Like many of the other Macphun tools, you can use layers in FX Photo Studio to create different looks. With layers, you can mix and match looks to get the effect you want for your image. How does this work? In this movie, author Richard Harrington will demonstrate how to use layers to combine looks in FX Photo Studio.
- Like many of the Macphun tools, you can introduce layers or masks to create different looks, let me show you. Let's open up another image, in this case the Wall, and click Open. I won't save the current version. You'll note in this case that we could choose a look, and while I like this look, I might not want to have it applied everywhere, so by clicking Edit Mask, I could take a look at what's applied, and this allows me to paint in areas.
I could paint on the rocks here and you see that it applies that particular look just to the foreground, in this case, only the rocks are being affected. If you change your mind you can click the invert button to reverse the mask, you can also see the mask overall, so this might make it easier as you want to touch things up, in this case, erasing a few stray pixels and refining exactly what's being painted in.
Now, that looks pretty good. Let's go ahead and turn that off, view the image, and if I'm satisfied I click done to apply the look. Now, as we make adjustments, you'll see that it applies only to that part of the area, allowing me to refine it and narrow the effect. If you change your mind, you can toggle the mask on or off to limit the effect. Let's try one more example.
In this case, let's switch to blurring. I'd like to create a Radial Blur effect on the background. Really push that so that the edges start to fall off. What I don't want though is for it to affect the wall. Now, I can create to set my center point, right there on the horizon. You'll note that you can choose the target and drop that in. And then editing the mask gives us finer control. Let's show the mask.
In this case, you'll notice that the same mask was applied from before, so switching the effects carries it over, but I can refine that a little bit, and paint to adjust. Let's toggle that off. Looks pretty good. I'll go ahead and click done to apply, and I still have a live effect, allowing me to adjust the exact look. With a quick compare there, you see that the subtle areas of the background are falling off at the edge, while the wall stays in focus.
These sorts of controls can be quite helpful. You could easily jump on over to adjust if you decide you want to make a refinement. This will show you the unaffected image. Now, I can sharpen that image up, recover the shadows a little bit, and recover the highlights in the sky. Switching back to effects will reapply the blur effect, and remember, you can still jump in and edit the mask. Let's just clean that up a little bit.
There we go, looks good, and apply. So, what's great here is the ability to move freely between tabs. If you decide that you'd like to refine the image, you could jump into adjust. If you want to adjust what's affected, you can use the masking tools. And remember, each effect has its own basic slider controls.
Learn how to bring out detail and color with Intensify, convert photos to black and white with Tonality, remove distractions and heal blemishes with Snapheal, use the best filters in Focus, and remove noise and grain—before or after processing—with Noiseless. Rich also shows how to use the Macphun app developed by leading HDR photographer Trey Ratcliff, Aurora HDR, to create gorgeous high dynamic range photos.
- Downloading and installing Macphun
- Working with Intensify presets to improve contrast, color, and detail
- Converting to black and white with Tonality
- Adding textures and frames
- Cloning and removing objects with Snapheal
- Simulating blur and custom lens effects with Focus
- Using masks and adjustments with FX Photo Studio
- Cleaning up images with Noiseless
- Creating high dynamic range images with Aurora HDR