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This course guides you through the features and options available for producing creative black-and-white interpretations of your photos in Silver Efex Pro 2, part of the Nik Collection from Google. Author Tim Grey takes a look at all the darkroom-inspired controls, including selective adjustments, film effects, color toning, vignettes, and borders.
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If you take a look at the vintage set of presets, you'll find that some of those presets include interesting borders around the edge of the photo and those borders can be applied with one of the finishing adjustments options. It's called, of course, image borders. And we can start off by choosing a particular preset from the image borders pop-up. You'll see that they're just simply numbered, but as you mouse over each of the individual options, you'll see the effect within the photo. Once you've found an effect that you like, you can select it, of course, just by clicking on that particular option from the pop-up.
But, you can fine-tune the overall effect by expanding the set of controls under image borders. Simply, click the triangle to the left of image borders, and you'll see that we can adjust the size, spread, and cleanliness of the overall result. If we adjust the size, you'll see that it determines how far into the image that border extends, in other words, how big is that border? I'll go ahead and leave it relatively large so that we can better see the effect. We can also adjust the spread which is essentially the size of the actual transition effect, in this case, the dark area around that border.
I can reduce the value to make a smaller dark edge and increase the value to make a larger dark edge. And I can also adjust the cleanliness of the result. We can have a very rough result, or a relatively smooth result. A value closer to clean essentially looks like the result has been blurred a little bit. In this case, I'll go ahead and stick with a rough option, and then I'll zoom in on the image and navigate toward one of the corners, so that we can see the effect a little more. I'll move that navigator out of the way, and, I'm going to click the very border button.
And what that will do is apply some randomization to the actual shape of the border effect. I'll go ahead and click, and click, and click. And you can see that we're getting a variable result. And the beauty of this is that we can apply a similar effect to multiple images without it looking like a cookie cutter result, like we just used the exact same effect for every single image. The final effect does tend to look a little bit vintage. Of course, it helps in this case that I've applied an effect with a sepia tone type of color tint.
But, for a variety of different images, you may find that these borders can be very helpful for establishing or enhancing a mood for a particular image.
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