"NX2 Capture Pro 2 Questions: Crop and Using Color Control Points"
Sorry for the vague title- but my second question requires some explanation-
Question 1- When I set up a custom crop of 12x8 and select the area to crop, the actual cropping crops down further than the guides, why? And, is there a setting to instruct the program to follow the crop guideline box?
Question 2- Editing an image using a Control Point: I will set White Balance then do a few more editing features. After that I will set a Color Control Point to fine tune an image, if after that I attempt to make another edit back in one of the edit panels the changes I have performed w/ the Color Control Point are removed. It appears that I have to start over from scratch. What is going on here, is there an issue, is my workflow flawed, is there a setting I need to select to render a different view?
Question 3- This program crashes a lot- what is Nikon's commitment to improving this problem and improving the program?
#1. "RE: NX2 Capture Pro 2 Questions: Crop and Using Color Control Points" In response to Reply # 0
<Editing an image using a Control Point> There are a couple of things that may be happening. It depends on exactly what editing steps you are taking. I normally adjust white Balance in the Develop Section. Then I use the Control Points in the Edit Section. Control points can impact different amounts of your selection depending on the size of the control point, the proximity of another control point, and the simlarity of color and texture in the image. I use extra control points to neutralize adjacent colors that I am not trying to edit.
With a small number of functions, the Adjust step overrides the control points. I found that the Filter / B&W Conversion works that way, but the Adjust, B&W Conversion does not.
Depending on workflow, it is possible to have edits on topp of edits, and one change involves returning a previous change to neutral. The best solution is to reorder your steps from most global, to area, to local.
<This program crashes a lot> There are several issues here depending on your hardware and operating system. To minimize crashes limit yourself to editing one image at a time, save periodically is you have a large number of steps, and be sure you have enough RAM. I have had some crashes with 2GB of RAM and a Vista OS. With 4GB of RAM, the number of crashes is very rare and usually related to a background scan or download. Windows 7 and 64 bit OS are still problematic - you can see other threads with good discussions of the issues and possible work arounds.
#2. "RE: NX2 Capture Pro 2 Questions: Crop and Using Color Control Points" In response to Reply # 0
As regards Question 1, I am not sure what you mean by "crops down further than the guides". IF you mean that the result of the crop is something other than 12 inches by 8 inches, the explanation is that Capture NX2's crop tool sets the relative dimensions of the image, rather than the absolute dimensions. As a second stage, you need to set the latter be going to Size / Resolution in the Edit menu.
As regards Question 2, I suggest that you go to Edit / Preferences / General and, if it is not already activated, tick 'Keep all steps active in Edit List'. I hope that helps.
#3. "RE: NX2 Capture Pro 2 Questions: Crop and Using Color Control Points" In response to Reply # 2
Thanks Eric and Martin. I have been working w/ the settings and trying to figure out the cause of some of the issues. I spoke w/ Nikon Tech Support directly yesterday- though not a lot of help- a nice guy...
Eric- I figured out the crashing problem. When upgrading or reinstalling on a Mac there are more steps than what is the normal process. Mac procedure is to drag program to trash can. I found that Capture has an Uninstaller program and after completing this, Nikon recommends rebooting before installing or upgrading. This fixed that issue. Thanks for the suggestions.
Martin- You nailed the "keeping control points active" issue- thanks. That was a royal pain.... thanks! Nikon Tech support failed to point that out. But on the flip side- it caused me to do a reinstall based on their recommendations which fixed the crashing problem. And possibly the crop problem, b/c now that behavior that I described is now non-existent. Thanks for the great tip.
#4. "RE: NX2 Capture Pro 2 Questions: Crop and Using Color Control Points" In response to Reply # 3
>Eric- I figured out the crashing problem. When upgrading or >reinstalling on a Mac there are more steps than what is the >normal process. Mac procedure is to drag program to trash can. >I found that Capture has an Uninstaller program and after >completing this, Nikon recommends rebooting before installing >or upgrading. This fixed that issue. Thanks for the >suggestions.
Ever since OS X came out, I have been suspicious of the "just drag it to the trash" uninstall approach. For apps that do not come with an uninstaller, I recommend AppCleaner, I think the latest version is 1.2.2. Works well at finding more of the "bits and pieces" that are part of an install that you don't normally look for.
#5. "RE: NX2 Capture Pro 2 Questions: Crop and Using Color Control Points" In response to Reply # 4
Thanks Freewheeler: Migrating from PC environment it felt weird, but all the Mac cs agents told me that was all that was needed. I just did a search and found the app and downloaded it. Appreciate the tip...