Thursday, December 30, 2010

PercepTool2 - price drop

Upon further consideration, a price drop and HDR for free: "Atlantic Light Works and Reindeer Graphics announce the release of PercepTool 2TM a Photoshop add-on suite that performs High Dynamic Range (HDR), Tone Mapping and Perceptual Effect operations on digital photographs. Compatible with both Windows and Mac platforms in 32- and 64-bit processing, it operates in Photoshop CS4 and CS5 (Photoshop Extended required for 32-bits/channel). PercepTool 2TM works with both B&W and Color images in 8-bits, 16-bits and 32-bits.

Completely revised and updated, PercepTool 2TM includes a new interface for the Perceptual Effect routine that now includes Exposure and Contrast adjustments instead of using Photoshop tools. The Perceptual Effect adjustment has been redesigned to operate faster and to protect the highlights. In addition, PercepTool 2TM now includes EqualizerTM, a superior multi-contrast Tone Mapping interface, and FreeHDRTM, a High Dynamic Range operator that combines images without ‘grunge’ effects. Included is a Histogram with both Levels and Ansel Adams Zone System scales. LiveViewTM, the ability to work on the main image itself and not a preview, is unique to PercepTool 2TM.

Photographers will find the new HDR and Tone Mapping abilities of PercepTool 2TM especially exciting. FreeHDRTM finds an optimal alignment for images to be blended (with multiple quality settings) that does not suffer from the flaws in Photoshop’s alignment. The blending of the images occurs with accurate color rendition, reduced noise, and attention to the realistic nature of the photograph itself, rather than an interpretation.

PercepTool 2TM may be downloaded only from For those who have purchased the original PercepToolTMthe upgrade cost is $75. The full version is $95."


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A good book for understanding reflectance and illumination in detail is "Sensation and Perception" by E. Bruce Goldstein. It's not cheap, but it goes into good detail.