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Top Ten Tips for SEP2

As a quick review, I’ll share my favorite tips for efficiently editing great black-and-white images. See Table 4.1 for Silver Efex Pro keyboard shortcuts.

  1. Add to your preset collections by downloading new presets from Nik Software.
  2. Before you start using presets and moving sliders, spend time analyzing your image and visualizing the final outcome.
  3. If you don’t like the direction in which you’re heading, use your History Browser to go back a few steps instead of starting all over again.
  4. Selective Color is ten times easier when you use the compare view while the History State selector displays Original Image.
  5. The Loupe view is best for identifying the exact place to place a control point.
  6. Use the Histogram Zones to help identify similar tones throughout an image.
  7. Press the Tab key to hide the panels and focus only on your image from time to time. To bring the panels back, just press the Tab key again.
  8. If you want consistency in your style, create a preset that’s unique to you.
  9. If I had only three tools to use, they would be the Dynamic Brightness, Structure, and Color Sensitivity sliders.
  10. Group control points that are performing similar functions.

Table 4.1 Keyboard Shortcuts for Silver Efex Pro 2

WINDOWS

MACINTOSH

INTERFACE

Undo

Ctrl+Z

Command+Z

Redo

Ctrl+Y

Command+Y

Full screen

F

F

Compare/Preview

P

P

Zoom

spacebar

spacebar

Show/hide panels

Tab

Tab

Save

Enter

Return

Close application

Esc

Esc

CONTROL POINTS

Add control point

Ctrl+Shift+A

Command+Shift+A

Delete control point (while selected)

Delete

Delete

Duplicate control point

Ctrl+D

Command+D

Copy control point

Ctrl+C

Command+C

Paste control point

Ctrl+V

Command+V

Expand/Collapse control points

E

E

Group control points (while selected)

Ctrl+G

Command+G

Ungroup control points (while selected)

Ctrl+Shift+G

Command+Shift+G

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