FX1 Tab Sheet

 

The Colorize tab sheet of Advanced Mode offers effects for colorizing the image, adjusting its contrast and for adding color gradient and neutral gradient effects. It simulates traditional lens filters as well as supplies special color effects.

Click on the sub tab bar at the top of the tab sheet to switch between different control groups. The arrow-down button displays a menu with various presets that activate the effects on the selected sub tab. So depending on the selected sub tab a different menu is displayed.

 

Filter

Color Warmth

The Color Warmth group contains sliders for colorizing the image. Positive values of the Cool/Warm slider make the image orange and negative values add a blue color. Positive values of the Green/Magenta slider colorize the image magenta and negative values make it green. By using both sliders you can also apply other colors. Red is added with high values of both sliders, cyan with low values of both sliders and yellow with high values of the Cool/Warm and low values of the Green/Mag. slider.


Summer Color

The Summer Color effect changes the color and increases the saturation of the image. Set the Intensity slider to a value above zero to activate the effect. At a value of 100 it has the greatest intensity. The Red-Yellow slider defines the color mood of the image. At a value of zero the colors have an autumn-like reddish look and at a value of 100 the colors tend towards yellow, which gives landscape photos a summer-like look.


Polarizer

The Polarizer effect simulates the brightness changes that a polarizer lens filter produces. Such a lens filter darkens the sky and brightens the foliage in landscape photos. It normally has no influence on skin, but such an effect was nevertheless added as a bonus.

Positive values of the Sky slider darken blue and cyan image areas whereas negative ones lighten them. On the other hand, positive values of the Foliage slider brightens green and yellow image areas whereas negative ones darken them. Positive values of the Skin slider brightens red and orange image areas whereas negative ones darken them. So positive values of the sliders simulate a polarizer lens filter and negative ones produce the contrary effect. The Brightness slider lets you darken or brighten the image. It brightens various image colors different and keeps gray areas mostly untouched. So it works quite differently from the Brightness slider on the Tone sub tab of the Main tab sheet.

 

Colorshift

The Colorshift effect creates drastic color changes by remixing the color channels. The Type combo box offers different effect types. The Classic option produces less saturated color shift effects and misses the three bottom sliders. The Enhanced option allows more versatile effects with the help of all seven sliders. The TechniColor option simulates a special film process, which only uses two instead of three color channels. The Infra Red option simulates the look of infra red photos. These last two options are based on the Enhanced effect thus they offer all controls.

Set the Intensity slider to a value above zero to activate the effect. The higher its value, the stronger the effect will be.

The Red Hue, Green Hue and Blue Hue sliders separately change the hue for each of the three RGB color channels. If you activate the check box at the left hand side of them, a combined Hue slider appears, which shifts the color for all three channels at the same time. This is like having the same value for all three Hue sliders.

The Red Hue, Green Hue and Blue Sat sliders separately change the saturation for each of the three RGB color channels. If you activate the check box at the left hand side of them, a combined Saturation slider appears, which shifts the saturation for all three channels at the same time. This is like having the same value for all three Sat sliders.

 

Grad

    

The Grad effect applies a colored gradient to the image. You can choose the type of gradient that you want from the Gradient combo box. You can choose between a linear and circular gradient and between one, two or three colors. Two colors means that one color will start from the top of the gradient and one from the bottom, so that they are cross blended. Three colors means that a third color will be applies in the middle of the gradient, so that it cross blends with the top and bottom color. There is also a Linear Middle Color option in the Gradient combo box, which applies the color in the middle of the gradient and fades it out to the top and the bottom. This option can be used to simulate, e.g. a gold reflector that is used in portrait photography.

The Invert check box makes the gradient cover the parts of the image that it did not cover before. A linear gradient then runs from bottom to top instead of top to bottom and a circular one covers the center of the image instead of the corners.

The Intensity slider activates and adjusts the strength of the color gradient. The higher its value, the stronger the color of the gradient.

The Brightness and Contrast sliders reduce or increase the brightness and contrast of the color gradient. The Shadows and Highlights sliders remove the gradient from shadow and highlight areas of the image. For example, if you have a photo with a bright sky and dark building, you can increase the value of the Shadows slider to weaken the effect of the color gradient on the dark buildings.

The Offset slider shrinks or expands the linear gradient effect and moves it towards the top or bottom of the image thus making the gradient effect cover more of the image. If you apply a circular gradient the same slider will be called Size and move the circular gradient towards the corners of the image. The Density slider controls the softness of the gradient edge. A low slider value will produce a hard edge between the unmodified image areas and the gradient and a high value will result in a soft transition. For the circular gradient you have an additional Elliptical slider, which transforms the gradient from a circular to an elliptical one. Finally, the Rotation slider rotates the gradient. It has no effect on circular gradients, only on linear and elliptical ones.

Depending on how many colors you chose in the Gradient combo box you will see one, two or three color boxes at the bottom. Click on them to select a different color for the gradient. In the appearing color dialog you can select a new color or change the current color. By adjusting the saturation of the color you can also change its effect intensity. You can change the saturation of the color either by entering another value in the Sat text box or by vertically moving the cross in the color diagram.

Activate the cross icon and click with it on the preview to relocate the center of the gradient. For more information see the Tools & Reset page.

 

ND-Grad

    

The ND-Grad effect applies a gradient-shaped brightness and contrast adjustment to the image, which simulates a graduated neutral density lens filter. You can choose between a linear, linear middle and circular gradient from the Gradient combo box. The Linear Middle option applies the brightness and contrast adjustment in the middle of the image and fades it out to the top and the bottom. This option can be used to simulate a white or silver reflector that is often used in portrait photography.

The Invert check box makes the gradient cover the parts of the image that it did not cover before. A linear gradient then runs from bottom to top instead of top to bottom and a circular gradient covers the center of the image instead of the corners.

The Intensity slider activates and adjusts the strength of the color gradient. The higher its value, the stronger the color of the gradient.

The Brightness and Contrast sliders define the brightness and contrast adjustment that is applied with the gradient. The Shadows and Highlights sliders remove the gradient from shadows and highlights areas of the image. For example, if you have a photo with a bright sky and dark building, you can increase the value of the Shadows slider to weaken the effect of the brightness and contrast adjustment on the dark buildings.

The Offset slider shrinks or expands the linear gradient effect and moves it towards the top or bottom of the image thus making the gradient effect cover more of the image. If you apply a circular gradient the same slider will be called Size and move the circular gradient towards the corners of the image. The Density slider controls the softness of the gradient edge. A low slider value will produce a hard edge between the unmodified image areas and the gradient and a high value will result in a soft transition. For the circular gradient you have an additional Elliptical slider, which transforms the gradient from a circular to an elliptical one. Finally, the Rotation slider rotates the gradient. It has no effect on circular gradients, only on linear and elliptical ones.

Activate the cross icon and click with it on the preview to relocate the center of the gradient. For more information see the Tools & Reset page.