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Up until this point, we have been focusing on making pictures look photorealistic. However, you can use effects to stylize an image for a more interpretive look. Here's how. Jumping over to the Effects panel, I have some options here. And you'll notice, we can age a photo. For example, the antique look is kind of fun. Combining that, I could defocus the edges a bit, and darken them down. And we took this image from looking like a modern photo of old televisions to an older photo of old televisions.
Here's our next image. Now, we just looked at this image, but this time, I want to really take it far. I'm going to boost the color, so it's super saturated, cool it down a bit, defocus the edges, and then go in and Fade. Now, it may seem strange that I boosted the color, and faded, but what I was going for there was a really high contrast look. Now, I'm going to fill that up with just a little bit of Saturation coming back, and I'm going to go ahead and then darken the edge.
Now, the Vignette can look a bit artificial, so in some cases, you may change your mind, and instead do that with a little bit of blurring at the edge. I find that working together, blur and vignette will often create a good combination, but that the dark Vignette on a particularly bright image may not work. With the before and after there, you see that effects made that a much more stylized image. This takes on a bit of a dreamy, surrealistic feel. Now, it's not natural color, but that doesn't mean that I can't like it. And using those effects can go a long way as you want to play with the image.
Now, we've got one more example, and I just want you to see how quick and easy this is. Let's go ahead and give this a boosted look. We'll go ahead and brighten it up a little, and then take it to Antique, with the blurred edges. Now, this gives me that feeling that I like. In this case, they're modern bikes, but I wanted the photo to feel a bit older, like it was from the 1960s. But if I'm just having a bad day, and really shouldn't have been experimenting, I could always go ahead and click Revert to Original to take it back.
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