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Nik Software's plugins are loaded with powerful tools that can be combined in endless ways. In this workshop, photographic storyteller Joseph Linaschke takes a creative and personalized approach to these plugins, showing you how he uses them to create amazing skies, gorgeous skin, vintage film looks, perfect white backgrounds, custom recipes, and so much more using Color Efex Pro, Viveza, and Silver Efex Pro. He also explains how to use Silver Efex Pro 2 to make gorgeous black-and-white images and teaches a unique non-HDR compositing technique for HDR Efex Pro. Along the way, get tips on using Nik's zone system and U Point technology and be introduced to the fun new Snapseed app for the desktop.
Many of the Nik plugins allow you to add frames or borders to your images, such as in this one here. However, as you can see in this photograph, this border has managed to clip off an important part of the image. If we go back to the original, you can see that the tip of the boat is just very, very close to the edge. So, if we add a frame under here, chances are, we're going to cut it off. So, if you have an image like this, where you don't want to clip off an important part of the image. Now, what you can do is first expand the canvas using a tool like Photoshop so that you can then add a frame without cutting off an important part of the image.
Let's go ahead and start by opening this up in Photoshop. Regardless of what your host application is, even if you're just working in Photoshop natively, this process will be relatively the same. The first thing we need to do is expand our canvas. From the Image menu, choose Canvas Size. And if you click on Relative, then you'll be able to simply add in the additional size that you want. Let's go ahead and set this to Pixels, and I'll add about 200 pixels to this, both on the width and on the height. You need to be careful that you don't make the extended border too big. Or else, when you're inside of the Nik plugins, you won't actually be able to bring the border close enough to the original edge of the print. So that you are hiding the original edge of the photograph. So, a small border like this is just about fine. If you want a bigger border later, you always add that on in a second step. Once you've added it, if you're using Aperture, simply save this, and then close the file.
When you return back to Aperture, you'll have the new copy of your photo with the expanded border. Now, you can go ahead and open this up in your plugin of choice. I'm going to use Silver Effects Pro 2 for this. Now, that we're in Silver Effects Pro 2, we can go ahead and add our edge. The edge I want is here under Image Borders. And as you can see, there's a whole variety of them in here that we can choose from. Some of them, even by default, are already clipping off the edge, even though we've already brought it in. But that's okay, because we have the ability to change the size of the border here. Notice, if we make it too big, you're going to see the original edge of the image there, which of course we don't want.
Still need to size this carefully so that you are hiding the original edge. But not so big that you're cutting into the original image too much. Let's say right about there. Now when I save this, it'll render back into Aperture. And we'll have our new image with our original source intact. And the edge on it, compared to the one where we weren't careful, and end it up clipping off the tip of the boat. This one looks much better. And of course now, if I want a bigger white border in here, I can simply open this back up into Photoshop again. And I can go ahead and increase the Canvas Size one more time.
This time, I'll just add a couple of inches to it to make it really big. And there you have it. So, if you have an image where an important element reaches near the edge of the frame and you do want to add the frame or the border. But don't want to cut into it, expanding the canvas before you send it off to Nik plugins is a great way to go.
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