Learning Silver Efex Pro 2

History, Undo, and Reset


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Video: History, Undo, and Reset

When you're working inside of Silver Efex Pro, you can think of the basic workflow as being somewhat non destructive. And what I mean by that is that none of the adjustments you apply are really committed until you click the Save button. And so if you find an adjustment that you don't really care for, you can just go back and refine or reset that particular adjustment. For example, let's take a look at the global adjustments, if I were to increase brightness and increase contrast and increase structure. And then I decide that I don't really care for the result I can turn off the global adjustments all together if I'd like by turning off the check box for the global adjustments.
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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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Photography
Software:
Silver Efex Pro
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History, Undo, and Reset

When you're working inside of Silver Efex Pro, you can think of the basic workflow as being somewhat non destructive. And what I mean by that is that none of the adjustments you apply are really committed until you click the Save button. And so if you find an adjustment that you don't really care for, you can just go back and refine or reset that particular adjustment. For example, let's take a look at the global adjustments, if I were to increase brightness and increase contrast and increase structure. And then I decide that I don't really care for the result I can turn off the global adjustments all together if I'd like by turning off the check box for the global adjustments.

But I can also reset those controls. I can double click on the slider handle for any of the adjustments in order to reset that specific adjustment to its default value. So I'll double click on the slider handle for. For the brightness value for example and that goes back to its default of zero. But I can also reset all of the adjustments in a specific section. So, once again looking at the global adjustment section of the right panel, I can click on the reset button for the global adjustment section in order to reset all of the controls in this section to their default values.

In addition to resetting I can also take a step backwards. So, once again let's assume that I increase brightness, and increase contrast and increase structure. Maybe not quite that much brightness, but you get the idea. A very strong adjustment for the image. If I want to take a step backward I can press Ctrl+Z on the keyboard. So in this case I'm undoing the reduction in brightness. If I press Ctrl+Z once again, I'll take another step backwards. In this case, undoing the adjustment for structure. I'll press Ctrl+Z once again and the contrast adjustment is reset, and then one more time, and brightness is reset.

I'll go ahead and take the controls in the opposite direction. I'll reduce brightness, reduce contrast and reduce structure and you can see I have a very different result for the image. And at times you may find that you sort of want to bounce back and forth between different versions of the image as it were. The various stages of your work as you optimize the black and white conversion, and the history display makes that very easy. I'll go ahead and click on the History button, up toward the top left, and you'll see a list of all the adjustments that I've actually applied to the image.

So I increased brightness, I increased contrast, I increased structure, I deactivated and then reactivated all of those adjustments, I reset brightness to zero, I clicked the reset option. And then I reduce brightness, reduced contrast, and reduced structure. It can be helpful at times, just to review the various adjustments you've applied, but if you want to go back to a particular point in time for the image, you can do that. Simply click on a particular history state to go back to that point for the photo. You can continue going forward and back for example.

But notice when I go to make another adjustment, if I increase the brightness, for example, that anything that was undone will be completely erased when I perform a new task. So you can see that those various other adjustments that I had undone are now completely gone because I applied a different adjustment. The key, I think, is to be aware that the History option exists. And to understand how it works even though in many cases you might not need that history at all since you can simply go back to your various adjustments and make the changes as needed.

But I'm sure you'll find from time to time that it's just simpler and easier. To go to the History and choose a specific state that you want for the image or even to review the various things that you've done for the photo.

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