OV3: Using Art Filters and Art Effects

OV3: Using Art Filters and Art Effects

Introduction

Olympus Viewer 3 Image Edit Window
Post-Processing images with Art Filters and Art Effects on Olympus Viewer 3 is a good way to add a measure of creativity to your *.orf RAW files. While you may do the same on-site with the in-camera setting, doing it on the desktop allows you a more controlled measure while, maybe, doing it in the quiet of the night, at your own time.

The Art Filter and Art Effects available are similar to those you will find on Olympus E-system cameras. While you can post-process JPEG files from other sources in normal Edit Mode on the OV3, applying Art Filter and Art Effect edits can only be done to *.orf RAW files, or in RAW Development Mode.


Art Filters

Olympus Viewer 3 Art Filter tools
The range of Art Filters available on OV3 includes Soft Focus, Pop Art, Pale & Light Color, Light Tone, Pinhole, Diorama, Grainy Film, Cross Process, Gentle Sepia, Dramatic Tone, Key Line and Watercolor.

While Soft Focus, Light Tone, Diorama and Gentle Sepia is only available as a single type, the others are available as Type I and Type II. The exception is Pin Hole which is available in three types, Type I, Type II and Type III.

Different types render the image with a different variation of the filter algorithm.


Art Effects

Olympus Viewer 3 Art Effect Tools
Art Effects are available selectively as a subset to each Art Filter application. Five are available in all - Soft Focus Effect, Pin Hole Effect, White Edge Effect, Frame Effect, and Star Light Effect, but not all are necessarily available for each filter option.

Filter type availability and Effects options are listed with the image samples shown below. You can combine more than one Art Effect to an Art Filtered image.


Image Management

While the effects of each Art Filter and Art Effect are fixed, you can always adjust the final outcome of your edits by blending in adjustments from other edit features which includes Exposure Compensation, White Balance, WB Fine Adjustment, Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation, Color Space, Noise Cancellation, and False Color Suppression.


Soft Focus
Olympus Viewer 3 Soft Focus Filter Effect
Soft Focus Filter Effect

Soft Focus + Star Light Effect
Soft Focus + Star Light Effect
The Soft Focus filter creates a dreamlike quality, giving photographs a surreal look. Works well with portraits, softening the features on the face, which is often flattering.

Type Option:
  • None
Effects Supported:
  • White Edge Effect, Star Light Effect

Pop Art

Olympus Viewer 3 Pop Art Type I Filter Effect
Pop Art Type I Filter Effect
Olympus Viewer 3 Pop Art Type II  Filter Effect
Pop Art Type II  Filter Effect
Pop Art Type II  + Pin Hole Effect
Pop Art Type II  + Pin Hole Effect
The Pop Art filter super-saturates colors, creates a brighter and a more vivid image of the objects within the composition.

Type Options:
  • Type I and Type II
Effects Supported:
  • Soft Focus Effect, Pin Hole Effect, White Edge Effect, Frame Effect, Star Light Effect


Pale & Light Color

Olympus Viewer 3 Pale & Light Color Type I Filter Effect
Pale & Light Color Type I Filter Effect
Olympus Viewer 3 Pale & Light Color Type II Filter Effect
Pale & Light Color Type II Filter Effect
Pale & Light Color Type II + White Edge Effect
Pale & Light Color Type II + White Edge Effect
The Pale & Light Color filter brings soft, flat light and pastel coloring to photographs.

Type Options:
  • Type I and Type II
Effects Supported:
  • Soft Focus Effect, Pin Hole Effect, White Edge Effect, Frame Effect


Light Tone

Olympus Viewer 3 Light Tone Filter Effect
Light Tone Filter Effect
Light Tone + Frame Effect
Light Tone + Frame Effect
The Light Tone filter gives your image a lighter look, providing for more detail in it's darker areas.

Type Option:
  • None
Effects Supported:
  • Frame Effect


Pin Hole

Olympus Viewer 3 Pin Hole Type I Filter Effect
Pin Hole Type I Filter Effect
Olympus Viewer 3 Pin Hole Type II Filter Effect
Pin Hole Type II Filter Effect
Olympus Viewer 3 Pin Hole Type III Filter Effect
Pin Hole Type III Filter Effect
Pin Hole Type III + Frame Effect
Pin Hole Type III + Frame Effect
The Pin Hole filter gives your images a heavy dark vignette as if you took the image with a pinhole camera. It enhances the subject in the center and bringing the photograph to life.

