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
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 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
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.