How to Sharpen Your Photos in Affinity Photo and Nik Collection for Optimal Results?

How to Sharpen Your Photos for Optimal Results

Sharpening is one of the hardest post-processing steps to understand for many photographers. There are several pitfalls and obstacles to overcome in order to take your sharpening skills to a professional level. When should you sharpen, to get the best …

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How to use Photoshop Actions to Add an Exclusive Border?

 

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?

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 into a toned black and white photo using a gradient map in Photoshop.

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

 

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 cool tools to work with to do just that. 

In this article, I will show you how to work with Silver Efex Pro 2 so you can create amazing black and white images.

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How to use Nik Collection to Create Fantastic Photos?

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 plug-ins.

Often when a photo comes straight from the camera, it looks flat and not just up to our expectations or what our experience was when we took it. Instead of leaving the photo sitting on your hard drive, you can make most images pop using Lightroom or Photoshop, but with help from the DxO’s Nik Plugins, you can take control of the editing process to another level and get the most out of each photo – and the Nik Collection delivers, no doubt about it.

Although you can use the Nik plug-ins from either LR or Aperture, you achieve the best workflow from Photoshop. In Photoshop, each use of a Nik plugin or filter results in a new layer, making the processing non-destructive and enables you to use the layers opacity sliders or masks to fine tune the effect.

To let you in on what each plugin do, I will go through the plug-ins in the workflow order suggested on the Nik Collection website.

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