features that are common to all the programs in the collection: Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro 2, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro, Viveza, and Dfine.
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In most cases, when I'm working with an image in one of the applications that are part of the net collection, I prefer to evaluate the overall image in other words to see the actual effect in the image when I'm working on that image. But at times, I like to get a before and after view to compare a previous set of adjustments to the current set of adjustments, so that I can get a better sense of the effect I've had on the image and also to provide a little bit better prospective to really make sure that the adjustments I'm applying aren't for example too strong.
Let's take a look at the various options for previewing the effects within our image. To begin with, we have the Compare button. Up at the top, you'll see the Compare button, which allows us to compare the current version of the image, with the previous version. At the moment, this causes me to see the image with no adjustments applied. And if I release the Compare button, then I'll see the image based on the current set of adjustments. I'll go ahead and choose a different preset, and now if I go to the Compare button and click and hold, you'll see, once again, I'm back to my original photo and then if I release I see the current version of the image.
So I can switch back and forth among the various adjustments, the presets that I'd like to apply, for example. And then compare to the original image. I can also view essentially a side by side comparison of the before and after views of the image, and the options for doing that are presented by a set of three buttons. The first, is show full image, which is the default setting I'm using here so that I can see the entire image with the effect applied. However I can also use a split view or a side by side view. I'll go ahead and click the Split View button, and you'll see that now the image is divided in half.
The left half shows the original image, and the right half shows the image with the adjustments that I've currently applied. I can drag that dividing line to the left or the right, so that I'm able to see more of the before version versus the after version as I feel the need. I can also rotate this dividing line, so that I'm seeing an up and down preview. So that the top is the before version in this case and the bottom is the after version. And, once again, I can drag that dividing line so that I can evaluate the image in a variety of different ways, looking, for example, at the full before version.
Than the full after version. Seeing mostly the after version or mostly the before version. Whatever I'd like, as I'm evaluating the image. And then we also have the side-by-side comparison view. I'll go ahead and click that button. And you can see that I have, in this case, the before version of the image of above and the after version below. But I can also rotate in essence those settings, so I can view the images side by side, or above and below each other depending on my preference. In most cases, I would use the above and below option for horizontal images.
And the side by side version for vertical images, just to make the best use of the available space for the photos. And, of course, it's also worthwhile to keep in mind that while we're evaluating the image, we can also hide the left and right panels in order to see more of that image. So just by clicking those buttons, I can hide the panels temporarily so that I get a better view, a larger view, on my actual image. And then I can click those buttons once again to bring back, in this case, the left and the right panels.
So as you can see, there are a variety of options for evaluating the image based on a before and after view. As much as I generally prefer to simply evaluate the image itself while I'm working. At times it can be very helpful to evaluate the result based on a before and after view. And most of the applications within the net collection provide a similar functionality for providing those views.
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