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  • 1. User Guide
  • 2. © 2007 Kimberly LoeperChapter 1IntroductionIntroduction to Silver Efex Pro™ and the User Guide
  • 3. Chapter 1 : Introduction Silver Efex Pro™ User Guide What’s in the User Guide In addition to providing installation instructions, the User Guide shows you how to access and apply the filter’s effect to your images. The typographical conventions used in this manual are: • ilver Efex Pro processes and user interface components appear S in Initial Caps, with first instances in Bold Caps. (In context- appropriate cases, later instances also appear in Bold Caps.) • pecific control inputs appear in Bold Italic. Control inputs can S be menu items, buttons, or sliders. Where first instances coincide with specific control inputs, the term appears in Bold Italic. © 2007 Laurie ShuppIntroductionWelcome to Silver Efex Pro, the most powerful tool for creatingdynamic black and white images. Silver Efex Pro offers thetraditional tools of the darkroom while utilizing the flexibility andprecision offered with digital photography.By combining unique algorithms, patented U Point technology, anda full range of black and white specific tools, Silver Efex Pro providesthe power and precision for creating stunning digital black and whitephotographs.
  • 4. © 2008 Sean DyroffChapter 2InstallationInstalling and Accessing Silver Efex Pro™
  • 5. Chapter 2 : Installation Silver Efex Pro™ User GuideInstallation The installer attempts to locate the most recent installation of Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Photoshop Elements, and if successful,Silver Efex Pro™ is a plug-in for Adobe® Photoshop® and other displays the recommended folder. When installing into ApplePhotoshop plug-in compatible applications, and Apple® Aperture™. Aperture, the installer will automatically install into theThe installer provided with Silver Efex Pro automatically attempts to appropriate location.locate a copy of Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Photoshop Elements, orApple Aperture.Installing Silver Efex Pro and the Selective ToolBefore you install Silver Efex Pro, please close all applicationsincluding Adobe Photoshop, Apple Aperture or other image editingapplications that will serve as host for Silver Efex Pro. Please do notopen any other applications during the installation process. Silver Efex Pro SetupTo begin installation:Double-click on the installation file provided either on your SilverEfex Pro CD or downloaded from the Nik Software web site. A windowappears displaying the Silver Efex Pro Setup Wizard. Within theMacintosh operating system, you will be provided with an option to If the installer is unable to locate Adobe Photoshop or Adobeinstall to either Adobe Photoshop or to Apple Aperture. Photoshop Elements, or if you are using an image editor other than Adobe Photoshop, you must specify the appropriate installation path. Double-clickThe installer walks you through the procedure. For Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Photoshop Elements, this location is the Installer the Plug-Ins folder located under the application’s main folder. For example:After you have read the Read Me file and accepted the End User Adobe PhotoshopLicense Agreement, the installer prompts you for the plug-in location Windows – C:Program FilesAdobeAdobe PhotoshopPlug-Insof your image editing application. Macintosh – Macintosh HD : Applications : Adobe Photoshop : Plug-Ins
  • 6. Chapter 2 : Installation Silver Efex Pro™ User GuideAdobe Photoshop Elements Accessing Silver Efex Pro and the Selective ToolWindows – C:Program FilesAdobeAdobe Photoshop Elements in Adobe PhotoshopPlug-Ins After completing the installation, launch your imageMacintosh – Macintosh HD : Applications : Adobe Photoshop editing application.Elements : Plug-Ins In Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Elements, Silver Efex Pro is accessed from the Filter menu. To begin using Silver Efex Pro inClick Browse… to open the Browse for Folder window, and then Photoshop or Photoshop Elements:navigate to the appropriate folder. To begin using Silver Efex Pro: Note: For guidance on the location of Plug-Ins in applications other 1. Open the image that you would like to enhance. than Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Photoshop Elements, please refer 2. Click the Filter menu. to your application’s user manual. 3. Roll over the Nik Software sub-menu. A popup menu appears.After selecting the appropriate folder location, click Install. When 4. Select Silver Efex Pro from the popup.the installation is complete, the final page of the installer appears. The Silver Efex Pro interface appears, displaying the image specifiedIf you want the Selective Tool to open each time Adobe Photoshop in step 1 above.or Adobe Photoshop Elements launches, leave the Open the NikSelective Tool automatically box checked. The Selective Tool lets You can access the Selective Tool by navigating to one of theyou apply Silver Efex Pro by automating the layer systems in Adobe following locations:Photoshop or Adobe Photoshop Elements. (Please see Selective Tool.) Adobe PhotoshopUncheck this box to prevent the Selective Tool from opening each File Automatetime Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Photoshop Elements launches. Youcan change this option within the Selective Tool settings interface. Adobe Photoshop Elements(Please see Selective Tool Settings.) File Automation Tools Note: The Selective Tool is available only with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Elements serving as host for Silver Efex Pro.Click Finish to complete the installation process.
