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Silver Efex Pro 2 Tour

Interface Controls

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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 lets you toggle on and off a preview of the image state selected by the History State selector found in the History Browser and your edited image. Press and release this button to toggle between the two states.

The Compare button is only available in the Single Image View mode.

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.

 

Preset Controls

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1 Preset Library
The Preset Library is a collection of available styles for Silver 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 Silver 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.

2 Preset Categories
The Preset Categories enable you to filter the provided presets. Clicking on a category will show only those presets that are found within that category. Click on the All category to show all the presets again.

3 Favorite Selector
Clicking on the star next to a preset allows you to select it as a favorite preset. Favorite Presets will appear within the Favorites Preset Category. To deselect a preset as a favorite, click on its star again.

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4 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.

5 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.

6 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 imported/custom presets.

7 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 imported/custom presets.

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

9 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.

10 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 Silver Efex Pro 2 users.

11 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.

 

History Browser

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1 Show History Browser
Clicking on this button will open the History Browser enabling access to the available history states. The History State selector is used to select which state in the history to compare the current state to.

2 Previously Applied Enhancements
Once the History Browser is displayed, a list of all applied enhancements will be listed. Clicking on a state will immediately revert the image back to that state. You may then either click on another state to revert the image again or adjust the image controls. Adjusting the image controls after reverting back to a previous state will permanently erase any subsequent steps.

3 History State Selector
Clicking and dragging the History State selector (available while in the split and side-by-side views) will set the before value for the Compare button, split view, and side-by-side view. Dragging the History State selector to the Original Image state will allow you to compare the current black and white image to the original color image.

 

 

Global Adjustments

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The Global Adjustments contain the main editing sliders. When adjusting the global sliders, the effect will be applied to the entire image.

1 On/Off Toggle
Clicking on this checkbox will turn on/off the Global Adjustments.

2 Reset
Clicking on this arrow will reset all settings within the Global Adjustments.

3 Collapse/Expand Twirler
Clicking on the twirler next to each slider displays additional controls.


The following controls are available within the Global Adjustments section:

 

Brightness

Changes the brightness of the image. Moving this slider to the left darkens the image while moving to the right increases the brightness of the image. Clicking on the twirler next to the Brightness slider displays the additional brightness controls.

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Highlights
Adjusts the brightness of highlight areas throughout the image.

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Mid-tones
Adjusts the brightness of mid-tone areas throughout the image.

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Shadows
Adjusts the brightness of shadow areas throughout the image.

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Dynamic Brightness
Employs a unique algorithm that automatically adapts the effect to different areas of the image. This slider enables more advanced brightness changes by ensuring the image maintains a good range of details and intelligently applying different brightness values to different areas of the image. Moving the slider to the left will darken the image overall while keeping highlight detail. Moving the slider to the right will brighten the image overall while keeping shadow detail.

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Contrast

Controls the overall contrast of the image. Clicking on the twirler next to the Contrast slider displays the additional contrast controls.

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Amplify Whites
The Amplify Whites slider utilizes a new proprietary algorithm that provides unique control over highlights in the image. Moving this slider to the right causes the bright tones of each area throughout the image to become brighter, with the goal of reaching white. Due to the adaptive nature of the algorithm, each area receives a different effect, based on the unique needs of that particular area.

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Amplify Blacks
Like the Amplify Whites slider, this slider utilizes a new and unique algorithm to control the tonality of the image. Moving this slider to the right causes the dark tones of each area throughout the image to become darker, with the goal of reaching black. Due to the adaptive nature of the algorithm, each area receives a different effect, based on the unique needs of that particular area.

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Soft Contrast
The Soft Contrast slider’s goal is to provide a different approach to contrast, one that can be less harsh than the effect of traditional contrast. Moving this slider to the right introduces a moody contrast with soft transitions between areas. Moving this slider to the left reduces contrast while still maintaining edge contrasts.

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Structure

Controls the overall structure of the image. Increasing this slider emphasizes details while decreasing this slider reduces the appearance of fine details for smoother surfaces. Clicking on the twirler next to the Structure slider displays the structure brightness controls.

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Highlights
Adjusts the structure of the highlight areas throughout the image.

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Midtones
Adjusts the structure of the mid-tone areas throughout the image.

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Shadows
Adjusts the structure of the shadow areas throughout the image.

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Fine Structure
Very similar to the Structure slider, the Fine Structure slider adjusts even finer details throughout the image.

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Tonality Protection

The sliders within the Tonality Protection section provide the ability to recover both shadow and highlight detail that is lost through contrast or tonality adjustments. These sliders only recover that existed in the original image and only have an effect on the image after using one of the other adjustment tools.

Move the Shadows slider to the right to lighten only the shadows and bring detail back into the shadow areas of the image which have become too dark.

Move the Highlights slider to the right to darken only the highlights and bring detail back into the highlight areas of the image which have become too bright.

 

Selective Adjustments

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The Selective Adjustments enables editing only certain portions of the image. Add a control point and when adjusting the corresponding sliders, it will affect only those objects or areas selected by the control point.

