How do I retint or apply effects to my images?

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Before exploring this topic, just a reminder that FotoFusion is image layout sofware, not image editing software. As such, effects are applied to the frame holding your image, not the actual image itself. No pixels in your image are directly touched when using effects, which means that you can always reset your image back to its original state.

FotoFusion cannot warp or distort your images. It can overlay effects on to it.

Retinting Images – RGB

You can apply a color-shift effect to your images via the Image Editor’s General tab. This is done using the R-G-B sliders, which is a standard means of representing color mixing. While the letters refer to Red, Green and Blue, you can create all shades of the rainbow by adjusting these values. For a more technical description, consult the following:

Changing the R-G-B values affect the way the colors in your image are displayed. Monochrome or grey images will appear to be washed with a single color. Images with multiple colors change differently, as the color in the image itself is interacting differently with the addition or subtraction of red, green and blue.

The image below shows the effects of changing the R-G-B sliders on three images – a photograph, a png clipart in color, and a png clipart in black and grey. No other Image editor properties were adjusted.

Image Fill

Another way to change the color of your images is to overlay a color fill. The Image Editor’s Fill tab enables you to add a color wash on top of your entire image. Use the color chip to add a shade, and then adjust the Opacity slider to wash more or less color on top of the image. If the Opacity slider is at 255, the image underneath becomes invisible. Note: the Fill tab can be used to create solid color backgrounds and frames for colorblocking effects.

Because you are washing color over the entire frame, the Background Fill option is not suitable for images with transparency, as the transparent area will be tinted as well.

Note: you can apply R-G-B and fill color alterations to background frame and decorative papers. If you find a paper with a texture you like, but the color is off, you can retint it.

If you need to reapply these settings to your backgrounds across a multipage project, save it as a preset for a work-in-progress to apply to other pages, or apply the settings to all backgrounds at once by clicking Ctrl and = on the Image editor.

More Image Editor effects

Color effects can be combined with other Image editor effects – brightness, gamma, contrast, sepia, blur, etc.

The Effects tab

The Image Editor’s Effects tab houses preset filters as well as advanced blending modes. The blending mode options are similar to those found in Photoshop.

The “Blending Mode Café”

At the top of the Effects tab, you will find a selection of preset image effect filters which can be applied to your images. These involve the blending mode options, and in some cases, the effects found on the General tab as well.

The Unsharp mask

The Unsharp mask is a powerful tool to “sharpen” photos. Contrary to what the name may imply, sharpening does not mean restoring details to an out-of-focus photo. Sharpening refers to the contrast difference between light and dark within an image.

Increase the Radius to apply the effect – you will notice that brights get brighter, and darks get darker. Amount controls the degree of intensity of the effect, and Threshold affects the interaction of adjacent pixels with more contrast.

Image Blend

Image Blend will affect the selected image frame itself – think of it as “blend with self” mode, as if the image had been duplicated on top of itself. The effects will apply to the “top” copy of the image. The Blend Amount slider will impact the Effect layer only – how it blends with the source image. Note: to turn off Image Blend, be sure to set it to “Off” not to “Normal”.

The Image blending modes are divided into categories based on how the image is treated relative to the virtual copy of itself.

Background blend

Background blend affects how a frame blends with the background behind it. This method is very efficient to blend textures with what is on the canvas underneath it.

To reduce the opacity of the effect, use the opacity slider under Image Editor’s General tab, as you won’t be able to see through the top image layer.

(Portraits used in this article courtesy of Kent Smith)

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