Summary – Analog Efex Pro 2 has lots of texture related options. The wet plate camera option, for example, has dozens. Here’s how to use those AEP2 textures outside of AEP2.
A photo of an old barn that might be found in an attic
Civil War troops camped on this farm
So Mathew Brady might have shot this 😉
Roll over mouse to see a textured antique version
Overdone somewhat; trying to illustrate a point
Started with Silver Efex Pro’s Antique Plate preset
Blended with an AEP2 film dirt texture using PS’s Overlay blend
The file name is 001dirt__bakingtray8
bakingtray tells you the subject Nik used for this texture
#1 First you have to know where to find the AEP2 textures
This obviously assumes you own AEP2
In a normal installation (PC), they are at:
C:\ProgramData\Google\Analog Efex Pro 2\resource\textures
The AEP2 textures folder
Contains 168 JPEG and TIF Image files
Varying in size from 200 x 300 pixels to 4368 x 2912
(or thereabouts; I didn’t check the size on all 168)
The textures come in several flavors including
Wet plate, light leak, frame, & film
#2. There are many ways you might use these textures
The simplest way to use a texture (any texture, not just AEP2’s)
Put the texture on an overlay (in PS or similar)
Above a normal image and blend the two layers
This is how today’s feature image was done
An index of my posts on PS blending is here
#3. Why not just use these in AEP2?
Good question and that’s what you’d normally do
Using them alone just provides a few more options
Such as reorienting, cropping or otherwise altering them
(& maybe then replacing the originals back in AEP2)
#4. Here’s another idea you might consider
Put your own textures
In the AEP2 texture folder and
Use them as part of AEP2
It’s the flip side of this post’s idea
Not hard to do
I’ll demonstrate in another post
Here is a sampling of textures you’ll find in
The AEP2 textures collection
Click any image for a slide show
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