Photomatix Essentials


Photomatix Essentials 4.0.2 for Windows
(Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP  -  64-bit / 32-bit)      download size: 24 MB

Mac OS

Photomatix Essentials 4.0.2 for Mac
(Mac OS X v10.6 through v10.11)      download size: 8 MB)
If you prefer to install manually or in case the automatic installation wouldn't work, you can directly download the Photomatix Essentials 4 for Mac app.

Plugin Edition

Photomatix Essentials is also available as a Plugin for Photoshop. The Plugin is primarily intended for Photoshop Elements, but it works in Photoshop CS/CC too.


Plugin for Photoshop Elements 13 or higher / Photoshop CS4 or higher - Windows 64-bit

Plugin for Photoshop Elements 9 or higher / Photoshop CS or higher - Windows 32-bit

Mac OS X

(10.7 or higher)

Plugin for Photoshop Elements 12 or higher / Photoshop CS5 or higher - Mac OS X

Plugin for Photoshop Elements 9 to 11 / Photoshop CS to CS4 - Mac OS X


If you haven't taken bracketed photos yet, you are welcome to download these samples:

3 photos taken at 2 EV spacing - Cove Point Lighthouse (3.5 MB - 1800 x 1198 resolution)
3 photos taken at 2 EV spacing - Venice Grand Canal (4 MB - 3504 x 2336 resolution)
3 photos taken at 2 EV spacing - Cevennes landscape (10 MB - 3504 x 2336 resolution)

More information

Video tutorials

For tips and other useful information, see the Photomatix FAQ.

The User Manual is included in Photomatix Essentials, but you can also access it online here:

User Manual Photomatix Essentials for Windows

New in version 4

  • New Tone Mapping method designed to give realistic looking results while preserving details in highlight and shadow. It is called Contrast Optimizer and adds the 'Balanced' and 'Vibrant' Presets.
  • Finishing Touch step to add Contrast or Sharpening before saving.
  • Back button to return to the Adjust & Preview step and apply other settings.
  • Preview checkbox in the Adjust & Preview step to toggle between the original and the image with settings applied.
  • Option in Preferences to refresh the Preview continuously as slider moves (not available in Win 32-bit version).

Version history

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