Nik Software Silver Efex Pro control points

How to use control points in Silver Efex Pro

04 Checking the mask

Nik Software Silver Efex Pro control points

Remember, the control point doesn’t adjust the whole circular area – that’s just the broad range of its effect. You can check the adjustment mask it’s created by clicking the box next to the control point in the Selective Adjustments panel on the right. You can see from this that the masking isn’t perfect, and there is some ‘spillage’ outside the control point’s radius. It’s not exactly a problem, just behaviour you should be aware of.

05 Linking adjustments

Nik Software Silver Efex Pro control points

You may find you want to apply the same adjustments in different areas of the image. I want to darken the top left and bottom right corners in this one, so I’ve created a control point in each – but I’ve not made any adjustments yet. I’ve simply selected the first, then shift-clicked the second so that they’re both selected. Next, I click the Group button in the Selective Adjustments panel.

06 Group adjustments

Nik Software Silver Efex Pro control points

Now, I can select the control point in the bottom right corner to make adjustments, and the control point in the top left corner is adjusted too. Here, I’m just reducing the brightness value to make the medal stand out more in the centre of the frame.

07 The finished image

Nik Software Silver Efex Pro control points

There are any number of ways of applying dodge and burn techniques in software, and Silver Efex Pro’s isn’t necessarily the best. But in conjunction with its other black and white tools, its control point adjustments help make it what I think is the most powerful black and white plug-in of all.

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2 thoughts on “How to use control points in Silver Efex Pro

  1. Hello, I have just discovered your site and am very impressed. Thanks for all your hard work. I will return here often.

    I was looking for the answer to a question when I found your site and maybe you can help. In my version when i add a control point there are only 3 choices in the drop-down. In images I have seen on the web, there are I believe seven items in the dropdown. Is there a way to toggle between them? Is it because I have an older version (spring 2013)?

    Any help you can offer would be appreciated.

    Thanks.

    1. Hi Scott. If you take a look at the list of three choices you should see a small arrow at the bottom. When you click this, the extra choices should be revealed.

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