Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Add finishing touches, part of Up and Running with Photomatix Pro.
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Once you've developed the image, you have the ability to apply some finishing touches. Now, you could of course use another application, and send the image back to LightRoom or Aperture, or Photoshop, or any other imaging tool on your computer. But Photomatics Pro does have some of it's own finishing touches that I often like to use, before I call the image done. Let's take this image we've been working with, I'm going to use the rich blacks. The blacks aren't quite as intense. And I'll click apply. That's going to create the tone mapped image in this case, and open up the image and let me see my results.
Remember, you can adjust the size of this image using the dragging or the re-size buttons. And also use things like command, plus or minus, or control plus or minus to zoom in, so you can really see what's happening. Alright. I want to refine this a bit using the finishing touches. There are 3 types of touches. The first one is contrast, and you've got presets to add a little bit of contrast, to add a bit more, or to really go over the top and make those blacks super tight.
Now, that's overdone. But by looking at the more options, I could see exactly what's happening here. Let's go back to the mild contrast setting and tweak it a bit. I like that the highlights have been lifted there. I'm going to pull that up a bit more. You see the curve adjustment, that looks really good there on that wood surface. And I want the darks to get a little darker and play with those shadows. Let's round that out a bit more. And we see that these two controls work hand in hand to adjust the curve here. Alright, that looks good. Let's go over to Color.
Using Color, I could boost certain colors within the image. Let's zoom this out so we can see the whole photo as we make adjustments. And I want to refine it. The reds are a bit intense here. Notice we can bring those really far out or back them off just a little bit. They were getting a little over-the-top, the colors were looking too artificial. Let's balance out the oranges there. Little less on that so the wood is there, but not so intense. And then you could selectively bring out other colors.
And essentially, this is just boosting, or subtracting, colors to get the balance. Like that green up here on the letter is a bit distracting, so I'm going to pull that down, so it's not so intense. You've got controls over all the individual ranges and you can find something that works. Obviously, this particular image, there really isn't any purple. Nor is there much magenta, so that doesn't have much effect. Lastly is the sharpening category. Most people when they sharpen, if they're really serious about it, are probably going to turn to a dedicated sharpening plug-in or a tool.
But the tool in Photomatix is very good particularly if you're looking to sharpen for your screen. Let's zoom in to a 100%. Note, I could see the magnification across the top. When you sharpen, you really want to look at this at a 100%. You also could just choose View > Full Size to zoom in to a 100%. Now this image has a bit of shallow depth of feel, but let's look at some of this writing here and see if we can't make that a bit sharper. As we go through the presets, you see that that does sharpen up some of the details.
And with strong sharpening there, we're getting a bit of additional noise. So let's look at the More Options. You can increase the amount of sharpening. And then refine it with the radius so it doesn't go after such a wide range. This is the total intensity of that sharpening. Threshold's going to control what areas are being processed. You want to set that to a point where it seems more balanced. Alright, that's looking pretty good there.
Let's just reset for a second, you see it went soft. I'm going to pull that sharpening over, and play with the threshold and the radius until it's a bit more balanced. Alright, that looks good, that is a hand written thing there, not a professionally printed so there's a bit of softness in the pen itself. As I look around the rest of the image, that feels pretty good. I like some of that detail on the edges of the wood coming through. That in particular there, just looks fantastic. Let's click Done to apply, and then we can save out that image.
Okay, I've applied the finishing touches. What's left, is to save out the image. And I've been doing this all along throughout our lesson. But there are a couple of advanced options that I want to point out to you.
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- Loading bracketed photos
- Aligning source images
- Reducing noise and chromatic aberration
- Tone mapping with methods
- Fusing a single image or multiple images
- Removing color cast
- Automating with batch processing