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Post-processing options

The EOS 60D offers the shooter more in the way of post-shot processing options than previous Canon DSLRs. In addition to the traditional resize and rotate options that Canon has included for many years, there are also four Creative Filters that allow post-shot processing effects to be added to RAW or JPEG files, and a raw conversion option to allow you to apply different image presets to existing RAW files.

Creative filters

The 60D offers four creative filters which can be applied after shooting to either RAW or JPEG files. The four options are Grainy Black and White, Soft Focus, Toy Camera and Miniature. Each of these options allows for some degree of fine-tuning, allowing you to adjust the extent or effect of the processing. The Miniature mode allows you to create mock tilt/shift images with a narrow band of the image in-focus and the rest becoming increasingly blurred. The in-focus region can be moved around the frame, and arranged in either vertical or horizontal orientation.

Creative filters can be applied either from the menu option in the playback menu or by pressing the Q button from playback mode. Most of the filters have options that allow you to tune the effect to your tastes. Here you can specify the in-focus region for Miniature mode.

Here's how the same RAW looks with a version of each Creative Filter applied:

Grainy Black and White (Contrast:Low) Soft Focus (Standard)
Toy Camera Mode (Color Tone: Standard) Miniature

Distortion and CA corrections

In addition to the peripheral illumination correction that the camera can use to correct vignetting while it shoots, the 60D also offers the ability to correct for geometric distortion and lateral chromatic aberration if you use the in-camera raw processing options. Here we compare a direct out-of-camera JPEG to a reprocessed version of the accompanying RAW file, with both distortion and CA correction applied.

Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 15mm 100% crop
Default JPEG Simultaneously captured RAW file reprocessed with distortion and CA correction

The chromatic aberration correction does a pretty good job - removing colored fringing without substantial impairment of the image quality. When appliying CA correction alone, a handful of pixels around the edge of the frame are lost and the entire image is then rescaled but it's not really noticeable.

However, applying distortion correction causes a much more drastic version of the same effect - cropping substantially into the image then magnifying back up to the original file dimensions. This time the effect is noticeable. At all focal lengths of the 15-85mm lens (not just the wide-angle end you might expect to need most correction due to barrel distortion), the final image after correction loses a significant amount of detail at the edge of the frame. That said, in return for this slightly cropped, softer image, the distortion is well corrected (see above).

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