Desktop 4 - Workflow: Editing Depth Maps

Click Here to watch a video tutorial on using Lytro Desktop 4's built-in depth map editor

 

Desktop 4.3 allows you to edit the depthmap directly, without 3rd party tools.

To launch the Depthmap Editor:

  1. Open Lytro Desktop
  2. Select a thumbnail and open it in single picture view
  3. Click on Adjust and scroll to the bottom of the menu to the Depth Map Editor section
  4. Click Edit in the upper right hand corner of the Depth Map Editor menu
  5. Once you have made the desired edits to the depthmap click Done to save the changes

The Depthmap Editor

  • Undo (a.) - Go back a step when editing
  • Redo (b.) - Cancel an undo.  Useful for evaluating an edit
  • Save and Process (c.) - Save and process changes to the depth map.  
    • WARNING -  Saved changes are not reversible.

 

  • Paint Brush (d.) - Draw on the depth map using selected brush and color attributes.
  • Blur Brush (e.) - Blends portions of the depth map to create softer edges.
    • Tip - WHEN SHOULD THEY USE THIS BRUSH
  • Undo Brush (f.) - Erases changes made with the paint and blur brushes.  
    • WARNING - After ‘Save and Process’ (c.) is used, the undo brush will not be able to revert to an earlier version.
  • Radius (g.) - Controls the size of the editing brush
  • Hardness (h.) - Controls how feathered the edges of the brush will be
    • Tip - WHEN SHOULD THEY USE THIS BRUSH
  • Opacity (i.) - Controls brush transparency
    • Tip - WHEN SHOULD THEY USE THIS BRUSH
  • Blur (j.) - When the ‘Blur Brush’ is selected, controls the intensity of blurring.  
    • Tip - WHEN SHOULD THEY USE THIS BRUSH

 

  • Brush Preview (k.) - Displays a sample representation of the current brush settings.

 

  • Color Selector (l.) - Select the color for the paintbrush tool.   The Histogram shows peaks when a color is present in the depth map to help you select the correct/desired shade.
    • Tip - any usage tips here?

 

  • Depth Map Opacity (m.) - determines the opacity of the depth map over your living picture.  
    • Far Right - All depthmap, no picture
    • Far Left - All picture, no depthmap
    • Tip - usage note?
  • Depth Map Selector (n.) - Select between a Black and White, Only Blue, Only Orange, or Blue and Orange depth maps.
    • Tip - usage notes; why use one over the other?
  • Depth Map Expander (o.) - Click this tool to visually expand your images histogram information across the full range of the depth map.  This tool assists editors by further differentiating the colors/shades in an images depth map to make editing easier and more accurate.

 

      • Clicking ‘Cancel’ will exit the depth map editor
      • Clicking ‘Reset’ will undo all unsaved changes
      • Clicking ‘Done’ will save and exit the depth map editor, changes made to the depthmap will take effect immediately.

 

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