I am a big fan of the Nik Color Effects Pro filters for CNX2 and especially the Solarizing filter. For those of you that don't know Man Ray invented Solarization which was a darkroom technique that called for a short exposure of light while you were developing an image in an open tray. The results were unpredictable and he first did it in a portrait of Lee Miller his muse and famous photographer in her own right. She was also a female war correspondent in WWII.
So what I have posted here are two images in the compare mode in CNX2. original was rather ordinary, but when I added solarization it became dramatic. Give it a try.
I agree. The CEP3 tools are awesome! I particularly like the solarisation tool, as you do, but usually the b/W choice which can be applied selectively to give tremendous 'life'to dramatic rocks etc. In this shot of Dartmoor in Southern England, it has been applied to almost the whole image.In the second I have brushed the effect on rocks to give texture & contrast. Chris
Quite a change! It is a 'dramatic' rendition. This plus some of the other respondents' images show the worth of the tool....in the 'right' setting. Thanks. (Hope the knee/healing is progrssing well. ) stan
Stan thanks for asking, Still getting better, but I seen to be currently stuck at 124 degrees and I need 135. Otherwise absolutely no pain in the operated knee even after walking 2.5 miles. The other knee not so pain free.
Here is another image that I nearly tossed because the original was so ho hum. I did the majority of the work in CNX2, but had to move a TIFF to Photoshop to remove a few horses legs. This image was taken in overcast daylight in a corral where horse parts were sticking out everywhere. I had not processed it at first as I was disappointed in the image. But one day I was reviewing what I had not posted and decided to try the Solarizer on it and Whammo I had a big smile on my face.
Before I moved to CNX2 for most of my processing, I used Photoshop for about 6 years and still have the CS5 Production Suite which includes Photoshop CS5 Extended. There are some things that just need Photoshop or Elements to do. I only move something to Photoshop after I have done all the processing I can do in CNX2, and if I need to do a composite, pano or blend multiple images, I then send over a 16 bit TIFF. So the Moon, which was another image I had, the Witch which I created by modifying and combining some shapes and the Ghost, which I created, were all added after the solarization step by compositing them into the image I made in CNX2.
I am on my laptop right now and I only have CEP 3 installed on my desktop, as installation is limited to one instance per licence. But from memory Pop Art is a sub menu in one of the style filters, which at the moment can't recall which one.
> >>Also, someone earlier in this thread mentioned the CEP >filter >>"Pop Art". Where is that located? I have CEP3 >and I >>do not have a filter by that name. >>Thanks! > >That was me. > >Pop Art is in the Stylizer menu and is a sub-item in the >Detail Stylizer filter, along with Stairs, Weird Dreams and >Weird Lines. Welcome to the 60's! > >Mick >www.mickklassphoto.com
Yes it was! After asking about the filter I opened NX2 and began tinkering with an image I had laying around. I went through each and every filter and found all the sub menus. Man, I feel like such a dork. There are is a lot more to CEP than I thought! I've been playing with pictures all day!