Posts Tagged ‘fog’

Sometimes, you take a photo that ends up having a haze in it. What do I mean, “haze”? A haze can occur when dust, smoke, or other particles obscure the clarity of the image, particularly the sky. Some parts of the world, I suspect, will have more of an issue than others. And yet sometimes, as I discovered, it has nothing to do with the air quality. Sometimes there’s just too much mist.

Luckily, one of ACDSee Pro 9 and Ultimate 9’s new features is a Dehaze tool. So let’s get started.

Open said image in Edit mode. If you have a number of images to adjust, you may decide you want to get the Actions window involved.

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Under the Exposure/Lighting group, select Dehaze. All you need to do next is adjust the Amount slider according to your individual image.

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Click Done, then save your work.

Here’s the before and after:

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And that’s all there is to it! There you go. You can now take the vagary out of your photos, be it due to pollution, fog, mist, dust, etc. etc.

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It’s that time of year. Pumpkins, colorful leaves, black cats — just some of the imagery that make Hallowe’en fun. I feel like creating a festive photo and I couldn’t help but think that some of our latest special effects would lend themselves rather well to this. So let’s take a look:

Start out with your image in Edit mode, and I would recommend making any of the more technical adjustments you feel it needs first.

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Click Special Effect in the Add group.

Now it’s decision making time. Am I going for creepy? Fun? Pretty? Suggestive of imminent doom? Harrowing? It’s really a matter of preference, isn’t it?

The Somber effect seems to be a pretty safe bet for this one.

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With no settings to configure, it’s pretty foolproof. I could refine where the effect is applied by using Pixel Targeting, the Edit Brush, or the Linear or Radial Gradients.

The Gloom effect is another obvious choice. You can refine the colors it picks up via the Color slider, but its effect is fairly subtle most of the time.

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I could use the Clouds effect to make this image even more foggy.

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In order to achieve a look like this, you’ll need to turn down the Opacity slider at the top of the window, and play with the Cloud effect sliders until you find your desired balance between effect and realism.

Grunge is another useful one as you can use the Color slider to choose a shade for tinting. Here is the Grunge effect with the Color slider at 0.

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As I move the slider from 2 to 25 to 50 to 75 (bottom left, counter-clockwise), the tint moves across the spectrum.

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Then there’s the Photo Effect. Within this effect, you have another 21 filters to play with. After applying the Childhood effect, I then added the Transfer effect, (within the Photo Effect), for this look:

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I really like this part.

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Avery Effect:

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After some light adjustment in Light EQ, the Instant Effect:

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After goofing around, here’s the Clouds effect with Noir, from the Photo Effect:

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Lighting/Noir:

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So, you decide how spooky you want your image to be, but, whatever atmosphere you’re going for, you definitely have options!

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