HOW IT WORK S PICTURE CONTROLS
Adjust a photo’s colours and tones fast using NX-D’s intuitive sliders and presets
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.
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.
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.
This slider increases midtone contrast, which is an effective way of teasing out texture and detail and creating a print with more punch.
Give an image more impact and make shapes stand out by creating blacker blacks and whiter whites with this slider.
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.