Nikon D3400 Guide:
Retouch Menu
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Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400 and included 18-55mm VR AF-P. bigger.


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How to get to the RETOUCH Menu

Select the Retouch Menu by pressing MENU, moving to the left and then up or down to select the icon showing a brush and a canvas. You'll see RETOUCH MENU on the top of the LCD.


What it does

This lets you manipulate images in-camera. The originals are unaltered. The D3400 creates new versions of the images and saves them.

I never use these tricks.

The new images are saved with a file number one more than the most recent image. The EXIF create time is unaltered, so you'll have to sort images by create time if you can.

You can do more effects again on images that have been saved with this tool.


NEF (RAW) Processing       top

This lets you make a JPG from an NEF raw file.

This can be useful if you forgot to set the D3400 that way.


Trim        top

This creates cropped versions of images.

Trim removes unwanted pixels from the sides of an image and saves a smaller image.

No pixels are moved or changed in size.


Resize       top

This lets you make a smaller pixel-size image from a larger one.

It saves the entire image, just at a smaller pixel size. It is different from the Trim option, which trims off the sides while keeping the remaining pixels the same size.


D-Lighting        top

This creates new versions of images with lightened shadows similar to Photoshop's Shadow/Highlight Adjustment tool.

You have three levels of lightening: Low, Normal, and High.

Since ADR is set to AUTO by default, you probably won't need this.


Quick Retouch        top

This is a quick auto-everything magic picture fixer.


Red-Eye Correction

This creates new versions of images attempting to rectify flash-induced red eyes. This filter is sneaky enough to know if you used flash or not to make the image, and won't let you use this filter if you didn't use flash or if it can't see any redeye.

I've never had a problem with red-eye with my D3400, so all the better. When I was able to cause red-eye, this filter only corrected half of the eyes!


Straighten       top

This lets you save a new, slightly rotated, version.


Distortion Control        top

This lets you save a new version with linear distortion (barrel or pincushion bending of straight lines) corrected.

AUTO attempts to read EXIF data, identify the lens, and correct based on an in-camera database. It works with newer lenses. A firmware defect lets you move a slider belie the image, but it is ignored.

MANUAL lets you adjust this to taste with a slider at the bottom of the screen.


Perspective control       top

This allows one to "square up" an image in case the D3400 wasn't pointed straight at the subject.

Since we sometimes can concatenate these effects, we can take a snap, straighten, square-up, trim, resize, color-correct and have it all ready for broadcast straight from the D3400.

Fisheye       top

Fisheye is a Distortion (out of control) Control: it lets you gravely distort the image to mimic a fisheye lens.


Filter Effects        top

This creates new versions of images with different color effects. Try them yourself if you're interested, there are seven different filters.

There is no Ken Rockwell filter, but we're working on it.


Monochrome        top

This creates new black-and-white versions of images.

It has three modes:


Sepia (Brown-and-white) and

Cyanotype (Blue-and-White).


Image Overlay        top

This only works with raw files.

This creates a new image by adding two others together in the z-axis (intensity) as if they are a multiple exposure.

I think this is silly, but one reader has made good use of this for adding the Moon to some of her landscape images, all in-camera as she's shooting. I'm still impressed.

Another reader wrote me about a genius plan to use this for in-camera mutilation of large dynamic range scenes by combining two very different exposures. I don't see it working. I'm missing the genius part.


Color Outline        top

This is a filter which attempts to turn the image into a line drawing for kids to color.

The result is gray-and-white.


Photo Illustration        top

This is a posterized, simplified version of your image.

This might be handy for creating icons from your images, or simplifying them to save as GIFs.


Color Sketch        top

This is similar to the gray-and-white image of Color Outline, except with a soft, flat pastel version of the original image underlaid.


Miniature Effect       top

This blurs the image away from a zone of well-defined sharpness.

It plays on a weird psychological effect wherein we perceive something to be a small model if large parts of it are out of focus, which is usually what happens when photographing models — or if we're looking at a miniature from very close with our own eyes.


Selective Color       top

This lets us select one, two or three colors, and turn the rest of the image to black-and-white.


Painting       top

This makes a weird effect halfway that looks like a watercolor rendition of really bad HDR.


Edit Movie        top

This lets us trim the ends of a clip, or save-out one still frame.


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