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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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Down at the bottom of the right panel in SilverEffects Pro, you'll find the Loop and Histogram section and you'll probably notice that as you move your mouse out over the image, that the preview in that loop and histogram display area changes. The loop display is what's active by default and it shows you whatever area of the image falls below your mouse. So as your evaluating specific areas of the image, you can simply move your mouse over that area to get a closer look in that Loop View. There are of course additional options available to you.
Obviously there's a histogram down there somewhere. We just can't see it at the moment. But if you move your mouse over that loop and histogram display area, you can click the histogram option and you'll see a histogram display in that area instead of the loop display. So you can see for example the overall distribution of tonal values based on the black and white conversion that you've applied for the image. I'll go ahead and switch back to the looped display and then you may notice that there are a couple of other options available when you mouse over the looped display.
One is to pin the loop to a specific area. So if you're applying adjustments and you want to evaluate a specific portion of the photo then you might want this loop to be zeroed in on that particular area. To lock the loop display, simply click on the push pin at the top right of the loop view and then move your mouse out over the image. You'll notice that once again, the loop view updates based on where you position your mouse, but now the mouse pointer appears as a push pin. If I click in a particular area of the photo, that will lock the loop in that area, so when I move the mouse around the image, you'll see that the loop remains fixed on that specific area based on where I clicked with the push pin.
In addition, down below you'll see there are numbers zero through ten. If you're familiar with the zone system for photographic exposure, that's exactly what this display is. With the check box turned on over at the left, you can get a zone system display over the image itself. So if I hover my mouse over the zero, for example, I'll see an indication in the image, in this case a series of yellow stripes, indicating which portion of the photo falls into zone zero, and I mouse over each of the other zones, you'll see an indication of those areas in the image as well.
If you want to disable the effect, you can simply turn off the chat box at the far left of that zone display. Or leave the option turned on though, bearing in mind that the zone display only appears if I actually mouse over those zone areas, in any event. So, it's not a full time display and therefore I don't find it distracting, and at times it can be very helpful. So you can see that the loop and histogram display options are a bit more sophisticated than you might have thought at first glance.
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