General Usage

 

This page describes ColorStyler's general features, most of these features are the same in all PhotoWiz products. If you are familiar with these features you can move on to the next section of the manual.

 

The Main Dialog




Changing the Window Size

Under Windows you can move the mouse cursor to the borders of the ColorStyler window or to the grip in the bottom right corner to turn it into a sizing arrow. On a Mac you can only use the sizing grip. Hold down the left mouse button and drag to change the size of the window. The preview and all controls will be repositioned according to the new size of the window. A smaller preview will speed up the preview rendering. For full screen editing, use the maximize icon in the ColorStyler title bar. Click the icon again to return the window to its previous size.


Menu Bar

In the top left corner above the preview you can see a menu bar with different menu items. Click on them to display the appropriate menu. For more information see the Menu Bar page.


Preview Tab Control

There are three tab buttons above the preview box called Preview 1, Preview 2 and Preview 3. These let you view and compare the results of three different sets of effects settings. Only the effect of the selected Preview tab is rendered when you press OK. Right clicking on the tab buttons displays a context menu for copying the settings of the currently selected tab to one of the other tabs.


Preview and Tools

The preview on the left side of the window shows your image and the result of any effect that you have chosen. There are various tools for working with the preview. See the Tools & Reset page for more details about these tools.


Undo/Redo Arrows

ColorStyler offers a one-step undo/redo feature in the form of arrows near the Mode combo box. The Undo arrow recreates the filter settings that existed before the preview was updated the last time. That usually means that your last step is undone. The Redo arrow restores the filter settings that existed before the Undo arrow was clicked. It undoes the Undo operation and restores your last step.

When switching the Preview tab or choosing another image, the undo data is deleted and both arrows are deactivated. A similar result occurs if you drag the slider thumb or a curve point with the Instant Preview check box activated on the Prefs tab sheet. Then the last value before the drag operation is also not stored.


Modes & Reset

ColorStyler offers four different modes ranging from the simplest options in Easy Mode to the full use of all effects in Advanced Mode. For full explanations read the Modes page.

Clicking the Reset button sets all controls to their default values. This is useful if you want to start over with adjusting the effect. Clicking on the small arrow button at the right hand side of the Reset button displays a menu with various reset options. See the Tools & Reset page for more information.


The Main Tab Control

The large tab control with tab sheets like Auto, Manual, Fix, Mask and Effect contains the controls for adjusting the effect of ColorStyler. See the following pages for more explanations: Preset Tab, Main Tab, Select Tab, FX1 Tab, FX2 Tab and Mask Tab.


Sliders

Sliders are one of the most important types of controls. They can be used to select a certain value within a specific value range. You can drag the slider button with the mouse (or arrow keys or mouse wheel), enter a numerical value in the text box at the right hand side of the slider bar, click somewhere on the slider bar for large value steps or use the two arrow buttons for small value steps.

Although there are various other controls available for adjusting the image effect the main controls are sliders. Sliders can be used to select a certain value within a specific value range. To do that you can drag the slider knob with the mouse (or keyboard), enter a numerical value in the white text box at the right of the slider bar, click somewhere on the slider bar for large value steps or use the two arrow buttons for small value steps. If the Instant Preview check box on the Prefs tab sheet is not activated, you can hold down the Shift key while dragging the slider knob to make the preview update with every movement of the knob. If the Instant Preview is activated, you don't need to hold down the Shift key for the same effect.

You can now also use the mouse wheel to change the slider values. You need to give the slider the focus by clicking on it or using the tab key. After that you can scroll the mouse wheel to move the slider knob. After you stopped moving the wheel the preview will automatically update.


The Bottom Tab Control

The Help tab sheet displays useful information about a control if you move the cursor over it. The Navigator tab sheet lets you quickly display an image area in the preview. The Info tab sheet shows the currently used sharpening settings and color values of the image pixels. Finally, the Prefs tab sheet contains options for changing the general behavior of ColorStyler. Please read further on the following pages: The Bottom Tab Sheets.


Preview Check Box and Progress Bar

A deactivated Preview check box does not render the effect and therefore does not display any effect in the preview. This way you can see before/after versions of the image and adjust a number of controls without provoking a repeated rendering of the effect. When the effect is rendered, you will see a bar running from left to right in the progress bar control. After the rendering is completed and the preview updated, you will see the time that was needed for rendering as well as an approximation of the time that is needed to render the full image.


Split View

ColorStyler offers some split views for comparing the original with the processed image. If one of the Split Views is activated, you can select one of the split areas by holding down the Shift key and clicking on it. For more information, please read the Split View page.


Zoom

Controls to adjust the preview zoom level are located below the preview. You can zoom the image between 6% and 3200%. When starting ColorStyler the zoom rate is automatically set to Fit, which displays the image completely in the preview. The 100% option means that the original size of the image is displayed. There are Fit and 100% buttons at the left for quickly switching between these zoom states. To jump from one preview zoom rate to another you can use the zoom combo box which is located between the two zoom buttons. With the Ctrl and minus/plus key shortcuts you can also change the zoom ratio.


OK, Cancel or Open, Save As, Exit

 

When using the ColorStyler plugin clicking on the OK button closes the plugin and applies the effect to the image. Cancel closes the plugin without applying any changes to the image. The settings, which will be used the next time you open the plugin, are determined by which option you have chose from the On Start Up combo box on the Prefs tab sheet.

When using the Lightroom version clicking the OK button makes ColorStyler process the opened images. ColorStyler automatically exits after all images were saved and you can continue working in Lightroom. Cancel exits ColorStyler and does not apply an effect to the image(s).

In the Standalone version the Open button opens one or more images with the help of a file dialog. The Save As button displays a file dialog for entering a file name and choosing the image format, then renders and saves the image. Exit closes the porgram. For further information refer to the Standalone page.

You can also cancel or exit ColorStyler by clicking on the x button in the title bar.

The ? buttons displays the html manual.

 

Differences between the Plugin, Lightroom and Standalone Versions

If you only open one image in the Lightroom version of ColorStyler, you will see no difference to the Plugin version. If you select two or more images in Lightroom, the Lightroom version of ColorStyler displays an Images tab control left of the preview. This Image tab is also displayed in the Standalone version if you open more than one image. It lets you switch between the images.

As result of displaying the Images tab control the preview gets smaller. To increase the preview size again please enlarge the ColorStyler window. See below for instructions.


The Standalone version on the other hand offers a few more features than the Lightroom and Plugin versions of ColorStyler. That is because it does not rely on another program for opening/saving or selecting image files. As a result the OK button of the Lightroom and Plugin versions is replaced by Open and Save As buttons for opening and saving image files. The Cancel button is called "Exit", which saves the effect settings unlike the Cancel button. Additionally the Standalone versions offers an additional File menu in the menu bar above the preview. Clicking on it displays a menu with various options.

Apart from these minor differences, all versions of ColorStyler behave and work the same. For more information visit the Standalone/Lightroom Features page.