  • 7. Chapter 2 : Installation Silver Efex Pro™ User GuideAccessing Silver Efex Pro in Apple ApertureIn Apple Aperture, Silver Efex Pro is accessed from the Images menu.To begin using Silver Efex Pro in Apple Aperture: 1. Highlight the image(s) that you wish to enhance with Silver Efex Pro. 2. Click the Images menu. 3. Roll over the Edit With sub-menu. A popup menu appears. 4. Select Silver Efex Pro… from the popup.The Silver Efex Pro interface appears, displaying the image(s)specified in step 1 above.
  • 8. © 2008 Tim MathiesenChapter 3WorkflowWorkflow and Tips for Enhancing Images
  • 9. Chapter 3 : Workflow Silver Efex Pro™ User GuideWorkflowThe order of steps involved in enhancing an image varies, dependingon the image. In general, there are only a few guidelines to consider: • pply noise reduction, such as with Nik Software Dfine® 2.0, A as early as possible in the process. • tart with distractions and color and light enhancements S using Viveza™ (global, then local), and end with creative enhancements, such as with Nik Software Color Efex Pro™ or Nik Software Silver Efex Pro™ • pply output sharpening, such as with Nik Sharpener Pro™ 2.0, A as late as possible in the process. Note: Silver Efex Pro cannot process images in the grayscale color mode. © 2007 Matt Bagwell Workflow Diagram OR Apply Noise Reduction Control Color and Apply Enhancements Convert to black and white Apply Output Sharpening with Dfine 2.0 Light with Viveza with Color Efex Pro 3.0 with Silver Efex Pro with Nik Sharpener Pro 2.0
  • 10. Chapter 3 : Workflow Silver Efex Pro™ User GuideSilver Efex Pro WorkflowStart by exploring the Style Browser and select a potential style toapply to the image. Then adjust the overall brightness, contrast, 2and structure of the image. Apply any specific brightness, contrast, 1and structure enhancements to local areas or objects using controlpoints. Finally, stylize your image with the Film Types and Stylizing 3sections. In other words, move from the general to the specific, andthen finish with a stylization to create a mood or feeling. 4 5For best results in Silver Efex Pro, perform the tasks below in 6the given order: 1. Explore the Style Browser and if you like, choose a style to apply to your image. 7 2. djust the overall image brightness, contrast, and structure A within the image. 3. dd control points to objects in the image that you would like A to selectively control brightness, contrast, and structure. 8 4. elect a color filter to adjust the base tonal conversion S Adobe® Photoshop® Interface 2008 © Josh Haftel and contrast. 5. xplore and apply a film type preset if desired. E 6. rowse and apply a stylization to your image if desired. B 7. eview the image in the Loupe. R 8. pply the filter’s effect by clicking OK (Photoshop) A or Save (Aperture). 10
  • 11. Chapter 3 : Workflow Silver Efex Pro™ User GuideUsing Silver Efex Pro as a Smart Filter Multiple Image Controls (Apple Aperture only)(Adobe Photoshop Only) Silver Efex Pro can be applied to multiple images when working inWhen working within Adobe Photoshop CS3, Silver Efex Pro can be applied Apple Aperture. To apply Silver Efex Pro to multiple images, followas a Smart Filter. Smart Filters enable you to adjust the filter’s settings even the steps below:after the filter interface has been closed. If saving the file as a PSD or TIFF, 1. Highlight the images you wish to enhance.you can even adjust the filter settings after the image and Photoshop havebeen closed, enabling a non-destructive workflow. 2. Click on the Images menu. 3. Roll over the Edit With sub-menu option. A popup will appear.When working as a Smart Filter, the Brush button is disabled, and the filterwill be applied to the active layer (even if the After Clicking OK setting is set 4. Select Silver Efex Pro… from the popup.to the Separate Layer option). When using Silver Efex Pro with multiple images, three new imageNote: Silver Efex Pro can only work as a Smart Filter feature with Adobe controls are available. The new image controls available arePhotoshop CS3 as the host. Previous, Next, and Save All.To use Silver Efex Pro as a Smart Filter: 1. Select the layer in the Layers Palette to apply Silver Efex Pro to. 2. Click the Filter menu. 3. Select Convert for Smart Filters. 4. Select the Filter menu again. 5. Roll over the Nik Software sub-menu. A popup menu appears. 6. Select Silver Efex Pro. Note: Perform any rotations or transforms to the image prior to applying Silver Efex Pro as a Smart Filter. Applying a rotation or transformation after applying Silver Efex Pro as a Smart Filter can result in a different filter effect. 11
  • 12. © 2008 Victor HaChapter 4U Point Technology®The Power Behind Silver Efex Pro™
  • 13. Chapter 4 : U Point® Technology Silver Efex Pro™ User Guide Control points work by identifying an object based on a number of criteria. When you place your first control point, U Point technology identifies the unique elements of the object on which you place a control point, including its position, color, saturation, and texture. By identifying these elements, and in conjunction with the Size slider, the control point can determine the boundaries of the object in order to affect only that object and objects with like elements. With every control point that you apply to the image comes greaterU Point® Technology control over specific objects in the image. The additional control points ensure that the adjustments you make are being applied toSilver Efex Pro is powered by U Point image editing technology. the current object only, and placing a control point on an objectU Point technology enables you to modify sections of a photograph with default settings prevents other control points fromdirectly or control where an enhancement is being applied affecting that object.selectively all without having to go through the time-consumingprocess of making a mask normally required in other Through a unique mixing function, the effects of the control pointssoftware applications. are applied throughout the image so as to create a natural-looking, seamless result.U Point technology provides precise and direct selective control,providing powerful yet simple photographic manipulation. For more information on U Point technology and how it works, please go to www.upoint.com.The U Point powered control points found within Silver EfexPro enable you to work with your images and selectively adjustbrightness, contrast, and structure without the need for complicatedselections or masks. 13
