How To Create A Tilt-Shift Effect with ON1 Effects 10.5

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How To Create A Tilt-Shift Effect with ON1 Effects 10.5

Image shows Effects 10 interface and Before and After views of the Tilt-shift effect.
Effects 10 from On1 software has a pretyy hefty selection of presets,filters, tools and controls.

When I first wrote about Perfect Effects 9 from ON1 software I observed : “Perfect Effects 9 is a full collection of 170 powerful image editing effects that can be used as a Photoshop Extension – Window>Extensions>OnOne – or in the Perfect Effects application.  This app is a collection of what they call “one-click” presets, adjustable filters and tools that can give your images that “outstanding result” ...” The recent update and name change to ON1 Effects 10 contains a lot of new features and is available for both Windows and Macintosh as either a trial or licensed version of the package. The other interesting thing about Effects 10 is they also get installed as plug ins for Photoshop CS6 to CC 2915, Lightroom 4 to CC 2015, Photoshop Elements and Apple Photos.

In this “How To …” I am going to wander through Effects 10 and create a tilt shift effect from a photo taken a couple of weeks ago in the Ontario village of Paisley.

It struck me as a perfect candidate for a tilt-shift effect. Tilt-shift is an effect that manipulates focus and depth-of-field that gives the subject the look of being a model miniature. Wth the Teeswater river in the foreground, the old buildings in the middle and a lousy sky, this was the perfect image to take ON1 Effects out for a test drive.

Let’s get started.

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How To Apply The New Dehaze Effect In ON1 Effects

The Before and After view of the Dehaze preset is shown.
The Haze Reducing Filter is new to Effects 10 from On1 Software.

When the image was opened in Effects 10, I noticed it was a grey day and the Teeswater River was in full spring melt off mode. As well the dam was to my right and I just felt all of this affecting the image.  The first stop was to select Presets>Haze Reducing and the Haze Reducing effects are shown in the left panel.

To apply an effect click one of them. I settled on the Haze Reducer (Light) effect because it brought out just the right amount of detail in the buildings. Over on the right side were a number of controls that allowed me to adjust the effect. The major change was to increase the Vibrance to bring up the yellow in the buildings. If you want a Before and After look, click the Compare button – the button with an A in the bottom left. To dismiss it, click the Compare button again.

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How To Apply An HDR Look Filter In ON1 Effects 10

The Before and After views of the HDR Look filter applied to the image are shown.
The Natural HDR Look filter is selected and adjusted using the filter controls on the right.

With the haze removed and knowing the river and the sky were going to be blurred I wanted to bring up a bit more detail in the buildings. One technique that does that is HDR or High Dynamic Range which manipulates the ratio of light to dark pixels in a photo to create some rather interesting visual effects. In this case I wasn’t interested in an “over-the-top” effect. I wanted to bring up more detail in the buildings. The first step was to select Filters> HDR Look. I was presented with 5 choices and settled on Natural, for obvious reasons. Once I applied the filter, I then adjusted the Clarity and Vibrance settings. If you make a mistake with any slider in ON1 Effects 10, click the Reset button at the bottom of the controls.

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Applying A Tilt Shift Filter In On1 Effects 10

The Tilt Shift Filter controls are shown. on the image and in the filter controls panel.
Tilt Shift allows you to control the In Focus area and the controls allow you to tweak the effect.

To find the Tilt Shift Effect , I navigated to Filters>Lens Blur> Tilt Shift. Though the initial effect looked OK, I thought a couple of tweaks were in order. When you roll the mouse over the image you will see a series of Horizontal lines and a circle. In Effect 10 this is known as a Masking Bug.

The in focus area is between the solid horizontal lines. I moved them to the bottom of the yellow building and its roof peak.  I then adjusted the Blur Amount on the Controls. I also rotated the effect to follow the line on the wall in the bottom right corner of the image and then readjusted the focus area.

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How To Save A Photo In ON 1 Effects 10

The export panel is used to save the image.
Be aware there are a number of ways to save and share images in Effects 10.

There are a number of options when it comes to saving your image. They are:

  • The Save and Export menu options in the File menu.
  • The Export button in the bottom right corner of the interface.
  • The Share button under the Export button
  • The blue Save button.

The default format for Save is .psd which is set in the Effects 10  Preferences>Files.

If you click the Export button the Export panel opens and here, you can set the file format (.psd, jpg,.png and .tiff), Color Space, location and file name. When finished, click the Export button at the bottom of the panel.