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Filter on the Fly

2014-10-20 18:16:00 GMT

For that oft-needed dash of quirkiness or nostalgia, apply a variety of brand new effects without needing to go through a cumbersome, technical multi-step process.

ACDSee Pro 8 and ACDSee 18 have a bunch of new filters and effects, including our favorite the Bob Ross effect:

It’s a happy little tree!

Other new filters include:
  • Cartoon
  • Dramatic
  • Somber
  • Purple Haze
  • Seventies
  • Blue Steel
  • Childhood

A while back we posted a tutorial called “How to Hipster”, essntially we showed you how to turn a so-so photo into something different. Such as these:

It’s so easy to do!

Here’s how in 3 easy steps:

Step 1:Find a photo that you think deserves (more) attention. From Manage mode, select the photo and click Edit to enter Edit mode.

Step 2: In Edit mode, in the Add group, choose Special Effect. From the list choose your desired special effect.

Step 3: Configure the settings until you see your desired effect.
The Color Distortion slider is exactly what is sounds like, and depending on the color pixels in the image, you may get more blue/purple hues, or yellow/green. The Vignette Strength controls how much darkness curves into the photo from the edges for that bulb-is-about-to-burn-out-in-the-kinetoscope look.

Et voilia! You’ve turned something simple into something different.

For the whole “How to Hipster” tutorial go here.

How-To Create a Holiday Bokeh

2013-12-03 23:41:52 GMT

Bokeh: a Japanese term for the subjective aesthetic quality of out-of-focus areas of a photographic image.

In ACDSee Pro 7 and ACDSee 17 you can achieve the bokeh effect but using the Lens Blur tool in Edit mode. The Lens Blur tool produces a blur that mimics the blurring effect of a camera aperture.

Here’s how to create that effect:

1. In Edit mode, in the Detail group, select Blur.

2. In the Blur type drop-down list, select the type of blur to apply.

3. Set the following options:
  • Select a bokeh shape from the options on the Blur panel. These shapes concentrate in highlights.
  • Amount specifies the strength of the blur. Move the slider to the right to intensify the effect.
  • Bokeh Frequency specifies how often the bokeh shapes show up.
  • Bokeh Brightness specifies how much the bokeh shapes stand out.

4. Do one of the following:

  • Click Done to apply your changes and close the Blur tool.
  • Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tool.