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Analog Efex Pro 2 Tour

Interface Controls

 

 

1 View Modes

Single Image View: In this view, the image is displayed with the analog effect applied across the Image Preview area.
Split View: The image is displayed with a red line running either vertically or horizontally through it, with the original on one side and the edits on the other.
Side-by-side View: In this view, two separate previews appear. The previews are linked for zooming and panning. This lets you see the before- and after-images as a whole, or at the fine detail level.

 

2 Compare
The Compare button enables you to toggle on and off a preview of analog effects applied to the active image.

3 Zoom Tool
The Zoom tool enables you to zoom into your photo. Clicking on the Zoom tool will immediately zoom into the zoom value selected (100% by default). After zooming into your photo, the Navigator will be displayed which enables you to click and pan on a bird’s eye view of your photo.

4 Background Selector Tool
The Background Selector tool lets you change the color of the background surrounding the image. The three choices are white, gray, and black.

5 Palette Display Tool
The Palette Display tool lets you toggle the control palettes on and off in the interface. Turning off the control palettes provides an uncluttered working space to review your images.

6 Instant Help
The Instant Help feature allows you to use the cursor to explore the functionality of various features by hovering over each feature. To close the Instant Help tool, click the X. To reopen the tool again, click Help in the lower left corner.

Image by Allison Malone

 

Camera Controls

 

 

1 Tool Selector
The Tool Selector offers both preset Tool Combinations and individual Tools to choose from. Or, apply a Tool Combination, then select Camera Kit from the Tool Selector to add additional Tools to your preset Combination.

2 Preset Library
The Preset Library is a collection of available styles within a particular Tool Combination in Analog Efex Pro 2, with thumbnails showing each style’s effect on the active image. The presets provide a fast way to both learn and use Analog Efex Pro 2, as well as provide a starting point to create custom presets that enable you to apply your own unique look to any image with a single click.

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Preset Controls

 

 

1 Custom Preset Library
This preset library will store all of your saved presets, allowing you to separate the included presets from the presets made for your own workflow.

2 Add a Preset
Click this button to save the current edits as a custom preset. After naming the preset, the thumbnail will be added to the library for later use.

3 Delete Preset
Roll over a preset to display this button. Clicking this button will remove the preset from the Custom Preset Library. This control is only available for custom presets.

4 Export Preset
Roll over a preset to display this button. Clicking this button will export the single preset to a file that can be backed up and shared. This control is only available for custom presets.

5 Update Preset
Roll over a preset to display this button. Clicking on this button will update the preset to match.

6 Export All
Click this button to save all of the current presets to the specified folder. The preset files can then be backed up or shared.

7 Imported Preset Library
This preset library lists the presets that you import from another computer, or download from the internet. Presets can be shared among any Analog Efex Pro 2 users.

8 Import a Preset
After clicking this button, a File dialog box will open. Navigate to the location of the presets you would like to download, highlight all of the presets to import, and click the Open button. The selected presets will now be in your imported library, and show a thumbnail preview of the applied effect.

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History Controls

 

 

1 History Browser
Once the History Browser is displayed, a list of all applied enhancements will be displayed. Clicking on a state will immediately revert your photo back to that state. You may then either click on another state to revert your photo to another state, or adjust the filter settings. Adjusting the filter settings after reverting back to a previous state will permanently erase any subsequent steps.

2 Last Filtered State
Clicking this button will apply all edits saved to the last image you edited, even if the host application or computer has been restarted since your last editing session.

3 History State Selector
Switching to the Split or Side-by-side preview modes, or clicking on the Compare button shows the History State Selector. Clicking and dragging the History State Selector will set the Before state for the Compare button, split view, and side-by-side view. The current edit will remain the After state.

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Editing Controls

 

 

1 Editing Palette
Make adjustments to the sliders and textures within the applied filter(s). Changes made to the image in the Editing Palette will apply globally, affecting the entire image. Or, use the control points available in selected filters to apply changes selectively.

2 Toggle Filter
Toggling this checkbox on and off applies and removes the filter’s effect on your photo.

3 Vary
The Vary button allows you to shuffle the slider settings within the selected filter. Holding the Shift key as you click the Vary button also shuffles the texture within the selected filter.

4 Save
Click this button to save the current list of filters to the Custom preset section in the left control panel of the interface.

5 Loupe & Histogram
The Loupe & Histogram section provides a detailed view of your photo at 100% that follows the mouse cursor. This enables fine detail review of your photo without having to zoom into your photo. Click on the thumbtack button and then click on the portion of image you wish to view in order to lock the position of the Loupe. Clicking on the Histogram button provides access to a histogram that can be used to review the distribution of brightness values throughout your photo. Click on the black or white swatches in the Histogram to view the black points or white points in your image.

Image by Allison Malone

 

Filter Controls

 

 

1 Help
The Help button accesses the electronic help provided with Analog Efex Pro 2, including the new Instant Help.

2 Settings
Click on Settings in the Analog Efex Pro 2 filter interface to configure default look and functionality, and to determine how Analog Efex Pro 2 interacts with your images.

3 Brush
The Brush button is only available when Analog Efex Pro 2 is accessed from Adobe Photoshop. Clicking Brush applies the edits as a mask rather than a new layer, providing the ability to selectively brush on or off the analog effects.

4 Cancel
The Cancel button discards any settings specified in the current session, closes Analog Efex Pro 2, and returns you to the host application without changing the image.

5 OK/Save
The OK or Save button applies the specified effect to the active image.

Image by Allison Malone

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