Tone Mapping Plugin for Mac OS X

Photoshop CS5 to CC

Download Tone Mapping Plugin 2.2.1 for Photoshop CS5 to CC

Installation instructions for Photoshop CS5, CS6 and CC:

  1. Go to the place where you downloaded the plugin (normally your 'Downloads' folder).
  2. Double-click on the ToneMappingPlugin_2.2.1.pkg installer file and install the plugin.
  3. Start or restart Photoshop.
  4. Merge images to HDR or open an image.

    If you merge to HDR, do the following after merging:

    Set the Mode combo-box to 32 Bit

    Leave the Complete Toning in Adobe Camera Raw box unchecked

  5. Choose Filter > Photomatix > Tone Mapping
You can also directly download the ToneMapping.plugin file if you prefer to install manually or the automatic installation wouldn't work.

Photoshop CS4 or older

Download Tone Mapping Plug-In 2.0.1 for Photoshop CS4, CS3 and CS2

Installation instructions for Photoshop CS2 to CS4:

  1. Go to the place where you downloaded the plug-in (normally your 'Downloads' folder) and open the folder named ToneMappingPlugin2.0.
  2. Move the file ToneMapping.plugin to the Plug-ins/Filter folder of your Photoshop installation, which is:
    For CS4:  Applications/Adobe Photoshop CS4/Plug-ins/Filters
    For CS3:  Applications/Adobe Photoshop CS3/Plug-ins/Filters
    For CS2:  Applications/Adobe Photoshop CS2/Plug-ins/Filters
  3. Start or restart Photoshop.
  4. Merge images to HDR or open an image.
  5. Choose Filter > Photomatix > Tone Mapping

More Information

FAQ on the Tone Mapping Plugin for Photoshop

Update log

06-Oct-12 - Updated in v2.2 (Photoshop CS5/CS6 only)
  • Addition of 20 built-in presets.
  • 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.
02-Oct-11 - Updated in v2.1 (Photoshop CS5/CS6 only)
  • List of thumbnails of built-in presets.
  • More flexibility for resizing the preview and addition of scrollbars when the preview does not fit in window
  • Change in presentation of Details Enhancer settings as in version 4.1 of Photomatix Pro.
  • Double-clicking on sliders resets to default value for the setting.
12-Apr-10 - Updated in v2.0.1 (Photoshop CS5 only)
  • 64-bit support.
  • Ability to apply the plug-in to images in 8 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
Updated in v1.2.1
  • Fixed issue of license information not remembered on computers running Mac OS 10.5.
Updated in v1.2
  • Universal Binary so that the plug-in loads in Photoshop CS3 on Intel-based Macs.
  • Added six new settings: Gamma, Color Temperature, Saturation Highlights, Saturation Shadows, Highlights Smoothing, Shadows Smoothing and Shadows Clipping.
  • Ability to zoom in the preview to get a crop of the tone mapped image at 100% resolution.
  • Increased the maximum value possible for the White and Black Clip sliders to 10%.
  • Bug fixed: trying the plug-in on the new layer of an HDR image should not crash Photoshop anymore.
  • Bug fixed: scripting should now be correctly supported.
  • Bug fixed: actions calling the Tone Mapping plug-in should now play with the correct settings.
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.