  • 14. © 2008 Cherie Steinberg-CoteChapter 5Silver Efex Pro Interface ™Overview of the Silver Efex Pro Interface
  • 15. Chapter 5 : Silver Efex Pro Interface Silver Efex Pro™ User Guide View Tools Select, Zoom, and Pan Tools Filter Display Modes Enhancement Controls Style Browser Navigator Loupe Resize Corner Adobe Photoshop Interface © 2008 Sean Dyroff 15
  • 16. Chapter 5 : Silver Efex Pro Interface Silver Efex Pro™ User GuideFilter Display Modes Favorites Tab The Favorites tab will contain any style marked as a favorite. CustomSilver Efex Pro offers two modes for viewing the interface styles you create will automatically be added to the Favorites tab.with the active image: You can add a favorite by clicking on the star next to the name of theImage Only desired style. To remove a style from the Favorites tab, click the star next to the name of the style again.Only the Image Preview and the filter controls are displayed. Preview ModesImage only SHORTCUTSAlt (Windows)/ Option (Macintosh) + 1 Silver Efex Pro offers three modes for previewing the filter effect on the active image:Image + Style Browser Single Image PreviewA palette opens next to the Image Preview area and displays the Style The image is displayed with the filter’s effect applied across the ImageBrowser which contains preset styles that can be applied to the image Preview area. To see the effect before and after, toggle Preview on andwith a single click. The Style Browser will display thumbnail previews of off with the Preview checkbox.the current image with each style applied to it. Split PreviewIMAGE + STYLE BROWSER SHORTCUTSAlt (Windows)/ Option (Macintosh) + 2 The image is displayed with a red line running either vertically orWhile working in the Image + Style Browser mode, you will see horizontally through it. The portion to the left or above the red lineStyle Tabs. shows the image prior to applying the filter; the portion to the right or below the red line shows the image after the filter has been applied.Style Tabs You can move the image with the Pan Tool or click and drag the redThe styles in Silver Efex Pro are organized into two different tabs for line to observe the effect on the image’s detail, when zoomed to eithereasy viewing and use. 100% or 300%.All Tab • lick the Rotate Preview button to alternate between CThe All tab contains every style available inside Silver Efex Pro, vertical and horizontal split.including predefined styles as well as any custom styles. 16
  • 17. Chapter 5 : Silver Efex Pro Interface Silver Efex Pro™ User GuideSide-by-side Preview Zoom ToolTwo separate previews appear. The portion on the left or on top shows The Zoom Tool lets you zoom in and out of the active image. Selectthe image prior to applying the filter; the portion on the right or at this tool, and then click on the area of the image that you want tobottom shows the image after the filter has been applied. magnify. To zoom out, press and hold the Alt (Windows) or Option (Macintosh) key and click on the image.The previews are linked for zooming and panning. This lets you see thebefore- and after-images as a whole, or at the fine-detail level. Silver Efex Pro offers three zoom states: • lick the Rotate Preview button to alternate between C • Zoom to Fit to see the entire image within the Image Preview vertical and horizontal layout. and automatically adjust the zoom factor as you change the size of the interface. • 100% to show the actual pixel details.Preview • 300% to zoom even further into the image and view fine pixel detail.Preview lets you toggle on and off a preview of the filter effectapplied to the active image. ZOOM SHORTCUTS • Click the Preview checkbox to alternate between displaying and Press the Z key to switch to this tool. hiding the effects. Ctrl (Windows) / Command (Macintosh) + Spacebar to temporarily switch to this toolSelect Tool Ctrl (Windows) / Command (Macintosh) + ‘+’ to zoom in one levelThe Select Tool lets you select and interact with control points. Ctrl (Windows) / Command (Macintosh) + ‘-’ to zoom out one level Ctrl (Windows) / Command (Macintosh) + 0 to Zoom to FitSELECT SHORTCUTSPress the A key to switch to this tool. Ctrl (Windows) / Command (Macintosh) + Alt (Windows) / Option (Macintosh) + 0 to zoom to 100%Ctrl (Windows) / Command (Macintosh) to temporarily switchto this tool. 17
