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Photoshop plug-ins for retouching

Illumination Editor

Quick introduction

This Photoshop plug-in lets you manipulate the light and shade in an image. This is the Illumination Editor Photoshop plug-in's control panel. Click on the image for a larger view. It works with the following image modes: 8 & 16 bit/channel: RGB, CMYK, Grayscale, Duotone, Lab.

The basic controls

Direction  changes the direction of the lignt/shade retouch. Shade <-> Light  determines how much the plugin should retouch either shades or lights by making the light or the shadow area larger or smaller.
Raise Exposure  will raise the exposure of the lights. Reduce Exposure  will lower the exposure of the shadow side.
Similarly the two brightness sliders will raise the brightness of the light side and reduce brightness of the shade side. Make Transparent     will change the Raise
Brightness slider to one called Transparency which will make the light side more or less transparent. You can use this for creating correction layers in Photoshop.
Retouch levels   lets you determine how much the retouch should be applied to lights, midtones or darks.
Light at top
Light at bottom


Here we shifted the focus of the light from first the top of the image and next to the bottom of the image. Focusing the light on the sensual red mouth enhances the sensuality of the photo, while focusing the light on the eye and shading the mouth gives a more cool and pensive mood.


Here we created a dramatically lighted image from an underexposed photo. We raised exposure in the top lights and slightly lowered exposure in the bottom shades.


Here we wanted to enhance the existing light/shade contrast for a more interesting impression.