Aperture solarization effect

How to create an Aperture solarization effect

07 Reduced brightness

Aperture solarization effect

If I drag the Brightness slider right down to its minimum value, the whole picture becomes darker, as you’d expect, but now almost all the tones are normal, and only the bright sky is solarized.

08 Saving the effect

Aperture solarization effect

Now I’ve got the effect how I want it, I can save it using the drop-down Effects menu under the histogram. From now on, I can simply choose this effect from the list (you can see I’ve already added a couple of Solarization effects) and it will be applied with a single click.

09 The finished picture

Aperture solarization effect

Solarization is simple in principle, but it can take a little work to get exactly right. Since the Exposure and Brightness controls no longer work in the way you expect, getting the brightness exactly right is a little more complicated. Here’s one last tip, though – to get a full tonal range from black to maximum white, adjust the curve in Step 03 so that the centre ‘peak’ reaches the top of the histogram – this will be your new maximum highlight value.

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