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Viveza 2: Perfecting Contrast and Color with Precision

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This article is the fourth of five that focuses on the focused on plugins for Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture, from Nik Software and Alien Skin Software. Here, Photoshop expert Dan Moughamian, author of Adobe Digital Imaging How-Tos: 100 Essential Techniques for Photoshop CS5, Lightroom 3, and Camera Raw 6, examines how Viveza 2 is a great way –once you’ve wrapped up your raw edits- to apply localized tweaks to color and contrast, in a short amount of time.
Using Multiple Control Points

Using Multiple Control Points

The next step is recognizing that one Control Point may not adequately cover the entire region you wish to edit, especially if it’s spread across the image. The solution is to Duplicate the Control Point by making sure it is highlighted in the Control Point List, and then clicking the Duplicate button. From there, you can drag the new Control Point to an adjacent area so that the transitions between them are smooth (Figure 6). Note that in this case, I reduced the size of the duplicate selection region to avoid overlapping the house.

Figure 6 Duplicating Control Points is a great way to speed up the Viveza Workflow and maintain consistency.

As we continue adding points for a particular edit, we can combine those Control Points so that we only have to create one set of edits, instead of one for each Control Point. To do this, highlight all of the related Control Points in the Control Point List, and under the “Silver CD” icon mentioned earlier, click Group. When you do this, the individual items in the list will be listed as Group 1.

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