Using layer masks in Affinity Photo is a powerful way to combine parts of several images into a single image or to limit the effect of adjustment layers and filters to only affect part of your image. Layer masks are nondestructive. This means that you can modify them at any stage of your post-processing workflow.
In this black and white Lightroom tutorial, you will learn to do just that. You will learn which sliders to adjust to create a black and white photo which leaves an impression on everybody who sees it.
As you probably know, the reason for Nik Collection being free is because Google has decided not to continue to develop or support this software. It doesn’t mean that you cannot use it. You can use it for as long as it continues to work on your PC or Mac. You just cannot rely on it being a stable solution in the future. A Mac or PC update might force you to look elsewhere if the software stops working. The same goes for a Lightroom or Photoshop update, which can also cause Nik Collection plugins to stop working.
I still enjoy using Nik Collection and will continue to do so for as long as I can get it to work on my Mac. I am especially going to miss […]
A powerful photo editor like Luminar allows you to quickly change a photo from a flat looking raw file to a beautiful photo. Luminar has some filters and sliders, that you won’t even find in other popular photo editing software programs like Lightroom.
In a way, Luminar takes over the heritage from Nik Collection Plugins, because of the flexibility in the filters. Nik Collection, which I still love using, is no longer being actively developed by Google, so these plugins not advance with new stuff and release. Nik Collection is now free and will still work, but there might come a day when they stop working on your Mac or Windows PC. With the fresh approach Macphun has shown and the potential for developing Luminar, I see […]
There is a lot of hype over the new photo editor Luminar, by Macphun. In many ways, Luminar is a lot like Nik Collection Plugins, which I really enjoy using. One of the advantages in Luminar though is that you can work with layers, which would normally require that you took your images through Photoshop or Affinity Photo. Each preset contains multiple filters, which can be modified individually. You can also add a mask to each filter limit the area affected by a filter, so i.e. the sky or a specific element in your photo is targeted by the filter. In this way working with presets in Luminar is very flexible and fun.
I have created a bundle of Luminar presets with my favorite combination of filters. These presets are […]
Presets in Luminar is a very powerful way to work with your images and speed up your workflow. It is much more flexible than you are be used to if you are familiar with Lightroom. With Luminar presets you can also include how layer blends with those below it, and you can set a specific opacity for a layer that you applied the presets to. You can apply masks to each individual filter within a preset.
If you are used to working with Nik Collection Plugins you will soon recognize that using presets in Luminar is quite similar […]
In both Affinity Photo and Photoshop, there are a lot of different ways you can create a vignette. You can use the radial gradient tool, use a dodge and burning approach or use the marquee tool. However, the most straightforward approach in Affinity Photo is to use a live Vignette filter. This is similar to using a lens correction filter in Photoshop, but the options are a little different.
Using a Live Vignette Filter in Affinity Photo
A vignette filter gives you several options on how to adjust the vignette. Using the vignette filter as a live filter means that you work with it non-destructively and you can disable or adjust it all the way through your post-processing.
To apply a vignette filter […]
Switching from Photoshop to Affinity Photo can be a little daunting experience when you first think of it. However, the transition is easier than you think and well worth it.
If you are using Nik Collection Plugins, you might wonder whether you can get them to work in Affinity Photo, or you also need to find alternatives to them too. However, there is no need to worry.
The Nik Collection plugins were mainly developed to use with applications like Photoshop and Lightroom, and other photo editing software. But Affinity Photo wasn’t around when Nik Collections was actively developed and updated, so it doesn’t recognize Affinity straight away in the installation process.
However, this doesn’t mean that you cannot get Nik Collections to work with Affinity […]
In this tutorial, you will learn how to use control points in Nik Viveza 2. Control points take a whole different approach to creating precise selections or masks than what you know from Lightroom or Photoshop. All of the plugins from Nik Collection use control points. There are minor differences between how they work in each plugin, but once you know how to use control points in one of the plugins like Nik Viveza 2, you will quickly be able to create very precise masks in any of the Nik Collection plug-ins.
In this video and the written tutorial below, you can learn more about how to use control points in Nik Viveza 2.
You can think of Viveza 2 as […]
For scenes like sunrises, it can be tricky to capture the full tonal range from the deepest shadows to the brightest highlights within one shot. That’s why many photographers take a series of bracketed shots to capture the full tonal range. Bracketed shots are essentially taking a normal exposed, an underexposed and an overexposed shot of the same scene and composition. Later in post-production, you can combine these bracketed photos into a single photo with a high-dynamic-range (HDR). There’s a bracket function on most modern DSLR cameras that automates capturing 3, 5 or more bracketed shots with different exposure settings.
Use External Plugins or Lightroom HDR merge?
There are different ways you can process the bracketed shots in post-processing. You can use external plugins from Lightroom that will […]
Adding keywords to your photos in Lightroom is probably not the most fun part of your photo editing workflow. I guess you would rather spend time on your creative process with making your photos come alive or be out taking more photos.
However, managing your Lightroom keywords is very useful, because many publishing plugins to Lightroom can recognize the attached keywords and use these in your online portfolio (like on Photoshelter), or on a photography portal like on 500px.com. Entering keywords in Lightroom will save you the time of entering the keywords online. Maintaining a good keyword structure in Lightroom can highly benefit your search engine […]
Your awesome photo is processed and ready for print. But still you feel something is missing. Do you want to add an extra exclusive look to your photo with an elegant Photoshop border? And what about applying a Photoshop border automatically to multiple photos by using Photoshop Actions and batch processing. In this post, I will show you both how you can create a border in a few simple steps and how to automate the technique with Photoshop Actions.