View Full Version : Dramatic Tone & other art filters

10th December 2010, 02:46 PM
As far as I can see, there is no way to graduate the effect of any of these art filters - they seem to be 'all or nothing'. Unless you blend them into unfiltered layers in the likes of Photoshop. Is that right? If not, where are the controls to apply more or less of any particular filter?

Dramatic Tone is interesting and works OK with some images while it seems destructive or over-the-top for many others (also grainy - the manual warns that application of the art filters is unwise over ISO 1600 because of the accentuated grain).

Do any of you have a series of steps to replicate the Dramatic Tone effect in Photoshop etc, which would allow its application to be varied in strength? The closest I can get so far is with an HDR development from the single image, followed by Photoshopping (curves, application of a photo filter or two then readjusting saturation). Samples below:

Exhibit A: Poor OOC jpeg, original file untouched:
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/exhibit_A.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/29219)

Exhibit B: dramatic tone filter applied to RAW (in Viewer 2):
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/exhibit_B_drama.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/29220)

Exhibit C: RAW matixed and shopped:
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/exhibit_C_matix_shopped.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/29221)

I prefer the enhancement in the last one

10th December 2010, 03:34 PM
I prefer the final version as well


10th December 2010, 03:52 PM
So do I - an example of why we should consider shooting Raw!

10th December 2010, 04:24 PM
Image Rescue Service....
Here's another image rescue playing with the drama filter (partly). You can tell I am trying to avoid the drudgery of Christmas admin can't you?!

Poor SOOC jpeg showing DR issues:
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/cuts_ooc_small.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/29234)

This time I prepared one jpeg applying the Dramatic Tone filter, for the stump, and another with substantially decreased exposure (using ACR) for the palace, and layered them. The one optimised for Hampton Court Palace was substantially sharpened (that explains why it seems I have rather more DOF than the 15 feet or so I should have had focusing on the tree stump) and saturation upped to bring out the golden tones in particular.. Then blended using a gradient mask:
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/cuts_small.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/29235)

I quite liked the addition of Dramatic Tone to the stump and then blending and gradient-masking tamed the effect as you go up the frame.

I really must get on with my chores though....

10th December 2010, 05:17 PM
No.2 looks about right, its a pitty there is no control of how much dramatic art filter you can apply in camera though, Olympus take not give adjustment tweek in art filters well some kind of control at least.

We rescued anyway well done.