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Tone Mapping Plug-In 2.2.1 64-bit  (only works in 64-bit edition of Photoshop CS4, CS5, CS6 or CC)

Tone Mapping Plug-In 2.2.1 32-bit

Requirements

The 64-bit edition of the Plugin can only be installed on a 64-bit OS and requires the 64-bit edition of Photoshop CS4, CS5, CS6 or CC.

The 32-bit edition of the Plugin is compatible with Photoshop CS2, CS3, CS4, CS5, CS6 and CC. Though it also works with Photoshop CS, Photoshop 7.0 and Photoshop Elements, it is limited to tone mapping a single image in 8 or 16 Bits/Channel mode, as only Photoshop CS2 or higher support images in 32 Bits/Channel mode.

Installation instructions

  1. Double-click on the file you downloaded to launch the installation setup wizard.
  2. By default, the setup wizard points to the Plug-Ins directory of Photoshop CS6 and in English language.
    • If you have updated to Photoshop CC 64-bit, then you will have to select this directory instead:
      C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop CC (64 Bit)\Plug-Ins\
    • If you updated to Photoshop CC 32-bit, then it would be:
      C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop CC\Plug-Ins\
    • For other versions of Photoshop, the directory path to select follows the same pattern -- you would have to replace CC in the above paths by your version of Photoshop.

      If your language version of Photoshop is other than English, you may have to select another Plug-Ins folder name (for instance, "Zusatzmodule" in German, "Modules externes" in French, "Plug-In" in Italian, "Plugins" in Spanish, "Ekstramoduler" in Danish, ...)

  3. Start or restart Photoshop.
  4. Merge images to HDR or open an image.
  5. If you are merging to HDR Pro in Photoshop CS5 or higher, make sure to select 32 Bit on the Mode combo-box. If you are using Photoshop CC, you will also have to uncheck the Complete Toning in Adobe Camera Raw box.

  6. Choose Filter > Photomatix > Tone Mapping.

More Information

FAQ on the Tone Mapping Plugin for Photoshop

Update log

3-Nov-12 - Updated in v2.2
  • Addition of 20 built-in presets.
  • Simplified size options on Preview dialog: Size ratio mechanism replaced by magnifier icons for zooming in or out at 20% increments.
  • Filtering of preset thumbnails by category.
  • Changes in the Details Enhancer algorithm aimed at addressing the issue of difference between the preview and final image that may occur in some cases.
14-Jul-12 - Updated in v2.1.1
  • Bug fixed: Trailing blank characters copied with the license key made the registration fail.
14-Nov-11 - Updated in v2.1
  • List of thumbnails of built-in presets.
  • Addition of scrollbars to the settings panel when all settings don't fit on the screen.
  • Change in presentation of Details Enhancer settings as in version 4.1 of Photomatix Pro.
  • Custom presets created with Photomatix Pro are now available in the plug-in.
  • Addition of a number of built-in presets.
  • Bug fixed: Images in 8 or 16 bits/channel mode processed with Tone Compressor were too bright
  • Bug fixed: Preview histogram was incorrect for images in 32 bits/channel mode.
15-Feb-10 - Updated in v2.0
  • Added Tone Compressor tone mapping method.
  • Multi-threading support: complete multi-threading for Tone Compressor method and partial for Details Enhancer method.
  • Added support for tone mapping larger files than was previously possible
  • Details Enhancer's Light Smoothing setting (renamed "Smoothing" in v1.1) has now two modes. The new mode is in the form of a slider and produces a slightly different effect. The behavior of previous versions corresponds to the "Light" mode which is in the form of five buttons named "Min", "Low", "Mid", "High" and "Max".
  • Details Enhancer's Highlights Smoothness setting (i.e. the setting that avoids grey highlights and preserves "clean" skies) has been significantly improved.
  • Added built-in presets for Details Enhancer. Presets are "Natural", "Smooth Skies", "Painterly" and "Grunge", and are accessible from the Presets combo-box.
  • Added buttons for 'Undo' and 'Redo' of the last settings done
  • Bug fixed: Tone mapping a large file sometimes causes Photoshop to crash when there is insufficient memory to perform the operation
Updated in version 1.2
  • Added six new settings: Gamma, Color Temperature, Saturation Highlights, Saturation Shadows, Highlights Smoothing, Shadows Smoothing and Shadows Clipping.
  • Bug fixed: scripting should now be correctly supported.
  • Bug fixed: actions calling the Tone Mapping plug-in should now play with the correct settings.
  • Bug fixed: trying the plug-in on the new layer of an HDR image should not crash Photoshop anymore.
Updated in version 1.1
  • Added setting "Micro-smoothing". This setting smoothes out local details enhancements, which has for effect of reducing noise in the sky for instance and tends to give a "cleaner" look to the tone mapped image.
  • Made the settings sticky.
  • Renamed setting "Smoothing" into "Light Smoothing" and "Microcontrast" into "Micro-contrast", and changed the controls of both settings from pull-down menus to sliders. A value of "High" for Light Smoothing is now the equivalent of +1.
  • Extended the range of setting "Light Smoothing": it can now take a value of +2 (equivalent of "Very High") as maximum instead of +1 (equivalent of "High").
  • Fixed bug that produced almost black output, or white corners with some images.

Older version of the Tone Mapping Plug-In

Tone Mapping Plug-In version 1.2 32-bit

Tone Mapping Plug-In version 1.2 64-bit