ColorStyler features four modes: Easy Mode, Quick Edit Mode, Photography Mode and Advanced Mode. Easy Mode offers a list of presets and displays one or more controls for further adjusting the effect of the preset. Quick Edit Mode provides several controls for adjusting the brightness, contrast and color of the whole image as well as parts of it. Photography Mode simulates the photographic workflow from shooting an image to processing it in the lab, printing and framing it. It does this with the help of hundreds of presets from a dozen combo boxes. Finally, Advanced Mode contains all available effect controls on six tab sheets and offers the most possibilities.
All modes are connected, so switching between modes does not change the image effect. You can start in one mode and adjust the effect further in another mode. If you need detailed control over an effect you should try Advanced Mode. If Advanced Mode appears too complex, you can stay in Easy Mode, Quick Edit Mode or Photography Mode. Once you know these modes well, you can explore what Advanced Mode offers and see if it provides even more useful options for you.
For detailed workflow tips see the Step By Step Guide page.
Easy Mode contains only the Preset tab sheet that is also available in Advanced Mode. But in contrast to Advanced Mode some controls appear below the preset list when you click a preset or switch to a preset group with the combo box above the preset list.
For presets that activate multiple effects you only see a Main Intensity slider for increasing or decreasing the intensity of all effects. For presets with only one effect multiple sliders appear below the preset list. Sometimes these are all controls of the effect, sometimes not. If the ColorStyler window is too small to fit all controls, only the Main Intensity slider is shown. You can avoid that by enlarging the ColorStyler window.
If you right click on the preset list you will see a menu with the names of all effects of the preset. Clicking on one of these items displays the effect controls in Advanced Mode.
For more information see the Preset tab sheet page.
Quick Mode offers sliders for general and selective adjustments. It provides the means for quickly adjusting the image. This mode is especially useful if you are interested in photo processing without special effects. But you can also use it for adjusting the image after applying special effects in another mode.
All of these controls are also available in Advanced Mode. The first three controls are also located on the Tone sub tab of the Main tab sheet. They adjust the brightness, contrast and shadows/highlights of the whole image. The Cool/Warm and Green/Mag. sliders originate from the Color sub tab of the FX1 tab sheet and can be used to colorize the image. The Saturation and Balance sliders are also located on the Tone sub tab of the Main tab sheet and adjust the saturation of the whole image. The other controls at the bottom are for selectively adjusting the brightness, contrast, hue and saturation of certain color areas in the image. They are from the Select tab sheet in Advanced Mode.
For more information on these controls see the pages of the mentioned tab sheets.
Photography mode consists only of presets that are sorted into a dozen combo boxes. Each combo box offers many items for adding a predefined effect, a so-called preset, to the image. This way you can add up multiple effects at the same time to an image. The presets of one combo box override each other, but if you choose presets from different combo boxes, their effects are combined. It works similarly to the activated Combine check box in Easy and Advanced Mode.
These presets let you recreate the look of traditional photography effects. It is a selection of the presets that are also available in Easy and Advanced Mode. Each effect of the Photography Mode can be edited in more detail after clicking the "More..." label. This displays the appropriate controls in Advanced Mode.
Advanced Mode contains the combined effects of all other modes and even more. All adjustments that you make in the other modes are visible in this mode. Advanced Mode lets you fine-tune them even further, because it offers the most features.
In addition to the Preset tab sheet known from Easy Mode there are five further tab sheets in this mode. Each tab sheet contains up to four sub tabs. Usually one sub tab contains one effect, but some sub tabs also contain up to three different types of effects.
For more information about the different effect controls read the pages about these tab sheets.