Type Option:
  • Type I, Type II, Type III
Effects Supported:
  • Frame Effect


Grainy Film

Olympus Viewer 3 Grainy Film Type I Filter Effect
Grainy Film Type I Filter Effect
Olympus Viewer 3 Grainy Film Type II Filter Effect
Grainy Film Type II Filter Effect
Grainy Film Type II + Frame Effect
Grainy Film Type II + Frame Effect
The Grainy Film filter makes your photo look like a grainy film image. Can be used to add atmosphere or a vintage touch to your photos.

Type Option:
  • Type I, Type II
Effects Supported:
  • Pinhole Effect, White Edge Effect, Frame Effect
Picture Tone:
  • Neutral, Sepia, Blue, Purple, Green
B&W Filters:
  • Neutral, Yellow, Orange, Red, Green


Diorama

Olympus Viewer 3 Diorama Filter Effect
Diorama Filter Effect
Diorama + Frame Effect
Diorama + Frame Effect
The Diorama filter blurs the top and bottom of the image, making the subject looking smaller than it actually is. Makes life size objects look like models.

Type Option:
  • None
Effects Supported:
  • Frame Effect


Cross Process
Olympus Viewer 3 Cross Process Type I Filter Effect
Cross Process Type I Filter Effect

Olympus Viewer 3 Cross Process Type II Filter Effect
Cross Process Type II Filter Effect
Cross Process Type II + Pin Hole + White Edge Effect
Cross Process Type II + Pin Hole + White Edge Effect
The Cross Process filter gives the images a color cast like those from the old days of processing film. It can give a quite surreal look to your images.

Type Options:
  • Type I and Type II
Effects Supported:
  • Pin Hole Effect, White Edge Effect, Frame Effect


Gentle Sepia

Olympus Viewer 3 Gentle Sepia Filter Effect
Gentle Sepia Filter Effect
Gentle Sepia + White Edge Effect
Gentle Sepia + White Edge Effect
The Gentle Sepia filter gives your images a yellowed black and white color cast, a vintage or old fashioned feel.

Type Options:
  • None
Effects Supported:
  • Soft Focus Effect, Pin Hole Effect, White Edge Effect, Frame Effect


Dramatic Tone

Olympus Viewer 3 Dramatic Tone Type I Filter Effect
Dramatic Tone Type I Filter Effect
Olympus Viewer 3 Dramatic Tone Type II Filter Effect
Dramatic Tone Type II Filter Effect
Dramatic Tone Type II + Star Light Effect
Dramatic Tone Type II + Star Light Effect
The Dramatic Tone filter effect provides a daily landscape with a dramatic impression. It applies local changes in contrast to the image to represent the real space in a fictitious style by creating unrealistic tones of light and darkness.

Type Options:
  • Type I, Type II
Effects Supported:
  • Pin Hole Effect, White Edge Effect, Frame Effect, Star Light Effect


Key Line

Olympus Viewer 3 Key Line Type I Filter Effect
Key Line Type I Filter Effect
Olympus Viewer 3 Key Line Type II Filter Effect
Key Line Type II Filter Effect
Key Line Type II + Frame Effect
Key Line Type II + Frame Effect
The Key Line filter enhances the edge lines of the image to make it look more like an illustration. It will highlight the key lines in your images with a black outline, and make the colors more matte, adding to the effect.

Type Options:
  • Type I, Type II
Effects Supported:
  • Soft Focus Effect, Pin Hole Effect, White Edge Effect, Frame Effect, Star Light Effect


Watercolor

Olympus Viewer 3 Watercolor Type I Filter Effect
Watercolor Type I Filter Effect
Olympus Viewer 3 Watercolor Type II Filter Effect
Watercolor Type II Filter Effect
Watercolor Type II + Frame Effect
Watercolor Type II + Frame Effect
The Watercolor art filter effect eliminates darker areas in the image to daringly represent bright color tones on a white canvas to express the world awash in color.

Type Options:
  • Type I, Type II
Effects Supported:
  • White Edge Effect, Frame Effect


Going forward

Remind yourself that you do not have to fidget or fiddle with Art Filter settings when you are shooting RAW on Olympus E-System cameras that have the Art Filters feature. This is because you can also be processed with Art Filters in Olympus Viewer 3 (current version: 2.1.1), the image management and editing software.



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