Wacom Europe have announced a strategic partnership with
nik multimedia, enabling users of Wacom Intuos2 and Cintiq working in Adobe
Photoshop (5.5 and later or Photoshop Elements), to have access to penPalette
photographic tools. Aimed at both professional and amateur digital photographers,
the partnership brings together award-winning technologies to offer eight pen-controlled
photographic filters and an easy-to-use retouching solution for selective enhancements.
taking advantage of penPalette, photo enthusiasts can selectively apply digital
photographic filters with pressure sensitivity using an Intuos2 Pen, Intuos2 Airbrush
or Cintiq Pen. This offers more freedom to apply digital filters and a more flexible,
cost-effective alternative to conventional photographic filtering.
of the filters to images will be optimised using the pressure-sensitive tip and
eraser and tilt features of WACOM's battery-free and cordless pens.
particular, with up to 1,024 levels of pressure, users can precisely control the
location and amount of filter effect applied. Digital image designers can also
use the pen's pressure-sensitive eraser fully or lightly to remove a portion of
a filter effect. Working with pen technology in this way offers a more intuitive
way to enhance digital photos.
penPalette includes the following eight
Contrast Only filter - offers 'contrast control' to an image without
affecting the colours
Contrast filter - used in conjunction with the cool tone
filter (range of blues) and warm tone filter - (range of reds) provides additional
control when retouching cross-over light (colour temperature)
- allows colours to be matched to any specifically required colour or hue, offering
Add Noise filter - is a stylised effect which gives a traditional
film 'look' (grain) to a digital image
Despeckle filter - is a retouching tool
used to remove unwanted items, reduce detail and imperfections
- can reduce the sharpness of an image as well as mixing and blending previously
amended image corrections
Additional nik filters are included as part of
a demo within penPalette and all nik filters, including Color Efex Pro! and Sharpener
Pro ,can be applied selectively with the WACOM Intuos2 Pen, Intuos2 Airbrush
or Cintiq Pen.
penPalette works within Adobe Photoshop version 5.5 and later
versions including the latest Photoshop 7.0 and Photoshop Elements. The filters
launch from inside Photoshop and add a new palette that can remain open when photo
retouching tools are required.
Pricing and availability
software (including eight filters) will be available to download free of charge
from WACOM Europe's website after May 1st 2002. The filters are exclusive to WACOM
Intuos2 and Cintiq Interactive Display customers who have purchased tablets after
February 1st 2002. WACOM customers who qualify can register via at www.wacom.com
after May 1st 2002.
Intuos2 and Cintiq customers who purchased their tablets
before February 1st 2002, can obtain nik penPalette software at a special price
of around 35. For further information visit: www.penpalettetools.com
The filters will be available in English, German and French.