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robsb

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robsb Platinum Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his expertise in CNX2 and his always amicable and continuous efforts to help members Laureate Ribbon awarded for winning in the Best of Nikonians 2013 images Photo Contest Donor Ribbon awarded for his enthusiastic and repeated support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 23rd Aug 2006
Tue 04-Jan-11 02:38 AM

I am starting this thread because we filled up the CNX rumour thread with discussions on what CNX can do vs LR and Adobe. It got a bit lengthy and was not an appropriate place for the discussion. So this thread can be a place where you can discuss your flow, add tips, cautions, etc in the use of CNX2.

So I will start. I use CNX2 on a 64 bit Win 7 system Desktop. I also have NIK Color Effects Pro 3 installed in CNX2 and use these filters a lot in my work. One of my favorites is the "Tonal Contrast Filter", and the name is somewhat misleading because what it really is is a High Pass Sharpening filter that can effect highlight, mid tone and shadow contrast and saturation all in one pass. You can even set it to do conventional High Pass Contrast. Why is it called Contrast, because sharpening tools are creating the illusion of sharpness by adjusting contrast between adjacent pixels.

So the tip isn't to use this filter, but I definitely recommend it, but to realize that this is a sharpener and therefore if you use it you need to adjust any other sharpening you do to the image like capture sharpening or other localized sharpening as otherwise you will over sharpen the image.

A second tip related to this filter is sometimes in its use you will see results in skies in landscapes or in skin texture in portraits that are not flattering. I address this in one or two ways. If the bad effect is slight, I just move highlight and mid tone sliders down just a touch until it looks OK, but an even better way is to use negative selection control points to reduce or eliminate the overall effect of the Tonal Contrast Filter.

So in summary this filter will give you quick results that will make your image pop, but be aware of the drawbacks and how to fix them.

So now that I have started this thread, plase feel free to add your own tip or flow to it or ask questions about what any of us write here.

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