  • 18. Chapter 5 : Silver Efex Pro Interface Silver Efex Pro™ User GuidePan Tool Enhancement Controls Silver Efex Pro offers a wide range of controls for creating powerfulThe Pan Tool lets you reposition the image while zoomed into the100% or 300% views. When the Loupe tool is enabled, the mouse black and white images. The Enhancement Controls found on thepointer becomes a Pan Tool to let you reposition the content of the right-hand side of Silver Efex Pro include controls for the globalLoupe tool. and selective tonality of the image. The Enhancement Controls also provide tools for emulating traditional black and white filmPAN SHORTCUTS types and stylizing your image with traditional toners and vignettePress the H key to switch to this tool. controls. (For more information, please see the Enhancement Controls Chapter)Hold Spacebar to temporarily switch to this tool.Background Color Selector Navigator LoupeThe Background Color Selector tool lets you change the color of the The Navigator Loupe ensures that thebackground surrounding the image. The three choices are light gray, appropriate information is displayed dependingmedium gray, and dark gray. on the state of the Image Preview. In the zoom to fit view, the Loupe mode displays detailsImage Preview under the mouse pointer at 100%, and image detail information after the filter is applied.The Image Preview area displays the active image and related When zoomed to 100% or 300%, the Navigatorinformation beneath the image. mode is displayed, giving you a bird’s eye view of where you are currently in the image. The view switches automatically betweenImage Navigator and Loupe for efficient workflow.The active image is displayed with the view, preview mode,background and zoom amount you have configured. This area has Loupe Modethree zoom states: zoom to fit, 100%, and 300%, controlled with With the Image Preview in the zoom to fit state, the Navigatorthe Zoom Tool or with keyboard shortcuts. switches to Loupe mode.(Please see Zoom Tool above.) This ensures that you can always see the image detail at 100% whileImage Info reviewing the filter’s effect where you position your mouse in the Preview.The filename appears below the image. This is visible in the zoom tofit state. If Exif data is available, additional image information willbe displayed under the filename. 18
  • 19. Chapter 5 : Silver Efex Pro Interface Silver Efex Pro™ User GuideTo lock in place the area displayed in the Loupe, click the pushpin Filter controlsicon in the lower-left corner of the Loupe, then click on the area ofthe image you want to keep inside the Loupe. To unlock the area, Use the filter controls to apply or discard filter effects.click the pushpin icon again. Alternately, right-click (Windows) orControl-click (Macintosh) to toggle the lock in place function. The Brush and OK/Save buttons process and apply the specified filter’s effect to the active image. The Cancel button discards anyTo pan within the Loupe display, click and drag the image. settings specified in the current session, closes Silver Efex Pro, andNavigator Mode returns you to Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Photoshop Elements or Apple Aperture without changing the image.When you switch from the zoom to fit state to 100% or 300%, theNavigator Loupe switches to the Navigator mode and a red rectangle Brush (Adobe Photoshop Only)indicates the area of the image currently displayed in the ImagePreview. Click on the area of the image in the Navigator that you Click Brush to apply the filter’s effect to a separate layer andwould like to display in the Image Preview. then selectively paint the effect in, using the Selective Tool to automatically create and modify a layer mask.Zone System Map (Please see Selective Tool.)At the bottom of the Navigator Loupe there is a Zone System Map. CancelThe Zone System Map is designed to help you understand the tonalrelationship of different areas in your photograph. Click Cancel to prevent any effect from being applied to the image, close the current Silver Efex Pro session, and return to your imageA gradient map is shown with 11 distinct zones representing the full editing application.possible tonal range in your image. To see which parts of your imageare in each zone, click on the zone in the Zone System Map and that CANCEL SHORTCUTzone will be highlighted in the image. Also, when you roll your cursor Press the Esc key to cancel.over a zone in the Zone System Map the corresponding areas will behighlighted in the Image Preview.The Zone System Map can work in coordination with theEnhancement Controls and control points to fine tune the entire tonalrelationship of the image and specific objects in your image that youwant at a particular zone. 19
  • 20. Chapter 5 : Silver Efex Pro Interface Silver Efex Pro™ User GuideOK (Adobe Photoshop) / Save (Apple Aperture) NextClick OK/Save to apply the specified filter to the image, close the The Next button will proceed to the next selected image in thecurrent Silver Efex Pro session, and return to Adobe Photoshop or current Silver Efex Pro session.Adobe Photoshop Elements or Apple Aperture. Silver Efex Pro also Save Allgives you the option of applying the filter to a separate layer or tothe current layer in Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. Click Save All to apply Silver Efex Pro to the images, close the(Please see Filter Interface Settings.) current Silver Efex Pro session, and return to Apple Aperture.OK/Save SHORTCUT:Press Enter (Windows) / Return (Macintosh) key to apply the filter. SAVE ALL SHORTCUT: Press the Return key to apply Silver Efex Pro to the selected imagesMultiple Image Controls (Apple Aperture only) in the current Silver Efex Pro session.Silver Efex Pro can be applied to multiple images when working inApple Aperture. To apply Silver Efex Pro to multiple images, followthe steps below: 1. ighlight the images you wish to enhance. H 2. lick on the Images menu. C 3. oll over the Edit With sub-menu option. A popup will appear. R 4. elect Silver Efex Pro… from the popup. SWhen using Silver Efex Pro with multiple images, three new imagecontrols are available. The new image controls available arePrevious, Next, and Save All.PreviousThe Previous button will go to the image previously enhanced withinthe current Silver Efex Pro session. 20
