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Applying filters selectively using control points

Before After

Applying a filter selectively ensures that you can balance the right color, light, and texture within an image to draw the eye exactly where you want it to go. With Color Efex Pro 4, these powerful edits are easy to perform using control points powered by U Point technology.

U Point makes it possible for you to click on an object or area and automatically create a powerful and precise selection, almost instantly. Multiple control points can be used in concert with one-another to create complex selections with only a few clicks.

Before

Select the filter to be applied to your photo. In this photo, the updated Tonal Contrast filter was used to bring out the details in the sky, shoreline, and water.

To achieve this effect, the Balanced Contrast Type was used with a high level of the effect applied to the Highlights and Midtones, and a medium amount of the effect applied to the Shadows.

When working with Control Points, you should first determine if you want to add the effect to only a part of the image, or if you want to remove the effect from only a part of the image. If you want to add the effect to only a part of the image, start with the (+) Control Point. If you want to remove the effect from only a part of the image, start with the (–) Control Point.

In this image, the effect is too strong on the dark rocks on the shoreline. Therefore, a (–) Control Point is used to remove the effect only from the dark rocks. To ensure a uniform selection, a second (–) Control Point is added.

After adding a control point, the opacity of that control point can be adjusted to bring a portion of the effect back to the selected area.

After

Image by Janice Wendt

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