Differences Photomatix Pro versus Photoshop Plugin
Photomatix Pro is a standalone application. It includes HDR Tone Mapping and Exposure Fusion among other features.
Images produced with Photomatix Pro can be further processed in any image editing application.
The Tone Mapping Plug-In for Photoshop offers only Tone Mapping and works within Photoshop CS2 to CC.
Advantages of Tone Mapping with the Plugin for Photoshop
- You don't have to leave Photoshop
Advantages of Tone Mapping with Photomatix Pro
- You are sure to tone map the 32-bit HDR image -- in Photoshop CS5, CS6 and CC, HDR Merge Pro defaults to the low dynamic range 16-bit image.
- No need to change the bit-depth of the 32-bit HDR image after Tone Mapping.
- Integration with powerful Batch Processing
- Ability to tone map larger HDR image files. Due to memory limitations imposed to Photoshop plugins, the Tone Mapping Plugin may get into issues of insufficient memory when processing relatively large images.