Control Points in Photoshop
Photoshop plug-in feature Control Points in one form or another, which lets you selectively adjust areas. Most Photoshop users will be familiar with making selections or using masks to cut off areas for selective adjustments, but Control Points have a different use. You simply click on a point, adjust the circular area to fit over whatever you want to target, and the software will work out what you want to adjust by looking for similar tones.
Although all the plug-in in the collection features Control Points, Viveza is the one that’s almost completely dedicated to them. It’s a good substitute for Adjustment Layers, and useful when you don’t want to spend time meticulously making masks. A few clicks can define an area like the foreground here for quick adjustments.
In the three steps below we render some information about getting hold of Control Points.
Make a control point
- Start with Convert to Smart Object.
- Right-click the layer.
- Choose Convert to Smart Object.
- Go to Filter > Nik Collection > Viveza.
- Click Add Control Point.
- Click the sky.
- Use the top slider connected to the Control Point to resize the area.
- To see what is affected, click the square icon in Control Point List.
Alter the tones
- Adjust the effects easily with sliders
- Use the set of sliders hovering over the photo to adjust the effect inside the area affected by the Control Point.
- Here we’ve used it to darken down the blue sky.
- Next click ‘Add Control Point’ again and make a second point over the other half of the sky.
- Adjust the brightness to darken it too.
Duplicate and group
- Alt-drag points to perfect the look
- Add another point to the rock in the foreground
- Lift the structure to pull out more texture.
- Alt-drag the point to copy the adjustment over to another rock nearby.
- If you want to adjust several points as one, Shift-click to highlight them
- Click the Group button.
These points were the procedure to follow to have control over the control points. Hope this article could suffice your need to have the gist of what control points are and how they are used.