LightMachine is a
plugin for performing all kinds of light adjustments in photos.
It combines shadow/highlight, virtual lighting and color-based
correction tools for performing sophisticated corrections without
the need for time-consuming selections and layer stacks. It
lets you selectively correct photos taken under bad light conditions
or with inadequate camera settings and achieve results that
rival photos taken under the best circumstances. Additionally
LightMachine can achieve special effects like glows, sunsets,
high key and selective b/w effects, replace one color with another
and simulate polarizing filters.
LightMachine 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 LightMachine standalone application
supports JPEG, TIFF, PNG, PSD, Camera Raw and DNG image formats
LightMachine corrects brightness, contrast,
color and saturation in specific image areas independently from
each other. It basically consists of four different filters each
split up into a simple mode suitable for beginners and a Pro mode
with more features for more flexibility. The Brightness/Contrast
modes adjust brightness and contrast throughout the image which
is nice as a starting point. The Shadows/Highlights modes give
you complete control over dark and bright
image areas and let you correct them completely independently
from each other with the help of sophisticated masking
options. The Virtual Studio modes allow you to place an unlimited
number of shadow and light spots as if you were placing studio
lights in a real photo studio. The intensity, size, ovality, angle,
hardness and reflection properties of each spot can be adjusted
precisely. Finally, the Colors modes let you selectively correct
image objects of a specific color by clicking on them.
brightness, contrast and saturation correction algorithms that
let you bring out more details without making photos look unnatural.
LightMachine's flexible shadow/highlight masking options let
you quickly and easily adjust specific image areas without affecting
other regions. The Virtual Studio algorithms simulate light
and shadows so realistically that you will feel as though you
are working in a photo studio rather than a two-dimensional
photo. LightMachine offers effective methods for dealing with
problematic color shifts in lifted shadows and various different
saturation algorithms for avoiding color artifacts even at high
Plenty of Tools
LightMachine uses a
resizable dialog and its controls are logically organized in
various tab sheets. Moving the mouse over each control instantly
displays a detailed explanation in the Help box, so you don't
need to read the manual before using LightMachine. Spilt Views
let you display the original image side-by-side with the corrected
version and the 17 different histograms can be useful as a guide.
Complex corrections are made easy by LightMachine's Auto Mask
feature, which lets even beginners quickly create suitable masks.
Four different modes for displaying the used mask help even
further. Removing color shifts in lifted shadows is a snap with
LightMachine's one-click color picker. LightMachine's Logged
Settings feature can remember the settings used for any image
and automatically loads them whenever they are required again.
Why LightMachine is Different
plenty of features for improving a much wider range of photos
with better results. Other available software often only give
acceptable results for the common cases, but can't cope with
more difficult cases. These shadow/highlight tools usually produce
contrast-burned or over-saturated results which cause an unnatural
look. Unlike LightMachine, they don't let you adjust shadows
and highlights really independently, add artifacts along the
shadow/highlight borders or don't brighten shadows or darken
highlights enough to make details clearly visible.
Other lighting tools
usually produce only artistic effects and are not suitable for
correcting photos. They don't give you precise control over
the lighting effects and offer no contrast options. They also
affect the surrounding areas instead of just focusing on the
target area. They do not support a Reflection feature therefore
you often can't avoid blown highlights without decreasing the
overall effect. LightMachine's Virtual Studio tool avoids these
problems, because it was developed for producing realistic light
effects for correcting photos.
Other color-based correction
tools don't allow to replace the color of a specific image area
with any other imaginable color. They are limited to a range
of colors depending on the color that needs to be replaced.
Most of these tools also don't let you selectively adjust brightness
and contrast and have no features for adjusting the border smoothness.
LightMachine on the other hand gives you complete control for
Windows 64-bit Plugin
Upgrade: People who purchased
the Windows version in May 2009 or later receive the Windows
64-bit plugin for free. Other users can upgrade for $14.95.
Please contact us with your
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.
If you have any questions about
LightMachine, please don't hesitate to contact