Olympus Master 2 Tips and Tricks

Getting Started with Olympus Master 2®:
Before we get started editing your images with Olympus Master 2®, let's get familiar with the program and some of the buttons and functions you will find. To enter "Edit" mode, select a photo from the Image Browser and click on the "Edit" icon in the toolbar. Olympus Master 2 will enter "Image Edit Mode."

Each of the image adjustments let you preview the adjustments before applying. Knowing the function of the following icons will help as you edit your images.
  • Click on the "full box icon" to fit the entire image into the center window.

  • Click on the "1:1 ratio icon" to preview a portion of the image at the actual image size.

  • Click on the "+" magnifier icon and click over the image to zoom in or the "-" magnifier icon to zoom out.
  • Click on the "hand icon" and click over the thumbnail to move the image around to an area you specifically want to view. This is especially helpful when zoomed in.

  • While editing your image, click on the "1 screen display" icon to preview just the selected effect. Click on the "2 screen display" icon to see both a preview of the effect and the original.

Image Editing for Beginners:

Now that you know the basics, we're ready to start editing your images.

Remember, whenever you’re editing photos, don’t lose your originals: always choose to [Save As] – and rename your file – so you don’t lose your original image. 

Choose the editing function you'd like to use from the "Edit Menu" found on the far right. If you do not see the "Edit Menu," click on the "Edit Palette" icon in the "Image Edit Mode" toolbar.

To see the following instructions while editing your photo in Olympus Master 2, click the "help" icon found in the lower left corner of the "Edit Palette" after selecting your edit function.

Cropping:

  1. Click [Crop] in the "Edit Menu."
  2. Select how to crop the image.
    • Select [Select Area] to set the cropping size by dragging the crop frame, - or -
    • Select [Specify Size] to specify the cropping size by clicking the up and down arrows.
    • Check [Maintain Aspect Ratio] to set the image size to crop keeping the aspect ratio of the crop frame the same as the image. If you drag the crop frame while holding down the "Shift" key on the keyboard, you can also change the size of the frame keeping its aspect ratio.

  3. Drag and resize the crop frame to decide on the area to crop.
  4. Click "Apply" or double-click within the crop frame.

cropping

Auto Tone Correction:
You can automatically adjust a part of a shadow in appropriate brightness while maintaining image detail.

  1. Click [Auto Tone Correction] in the "Edit Menu."
  2. Select [Auto] or [Manual].
    • Select [Auto] to set the image tone automatically.
    • Select [Manual] to adjust the image strength by dragging the slider to the left or right, clicking on the "+" and "-" signs or entering a value directly with your keyboard.
  3. Click [Apply].

 

auto tone

Brightness and Contrast:
You can adjust the brightness of the image, and the contrast between the "lightest" and "darkest" parts of the image.

  1. Click [Brightness & Contrast] in the "Edit Menu."
  2. Adjust the brightness or contrast of the image by dragging the [Brightness] slider to the left or right, or enter the value directly on the keyboard.
  3. Click [Apply].

 

brightness
Hue and Saturation:

You can adjust the three color parameters of Hue, Saturation, and Lightness.

  1. Click [Hue & Saturation] in the "Edit Menu."
  2. Adjust by dragging the [Hue], [Saturation], and [Lightness] sliders to the left or right, or enter the value directly on the keyboard.
    • You can specify hue value between -180 and +180.
    • You can specify saturation and lightness value between -100 and +100.
  3. Click [Apply].

hue

Sharpness:

Adjust Sharpness to improve clarity. Adjust Blur to soften the outlines of an image.

  1. Click [Sharpness & Blur] in the "Edit Menu."
  2. Adjust the "Sharpness" or "Blur" by dragging the slider to the left or right, or enter the value directly on the keyboard.
    • You can specify a value between -7 and +7.
  3. Click [Apply].

sharpen
Sepia or Black and White:

You can convert the image to monochrome or sepia as in old photographs.

  1. Click [Monochrome & Sepia] in the "Edit Menu."
  2. Select [Monochrome] to adjust [Contrast] by dragging and dropping the slider to the left or right, or by entering the value directly on the keyboard.

    Select [Sepia] to adjust [Hue] by dragging and dropping the slider to the left or right, or by entering the value directly on the keyboard.
    • You can specify a value of [Contrast] or [Hue] between -100 and +100.
  3. Click [Apply].
monochrome

Moving on to the advanced tips:

Once you have a good grasp on the basics, you can move on to the advanced functions that Olympus Master 2 features.

> I'm ready to see the advanced functions of Olympus Master 2.

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