Ad­just a photo’s colour, sharp­ness and tone fast us­ing pre­sets and slid­ers

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01 Pic­ture Con­trol

To sum­mon the Pic­ture Con­trol panel with its colour, tone and sharp­ness-tweak­ing slid­ers, click on this icon in the Edit pal­ette’s tool list.

02 Pull-down menu

You can quickly ac­cess a range of Pic­ture Con­trol pre­sets from this drop­down menu in the Edit pal­ette’s tool list. There’s also an iden­ti­cal drop­down menu in the Pic­ture Con­trol im­age ad­just­ment pal­ette be­low. The Stan­dard and Neu­tral pre­sets pro­duce fairly de­sat­u­rated colours and low-con­trast shots, en­abling you to use the slid­ers in the Pic­ture Con­trol panel be­low to boost sat­u­ra­tion and in­crease con­trast man­u­ally. You can al­ways re­set the im­age to Recorded Value to view the re­sults of the in-cam­era Pic­ture Con­trol set­tings. If you want a more colour­ful print, try the Vivid pre­set. The Mono­chrome pre­set re­moves all colour in­for­ma­tion. You can then fine-tune the re­sults us­ing the im­age ad­just­ment pal­ette. The DXMODE pre­sets pro­duce sim­i­lar re­sults to the cor­re­spond­ing Color Mode set­tings for D2x and D2xs cam­eras. The Por­traits pre­set will help pro­duce nat­u­ral-look­ing com­plex­ions with­out over­sat­u­rat­ing skin tones and mak­ing them look too or­ange.

03 Check box

You can make as make as many changes to a Pic­ture Con­trol’s at­tributes as you like, to ex­per­i­ment with dif­fer­ent looks. To quickly hide the changes and see the im­age as it was cap­tured, sim­ply untick this check box. Tick and untick it to tog­gle be­tween a be­fore and af­ter ver­sion of the im­age.

04 Fly-out menu

By click­ing here you can un­dock the Edit pal­ette and place it any­where on the screen. Click­ing it again will dock the pal­ette in its locked-off start­ing po­si­tion.

05 Lat­est Pic­ture Con­trol

If you have an old cam­era you can still ap­ply newer Pic­ture Con­trol set­tings to your pho­to­graphs (such as Flat) us­ing this drop­down op­tion. To use the same Pic­ture Con­trol set­tings as your cam­era, choose Cam­era com­pat­i­ble.

06 Quick Ad­just

This slider pro­vides a quick way to fine-tune the re­sults of a Pic­ture Con­trol pre­set by al­low­ing you to dial down the in­ten­sity of its re­sults by drag­ging it to the left, or in­crease the in­ten­sity by drag­ging it to the right.

07 Sharp­en­ing

Give your sub­ject more im­pact by in­creas­ing the con­trast around edges so that they stand out more and ap­pear sharper. This is es­pe­cially worth do­ing if you’re plan­ning to print your pro­cessed im­age.

08 Clar­ity

This slider in­creases mid­tone con­trast, which is an ef­fec­tive way of teas­ing out tex­ture and de­tail and cre­at­ing a print with more punch.

09 Con­trast

Give an im­age more im­pact and make tex­tures stand out by cre­at­ing blacker blacks and whiter whites with this slider.

10 Hue

When us­ing colour Pic­ture Con­trol set­tings, sub­tly ad­just the colour Hue with this slider. This slider will be greyed out if you choose the

Mono­chrome Pic­ture Con­trol.

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