Make your color dreams come true and realizes
any photographic look
Just like you I am only a user who is curious about a new Plugin
to test the qualities of the software. A little difference is the
fact that I write about my experiences as an author. The most of
you can spare themselves this procedure.
The installation of ColorStyler 1.01 under Windows
7 works without any problems. There is probably one positive feature
worth being mentioned: in a selection list you can choose all compatible
host programs on your system without any limitations. Great, whoever
has several image processing programs on his computer and also uses
them regularly, will certainly appreciate this option.
Original Photo - Photographer: Michael Bernigau
Three presets from the Photo Effects and Glow groups were combined:
Bleach Bypass, Glamour Portrait and White Glow Strong. The Glow
effect was manually adjusted.
Three combined presets from the Photo Effects group are essential
for this look: Cross Royal Gold, Dawn Light and High Contrast.
The Program Interface
When starting the plugin for the first time,
then you will be asked whether you prefer the user interface in
modern style of Photoshop CS 6, which means dark, or the standard
Windows style. Your decision is not "for eternity", you
can change it later at any time. You can turn to the Prefs tab sheet
in order to change the Skin if necessary.
Here I switched to Advanced Mode - alternatively
you can stay in Easy Mode. I also enlarged the preset list by clicking
the arrow left icon above the preset list.
The UI of ColorStyler 1.01 (with Photoshop Dark skin) after personal
The already existing settings, except for the Advanced Mode, can
be kept or not according to your personal taste. The Advanced Mode
is important as it grants access to the Main, Select, FX1, FX2 and
Mask tabs. With these tab sheets your photos can be adjusted individually.
There is also the small check box called Combine:
you can activate or deactivate it by clicking with your mouse. My
tip: if you are a beginner as far as ColorStyler 1.01 is concerned,
then activate the check box, click on different presets and let
yourself be surprised by the results. You can also combine presets
by holding the Ctrl key while choosing a preset.
Last, but not least, there is the Help tab sheet.
Those who do not want to be helped, deactivate its check box, all
others receive helpful information on each control that is touched
by the mouse cursor.
Discovering ColorStyler 1.01
With software of a very wide functional range
such as ColorStyler 1.01, you have more than 600 presets to choose
from as well as different modes for changing the color of your photo.
It is most likely that no one got the idea of testing all existing
presets one after another. Your "lunch break" and the
following afternoon would probably not suffice.
A few of the 600 preset thumbnails
On the other hand the preset thing is certainly
not the wrong way to get more familiar with the plugin. For my first
result above I firstly clicked on the preset Cross Royal Gold without
a fixed objective, afterwards on Dawn Light while the Combine function
was activated. I liked the result that is why no other changes followed.
It is actually indeed a success-promising way
to start with a preset and then carry out the fine-tuning with other
parameters. But please take into consideration that almost every
photo exhibits different exposures and colors. Nevertheless it is
recommendable to save your own really felicitous presets and test
them with other images.
Original image - Photographer: Kay Michael Kuhnlein
For the following two examples I chose a photo as the original image
whose colors and light conditions cannot be called optimal, actually
a case for the recycle bin. So I combined several presets and did
some fine-tuning in Advanced Mode. According to my own judgement
the photo got an "eye-catcher" after all or do you think
Lago d`Orta with a special color mood.
with an infra red look that also has polarizer, grad, glow and paper
As I wanted to show you another variation with the same image, I
saved the previous effect as a preset. In this specific case it
would actually not have been really necessary, because ColorStyler
1.01 always displays the last assigned adjustments.
Adjustments on the Main tab sheet for producing photo variations.
The red output curve is influenced by the editable curve and the
As already described above, there are several tab sheets available
in Advanced Mode. The screenshots show possible adjustments in the
Main tab sheet. The sub tabs Tone, Color, RGB and Saturation let
you adjusting the image with curves and sliders according to your
desires and ideas. It does not matter whether you started with one
ore more combined presets or with an unprocessed original image.
I am now pursuing with two examples which demonstrate
various possibilities of the ColorStyler. Afterwards I do recommend
you to grab ColorStyler 1.01 as a fully working demo version from
and convince yourself of this software´s performance. You
will probably be as enthusiastic as I am myself.
Right: Original image - Photographer: Michael Bernigau
Middle: Vignette and circular grad effects.
Left: Linear grad and paper effects.
Top Left: Popart in its original colors - Artist: Kay Michael
Top Right & Bottom: Digital art can also receive completely
with the help of th false color effect
Actually I concentrate on the individual software when writing a
review, because I regard myself as an author and by no means as
a test person who compares products. So it is quite odd: Why can't
I keep myself from thinking that ColorStyler is offered at a very
reasonable price whereas a much higher rate is charged for a certain
other product, which does not really offer more features? Well,
as I already mentioned, your own thoughts can be quite curious at
I wish you a successful work,
Kay Michael Kuhnlein