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Photo Effects and what each one does

Updated on December 19, 2011
Sepia added with vignette
Sepia added with vignette

Basic Photo Effects

Black and White - converts your photo to black, white and gray.

Sepia - gives your photo a vintage look by adding a brown pigment to the photo.

Boost - Enhances the colors and increase the contrast.

Soften - Softens the picture, takes out the sharp edges.

Vignette - To add a black vignette finish to the edge of the pictures.

Matte - To add a soft white matte finish to the edge of the pictures.

Basic Photo Edits

Crop - Improve your composition or make it fit a given space by cutting the edges off.

Rotate - to turn the picture 90, 180, 270 or 360 degrees. You can also flip it horizontally for vertically.

Exposure - The amount of light that is in the picutre. The higher the exposure the more light is in the picture. The lower the exposure the less light is in the picture.

Color - Changes the color of a picture.

Sharpen - sharpens the picture. Makes the lines in the picture crisper.

Resize - to make the picture larger, smaller, fatter or taller.

Cropped onto Bella and auto exposure fixed
Cropped onto Bella and auto exposure fixed

Color Effects

Tint - set a mood, convey a feeling. changes the color of the picture to any color you choose.

Vibrance - for smarter saturation, used for perfect skin tone, mid tones and shadows.

Invert - inverts photo's colors and values.

Duo-Tone - Choose two colors you want your picture to appear in.

Heat Map 2.0 - turns the picture into a heat map picture. Shows the hot parts of a picture in brighter colors. Many different styles to choose from. Use Satellite for cable news views of your landscape, Combustion for a firefighter's view. Go with autotrophic for a single-celled organism look and thermal or infrared for more traditional heat mapping.

Cross Process - mimics cross-processing, the technique wherein you would intentionally use incorrect chemicals to process film, for more interesting colors and contrast.

Heat Map 2.0 in infrared with a 50% fade
Heat Map 2.0 in infrared with a 50% fade
added a focal zoom with 70% zoominess
added a focal zoom with 70% zoominess

Edits by area

Focal B&W - changes your photo into a black, white and gray but gives you a focal point of color. You can change the focal size, fade, and edge harndness.

Fancy Focus - Keep all eyes on the subject of the photo by making the focal point the only part of the photo that is in focus. colors desaturate and the slightest blur makes it look like you spent ages setting up expensive lenses to get that perfect shot.

Focal Soften - to emphasize a point inside your picture, use focal soften to gently blur the area around it.

Focal Pixelate - to emphasize a point inside your picture, or even just discretely de-emphasize everything else.

Focal zoom - makes your subject fly through your photo. Smears the outside of the focal point to make it look like you are moving towards/away from your target.


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      CassyLu1981 5 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      unknown spy - I've been working a lot more with black and white. I've had family request more pics that way. It has been fun (and makes me pretty too LOL)

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      i love black and white effect (guess it makes me

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      CassyLu1981 6 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      When I started taking photos I always wanted to do the cool stuff but had no idea how to so figured I'd make it easier for those who don't know either :) Thanks for stopping by anusha15 and the votes!

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      Anusha Jain 6 years ago from Delhi, India

      Nice glossary of terms for the newbies. Sometimes, we use an effect and don't know its name :) helpful illustrative pics. Great hub - voted up and useful.

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      CassyLu1981 6 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      Sorry it took so long to reply, was on Vacation with the family :) Glad you liked the hub KristalB. Fancy Focus is always fun to do on any picture wedphot1888. Thanks for stopping by!!!

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      wedphot1888 6 years ago

      I like the sound of fancy focus. I will try that technique. Thanks!

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      KristalB 6 years ago from St.Louis, MO

      Pretty good article! Thanks!