Installation

 

Installing the Plugin Version under Windows


Method 1: Using Plugin Installer

After running the installer and choosing your installation language keep clicking the Next button. At some point during the installation process you will arrive at the "Choose Destination Location" dialog. On it you may enter the installation location for the ContrastMaster plugin. But we recommend that you keep the suggested installation path as you can later use the Plugin Installer tool to conveniently install the plugin.

At the end of the installation process the Plugin Installer dialog will be shown with a list of compatible applications, which are installed on your computer. The application at the top of the list is always activated by default. If you want to install ContrastMaster into other applications, you should activate them, too. Then press the Install button to copy the ContrastMaster plugin into the plugin folder of the selected application(s). Finally leave Plugin Installer with the Exit button.

You can run Plugin Installer again at any time from Start > All Programs > The Plugin Site to add ContrastMaster to a new or previously installed compatible application.

Note: If your application is not listed in Plugin Installer or if Plugin Installer terminates telling you that it didn't manage to find an application, we suggest to try Method 2 below.


Method 2: Choosing a different installation folder and ignoring Plugin Installer

Method 1 is usually the most convenient way of installing ContrastMaster. If you keep your plugins in a folder outside your application's plugin folder, prefer to enter the installation folder in your application's preferences dialog or use an application that is not recognized by Plugin Installer, please do the following: On the "Choose Destination Location" dialog during installation select your preferred plugin folder. When Plugin Installer opens next, ignore it by closing it with the Exit button.

 

Installing the Plugin Version under MacOS X

After double clicking the downloaded .dmg file, click the Agree button to confirm the license agreement. To install the plugin(s) to all supported applications on your computer double click the Install icon. This will install the plugin(s) to Affinity Photo, GraphicConverter and PhotoLine as well as all available versions of Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. If you want to install to a certain Photoshop or Photoshop Elements version only, drag and drop the PhotoWiz folder icon onto the appropriate icon on the right inside the .dmg window.

 

Installing the Standalone/Lightroom Version under Windows

If you have Lightroom (Version 2 or higher) installed, the installer automatically adds a ContrastMaster menu item to the Photo > Edit In menu of all Lightroom installations. If ContrastMaster does not appear in Lightroom, please deactivate the following check box: Edit > Preferences > Presets > Store presets with catalog. If this option is activated, Lightroom uses different external editors for each catalog. To support this option the installer would need to search all your hard drives for Lightroom catalogs and install ContrastMaster into each catalog, which would be quite time consuming and would probably not work for archived catalogs. If you nevertheless want to keep this option activated, we recommend that you either add ContrastMaster manually as described in the next paragraph or manually copy the ContrastMaster .lrtemplate file into the External Editor Presets sub folder of your catalogs.

The External Editor Installer also installs the Lightroom version of ContrastMaster into Exposure X2 (and higher), Bibble 5, After Shot Pro, ACDSee, ACDSee Pro and ACDSee Ultimate if they are available. For using the Lightroom version of ContrastMaster in Capture One, DxO Optics, ON1 and Rawtherapee you have to choose the ContrastMasterLR.exe file, which is located in the installation folder, from the external editor feature of the appropriate application itself. See the Product Launch page for more details.

 

Installation in Lightroom 1.x under Windows

While the installation automatically adds ContrastMaster to Version 2 and higher of Lightroom, Version 1 of Lightroom requires manual installation as described below. Please note that Lightroom 1.x only supports one external editor, which means that you have to repeat the following step every time you want to use another external editor, such as the other PhotoWiz editors.

In Lightroom 1.x choose Edit > Preferences, then click on the External Editing tab sheet. in the Additional External Editor group set the File Format combo box to "TIFF", Color Space to "sRGB", Bit Depth to "16bits/component" and Compression to "None". Press the Choose button to navigate to the ContrastMaster installation folder. Select the file ContrastMasterLR.exe, then press OK. Now you will be able to access ContrastMaster from the menu under "Photo > Edit in ContrastMasterLR.exe" or by right clicking on an image and selecting "Edit in ContrastMasterLR.exe" from the context menu.