From the creation
of the popular Digital Velvia (DV) action, Velvia
Vision™ v1.5 has
evolved. It is a new Photoshop plug-in designed to
enhance color and tone in your photographs. It provides
a 200% range of error-free color intensity as well
as smart algorithms to increase contrast, create moods
and expand tonal range. With this new tool, photographers
can preview settings and tweak intensity results for
maximum control over their work. Another feature unique
to this plugin, is that you can save and load your
own Velvia Vision profiles.
This plug-in is compatible
with JPEG files straight from the camera or TIFF/JPEG
files converted from RAW
files. It's also compatible with RAW files when using
Adobe Camera RAW v2.3 or higher (Compatible with all
digital cameras or scanned film files)
and MAC FM plugins are offered as separate packages.
Make sure to download the correct one for your operating
the Velvia Vision plugin interface:
Full instructions included in the Velvia Vision
User Manual PDF file
Vision allows photographers to save and load their
own custom settings. You will be able to create as
many Velvia Vision settings as desired to ease your
workflow. In the example below, you can see that I
have saved settings for different projects:
to save custom Velvia Vision settings:
the example above, Velvia Vision was set with the following
Vison Intensity = 25%
Contrast = Contrast 2 with Smart color
correction and Neutralize midtones checked
Colors = Intensity 1
Dynamic Range = Level 3
Options = Save result as layer -- checked
order to save these settings for future use, I clicked
on the "Save" button and created a custom
setting called: "Fall colors".
Vision Intensity slider:
Vision offers a 200% range (-100 to 100%) of error-free
color enhancement intensity. Move the slider above
zero to enhance colors and below zero to decrease color
information from your files.
Default = 0 (Zero)
option enhances tonal range whenever needed without
highlight and shadow detail. Choose from 4 intensities. "Contrast
1" is the safest setting with no loss of shadow/highlight
detail. "Contrast 4" is the strongest
setting and will result in minor range clipping.
(This clipping will not be detected in prints). "Contrast
2" and "Contrast 3" are the recommended
Velvia Vision under Photoshop 6 is limited to one
Smart Contrast intensity.
the Smart Contrast Box you can also correct color with
the following options: Smart color correction and Neutralize
both are unchecked, color casts will not be corrected.
However, if your image needs color correction the plugins
smart automated algorithms can calculate this for you.
Just select one or both of these options.
Colors: This is
a great feature if you need to add an afternoon
to your image. Some photographers like to refer
to this as "golden light". There are
three intensity levels to choose from. "Intensity
3" has the strongest effect.
dynamic range: This option rescues
important shadow and highlight detail, expanding
your photo's tonal range.
Global Intensity Tweak
Intensity tweak slider is a powerful and flexible option
included with this
Global Intensity Tweak slider allows you to tweak the
results you see on screen. As you move the slider from
100% (default) to your desired level, the results will
change on your image instantaneously.
and After Buttons: Click
on the Before button to view the original file.
Click on the After button to view the Velvia Vision
Options: Check this option of
you would like to save
your Velvia Vision results in a separate layer
while keeping your original work intact. Working
with a new layer is great for creating layer masks,
or editing selected areas.