Ad­just a photo’s colours and tones fast us­ing NX-D’s in­tu­itive slid­ers and pre­sets

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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 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 pull-down op­tion. To use the same Pic­ture Con­trol set­tings as your cam­era, choose Cam­era Com­pat­i­ble. The newer Pic­ture Con­trol set­tings are worth a look as they pro­vide you with the ver­sa­tile Clar­ity slider.

03 Drop-down menu

You can ac­cess a range of Pic­ture Con­trol pre­sets from this drop-down menu. There’s also an iden­ti­cal drop-down menu in the Pic­ture Con­trol pal­ette be­low. It’s worth ex­per­i­ment­ing with dif­fer­ent Pic­ture Con­trol pre­sets un­til you get a look that you like. As our ex­am­ple shot fea­tures a wide range of colours we went for Vivid. The Vivid pre­set boosts a photo’s weaker colours with­out over-sat­u­rat­ing al­ready vi­brant colours (which would print badly).

04 Check box

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

05 Quick Ad­just

This slider pro­vides a quick way to fine-tune the ef­fects of a par­tic­u­lar Pic­ture Con­trol pre­set by al­low­ing you to dial them down by drag­ging it to the left, or ramp them up by drag­ging it to the right.

06 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.

07 Auto

In­stead of us­ing the slid­ers to as­sign a nu­mer­i­cal value, you can tick th­ese boxes to ap­ply an au­to­matic ad­just­ment for var­i­ous at­tributes. The adjacent slid­ers will be­come greyed out in this in­stance.

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 shapes stand out by cre­at­ing blacker blacks and whiter whites with this slider.

10 Hue

When us­ing colour Pic­ture Con­trol set­tings, you can sub­tly ad­just the colours with this slider. Here we’ve given the sky a more stylised, warmer-look­ing Cyan colour.

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