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    Adventures in the PSE - Picture Styles
    Canon Picture Styles
    An in-depth look at using Canon's Picture Style Editor (PSE), and comparing picture styles.

    (Be sure to visit often, and check the last page, as I regularly update.)

    Before I go any further, let me make some honorable mentions to those that have created or popularized the most influential picture styles of dslr shooting:

    Stu Maschwitz (in camera flat Neutral 0,-4,-4,0 and 0,-4,-2,0) originated the idea of in camera flat neutral.

    Shane Hurlbut (0 sharpness and flat, helped popularize Stu's settings, now uses Cinestyle by Technicolor)

    Philip Bloom (in camera flat, Neutral 0,-4,-4,0) (Helped popularize Stu's in camera settings. I believe he now uses Neutral 0,-4,-2,0, as -4 saturation was too much)

    Martin Beek/Jorgen (Marvel Cine custom styles)

    Technicolor (cinestyle)

    Luka (picture style tutorial)


    Dvxuser's own Sam H... with Flaat, and Roy with his black point alteration.

    I want to thank them for putting in the hard work and effort to perfect their own views on how to get the most from a dslr, and sharing that information freely. They are forerunners. There are many who have contributed, but few who have made as huge an impact in the picture style arena.


    64 picture styles tested:

    other picture styles:
    CRC series
    Film by Sumit Agarwal
    R. Crook (custom flat style that helps prevent banding):
    Gavin Films:
    Genesis Panalog
    Last edited by James0b57; 06-22-2013 at 01:20 AM.

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    Here are listed some links to custom profiles...
    Abunch here...

    Check out flaat,
    Flaat was created by Sam H, and he frequents here at DVXuser.

    My current favorite pic style:

    R303 now has a complete set of FLAT, NEUTRAL, and FINISHED picture styles, which all use the same color recipe, and are therefore compatible:

    R303 SERIES (beta): (updated 11/26/2011)
    Neutral: (cool shade, preserves warmth in skintones under cool light) (sunlight, all purpose) (incandescent light, different color palette, same curve)

    *R303_s0723L has slightly more saturated blue. For users that want an exact match, replace it with:

    R3_s0701L characteristics

    Cinema look, no cc necessary: (beta)

    This video uses magic lantern as well as cinema1L.pf2 and Vision_beta01L.pf2:

    Video by Amjad

    Here is the picture style I started for reason of using as examples in this thread. Two versions, same basic recipe. (V1 colors are more naturalistic and unhyped).... (V2 saturated colors are more beautiful and hyped)

    Download it and try it out for now, and I will get back here in a few days and talk more about the PSE.

    Some differences will be in the curve and the amount of saturation or desaturation in certain colors due to me not having a copy of the picture style from which to make direct comparisons. I also put a cap on how saturated a color can get, so there will not be random electric colors. The saturation is more neutral, so you can leave saturation at normal, or really desaturate it by going down to -4. But in essence it is similar. Some things may be better and others maybe not.
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    PSE, the basics:


    Above is the basic interface options and layout for the Canon Picture Style Editor (PSE). The tool palette is a floating window which you can move around. The main window displays the RAW image you have chosen to use as you adjust your new picture style.

    (Lion OSX users beware. You can use the PSE on your system to make a picture style, but the application used to upload the picture styles onto your camera EOS utility may not work. The most current version EOS utility is not compatible with Lion. That means if you have a 60D or a T3i, you will not be able to upload a picture style onto your camera.)
    Last edited by James0b57; 11-21-2011 at 01:53 AM.

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    The PSE is made to make very broad and very minor changes to how your camera replicates colors and shades.

    -The colors are altered by selecting the 'dropper' tool, and using it to click the area anywhere that has the color you wish to change, and then use the adjustment sliders to effect hue, saturation, and lightness.
    -The shades are controlled by the curves line in the square box. (sorry photoshop users, the curve control in this application does not play the same way. You'll see)

    While that is about it, the actual making the thing work for you has a bit of a learning curve.

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    The eye dropper tool is used to select the color you want to change. A dot on the color wheel represents your selection. Changes made in the sliders below will effect that color, yes, but changes in hue, saturation, and lightness don't only change that color, they effect all of the colors within the wedge shaped border around the dot. You have to adjust the size of the wedge by grabbing the border and dragging it.

    Colors can only be influenced by the color next to it. Blue can be turned into Green, but then you lose Cyan.

    The wedge border around your selection is a hard edge, no feather. If you make extreme adjustments this hard edge becomes apparent.


    In this example, Cyan has been selected from the grease stain, and then made highly saturated. However, every hue that is not Cyan, is left unsaturated. (Upon reviewing the image after i posted this, the jpeg compression has softened the hard edge between the saturated and unsaturated bits in the image. sorry)
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    Fun fact, here is where the skin tones live for every person on earth. We are all one race! =)


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    Curves in the PSE are an unwieldy thing, but it is easy enough to figure out. If you are used to the pliable curves in photoshop, you may get freaked out by these, at first.

    If you don't know what curves are, basically you make a dot on the diagonal line in the box, and drag it in the direction you want to make lighting adjustments. Up and to the left is lighter, Down and to the right is darker. Each node adjustment is effected by the others. If you move one, it will cause the line to pivot around the next node in line.

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    In the custom examples above, a custom profile I made to mimic the John Hope cinema picture style was applied. I will potentially post test videos, but I would rather you guys download it and try it your self. Here is the link again if you want to try it out:

    If you have any issues with it, I can always tweak it. I may add some saturation to some of the colors.

    For a hyped beautiful look using a different recipe:
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