you perform effective contrast enhancement, creating dramatic
contrast looks, photorealistic paintings and HDR-like effects.
It can turn low-contrast photos into vivid and detailed images
and transform ordinary photos into interesting and dynamic shots.
ContrastMaster is available
as a Photoshop-compatible plugin for Windows and MacOS X
as well as a standalone application and Lightroom
external editor for Windows. The plugin works in dozens
of graphics applications, including Photoshop, Photoshop Elements,
Paint Shop Pro, Photo-Paint, PhotoImpact and IrfanView. All
versions support batch processing and process RGB images with
8-bit and 16-bit/channel. The ContrastMaster standalone application
supports JPEG, TIFF, PNG, PSD, Camera Raw and DNG image formats
offers three local and four global contrast adjustment methods
as well as various masking, saturation and brightness options.
The three local adjustment methods allow you to dramatically
improve contrast in small image details without blowing out
highlights or damaging the image. You can apply these three
methods separately or use various options to mix them together
for even better results.
The four global methods (S/H-Contrast,
Stretch, Equalize and Polarize) work on the tonal range of the
image and help to improve the result even further. There is
also an option for changing the brightness of the image. The
masking options let you conveniently remove the ContrastMaster
effect from an image area where you do not want to have
it applied, e.g. skin areas, a blue sky or a wall. This
can be done with the help of shadow/highlight and color masking
options. Additionally, a saturation mask feature lets you improve
saturation without oversaturating the image.
offers three sophisticated methods for enhancing contrast in
small image details. They are calledDynamic, Adaptive and Local.
In fact, these three methods utilize five algorithms in total,
because the dynamic and adaptive methods each use another algorithm
for certain control settings. Each of these algorithms adjusts
the contrast of image details in its own special way, which
makes ContrastMaster useful for different types of images and
allows you to produce a variety of effects and looks.
Each of the three methods lets you
adjust the size of the image details that are
affected, the effect intensity and the way the contrast
is adjusted. Additionally, the Dynamic Contrast methods
lets you avoid artifacts or noise without lowering the effect
intensity, the Adaptive Contrast methods automatically adjusts
image details of different size at the same time, and the Local
Contrast methods lets you independently increase and decrease
the contrast in image details as well as influence the brightness
character of the effect. Each
of the three methods also offers special shadow/highlight adjustment
options as part of the algorithm.
For Beginners as well as Experts
offers six modes from the simple Novice mode to the sophisticated
Expert Mode. Whereas Novice and Expert mode let you apply all
contrast effects at the same time, the remaining four modes
let you apply each of the three local effects and all the global
effects individually. Moving the mouse over a control displays
a detailed explanation in the Help box, so you don't need to
read the manual before using ContrastMaster.
Each of the seven tab sheets offers
a button menu with various local presets for quickly
applying useful settings. Furthermore, there is a global preset
feature that allows you to save and reuse useful settings later.
Several global presets are already delivered with ContrastMaster.
There is a FX Values check box on the Prefs tab for using strong
instead of medium effect intensities as the defaults. That way
people who mainly want to produce special effects with ContrastMaster
do not need to readjust sliders all of the time. ContrastMaster
also lets you adjust up to three different effect settings at
the same time and switch between them by using the Preview
tab sheets, so you can experiment with different effect
settings and conveniently compare them without leaving the ContrastMaster
Why ContrastMaster Is Different
is no other tool available that offers as many methods for contrast
adjustment as ContrastMaster. ContrastMaster is not only more
effective at squeezing image details and contrast out of photos
than most other tools, it also offers more options for fine-tuning
and controlling image contrast than any other tool. Additionally,
the Adaptive Contrast method is not available in any other software.
You can also use ContrastMaster
to give a single photo the look of a HDR image while avoiding
the overhead of HDR photography. With its masking options you
often do not need to create selections or layer masks for selectively
applying the ContrastMaster effect, which saves you a lot of
ContrastMaster also offers special features that are not found
in most other tools, e.g. spilt views, logged settings, 17 histogram
types, own defaults, blown highlights detection, rendering time
estimation, novice/expert modes, local presets and preview tab
Windows 64-bit Plugin
Upgrade: People who purchased
the Windows version in May 2009 or later receive the 64-bit
plugin for free. Other users can upgrade for $14.95. Please
contact us with your order
64-bit Plugin Upgrade: People who purchased the Mac
version in July 2010 or later receive the 64-bit version for
free. Other users can upgrade for $19.95. Please contact
us with your order details.
you are a registered user of the Windows plugin, you can buy
the Standalone/Lightroom version for $19.95. Please contact
us with your order details.
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about ContrastMaster, please don't hesitate to contact