Once you have your images imported and organized in ON1, it is then time for the fun part: developing an image. This is where you use ON1 as your digital dark room. The first step is basic image development. What do you need to know? In this video, instructor Robert Vanelli demonstrates the essential development strategies for RAW images in ON1.
- Now it's time for the fun part. We're gonna use ON1 as our digital darkroom, so first up, is the basic development of an image. Let's get started. Now before we start making changes to this image, let's do a little housekeeping. If you notice I had the light stand in the image here, so we're gonna crop that out. So, I click on the crop tool, and I wanna change this to the original ratio, and from here, I'm just gonna crop in tight just to even it up just a bit.
Good, and then I'll come up here for the leveling tool. I'll click on that, and I'm just gonna draw a line right across the bottom of the table, and that's gonna make sure everything is gonna be cropped nice and tight along with making sure that it's straight. Good, right about there, and I'll hit enter and apply my change. So now I have my image ready. Let's come over here to the development module. Now, the exposure already looks good, the contrast I like.
What I wanna do is look at the histogram up here. So, I know I have a lot whites all the way to the right, and I have some black all the way to the left. The highlights here are gonna crunch the whites here and bring it over into the middle. What it's gonna do, it's gonna tone down the brightest of the brightest part of the image. So, we'll take the highlight tool, and we'll slide it to the left. Great, and for the mid-tones, we're gonna slowly bump it up just a little bit, and with the shadows, we're gonna march it back just a touch, just to bring everything in nice and deep.
Now, I'm gonna look at the whites. So, the mood I'm looking for here is a nice dark, noir-type look, so instead of making the whites pure, I'm gonna bring those all the way back, so this way, I get rid of the extra whites in the image and then for the black, I want to enrich it so I'm gonna bring it down. Now notice when I'm doing this, the histogram up here starts to move. This is showing me how I'm shifting the tonal range to each side.
Good, now our image is looking really good. What we want to do is add a little special effect to it, and this is where structure comes in. Now, one problem with structure is people have a tendency of overdoing it, and when they do, it gives it a fake look. Well, we're shooting for a noir-type look for this image, so we do wanna overdo it. So, I wanna click on it, and I'm gonna drag it all the way to the right, and notice when I did that, the edges are nice and sharp, the dirt that I put on him, it's really popping.
Now, I'm gonna scroll down to the temperature, and we want to give it a cool look, so I want to add more blue to the image, so I'm going to move the temperatures over to the left just a touch. And now, to really sell the look that we're going for, we want to adjust saturation and vibrancy. Now think of saturation as adjusting all the colors in the image, vibrancy is only going to adjust the muted colors. So with saturation, I want to bring it back, and I want to de-saturate the image, but with the vibrancy, I want to bring it back just a little bit.
Good, and I'll just dance between the two until I get it looking the way I want. Notice this option here, reduce vibrancy on skin, I wanna check that because I don't want the vibrancy to affect his skin. Now, one last thing I wanna do is I wanna come over here to the highlights, and I want to make sure the highlights are a little pure, so I'm gonna move it over to the right just a little, and I'll do the same thing for the shadows. Great, now let's look at the before and after.
So this is what we started with, and with just a few adjustments, this is what we came up with. We're almost there to that special noir look.
- Planning a digital file structure
- Developing a naming convention for your files
- Importing new images to a library
- Albums, catalogs, browsing, and searching
- Developing an image
- Controlling magnification and view to examine an image
- Applying and adjusting effects
- Using smart layers
- Creating an initial mask
- Sharpening an image
- Outputting images