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The left side is the original. Right side is filtered with the plugin. Notice all values and hues of the color are preserved.A Photoshop plug-in to edit brightness without losing color

Most photo software edits brightness at the expense of color and contrast. This plug-in lets you edit brightness without loosing color. It also lets you edit brightness independently in highlights, lights, mid tones, darks and blacks as well as apply a graduated effect.
Windows version is for all versions of Photoshop, Elements, Fireworks, Paint Shop Pro, Corel Draw,
Illustrator and other software that supports Photoshop plug-ins. See list.
Adjust amount of equalization in lights, midtones and darks Mac version is for all versions of Photoshop and Elements and all OS versions.

Introduction to the PowerRetouche Photoshop plugin: Brightness Editor
 

Brightness Editor plug-in - Tutorial

The plugins are for both OSX and Classic
The plugins are for all versions of windows

Benefits
of the plug-in

Edit brightness (lightness) without losing color Edit brightness (lightness) without losing color.
Does not fade photos or images Does not fade photos or images.
Independent control of degree of color preservation Independent control of degree of color preservation.
Option to target selectable hues or values for editing Option to target selectable hues or values for editing.

The Brightness Editor plug-in works with these image modes (Windows and Mac)...
8 & 16 bit / channel: RGB, Grayscale, CMYK.

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Brightness Editor
controls

Click to see the brightness editor plugin at full sizeThis is the Brightness Editor plug-ins control panel (Windows). Click the image to enlarge. The control panel and preview area can be changed by dragging the sides.
The filter has only three main controls:

1. Brightness % - increase or decrease brightness
2. Offset
3. Preserve Color % - range from 0 to 200%

In addition there are sliders for controlling the retouch.

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Example -

Example of the Brightness Photoshop plugins Preserve Color 100% setting. Brightness was lowered and raised 30% and 70%

The Brightness Editor plug-in is indispensable for editing brightness when you want full control over color preservation.

The central rectangle is the original.

How the plugin filters the photoPowerRetouche Photoshop plugins tutorial
  


 


Tutorial for the PowerRetouche photoshop plugin, Brightness Editor. It can be used with most other photo software and graphic software too.

 

The plug-ins three main controls

Brightness


Offset

Brightness controlsThe Brightness slider ranges from -100 to 100 and changes the image from virtually black at 0 to white at 100.

Offset adds or subtracts a given value from every pixel in the image, thus moving the entire image up or down in brightness.

Preserve Color

The Preserve Color slider ranges from 0 to 200%. Set to 0 will produce an almost grayscale image and set to 200 will produce an image of more or less double color intensity. Don't misunderstand this slider to be a plain saturation tool. I is tightly linked with the brightness slider and will behave differently depending on the setting of the brightness slider. If you set it to 100% it will ensure the overall aesthetic color impression is unchanged no matter what changes are made to the brightness.

 

Retouch levels

Retouch Levels



White Alert

Black Alert

Retouch levels is common to many Power Retouche plug-ins. The three sliders lets you control the percentage of effect in lights, mid tones and darks.

If you check White Alert, areas in the preview that are 0.3% pure white, will be masked. Likewise Black Alert masks 0.3% pure blacks. You can change the color of the masks by clicking in the colored rectangles.


Original


Darks and mid tones brightened 100%


Original


Mid tones and darks deepened 100%
Lights deepened 50%

 

Color range

Use Color range

The "Use color range" controls common to most of the Power Retouche pluginsThis is also common for several of the Power Retouches. Color range will restrict filtering to colors in the range from the right side of the "From" slider to the left side of the "Up to" slider. This also if the "From" slider is to the right of the "Up to" slider. If you only selected what was in between, you would not be able to select everything except red (for example). Mask unchanged will apply a mask over areas outside the range.

Inv (Invert selection)

This button will make the sliders swap place. For example you might set the slider to include only reds. If you press Inv. the sliders swap place and select everything but reds.

This is useful, for example, if you first want to edit selected foreground colors, then rerun the plug-in to edit all other colors. The plug-in remembers your settings between invocations, so on the second run just hit Inverse.

The two small colored windows show the selected color. If you apply a target range the color in these two windows will become lighter or darker according to the selected gray-range.

Softness

This slider determines if the changes should be applied evenly to the entire color range or if (and how much) it should fade out towards the extremes.


Original


Green balloons darkened

 

 

Graduated effect

 

These controls are common for most of the Power Retouche plug-ins. Using graduated effect will cause the filter to apply it's filtering at full strength in one side of the image and then fade the effect out towards the other side. You can change direction by right clicking the preview. Midpoint will shift the balance between how large an area will be filtered at full strength and how much will have a faded out effect. Contrast will change the acceleration and spread of the fade-out.

In this example we applied a graduated effect towards the bottom, lowering the brightness of the foreground, setting midpoint to the edge of the green foreground. This slight retouch gives a greater sense of depth in the image. In this case we used Photographic Mode, which is a very important feature when retouching because it gives retouches a far more natural look.


Original


Foreground deepened

 

Examples of brightness editing with color-preservation

Brightness
+/- 50%

Preserve Colors 100%

Brightness -50%
Preserve colors 100%

Original images

Brightness +50%
Preserve colors 100%

Brightness -50%; Preserve Colors 100%

Original unfiltered image

Brightness +50%; Preserve colors 100%

Brightness -50%; Preserve Colors 100%

Original unfiltered image

Brightness +50%; Preserve colors 100%

Brightness
+/- 90%

Preserve Colors 150%

Brightness -90%
Preserve colors 150%

Original images

Brightness +90%
Preserve colors 150%

Brightness -90%; Preserve Colors 150%

Original unfiltered image

Brightness +90%; Preserve colors 150%

Brightness -90%; Preserve Colors 150%

Original unfiltered image

Brightness +90%; Preserve colors 150%

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