Editing a Sunrise or Sunset Scene Part Five
Viveza 2 is a great way to refine an image after using Color Efex Pro 4 to enhance colour, contrast & clarity even further without destroying it’s final look. Just like the previous part of this series, care should be taken not too go too far on the sliders otherwise we will end up with a horrible scene. I will be using the same image from part four to finalise how it looks before discussing presenting it in part six.
Opening up Viveza 2
Viveza 2 can be opened up similar to how Color Efex 4 can be opened as previously explained in part four of this series. Simply click Viveza 2 in the options box, and it will load automatically for you.
Viveza 2 Interface Explained
On the right of the program, there are options to change your image using sliders with buttons.
- Add Control Point – Click this if you want to edit a specific area of an image, this will let you select settings individually from the whole picture.
- Group/Ungroup – Groups & ungroups control points.
- Global – This is the central area for editing images through the use of sliders. On the top right there is an option to either collapse or expand all sliders. I leave it at broadening all sliders for better control.
- Slider Area – This has functions to edit your image to suit your tastes.
- Reset – Resets your edit to original settings.
- Contro Point List – A list of your control points if used.
- Levels & Curves – RGB, Red, Green or Blue can be edited within the image by moving the line up or down. Another reset button is also available to revert to original settings.
Editing Image Using Viveza 2
So, using Viveza 2, I can make some more refinements to an image. I made the following changes to my image.
- Set the brightness to 8% for better light across the image.
- Set contrast to 8% for better definition & clarity.
- Saturation at 13% for improved colour at all ranges in the image.
- The structure set at 20% for improved clarity.
- Shadow Adjustments set to 16% to improve dark areas.
- Red set to 1%.
- Green set to -5%.
- Blue set to 2%
Overall this helped to bring out more colour into the image, with improved visibility of areas that were too dark to see initially. Clarity & structure has also improved.
I am happy with how the image looks so I will click the OK button on the bottom right to apply changes. When backing into Photoshop, click the layer tab at the top of the menu bar then scroll down to flatten image & click it.
Adding a Control Point in Viveza 2
Adding a control point in Viveza 2 is pretty easy. Open it up again then click add control point. Click where you would like the control point to appear on your image, a bar with options will then appear, this is similar to editing normally.
Show Selection for Control Point
To find out how much of an image will be affected by our control point, click the check box to the right of the control point list. See picture below.
Grouping Control Points
Grouping control points are handy for fine tuning small areas of an image & editing for the same result. See pictures below for more.
When finished click ok on the bottom right, then flatten as mentioned previously.
Using Viveza 2 has helped to give my image more colour, improved shadows & clarity. This is a straightforward way of editing your image without having to step into creating layers in Photoshop. For the final part, I will be finishing the image then saving it.
- Sunrise or Sunset Scene, Choosing Equipment & Tools – Editing a Sunrise or Sunset Scene Part One
- The Power of Camera RAW – Editing a Sunrise or Sunset Scene Part Two
- Basic Adjustments using Camera Raw Continued – Editing a Sunrise or Sunset Scene Part Three
- Using Google NIK Collection in Photoshop to Edit a Sunset – Editing a Sunrise or Sunset Scene Part Four
- Finalising an Edited Image – Editing a Sunrise or Sunset Scene Part Six