How does ColorStyler compare to other
commercial color effects filters?
First of all, ColorStyler is less expensive
than similar products and offers more effects and more sophisticated
features than same or lower priced products. ColorStyler offers
a more versatile curve tool, masking brush, selective adjustment
feature and histogram than any other color effects filter.
ColorStyler contains 600+ presets that
produce a wide variety of photographic and special effects.
These presets can be combined with each other allowing ten
thousands of potential effects. They were designed with this
purpose in mind, so they harmonize nicely with each other.
ColorStyler also offers more color film and film grain types
than any other product and even allows you combine a color
film look with the grain of a totally different film.
Products that offer more presets than
ColorStyler usually contain a lot of similar preset variations
of the same basic preset. Additionally, presets of most other
products were not designed to be combined, so they often do
not match very well.
Unlike other tools ColorStyler offers
modes for beginners as well as experts thus taking individual
workflow preference and knowledge into account.
For a comprehensive comparison with other
tools see here.
and ColorWasher produce similar results?
ColorWasher is mainly meant for removing
color casts and white balancing photos whereas ColorStyler
produces various color effects. You can use ColorWasher for
simple color effect, but it does not allow you to create such
a wide variety of creative color effects as ColorStyler. On
the other hand you can also use ColorStyler to manually remove
weak color casts, but ColorStyler is quite inconvenient, imprecise
and not very effective for this task. ColorWasher features
various automatic and semi-automatic tools for color cast
removal, which ColorStyler does not offer. Both do a much
better job when they are used for what they were designed.
What is the
difference between ColorStyler and B/W Styler?
ColorStyler and B/W Styler share several
similar effects, but ColorStyler is not able to produce the
sophisticated black & white effects of B/W Styler. Likewise,
B/W Styler cannot create the color effects of ColorStyler
and only outputs grayscaled images. Both also offer many different
presets that are specific to color or b&w photography.
How can I make ColorStyler
start up faster?
Normally the ColorStyler plugin renders
more than 600 preset thumbnails at start up. Depending on
the CPU of your computer and the thumbnail size this can take
between a quarter of a second up to several seconds. If you
use a slower computer and want to avoid this delay, you can
click on the arrow-down button on the Preset tab sheet and
choose the "List" menu item. This avoids rendering
the preset thumbnails at start up, but you will also not see
any thumbnails anymore. To view them again, you need to choose
the "Thumbnails" option on the same menu.
The Standalone/Lightroom version of ColorStyler
renders the presets thumbnails each time you switch to a new
image. To avoid a delay, you can click on the arrow-down button
on the Preset tab sheet and choose the "Icons" menu
item. Then the thumbnails will only be rendered when the first
image is opened. The icon-type thumbnails have the presets
applied to test patterns instead of the image itself. If you
do not need any thumbnails, you can also deactivate them with
the "List" menu item.
Is it possible to
change the intensity of each color of the color gradient effect?
If ColorStyler's color gradient effect
has only one color, you can use the Intensity slider to weaken
or strengthen the color. When using two or three colors for
the gradient, the Intensity slider influences all colors equally.
But there is a solution for adjusting each color independently:
You can adjust the saturation of each color in order to change
its intensity. To do that click on the appropriate color box,
which displays the color dialog. On the color dialog you can
change the saturation of the color either by entering another
value in the Sat text box or by vertically moving the cross
in the color diagram.