Getting Started With Silkypix - it's easy!

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Trevor G
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Getting Started With Silkypix - it's easy!
Apr 18, 2012

There are at least 5 things in Silkypix's favour:

1) It's free, bundled with Fuji cameras.

2) It works on JPEG and RAW images, using the same GUI and the same methodolgy. You don't have to learn 2 new programs.

3) It's laid out in a very methodical, orderly workflow. Each tool appears in sequence. It is thus easy to learn to use.

4) No matter what you do, you can never save changes to the original image, or alter it by mistake, even. Silkypix forces you to save any changes as a new image, both with RAW and JPEG files.

5) You can save favourite or frequently used settings as a "Taste" and quickly apply it the next time you have a similar image.

TO USE THIS TUTORIAL:

I suggest that you first install Silkypix, then work through each point with the software running and a sample image handy.

The technique/work flow is the same for the bundled and full versions.

Starting Out With Silkypix

Basics:

1) The tools are in the left column - start at the top and work down.

2) Each tool has an icon and a tooltip, which is revealed when you hover your mouse over the icon

3a) Each tool has a dropdown list on the right which makes coarser, preset adjustments to the image.

3b) Each tool has a slider or three which open out down below the tool list once you either click the icon or open the dropdown list.

4) The very top tool (shown by a gear wheel icon) is the Taste/parameter tool, which allows you to use preset image "looks" which mimic various classic film settings, including B&W. This is not unlike the Film mode selection on the camera, but is definitely not the same.

5) After working vertically through each tool that you want to use in the left column (you don't need to use them all) you then work along the bottom row of icons if you need to. These provide some more tools which are not needed as often, but can be very powerful.

6) When starting out, avoid using the big + button on the side, which is used to save or recall favourite settings (or "Tastes" in Silkypix language).

7) Each slider control has a default position, shown by the ^ symbol. You can always easily take settings back to their original position.

8) Never open a saved, modified image and work on it some more - always go back to the original, which will show you where you left it at last use.

9) If you make changes you don't like and are not sure what to undo, Silkypix saves an ini-type file in a subdirectory of the folder where the image is found. The sub directory is called Silkypix_DS and contains entries which match the file name of the image you are working on, with .spi or .spd appended. Delete these file(s) to start afresh

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Trevor G

Silkypix tutorials at: http://photo.computerwyse.com

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