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B/W Styler feedback

Posted: Mon Feb 20, 2006 8:30 pm
by theresamarie11
Hi Harald,
I look forward to seeing how your new plug in works. I've purchased your other plug ins and thought them all great values.
My feedback here is that the BW Styler should do something really special for a price of $50.00. I have many other BW filters, some purchased and some free, and have not found much difference between them all (i.e. nothing special that I couldn't do very quickly without). So while I didn't spend a fortune for them, I would have been unhappy if I did.

Will your new filter do IR? This is the one item that I have never found any filter good at. Many claim to simulate IR, but I've never found one that actually makes pictures that look like those taken with IR film/filter.

Posted: Mon Feb 20, 2006 11:26 pm
by Chris Hartsough
Hi,

Will the B&W plug-in operate on 48 bit images, or is this a function of the graphics tool one uses?

Chris

Posted: Tue Feb 21, 2006 12:04 am
by HaraldHeim
Thanks for your feedback. B/W Styler will work on 48bit images just like the other PhotoWiz plugins.

Yes, B/W Styler will do IR, but producing an IR from non-IR images always means only trying to imitate the look. It works fine with some photos and not very well with others. B/W Styler will offer more options than other IR filters, so I'm confident that it will be helpful for several images.

re: B/W Styler

Posted: Tue Feb 21, 2006 2:27 pm
by theresamarie11
HaraldHeim wrote:Thanks for your feedback. B/W Styler will work on 48bit images just like the other PhotoWiz plugins.

Yes, B/W Styler will do IR, but producing an IR from non-IR images always means only trying to imitate the look. It works fine with some photos and not very well with others. B/W Styler will offer more options than other IR filters, so I'm confident that it will be helpful for several images.


Harald, thanks for your always quick reply!
I will most definately purchase your plug-in when it comes out as I like to support sites that have provided me with significant support and education over the years. You haven't dissapointed me yet, so I hope it's as good as you say! I'm heading to Utah for 2 weeks of hiking and photography starting on Saturday so maybe this will be available to work on some of my new images. :D

www.pbase.com/theresamarie1

Posted: Tue Feb 21, 2006 4:13 pm
by HaraldHeim
Have a nice time in Utah!

B/W Plugin questions and ideas

Posted: Tue Feb 21, 2006 10:25 pm
by cengell
Hello Harald, first your software is very special. I have just about every color to B/W plugin in the world!

So far best is the Convert to B/W Pro 2.0 from The Imaging Factory, also Fred Miranda has a very nice plugin.

The main issues with more B/W plugins is that they discard most of the RGB data and that's a waste as well as the correct expouser of the RGB data to B/W.

I would like to tell you some of my ideas for a B/W plugin in a personal e-mail if we can, some of my ideas are un heard of.

Thanks Harald
Christopher

Posted: Wed Feb 22, 2006 4:43 pm
by HaraldHeim
Thanks for your message. Convert to B/W Pro 2.0 is nice, but there are a few things that I don't like about it.

I don't think that you can tell me anything new about color to B/W conversion, but it would be nice to hear your ideas. You can contact me at
http://thepluginsite.com/about/contact.htm

Posted: Fri Jul 07, 2006 2:58 pm
by Sammo
Hello Harald,

What news of B/W Styler? Anticipated release date?

Thanks,
-- Sam

Posted: Fri Jul 07, 2006 10:42 pm
by HaraldHeim
Planned release date is end of August. I think it will work out.

Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2006 3:35 pm
by Millie
Hi, I am new to this site and I need some help. I have a couple pics that I am trying to enhance. I am trying to do it for a young woman on a wedding message board I go to. I am at a loss. She wants me to leave her bouquet and her husband's boot/flower in color and black and white the rest. I see that BW Styler can do this because I saw the vase of flowers example. Is it possible I can do this with that feature? I have tried photoshop in the past on a demo version and it was too hard to figure it out. $50 is much more cost effective then $600.

Thanks :)

Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2006 4:49 pm
by HaraldHeim
Yes, B/W Styler lets you keep image areas of a certain color colored while making the rest of the image B/W. And of course you don't need Photoshop to use B/W Styler. You can use it with several free graphics applications.

In your case if the bouquet and boot/flower consist of different colors, you can't keep their color with just one step. For two colors you would need to have the same image on two layers and apply B/W Styler to both layers, each time choosing another color in B/W Styler. Then you would have to use Saturation blend mode to combine both layer.

B/W Styler will be released in September. A future update of B/W Styler will let you select more than one color at a time and simplify such tasks.

Nevertheless, if the bouquet and boot/flower have diffuse colors, B/W Styler would be no help for you. Then you have to mask out these items manually by hand, e.g. with the lasso tool.

Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2006 1:01 pm
by Marian
When it will be released? It's the end of september already :)

Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2006 1:09 pm
by HaraldHeim
B/W Styler is almost finished. Only a few needs to be fixed and the manual needs to be proof read. At latest it will be released on September 30, but I think it will be a few days earlier.

Posted: Thu Sep 28, 2006 11:31 pm
by Ando
HaraldHeim wrote:B/W Styler is almost finished. Only a few needs to be fixed and the manual needs to be proof read. At latest it will be released on September 30, but I think it will be a few days earlier.


Great job you did again Harald, congratulations! Just purchased B/W Styler I face a lot of really interesting and challenging possibilities to convert pictures into b/w. The interface is clear and can be operated intuitive. Perfect for the perfectionist!

After browsing through the app and trying out the major features I already have to constate that B/W Styler to me currently is the leading tool to do the job.

Andreas

Posted: Thu Sep 28, 2006 11:36 pm
by HaraldHeim
Thanks a lot for your complements!

You probably won't believe me that I had even more in mind for the product. But I had to cut it down otherwise the release would have been delayed by another one or two years :-). 20 months of development (with several long breaks) were enough.

Posted: Fri Sep 29, 2006 1:44 pm
by castledude
So far really happy with B/W Styler ... Only one minor problem found. In PhotoImpact the "/" in the name causes the program to generate another level of menu.

So Under PhotoWiz I have a B menu then under the "B" menu is a "W Styler" filter. Doesn't do that under Photoshop Elements. But It would probably be easier to get you to change the name than Impact to alter the program.

Thanks again for the great product.

Posted: Fri Sep 29, 2006 1:48 pm
by HaraldHeim
Right. I thought I had already fixed it, but I didn't. Will do soon. The name in the menu will then be "BW Styler" and not "B/W Styler".

Thanks for reminding me.

Thank you Harald!

Posted: Fri Sep 29, 2006 3:26 pm
by Herman
Just a quick 'thank you' for Harald.
I just registered BW styler (already am a very satisfied user of focal blade, light machine and color washer ;)). It is a great plug-in, very easy to use, intuitive as are the other plug-ins. It feels great to be able to use my favorite Ilford FP4 again in my 20D :P
It was definitely worth the waiting for this program!