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Photo Effects

This sub-menu contains five effects which enhance or modify photographs.

Photo Effects Photo Effects

The following photograph will be used to demonstrate the Photo effects (with the exception of Red Eye Removal):

Original Image Original Image

Glow

This effect gives an image an inner "glow" by brightening the lighter tones and allowing these to encroach the darker tones.  Color saturation is considerably muted by the effect.  The overall result is similar to the photo being subjected to strong back-lighting.

The Brightness, Contrast and the size of the effect (Radius) can be configured.

Example

 

Fragment

Glow

Red Eye Removal

This effect recolors "red eyes" caused by flash photography.

Tip

Use a Selection Tool to highlight the subject's eyes before running this effect.  This confines the effect to just the eyes.

Example

 

Red Eye Original

The original image


Red Eye Selection

With active selection covering the red-eye area


Red Eye Removal

The resulting image

Sharpen

Sharpen is used to reduce softness in an image.  It does so by finding and enhancing edges in the image, increasing the contrast of the edges in the image as a result.

The effect has one parameter: Amount which controls the strength of the effect.

Example

 

Sharpen

Sharpen

Soften Portrait

This is used to soften images by adding a subtle glow type filter.  The result can be likened to the diffusing filters used on leading actresses in early black and white films.

Example

 

Soften Portrait

Soften Portrait

Vignette

This effect is used to create a darkened circular halo around the edges of an image.  This effect is commonly seen in portrait photography.

Example

 

Original demo image

The original image


After running Effects → Vignette

The image with Vignette applied