Photomatix Essentials

Windows

Photomatix Essentials 4.0 for Win 64-bit    (Windows 7 64-bit / Windows 8 64-bit / Windows 10 64-bit)    requires 64-bit OS

Photomatix Essentials 4.0 for Win 32-bit    (Windows XP / Vista / Windows 7 32-bit / Windows 8 32-bit)

Mac OS

Photomatix Essentials 4.0 for Mac    (Mac OS X v10.6 through v10.10)

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 Elements.

Windows

Plugin for Photoshop Elements 13 - Windows 64-bit

Plugin for Photoshop Elements 13 or older - Windows 32-bit

Mac OS X

Plugin for Photoshop Elements 12 or 13 - Mac OS X

Plugin for Photoshop Elements 11 or older - Mac OS X

Samples

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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Windows

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