  • 21. © 2004 Nadia SalamehChapter 6Style BrowserApplying Creating Styles in the Style Browser
  • 22. Chapter 6 : Style Browser Silver Efex Pro™ User GuideStyle Browser ModesThe Style Browser provides an overview of all of the available styles withinSilver Efex Pro, with thumbnails showing each style’s effect on the activeimage. The Style Browser is separated into two tabs, the All tab and theFavorites tab.AllIn the All tab, all available styles are displayed in a single column.FavoritesThe Favorites tab will only contain styles that you create or select as favorites.To add a style to the Favorites tab, click on the star next to the name of thestyle, it will be highlighted in red when selected as a favorite. To remove astyle from the Favorites tab, click on the star again to deselect it.Add StyleSilver Efex Pro lets you create your own styles which will save any settingsfrom the Tonality, Color Filter, Film Type, and Stylizing controls. That style canthen be applied to any image with one click.There are two ways to add a custom style to the Style Browser, either with theAdd Style button at the bottom of the Style Browser or with the Add Style iconin the Style Browser list.To add a style, click the Add Style button or the AddStyle icon and then type in a name for the style. Thestyle will automatically be added to the Favorites taband placed at the bottom of both the All tab and theFavorites tab. Add Style Icon Style Browser 22
  • 23. Chapter 6 : Style Browser Silver Efex Pro™ User GuideDelete ImportYou may remove styles that were added To import a style, click on the Import button and follow these steps:using the Delete button. To remove acustom style, mouse over the style in 1. lick on the Import button. Cthe Style Browser and click the Delete 2. rowse for the style file and select Open. Bbutton. This will remove the style from 3. new style will be added to the Style Browser. Athe Style Browser and cannot be undone.Export Note: Imported styles will be automatically added to the Favorites tab.Styles can be exported as individual filesand shared amongst friends. To exporta style, simply rollover the desired stylein the Style Browser and click on Export.Exporting a Style will save the style asa .sep file, and Silver Efex Pro will askyou for the destination folder. Select thedestination, click Save, and then share it with friends.UpdateA style can also be updated with thecurrent settings in the EnhancementControls, replacing the old style. Adjustthe Enhancement Controls and roll overthe style you wish to update, and thenclick the Update button.You can also change the name of a style by double-clicking on thename in the style Browser and entering a new name. 23
  • 24. © 2008 Don MahrChapter 7Enhancement ControlsCreate the Perfect Black and White Image
  • 25. Chapter 7 : Enhancement Controls Silver Efex Pro™ User GuideTonality Controls Size - Controls the size or reach of the control point. Click and drag thisThe Tonality Controls section enables you to control brightness, control to enlarge or reduce the controlcontrast, and structure globally throughout the image. Additionally, point’s reach.access to control points to selectively control the brightness,contrast, and structure of objects can also be found within the Brightness - Controls of the brightnessTonality Controls section. of the selected object or area.Brightness - Controls the overall lightness of the image. Contrast - Controls the contrast of the selected object or area.Contrast - Controls the overall contrast of the image. Structure - Controls of the structure of the selected object or area.Structure - Controls the overall structure within the image. ADD NEW CONTROL POINT SHORTCUTIncreasing this slider emphasizes fine details throughout the image Ctrl (Windows) / Command (Macintosh) + Shift + Awhile decreasing this slider reduces the appearance of fine detailsfor smoother surfaces. Shadows HighlightsAdd Control Point The Protect Shadows/Protect Highlights controls help you protectClicking on this button will enable you to place a control point on image details at both ends of the tonal range. The controls takeyour image and selectively control the tonality and structure of an advantage of the TrueLight™ function in Silver Efex Pro and modifyobject or area. Control points are based on U Point® technology the filter’s effect to preserve image details.which lets you identify and isolate objects within a photographby placing a control point on the object or area to be affected. By When collapsed, this section displays one slider for protectinganalyzing color, tonality, detail and location, U Point determines shadows and one for protecting highlights. As you click and dragwhere to apply certain effects, according to the photographer’s either slider to the right or left to increase or decrease protection,needs. (For more information on U Point technology, please visit notice the change in the details in the image.www.upoint.com.) When expanded, this section displays not only the sliders, but also aAll control points within the active image communicate with histogram representing the full tonal range of the active image aftereach other, providing continuity of control over multiple objects the current enhancement has been applied. The histogram changesthroughout the image. in real time as you adjust the filter controls and Protect Shadows/ Protect Highlights sliders.Each control point has four sliders: 25