1 On/Off Toggle
Clicking on this checkbox will turn on/off the Selective Adjustments.

2 Reset
Clicking on this arrow will reset all settings within the Selective Adjustments.

3 Control Point
Click this button to add a control point. The mouse button changes indicating that you can place a control point on the image. After placing the control point on the image you may control the image’s light, contrast, and detail selectively using the controls provided. Learn more about adjusting the control point by clicking below.

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A Size Slider
The Size slider affects the reach of the control point. By increasing this slider, you can affect objects similar to the object that the control point has been placed upon but that are farther away from the control point. When set to 100%, the control point no longer bases its effect on the location of objects within the image, instead relying solely upon the color, tonality, and texture of the objects to determine whether or not to affect them. Decreasing this slider will make the control point affect only similar objects closer to the control point.

B Enhancement Sliders
The Enhancement Sliders allow you to make changes within the control point.

Brightness (Br) - Changes the brightness of the area or object selected.

Contrast (Co) - Changes the contrast of the area or object selected.

Structure (St) - Changes the structure of the area or object selected.

Amplify Whites (AW) - Increases the highlights of the object or area selected.

Amplify Blacks (AB) - Increases the shadows of the object or area selected.

Fine Structure (FS) - Increases the structure of fine details in the area or object selected.

Selective Colorization (SC) - Brings back the original color of the object or area selected.

C Collapse/Expand Twirler
Each control point has a Collapse/Expand twirler which when clicked will change the available sliders from Brightness, Contrast, and Structure to all sliders and back again.

4 Show/Hide Control Point List
Clicking on this will show/hide the list of control points on the image.

5 Show Effect Preview
After adding a control point to the image, the checkbox within the Show Effect Preview Column will be enabled. By un-checking this box, you can disable that control point’s effect on the image. Click on the Show Effect Preview Column header to show or hide all control points' effects.

6 Size Column
The Size Column will display the value of each control point’s Size slider.

7 Show Selection Column
The Show Selection Column enables you to show the selection of a control point. Checking the box next to a control point in the Show Selection Column will show only the selected control point’s selection. The control point is affecting areas inked in white, while areas inked in black are not being affected, with gray areas being partially affected. Click on the Show Selection Column header to show or hide the selection of all control points.

8 Group Button
Click on this button after selecting more than one control point to place the selected control points into a group. All control points that are added into a group will obtain the same enhancement slider settings. Groups act in a similar fashion to control points, except where a control point bases its selection off of a single color and tonal value, groups can use multiple values to create a more precise selection. A group of control points share a single set of enhancement sliders and apply the same enhancement effect to their selected objects.

After adding control points into a group, the icon for the control points will change, with the enhancement sliders being presented only at one control point. The size slider for each control point in a group, however, can be adjusted independently.

9 Ungroup Button
To remove all control points from a group, select the group and then press the Ungroup button. All control points will be displayed as ungrouped, allowing you to delete, modify, or create new groups from the individual control points.

10 Duplicate Button
Clicking on the Duplicate button will duplicate the currently selected control point(s).

11 Delete Button
Clicking on the Delete button will delete the currently selected control point(s).

 

Color Filter

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1 On/Off Toggle
Clicking on this checkbox will turn on/off the Color Filter section.

2 Reset
Clicking on this arrow will reset all settings within the Color Filter section.

3 Preset Color Filters
Click on one of the 6 preset color filters to quickly select a simulated color filter to apply during the black and white conversion. Each preset automatically sets the Hue and Strength sliders found in the Details section.

4 Details Twirler
Clicking on the Details twirler displays the manual controls for the Color Filter section.

5 Hue
Adjusts the color of the simulated filter and controls the relationship of colors in the image. Objects with the same hue as the selected value will become brighter, while objects with a complementary hue will become darker.

6 Strength
Slide to the left for less contrast between colors or to the right for more contrast between colors.

 

Film Types

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1 On/Off Toggle
Clicking on this checkbox will turn on/off the Film Types.

2 Reset
Clicking on this arrow will reset all settings within the Film Types.

3 Film Type Preset
Enables you to select between 18 different simulated black and white film types, based off of an analysis of rolls of the original film. Selecting a preset will automatically add in the appropriate grain, color sensitivity, and tone curve for that particular film.

4 Grain Twirler
Clicking on the Grain twirler displays the grain controls.

5 Grain Per Pixel Slider
Adjusts the grain applied to the image. Slide to the left to have more visible grain and to the right to have finer grain.

6 Hard/Soft Slider
Adjusts the separation and visibility between the grain.

7 Color Sensitivity Detail Twirler
Provides access to adjusting the sensitivity to different colors throughout the image.

8 Red through Violet Sliders
Controls 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.

9 Levels and Curves Detail Twirler
Provides access to the Levels and Curves dialog.

10 Levels and Curves Dialog
Click to add anchor points to the curve to specify the brightness, contrast, and relationship of tonal values in the image. Levels adjustments are located at the bottom of the curve area, providing control over the tonality of the shadows, mid-tones, and highlights. To reset an anchor point, double-click on the point you want to remove.

