AfterShot Pro 3 Standard Tools

The AfterShot Pro 3 Standard Tools are in the top tab on the right side of the ASP screen.

These tools are the most recognized tools for editing photographs - that is the most common adjustment controls.

Why they May Not Work!

While these are the basic AfterShot Pro 3 Standard Tols adjustments, you may find that some of them don't work under certain situation and here's the reasons why that happens:

  1. The file that you are attempting to edit may not be available (it may be on an external drive).
  2. You may be trying to make an adjustment on a layer and the control can oly be applied to the whole image.
  3. If the tool your using isn;t working it may be that the tool is not compatible with the file format because the tools can only be used with RAW files - Highlight Recovery, Custom White Balance (Temp and Tint) and the White Balance Presets (Cloudy, Incadescent and others in the drop down).

Working With The Tool Panel

  • To re-size the panel - place cursor at the left edge, click and drag when the re-size arrows appear.
  • To hide the tool panel - click the right facing arrow at the top of the tool panel or use the keyboard shortcut - R.
  • To pin or un-pin the panel - click on the little pin icon at the top of the screen.

To Adjust The Settings

  • Drag the adjustments slider, or
  • Double click the number setting for the adjustment and type in a new value, or
  • Position the pointer over an adjustment and rotate the scroll wheel.
  • To reset the slider double-click the slider or the adjustment name.

AfterShot Pro 3 Standard Tools


Autolevel - autolevel examines the image and sets the black and white points in the image.  The numbers to the right of the label determine the percentage of the image that will be pure black and the percentage of the image that will be pure white.

Perfectly Clear - automatically optimizes the lighting for each and every pixel while maintaining true color and zero clipping.  It also also removes abnormal tint and restores faded photos with three different Tint settings (Off, Min or Max).

White Balance - for RAW images.  Lets you adjust the color characteristics in different lighting situations.  Click a neutral grey color with the dropper and fine tune with the Temp slider.

Straighten - levels the image.

Exposure - provides an overall exposure adjustment to the whole image.

Highlights - recovers detail from overexposed parts of the image.

HL Range - finer control over specific areas to adjust within your image.

Fill Light - brightens shadows and the darker portions of the image without overexposing highlights, and with minimal effect on midtones.

Blacks - controls the black point in the image. Values lower than zero remove black from the image; values higher than zero darken the image. 

Contrast - Increasing Contrast makes the dark areas in the image darker, and the bright areas brighter.

Saturation - adjusts the intensity of the colour in the image.

Vibrance - applies a less severe version of saturation and can help with skin colours.

Hue - effectively rotates the color wheel, changing the colors in the image.

Sharpening - putting a checkmark in the box makes the details more crisp by the amount in the slider.

Raw Noise - selected reduces noise by the amount in the slider.

Keywords

These help you organize and manage your images. 

Presets

These are a set of adjustments that can be applied to your images.  The basic version of AfterShop Pro 3 comes with 8 preset categories in the Standard panel and there are more available to purchase in the Get More tab.

Presets will speed up the workflow and give a consistent look.

An Example

Here's a RAW file I shot a few years ago.  It was taken just as the sun was going behind the horizon.

The shot is crooked, too dark and just not appealing.  It's a good candidate for the AfterShot Pro 3 Standard adjustments.

Rescuing this image.

The process took me about 3 minutes - this is what I did in the AfterShot Pro 3 Standard Tools ...

Autolevel and Perfectly Clear were each selected and their own but the change seemed far too severe so they were both turned off.

The image was crooked so the Straighten Tool was used on the horizon of the lake and sky.  After that the Crop tool (with the 35 mm setting) was applied.

The Exposure was bumped up to .56

The Highlights and Fill Light were not adjusted at all.

The Blacks was bumped up to 16.23 and the Contrast was lowered to -23 after messing with it for awhile.

The next adjustment to be modified was the Vibrance which was increased to 98 which accentuated the low sun on the faces of the young lady in the foreground and the two in the middle of the photo.

I zoomed in tight and increased the Sharpening and also selected RAW Noise.

Here's the results of those few adjustments ,,,

Whenever you feel you're finished modifying an image you can launch the History Palette and cycle through all of the adjustments one-by-one.

Keywords

You can enter some or not enter any - it's your choice.  For thisimage I entered Sunset and Lakeshore and once they're entered in the AfterShot Pro 3 Standard Tools palette they will also appear in the Metadata tab for this image. 

Preset

There are 8 different Preset categories and clicking on one of the subcategories will apply the preset to the entire image.

Conclusion

As someone who got their introduction to digital image using first Photoshop and then PaintShop Pro, using AfterShot Pro 3 Standard tools was quite a departure from the familiar.  The adjustments are logical, producing excellent results!

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