  • 26. Chapter 7 : Enhancement Controls Silver Efex Pro™ User GuideThe colored areas at both ends of the histogram help identify Control Pointspotential problems. The top and bottom 2.5% of tonal values(representing Shadows without Detail on the left and Highlights The Control Points section willwithout Detail on the right) appear in red. The next 2.5% of the display a list of the control pointsshadows and highlights (indicating Shadows with Detail on the left used in an image. It will alsoand Highlights with Detail on the right) appear in green. provide an option to toggle on and off each individual controlNext to each of the four colored areas (Shadows without Detail, point’s effect and each control point’s selection. Use the checkboxShadows with Detail, Highlights without Detail, Highlights with on the control point list title to turn on and off all of the controlDetail) are numerical call-outs displaying the percentage of points’ effects and use the reset button to remove all of the controlpixels from the active image in each of those four areas after the points from the image.enhancement has been applied. DuplicateProtect Shadows/Protect Highlights helps you keep your imagedetails from falling into these areas. For best results, keep the The Duplicate button will duplicate the currently selected control points.greater part of the image between the green areas (Shadows with DUPLICATE SHORTCUTS:Detail and Highlights with Detail) of the histogram. Portions of theimage in Shadows without Detail will likely print pure black; those in Ctrl (Windows) / Command (Macintosh) + D to duplicate in placeHighlights without Detail will likely print as paper white. Alt (Windows) / Option (Macintosh) + Click and drag to duplicate andClick and drag the Protect Shadows slider to the right to adjust move a control pointthe filter’s effect and prevent details from being moved into theShadows without Detail area. DeleteClick and drag the Protect Highlights slider to the right to adjust the To remove a control point, click the Select tool, and then click on thefilter’s effect and prevent details from being “blown out” or being control point to be removed. Then either click the Delete button ormoved into the Highlights without Detail area. press the Delete key on your keyboard. Note: In general, it is best to maintain the histogram in the region between Shadows without Details and Highlights without Details sections. Nevertheless, many good images have values in those areas of the histogram (e.g., highlight on a chrome bumper). 26
  • 27. Chapter 7 : Enhancement Controls Silver Efex Pro™ User GuideColor Filter Film TypesThe Color Filter section selects the color of The Film Types section contains 18 simulatedthe simulated filter, either with a preset filter black and white film types with controls forcolor or with a filter color selected on the Hue the grain, color sensitivity, and tone curve ofslider in the Color Filter Details section. Use each film. Use the Checkbox to turn on and offthe Checkbox to turn on and off the Color Filter the Film Types section’s effect and the Resetsection’s effect and the Reset button to button to reset all of the controls in the section to the default.reset all of the controls in the section to the default. Film Type - From the pull-down menu, select a type of film fromThere are 6 preset Color Filters for quick easy selections. The 6 presets are any of the pre-defined film types.Neutral, which has no color filter applied, and Red, Orange, Yellow, Green,and Blue for quick color filtration. GrainColor Filter Details By expanding the Grain sub-section, you have control over the amount of grain appliedThe Color Filter Details sub-section provides more advanced controls throughout the image. You are provided withfor selecting the hue of the color filtration and the strength of the color the following controls:filtration, using the Hue and Strength sliders. Grain per pixel - Adjusts the grain applied to the image. Slide to the left toHue - Adjusts the color of the simulated filter and controls the relationship have more visible grain and to the right to have finer grain.of colors in the image. This lightens objects of that color in the image anddarkens objects of the complementary color. Hard/Soft - Adjusts the separation and visibility between the grain.Strength - Slide to the left for less contrast between colors, to the right for Color Sensitivitymore contrast between colors. Expand the Color Sensitivity sub-section to control the tonality of different colors throughout the image. You are provided with the following controls: Red through Violet – sliders control how bright or dark an object of that color appears. Slide to the left to make objects of that color darker, to the right to make them brighter. 27
  • 28. Chapter 7 : Enhancement Controls Silver Efex Pro™ User GuideTone Curve Strength - Sets the overall strength of the toning applied to the image. Increasing the Strength slider will set the highest Toning slider equal to theExpand the Tone Curve sub-section to control overall strength. Decreasing the Strength slider will relatively decrease thethe tone curve for the image. Click to add Silver Toning and Paper Toning.anchor points to the curve to specify thebrightness, contrast, and relationship of tonal Silver Hue - Selects the toning color to be applied to the silver densities.values in the image. Silver Toning - Sets the strength of the toning applied to theTo remove an anchor point from the curve, silver densities.select the point and drag it off of theCurve area. Balance - Determines the balance of the toning color combination, when set to 0% the Silver Hue and the Paper Hue blend at the midtones. Moving the Balance to the left will increase the toning effect applied toStylizing the silver densities and moving the Balance to the right will increase the toning effect applied to the paper tones.The Stylizing section provides differentstylizing techniques that can be applied to Paper Hue - Select the toning color to be applied to the paper tonesthe image. The Stylizing section allows you to of the image.apply a toner to the image, apply a vignette to the image, or burn the edgesof the image to stylize your black and white image. Use the Checkbox to Paper Toning - Set the strength of the toningturn on and off the stylizing effects and the Reset button to reset all of the applied to the paper tones.controls in the section to the default. VignetteToning The Vignette section will apply a vignetteThe Toning section provides the ability effect to the image. Control the vignetteto simulate different paper toners from a effect by adjusting the Amount, Size, and Shape Control sliders and placetraditional darkroom as well as create your the centerown custom toned image. There are a number of the vignette on the image with theof preset toning options and you can use Place Center button.the controls to fine tune the results for yourperfectly toned image. Amount - Control the amount of the Vignette applied to the image. Moving this slider all the way to the left will apply a completely blackPreset - From the pull-down menu, selecta type of toning from one of thepre-defined toners. 28
  • 29. Chapter 7 : Enhancement Controls Silver Efex Pro™ User Guidevignette. Moving this slider all the way to the right will apply acompletely white vignette.Size - Adjusts the area of the image covered by the vignette.Shape Control - Controls the overall shape of the vignette between circularand rectangular.Place Center - Positions the center of theimage. This is useful if the subject is not in thecenter of the frame. Click this button and thenplace the center where desired.Burn EdgesThe Burn Edges section will burn the image from any side. Use the BurnEdges to control the overall darkness at the edges of an image and blendthe effects together naturally. Control the effect with Side Selector, and theStrength, Size, and Transition sliders.Side Selector - Pick which side of the image to darken. To affect differentsides, pick the first side and adjust the sliders, then pick the next side fromthe Side Selector and adjust the new sliders available.Strength - Controls the amount by which the selected side is darkened.Size - Controls the size of the effect applied to selected side.Transition - Controls the size of the blend between the darkening effectand the original image details. 29
  • 30. © 2008 Don GaleChapter 8Selective ToolApplying the Filter’s Effect Selectively
  • 31. Chapter 8 : Selective Tool Silver Efex Pro™ User GuideSelective Tool Interaction with Silver Efex Pro The Selective Tool automates the Click on the Silver Efex Pro button within the Silver Efex Pro section creation of layers and layer masks of the Selective Tool window to launch the filter. within Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Elements while applying If you click the Brush button in the Silver Efex Pro filter interface, Silver Efex Pro. The Selective Tool can whether you launched that filter from the Selective Tool or from be used to selectively apply the Photoshop or Photoshop Elements’ Filters menu, the Selective filter’s effect. Use this tool to create a Tool appears. The filter will be applied to a copy of the image on a layer mask with which to selectively separate layer, the new layer will be named after the filter you are control where the Silver Efex Pro effect using, and you can selectively apply the filter’s effect using the is applied using Photoshop’s brush, Paint, Erase, Fill, and Clear buttons described later in this chapter. lasso, marquee, and gradient tools. Selection Tools If Dfine® 2.0, Viveza™, or Color Efex Pro™ 3.0 is already installed; the The Selective Tool contains four tools for applying the selected SilverSilver Efex Pro installer will update the existing Selective Tool, Efex Pro filter.enabling you to access all of these plug-ins from the sameSelective Tool. PaintThe Selective Tool can be used with pressure-sensitive tablets such Click the Paint button to selectively paint the current filter’s effectas the Wacom® Pen Tablet to apply the Silver Efex Pro filter with into the active image. Ensure that your Paint Brush mode is set topressure-sensitivity. Normal and that Opacity is set to 100%. You can control the degree to which the effect is added to the image by varying the opacity of the brush. Note: The Selective Tool is available only with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Elements serving as host for Silver Efex Pro. Erase Note: The Selective Tool cannot be used when creating a Click the Erase button to selectively remove the current filter’s effect Photoshop Action. In order to create a Photoshop Action, please from the active image. Ensure that your Paint Brush mode is set to select Silver Efex Pro from the Filters menu. Normal and that Opacity is set to 100%. You can control the degree to which the effect is removed from the image by varying the opacity of the brush. 31
  • 32. Chapter 8 : Selective Tool Silver Efex Pro™ User GuideFillClick the Fill button to apply the filter’s effect to the entire image.This tool is especially useful if you want to apply the filter’s effect toall but a small area. Click Fill, then click Erase to remove the effectfrom the area to remain unaffected.ClearClick the Clear button to remove the filter’s effect from the entireimage. This is helpful if you made a mistake with the Paint tool andwant to start over.Apply / DiscardClick Apply to apply the current filter’s effect to the image. ClickDiscard to prevent the effect from being applied. 32
  • 33. © 2008 Laurie ShuppChapter 9Filter Interface SettingsControlling the Default Behavior of the Filter Interface
