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LightMachine is a Plug-in for performing all kinds of light adjustments in photos. It combines shadow/highlight, virtual lighting, and color-based correction tools for performing sophisticated corrections without the need for time-consuming selections and layer stacks. It enables the user to selectively correct photos taken under bad lighting conditions or with inadequate camera settings, and achieve results that rival photos taken under the best circumstances. Additionally LightMachine can achieve special effects such as glows, sunsets, high key and selective black-and-white effects, replace one color with another, and simulate polarizing filters. LightMachine works in dozens of graphics applications including Photoshop, PaintShop Pro, IrfanView, Photoshop Elements, PhotoImpact, Photo-Paint, and Fireworks under Windows as well as Mac OS X. LightMachine can be applied to 8-bit and 16-bit RGB images.


LightMachine corrects brightness, contrast, color, and saturation in specific image areas independently from each other. This Plug-in basically consists of four different filters, each split up into a simple mode suitable for beginners, and a professional mode with more features for more flexibility. The brightness/contrast modes adjust brightness and contrast throughout the image -- a nice starting point. The shadows/highlights modes give complete control over dark and bright image areas and lets the user correct them completely independently from each other with the help of sophisticated masking options. The virtual studio modes enables the user to place an unlimited number of shadow and light spots, as if placing studio lights in a real photo studio. The intensity, size, ovality, angle, hardness, and reflection properties of each spot can be adjusted precisely. Finally, the colors modes let you selectively correct image objects of a specific color by clicking on them.

LightMachine offers brightness, contrast, and saturation correction algorithms that bring out more details without making photos look unnatural. LightMachine's flexible shadow/highlight masking options quickly and easily adjust specific image areas without affecting other regions. The virtual studio algorithms simulate light and shadows so realistically it is like working in a photo studio rather than a two-dimensional photo. LightMachine offers effective methods for dealing with problematic color shifts in lifted shadows and various different saturation algorithms for avoiding color artifacts even at high saturation values.

LightMachine uses a resizable dialog and its controls are logically organized in various tab sheets. Moving the mouse over each control instantly displays a detailed explanation in the help box, so it's not necessary to read the manual before using LightMachine. Spilt views display the original image side-by-side with the corrected version, and the 17 different histograms can be useful as a guide. Complex corrections are made easy by LightMachine's auto mask feature, which enables even beginners to quickly create suitable masks. Four different modes for displaying the used mask help even further. Removing color shifts in lifted shadows is a snap with LightMachine's one-click color picker. LightMachine's logged settings feature can remember the settings used for any image, and automatically loads them whenever they are required again.

LightMachine offers plenty of features for improving a much wider range of photos with better results. Other available software often only gives acceptable results for the common cases, but can't cope with more difficult cases. These shadow/highlight tools usually produce contrast-burned or over-saturated results that cause an unnatural look. Unlike LightMachine, other software doesn't allow the user to adjust shadows and highlights independently, add artifacts along the shadow/highlight borders, or control the brightening of shadows or darkening of highlights enough to make details clearly visible.

Other lighting tools usually produce only artistic effects and are not suitable for correcting photos; they don't provide precise control over the lighting effects and usually offer no contrast options. Other lighting tools also affect the surrounding areas instead of just focusing on the target area; they do not support a reflection feature, therefore it's difficult to avoid blown highlights without decreasing the overall effect. LightMachine's virtual-studio tool avoids these problems because it was developed for producing realistic light effects for correcting photos.

Other color-based correction tools don't allow the user to replace the color of a specific image area with any other imaginable color; they are limited to a range of colors depending on the color that needs to be replaced. Most of these tools also cannot selectively adjust brightness and contrast, and have no features for adjusting the border smoothness. LightMachine, on the other hand, gives complete control for color-based corrections.

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Product Options
ProductPack QtyPlatformVersionPriceBuy
LightMachine [ESD]
Illustrator 10.X
Illustrator 11.X/CS
Illustrator 12.X/CS2
Photoshop 7.X
Photoshop 8.X/CS
Photoshop 9.X/CS2
001 MAC 1.0 US $69.95

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