The Solarize or Sabatier Effect has being around along time since the dawn of photography so it’s a valid method to create artwork particularly in Black & White.  It may not be to everyone’s taste, however for the right image it can bring things to the surface, strengthen the subject and it’s environment. Recently I’ve being using this method in one of my photography projects –‘Dublin Connections’ . I thought I’d share some of my presets I use as bases to create the look I want.

The plugin presets simply changes the Tone Curve and Color Filters of the image. Remember the brightness works in the other direction. The presets are to give an idea, do try altering the color filters and widen the bottom of the curve. I’ve included the settings in the image examples below.

Below are some presets which I’ve created for Silver Efex Plugin for Photoshop/Lightroom or Aperture.

If you like the preset do let me know by comment or email.

Preset Example : Solar #1

Preset Example : Mild Solar
Preset Example : Mild Solar

Preset Example : Solar Lines
Preset Example : Solar Lines

Preset Example : Solar Lines Soft
Preset Example : Solar Lines Soft

Preset Example : Top Solar
Preset Example : Top Solar

Preset Example : Solar #2

Link to read about the history of Solarization –  http://unblinkingeye.com/Articles/Solarization/S2/s2.html

Some more Examples using this method

Butternut Squash
Butternut Squash

Butternut Squash Orignal
Butternut Squash Orignal

Pumkins and Others
Pumkins and Others

Pumkins and Others - Original
Pumkins and Others - Original

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November 11, 2010

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