  • 34. Chapter 9 : Filter Interface Settings Silver Efex Pro™ User GuideFilter Interface Settings Use Last Setting Opens images in the last zoom state used in the previousClick on Settings in the Silver Efex Pro Filter Interface to configure Silver Efex Pro session.the default look and functionality, and to specify how Silver Efex Proaffects images. Default Preview Default Preview lets you specify how images are displayed upon opening Silver Efex Pro. (Please see Preview Modes in Chapter 5.) Single Image Preview Sets Single Image View as default. Filter Split Preview Settings Sets Split preview as default. Side-by-side Preview Sets Side-by-side preview as default. Use Last Setting Adobe Photoshop Dialog Settings Opens images in the last preview state used in the previous Silver Efex Pro session.Default Zoom Default AppearanceDefault Zoom lets you specify the zoom state to be applied when theinterface is launched. (Please see Zoom Tool.) Default Appearance sets the brightness of the area surrounding the image in the Preview.100% • Light GrayOpens images at 100% zoom. • Medium GrayZoom to Fit • Dark GrayEnsures that the entire image is visible within the filter interface. 34
  • 35. Chapter 9 : Filter Interface Settings Silver Efex Pro™ User GuideAfter Clicking OK (Adobe Photoshop Only)This option lets you specify how Silver Efex Pro filters are applied. Note: This option is valid only with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Elements serving as host for Silver Efex Pro.Apply the Filtered Effect to the Current LayerThis option applies the effect to the layer that was active when SilverEfex Pro was launched.Apply the Filtered Effect to a Separate LayerChoose this option to always apply the filter effects of Silver EfexPro to a separate layer. Use this option and save the final image in alayered format to ensure the preservation of original image details. Note: Enabling this option increases file size and may increase processing time. Note: When batch processing with Silver Efex Pro, the filter effect is not applied to a separate layer. To apply Silver Efex Pro to a separate layer while recording the action, duplicate the layer prior to applying Silver Efex Pro. This ensures that the batch process includes a new filtered layer for each image.ResetClick Reset to restore Silver Efex Pro filter settings to theirdefault values. 35
  • 36. © 2008 Paul Michael KaneChapter 10Selective Tool SettingsControlling the Default Behavior of the Selective Tool
  • 37. Chapter 10 : Selective Tool Settings Silver Efex Pro™ User GuideSelective Tool Settings (Adobe Photoshop Only) Apply filter to:Click the Settings button at the bottom of the Selective Tool Advanced users can specify how the Selective Tool applies filters ininterface to specify how the Selective Tool interacts with Adobe Silver Efex Pro.Photoshop or Adobe Photoshop Elements and active images. Image Composite Select this option to create a new layer and perform a stamp-visible command into the new layer to ensure that the filter is applied to the entire image and not only to the active layer. (This is the default behavior in Silver Efex Pro. This is also how the Selective Tool operates in all other Nik Software products.) Active Layer Filter Settings Select this option to duplicate the layer active when you selected the Silver Efex Pro filter, and apply the filter to that layer only. After clicking Apply This option lets you specify whether the Selective Tool maintains Silver Efex Pro filter effects as a separate layer or merges layers Adobe Photoshop Dialog Settings when you click Apply.When Photoshop Launches Merge the Filtered Effect to the Current LayerThis option lets you specify whether the Selective Tool opens when This option merges the filtered image with your original image intoAdobe Photoshop or Adobe Photoshop elements is launched. one layer. Enabling this option helps keep file sizes to a minimum.Choose between: Apply the Filtered Effect to a Separate Layer • Automatically Open the Selective Tool This option ensures that the filtered effect is limited to a separate • Do Not Open the Selective Tool layer. By enabling this setting and saving the active image in a layered file, you preserve original image information and can remove the filter’s effect at any time. Please keep in mind, however, that enabling this option may increase file sizes. 37
  • 38. © 2008 Victor HaChapter 11Contact and SupportGetting Additional Support
  • 39. Chapter 11: Contact and Support Silver Efex Pro™ User GuideUnited States For more information on Nik Software products go toContact Nik Software, Inc. by phone at (619) 725-3150 www.niksoftware.com or www.upoint.com.Monday - Friday from 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (PST) or via email at © 2008 Nik Software, Inc.service@niksoftware.com Protected by one or more US Pats. 6,728,421; 6,865,300;Nik Software, Inc. 7,031,547; and other patents pending.7588 Metropolitan DriveSan Diego, CA 92108, USA U Point and Dfine are registered trademarks of Nik Software, Inc.Phone (619) 725-3150 Viveza, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, TrueLight andFax (619) 725-3151 Nik Sharpener Pro are trademarks of Nik Software, Inc. Allinfous@niksoftware.com other trade names mentioned in this manual are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.www.niksoftware.comGermanyIn Europe, contact Nik Software, GmbH at +49-40-47-11-35-0Monday - Friday from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (CET) or via email atserviceeu@niksoftware.com.Nik Software, GmbHHammerbrookstraße 93D-20097 Hamburg, GermanyPhone +49-40-47-11-35-0Fax +49-40-47-11-35-35infoeu@niksoftware.comwww.niksoftware.com 39

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