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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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From time to time you may want to apply an adjustment that affects a specific area of a photo. And Silver Efex Pro allows you to do that through the Selective Adjustments option. Let's assume, for example, that I'd like to darken the sky up a little bit or perhaps add a little contrast to it. In most cases, I find it best to start off applying your basic adjustments to the overall image. So, for example, I might choose a particular Preset that I think will work for this photo. But if after applying a Preset and perhaps refining the adjustments over on the right panel, you still find that you want to adjust a specific area a little bit more, you can utilize a control point.
Control points allow you to identify an area of the image that you want to adjust and it's remarkably simple. Let's take a look at the basic process. I'll go ahead and click the button to add a control point and then I'll move my mouse out into the image and click in the area that I want to adjust. I'll go ahead and start off with the basic adjustments here. You can see that the control point has been added to the image. But attached to that control point, are a series of sliders. The first, is Brightness. I'll go ahead and drag that slider over to the right if I want to brighten the sky, or to the left if I want to darken the sky.
You'll notice, however, that I'm really affecting a circular area within the sky. I'm not including the entire sky in that adjustment, and that's because I've not yet adjusted the size of this control point. The slider that is attached directly to the control point itself allows you to adjust the overall size of the area being evaluated and affected in the image. So I'll drag that slider over to the right to increase the size of that control point or I could drag to the left to reduce the size. In this case, I need a relatively large area to be adjusted.
I can also, though, move the control point as needed to a different portion of the photo. Perhaps right about there will work pretty well. And then I can continue fine tuning my various settings. So, for example, increasing contrast, maybe increasing structure. I might darken down the sky a little bit more. The point is, that we can focus our adjustments on a specific area of the photo, and that by and large, we're able to do that in a very simple way. So you can see, just by clicking on the area of the image that you want to adjust and maneuvering some sliders around, you're able to apply a selective adjustment.
An adjustment that only affects a particular area of a photo.
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