Friday, August 3, 2007

Using "virtualPhotographer" in Second Life Pics (possible alternative for Renderglow)

A little while ago, Bella March made a comment on one of my pictures in my flickrstream, saying that the Renderglow effect was nice in that particular picture.

I have answered her that it was not with Renderglow , but that I would make a tutorial about it when I had the time. I still don’t have the time really, but managed to make some examples with a picture I made some time ago, with Windlight. As I have read on Torley Linden’s blog, we can expect the Windlight back on the grid in Second Life within the month. Let us hope he is right about it.

I have been using virtualPhotographer for quiet some time now, and am satisfying with the results, as you can easily adjust the effect to your wishes, and you don’t have to spend a lot of time, going through every single setting to get the same result.

What’s more is that you can download virtualPhotographer for free and use it in different software programs, as Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro, and even Photosuite from MGI. I have those programs but only used it in Photoshop. I have even downloaded the extra packs, and the results of those are to be seen in my previous post “Surfparty at Strawberry

virtualPhotographer includes over 50 presets that automatically apply combinations of film grain, color modification, B/W, soft focus, high contrast and many artistic effects to achieve the same professional-looking images that used to take hours of photo editing.

virtualPhotographer is designed to allow photographers familiar with traditional camera usage and terminology to easily create photographically rich and artistic results from their digital images.

The operating principle of virtualPhotographer is to offer many "one-click" photo-effect options that give, or get close to, a desired result. If needed, simple adjustments can then be made to get exactly the shot being sought.”

Just download the program, decompress the folder and drag it in the “Plugins” folder of your Photo editing program.

To start the virtualPhotographer, simply load a picture in your software program, and select the “optikverve labs” “virtualPhotographer” option in the “Filter” menu.

“The ideal way to use virtualPhotographer is first apply all of the Presets to your image to see which ones look best. Then, if needed, fine tune the other controls to get the exact results you want. Once you have applied the first Preset you can quickly move through all the other Presets by using the DOWN arrow and UP arrow keys on your keyboard, or the scroll-wheel on your mouse if you have one. This will move to the next Preset and apply it automatically. Make sure the Preset pop-down menu is closed but selected for this to work correctly, otherwise the arrow keys will simple scroll through the pop-down menu list to the next Preset if it is open but will not apply the effect.”

If you have also put the extra .vph files in your “Plugin” folder, you can load these settings in the virtualPhotographer with the button “LOAD” and then, if you are happy with the result click “PROCESS”. Don’t worry you can still adjust the contrast or so to make the picture just as you wanted.

Have fun with it!

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