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How to Create a Vignette in Affinity Photo?

March 17th, 2017|Categories: Affinity Photo|

How to create vignette in Affinity PhotoIn 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 […]

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How to install Nik Collection Plugins in Affinity Photo

March 13th, 2017|Categories: Affinity Photo, Nik Collection|

Installing Nik Collection in Affinity PhotoSwitching 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 […]

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Nik Collection: How to Use Control Points In Viveza 2?

March 11th, 2017|Categories: Nik Collection|Tags: , , |

Use control points in Nik Collection Viveza 2

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 […]

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Use Lightroom HDR merge for quick HDR workflow

February 22nd, 2017|Categories: Lightroom|

Use Lightroom HDR mergeFor 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 […]

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How to Build Keyword Hierarchies in Lightroom?

May 27th, 2016|Categories: Articles, Lightroom, Uncategorized|

Use lightroom keywords
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 […]

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How to use Photoshop Actions to Add an Exclusive Border?

April 16th, 2016|Categories: Articles, Photoshop, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

Finished result of creating an elegant white border in Photoshop

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.

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How to Use a Photoshop Gradient Map For Stunning Black and White Photos?

April 13th, 2016|Categories: Articles, Photoshop, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

DSC_2145-Edit-2_0,5 sec at f - 9,5_11 mm_ISO 100_NIKON D7100One of the best ways to use to convert an image to a toned black and white image is by using Photoshop’s Gradient Map tool. With the gradient map tool, you can create a lot of kick-ass looking toned black and white photos, but you can also create some crazy stuff which looks horrible, so take care.

In this tutorial, I will show you how to work with the Photoshop Gradient Map tool to achieve a professional looking toned black and white image.

Here is the original color image that I will convert […]

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Use Lightroom Smart Collections to Speed Up Your Workflow

November 10th, 2015|Categories: Articles, Lightroom, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Create Smart Collection in LightroomDo you want to find your best photos in Lightroom – the fast way? Or find your photos without a keyword? You might also be gathering photos for a calendar or yearbook, but struggles with keeping the overview. Then it is time to begin using smart collections.

If you create your own smart collection you can easily find any photo that meets any criteria that you set up.

Lightroom Smart Collections are basically the same as collection ‐ a way to organize you photos in groups.

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How to use Silver Efex Pro 2 to Create Amazing Black and White Images?

October 27th, 2015|Categories: Articles, Black and White, Lightroom, Photoshop, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

What is it about black and white photography that is so amazing? And how can you create it?

In a world full of color, we often get attracted to the colors that ‘screams’ the most for attention or the colors that have the greatest visual mass in a photo. But in some photos, we want the viewers to look at something else like the textures, shapes, lines or connections between two subjects. Creating great black and white images are about obtaining a good contrast. Without it, black and white images will look flat and uninteresting. And Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 got some […]

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How to use Nik Collection to Create Fantastic Photos?

October 1st, 2015|Categories: Articles, Lightroom, Photoshop, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Before and after using Nik Collection plugins. I have made many of the effects subtle , as I like not to over do effects, but that is a matter of style. I you want to push it, you definitely can with these plugins. Before and after using Nik Collection plug-ins. I have made many of the effects subtle, as I like not to overdo effects, but that is a matter of style. If you want to push it, you definitely can with these […]

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