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Pixel Genius PhotoKit Colour 2.0 - An Adobe Photoshop automate plug-in that applies precise colour corrections, automatic colour balancing and creative colouring effects.
With a retail price of $99.95, (Approximately 56) PhotoKit Colour 2.0 offers a comprehensive set of colouring tools for Photoshop CS and Photoshop CS2 for both Macintosh and Windows. PhotoKit Colour 1.0 users can upgrade for $29.98. The upgrade will be free to users who purchased PhotoKit Colour 1.x after the public announcement date of October 20th, 2005.
PhotoKit Colour 2.0 features a preview display, so you can quickly preview the effects before you apply them and combine effects in a single batch operation. Included in the new effects are the Dodge and the Burn filter sets, which were in the original PhotoKit plug-in. The Special Effects series contains many new filters including colour infra-red, sunshine filters, colour transfer effects and more. The Film Effects series offers accurate simulation filters of several generic chrome film emulsions, simulating both colour and contrast. Like its predecessor, PhotoKit Colour 2.0 provides a comprehensive suite of effects that let you recreate creative effects like black and white split toning and cross processing. All these effects are applied as separate layers so you can make further variations, adapting each effect to suit your own taste. But that's not all! With PhotoKit Colour 2.0, you can enhance specific colours in your photographs. You can make skin tones less red or lighter. With the Blue Enhance effect you can darken a blue sky and enhance the cloud contrast. And with the RSA Gray Balance set, you can automatically remove colour casts from almost any type of image.
PhotoKit Colour 2.0 provides the following effect modules:
Film Effects is designed to simulate various chrome film emulsions. These filters simulate the colour rendition and contrast of various chrome films. This set also includes grainy pastel and grainy contrast effects, which simulate shooting with high-speed colour film. The Film Effects are all optimized for the main RGB colour workspaces used in Photoshop to provide exact colour matches between different RGB workspaces.
Cross Processing provides 14 types of cross processing effects in varying strengths that match the conventional film techniques for processing negative film in transparency chemistry and processing transparency film in negative chemistry. Included are 6 Lab Colour-based effects, which can produce vivid colour results, and also inverted Lab colour effects that simulate shooting with infra-red colour film.
Colour Overlay offers a set of 9 different colour overlays that apply rich colour filters to any image and add a subtle split colour effect between the shadow and highlight colours.
Split Toning can be applied to colour or black and white images in RGB mode. The 12 split toning effects loosely match the conventional photographic processes used in the black and white darkroom. These effects apply just as effectively to full colour images.
Special Effects adds even more creative colouring options to PhotoKit Colour 2.0 allowing you to create different flavours of colour infra-red effects, add sunshine to a photo, or alternatively, a muted sky. The Special Effects series also lets you mimic the look of a faded colour print and recreate the look of certain cinematic colour movie processes.
Tone Enhance first appeared in the original PhotoKit plug-in. The 12 Tone Enhance effects allow you to increase or decrease the exposure and modify the image contrast in precise increments.
Dodge Tone and Burn Tone are two other sets of effects from the original PhotoKit plug-in that provide local tone corrections.
Colour Enhance lets you modify colours selectively in an image. For example, the Blue Enhance effect returns two layers that let you selectively darken the blues in an image and adjust the blue saturation. The Green Enhance effect lets you lighten the green colours selectively in a dark forest scene and boost the green contrast. Colour Enhance contains a total of 14 effects that also include Blue/Amber grads and Warm/Cool filters.
CC Correction offers a set of 18 effects that match the conventional Colour Compensating filters that photographers have traditionally used to make small, precision colour corrections. These CC effects are optimized for the main RGB colour workspaces commonly used in Photoshop and they provide exact, reproducible colour adjustments, no matter which common colour space you prefer to use as your default workspace. The colour working spaces directly supported are: Adobe RGB, ColourMatch RGB, Pro Photo RGB and sRGB.
CT Correction produces larger colour shifts using 5 orange/warming and 5 blue/cooling filters. These are also optimized for the main RGB colour workspaces used in Photoshop, to provide exact, reproducible colour temperature shift adjustments.
RSA Grey Balance provides a revolutionary new type of automatic colour correction. RSA Grey Balance Standard is a fast general purpose grey balancing tool which will colour correct most photographs. RSA Grey Balance Fine offers a more accurate, but slower, method of colour correction for trickier images. And finally, there is a RSA Neutralize that can effectively zap any deep colourcast.
Like all PhotoKit effects, PhotoKit Color 2.0 effects are non-destructive layer-based edits that never touch your original image data. Because they are layer-based, you can increase or decrease the strength by changing layer opacity, or make local adjustments using layer masks, so you always remain in control. PhotoKit Color 2.0 will never modify the original pixels in your image so you are free to experiment and be more creative.