Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Stylizing objects and images, part of Up and Running with Pixelmator.
- Another category of effects inside of Pixelmator that I like are Stylize options. These can be used to quickly add attractive effects, many of which are quite trendy. Now, you have to be careful not to overdo it, and, of course, anything that's popular can become overused. But there are a wide range of attractive choices. Let's go to the Stylize category. You'll notice here that you can do all sorts of things, for example, a vintage look that allows you to dial in some selective desaturation with strong vignettes as it fades at the edges there.
And you'll see a wide range of popular effects here, with the ability for you to refine it a bit, putting in some saturation, or taking it all out. This really is quite nice, this vintage look, and I like the use of the built-in vignette controls, as well as the ability to selectively bring in a small amount of saturation. Other standouts for me include Gloom. Gloom is nice because it allows you to pop some of the darker colors.
And by using a lower-intensity value, but a strong radius, you can create some pretty cool effects. You see there, it did a nice job of popping some of the darker regions. Some of these other ones can simulate a wide range of things, from simple noise to pixels to honeycombs to overall crystals. These are just using a series of different types of shapes. But some of the ones that I really like come a little bit later. Twilight is a great way to influence the overall lighting, and to make an image look much later in the day.
Now, usually I'll use this with a much lower value. And remember, as you do this, it's sometimes a good idea to duplicate the image. This way, if an effect is too strong, you could apply it, dial in the value that you want to use, and then still split the difference, because you have the ability to blend the two layers together. When satisfied, just select those layers, right-click, and choose Merge.
One of my favorites, though, that really stands out is the ability to add light leaks. This uses a series of organic-type light leaks, and there's a wide range of styles. As you choose through these, you'll see what it creates. And remember, some of these have controls to be angled, as well as scaled. And you could drag where that falls on the image to create an interesting colorization effect. This can simulate things like water damage or light leaks in the camera.
And as you drag this around, you'll note that it changes the position. And there's lots of options here. Now, these can be positioned using the center dial. So make sure you experiment with where you place it as well as the overall size. Once you've got something that you like, remember: there's typically some sliders, so you can increase how saturated it is, as well as the overall intensity of the effect, with the amount slider. I sometimes find that using a few of these in conjunction with each other can be a lot of fun.
So this is a really quick and easy way to just stylize an image in a technique that's been made popular by many of the social sharing sites. However, unlike some fun filter, there's quite a bit of control here. And, of course, by using multiple layers, you can also choose to stack or combine these effects, and even use advanced options, like masks.
- Working with files
- Making targeted adjustments with selections
- Cropping and masking
- Designing with layers
- Working with text, painting, and the shape tools
- Retouching an image
- Enhancing and stylizing images or objects
- Outputting specific files and creating graphics for other applications