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How to use photo effects

Learn how to add different effects to your pictures with the tools in Photo Studio. From creative blur to film grain, give your photos an artistic look!

 

Where to find photo effects

In the right-hand panel, click the Effects tab to display the different tools.

Color Balance

All colors can be “counterbalanced” by their complementary color; adjusting color balance lets you give a photo a natural rendering for instance, or on the contrary create special effects.

  1. Click the Color Balance tool
  2. Select global, split toning or three-way (see below).
  3. Use the Hue slider or click directly on the chromatic wheel to choose and adjust the color.
  4. Check the Preserve Luminosity box to prevent any change in luminosity when modifying a color.

Global: apply the same hue to the whole image then adjust the intensity of this hue with the saturation slider.

Split Toning: add a progressive effect depending on luminosity (Shadows or Highlights).

Three-Way: use a selective setting (Shadows, Medium Tones, Highlights)..

 

Creative Blur

You can apply a miniature look to a photo by using the Linear Blur tool:

  1. Click the Creative Blur module then Linear blur: this places a sharp linear area on the photo.
  2. You can move or redefine the size of this area using the markers.
  3. Adjust the settings of your linear blur:
    • Use the Midpoint slider to define the width of the sharp area
    • Move the Amount slider to adjust the amount of blur around the sharp area.

 

You can also restore depth of field to a photo to highlight the essentials.

  1. Click the Creative Blur module then Radial blur, this places a sharp circular area on the photo.
  2. You can move or redefine the size of this area using the markers.
  3. Adjust the settings of your radial blur:
    • Use the Feather slider to determine the width of the gradient between the blurred and sharp areas of the photo. The higher the values, the more gradual the gradient between the blurred and sharp areas of the photo becomes.
  • Move the Amount slider to adjust the degree of blur around the sharp area If you move the Amount slider completely to the left (0%), the blur is removed.

 

 

Film Grain

Do you want to simulate the rendering of a silver film photo? You can do this with the Film Grain module quite easily.

  1. Click the Film Grain
  2. Use the Amount setting to increase or reduce grain on your photo.
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Vignetting

You can give your photo an artistic and flattering look with the vignetting process. Vignetting darkens the corners of a photo.

  1. Click the Vignetting tool
  2. Use the setting bars to create a vignetting effect:
    • Use the Midpoint slider to determine how far from the center of the photo the vignetting starts.
    • Move the Feather slider to set the level of gradient between the vignetting color and the color of the photo.  (The Midpoint and Feather options are enabled if you move the Amount)

 

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