Technique #4

Use both sliders to pull out contrast patterns. Using the Enhance Detail slider only brings out image detail. Using the Smooth Detail slider only smooths image features. When you use both sliders you are smoothing the smallest contrast variances and the largest, so you are pulling out contrast patterns.

I have created 8 variations of this image to illustrate this effect. The slider values are given in the image description to the side of the image. The very last examples (Variation #7 and #8) demonstrate processing the image twice with Lucis.

Key Points:

1) To get a more striking image have the slider values very close together (difference between the two sliders = 2 to 6). If you do this and make the values of the sliders low, you create a very textured image which can be add texture to the original image. Just use the Mix With Original Image slider.

2) Checking the Tie Together check box on the Lucis Pro User interface keeps the two sliders a fixed value apart so when you move one slider the other follows. This makes it easier to explore the image variation possibilities. You have to Uncheck the Tie Together check box to make the difference between the two sliders a different value.

3) When using both sliders is is best to set the number of Processing Scan Lines to 40. It will take longer to process the image but the result will have fewer radial artifacts, if any.

Click on any image to see a high resolution version.


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The original 8-bit image.

Now see the different variations


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Variation #1: The Enhance Detail slider = 221 and the Smooth Detail slider = 65.

When both slider values are this high and this far apart the patterns are more muted, a watercolor effect.

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Variation #2: The Enhance Detail slider = 115 and the Smooth Detail slider = 65.

Reducing the value of the Enhance Detail slider makes the pattern stronger.

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Variation #3: The Enhance Detail slider = 43 and the Smooth Detail slider = 33.

Now the values of the sliders are lower and close together. This makes the pattern more detailed and more defined.

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Variation #4: The Enhance Detail slider = 13 and the Smooth Detail slider = 19.

Now the values of the sliders are even lower and closer together. This makes the pattern much more detailed.

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Variation #5: The Enhance Detail slider = 3 and the Smooth Detail slider = 5.

This image is incredibly detailed. Only contrast variations between 3 and 5 intensity levels are enhanced. This is image is used to add texture to the original image (Variation #6).

Variation #6: The Enhance Detail slider = 3 and the Smooth Detail slider = 5. Then used the Mix With Original Image slider to add 70% of the original image to the Lucis image.

This image has a nice texture.

You can make the Lucis image more dramatic by processing the image a second time to exaggerate details in the pattern.

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Variation # 7. Variation #1 (which had the Enhance Detail slider = 221 and the Smooth Detail slider = 65) was processed with Lucis (the Enhance Detail slider = 13 and the Smooth Detail slider = 1).

This very detailed image was used to create the textured image (Variation #8)

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Variation #8: I used the Mix With original Image slider to combine Variation #1 and variation # 7 50%-50%.

Just open the variation #1 image in Lucis, set the Enhance Detail slider = 13 and the Smooth Detail slider = 1, and then set the Mix With original Image slider to 50% Lucis Image and 50% original.