 

Finishing Adjustments

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1 On/Off Toggle
Clicking on this checkbox will turn on/off the Finishing Adjustments.

2 Reset
Clicking on this arrow will reset all settings within the Finishing Adjustments.

3 Toning Details Twirler
Clicking on the Toning Details twirler provides access to the toning controls.

4 Toning Preset
Selects from one of the over 20 toning presets, based on actual tints and toners, to apply the effect to your image.

5 Strength
Sets the overall strength of the toning applied to the image. Increasing the Strength slider will set the highest Toning slider equal to the overall strength. Decreasing the Strength slider will relatively decrease both the Silver Toning and the Paper Toning sliders.

6 Silver Hue
Selects the color of the toning to be applied to the silver (dark) densities.

7 Silver Toning
Sets the strength of the toning applied to the silver (dark) densities.

8 Balance
Determines the balance of the toning color combination. When set to 0%, the Silver Hue and the Paper Hue blend at the mid tones. Moving the Balance to the left will increase the toning effect applied to the silver (dark) densities, and moving the Balance to the right will increase the toning effect applied to the paper (light) tones.

9 Paper Hue
Selects the hue of the toning to be applied to the paper (light) densities.

10 Paper Toning
Sets the strength of the toning applied to the paper tones.

 

11 Vignette Details Twirler
Clicking on the Details twirler displays the manual controls for the Vignette finishing adjustment.

12 Vignette Preset
Selecting one of the options from the Vignette preset drop-down menu applies a pre-defined vignette effect to the image.

13 Amount
Controls the strength of the vignette. Moving this slider to the left adds a darkening vignette to the borders of the image while moving this slider to the right adds a brightening vignette.

14 Shape
Controls the overall shape of the vignette between circular and rectangular.

15 Size
Adjusts the area of the image covered by the vignette.

16 Place Center Button
Pressing the Place Center button enables you to select the center position of the vignette in the image.

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17 Burn Edge Details Twirler
Click on this twirler to display the controls for the Burn Edges adjustment.

18 Burn Edges Preset
Selecting one the options from this pull-down menu will automatically adjust the edge burning for all edges all at once.

19 Edge Selector
Select and adjust the edge of the image that you wish to burn in.

20 Strength
Controls the amount by which the selected side is darkened.

21 Size Slider
Controls the size of the effect applied to the selected side.

22 Transition Slider
Controls the size of the blend between the darkening effect and the original image details.

23 Image Border Details Twirler
Click on this twirler to gain access to the controls for the Image Border finishing enhancement.

24 Image Border Style
Use this pull-down menu to select the style of the border to be added to the current image.

25 Size
Controls the size of the border added to the image.


Tip: The image border will always remove some area from your image. To avoid cropping some part of your image while adding an image border, use a pixel editing application such as Photoshop to increase the canvas size of the image and apply a black border around the image. Then, use the Size slider to create the desired overlap of image border and black border.

 

26 Spread
Controls the depth of the border added. Moving this slider to the right causes the image border’s details to stretch farther into the image.

27 Clean / Rough
Controls the random details added around the image. Moving the slider to the right (towards Rough) creates more random details to be added into the border creating a more stylistic border.

28 Border Randomizer
Clicking on the Vary Border button randomly selects a different border seed number. This border seed number creates a different randomized border effect for each number, providing a wide range of results. To create the exact same border each time, make sure to remark the settings for the Size, Spread, Clean/Rough, and seed number. To get a similar but different border for each image, use the same Size, Spread, and Clean/Rough values but a different seed number.

 

Loupe & Histogram

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1 Loupe
Clicking on the Loupe section provides a detailed view of the image at 100% that follows the mouse cursor. This enables fine detail review of the image without having to zoom into the image.

2 Histogram
Clicking on the Histogram button provides access to a histogram that can be used to review the distribution of brightness values throughout the image.

3 Thumbtack Button
Click on the thumbtack button or right-click on your image to lock the position of the Loupe.

4 Show/Hide Zone System Indicators
Click on the checkbox to show/hide zone system indicators on an image and within loupe

5 Zone System Map
The Zone System Map is designed to help you understand the tonal relationship of different areas in your photograph. Roll over the Loupe & Histogram window to display the Zone System Map.

A Gradient Map with 11 distinct zones represents the full possible tonal range in your image. To see which parts of your image are in each zone, click on the zone in the Zone System Map and that zone will be highlighted in the image (see a). Also, when you roll your cursor over a zone in the Zone System Map the corresponding areas will be highlighted in the Image Preview.

The Zone System Map can work in coordination with the Enhancement Controls and Control Points to fine-tune the entire tonal relationship of the image and the specific objects in your image that you want at a particular zone.

 

General controls

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1 Help
The Help button accesses the electronic help provided with Viveza 2.

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

3 Brush
The Brush button is only available when Viveza 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 sharpening.

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

5 OK/Save
The OK/Save button processes and applies the effects to the active image.

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