In part 1 of this article, we explored what a Silver Halide print is, how to prepare a file in Adobe Photoshop for Analog Efex Pro, and how to create a neutral B&W starting point in the filter. Now, it’s time to continue to explore Nik Collection‘s editing processes to make the most creative silver halide print!
Starting with a Neutral Image
In part 1 we created a neutral preset. Start by selecting that to load up a basic B&W conversion. This allows us to add effects, instead of takin them away. It also gives us an easy way to “reset” the image without having to go back and manually adjust a bunch of settings to neutral.
The Film Type adjustments have a lot of effects built into them already. So if you start by adjusting exposure or curves or vignetting, you may end up negating those with the film type. Therefore, start here, and then make adjustments afterwards.
This adjustment doesn’t offer much guidance on what you’ll get with each option. You really just have to click through them and see what looks best for your particular photo. For the photo I’m workin with, the #2 preset in the middle row works out quite well. You’ll see that her eyes are a little too dark, so we’ll fix that next.
Apply Basic Adjustments as Needed
On this photo, a little bit of Detail Extraction actually benefits it greatly. Not only does it amplify her blouse, but it also brings out details in her hair, setting it against the background quite nicely. It even brings her eyes up a bit — it’s a pretty great all-in-one adjustment!
Use Control Point
The darkness of her eyelashes are still a bit too much though. A quick Control Point added to those and brightened up a bit will fix that easily. Look closely at the screenshot below. You’ll see that I’ve added a control point to the eyelashes and brightened it just a little. But then I also added a control point with no effect right on her eye.
This protects her eye, which would otherwise have been affected by the first control point. To see this clearly, be sure to enable the mask view on the Control Point you’re working with while you move the Control Point around. See the screenshot below for how to enable that.
For this image, I’ll leave the vignetting and curves adjustments alone, at least for now. Of course I may decide to revisit them later!
Let’s start the creative Silver Halide Print
Now that a solid base image has been created, it’s time to get creative. There are so many tools to chose from that will dramatically affect the overall look of the image. In fact, every remaining filter will do that! I encourage you to explore all of them, of course. For this photo, I’ll start with the Double Exposure. This image already has a bit of a spooky, etherial look to it and I want to play off of that vibe.
To add any effect, open the Cameras list on the left if it’s not already visible, and click the (+) next to any effect you want to add. I’ve twistedContinue reading