Helping Photographers Make More of Digital Images
March 31, 2008 – KODAK PROFESSIONAL Image Enhancement Plug-Ins allow photographers to quickly and easily improve the most common problems associated with digital files. Now after popular demand they have been updated for the latest operating systems. With the same great algorithms, V2.1 is now compatible for WINDOWS VISTA, MACINTOSH INTEL and ADOBE PHOTOSHOP CS3. There are four professional tools available depending on your photographic content and needs, to quickly and easily optimise images to improve quality and create even more compelling results. Photographers can download a free trial of the Image Enhancement Plug-Ins software by visiting www.kodak.com/go/proplugins
Kodak is offering these updated versions at the same prices, and is also offering special savings to any new customers. Those purchasing GEM Airbrush at list price can receive a 50% discount on any of the other Plug-ins (GEM Pro, ROC Pro, SHO Pro) included in the same order (Promotional code: SAVE50). Customers purchasing GEM Pro, ROC Pro, and SHO Pro can receive 35% off regular prices when buying any 1 (up to a maximum of 3) of these Plug-ins, and get 35% off regular prices. (Promotional code: OFFER35). These promotional codes will be valid until May 31, 2008.
KODAK PROFESSIONAL GEM Plug-in
Reduces image noise and grain
The KODAK PROFESSIONAL GEM Plug-In isolates and manages noise/grain in highlight and shadow areas without sacrificing image detail or excessive softening. The plug-in allows photographers to create portrait studio quality soft-focus effects, and image sharpening that surpasses the most typical “unsharp mask” filters. It is possible to reduce or remove JPEG compression artifacts, as well as line screening patterns from flatbed scanners.
KODAK PROFESSIONAL GEM AIRBRUSH Plug-in
Smoothes skin surfaces
The KODAK PROFESSIONAL GEM Airbrush software allows users to create an airbrush effect by automatically smoothing areas of a digital image without blurring or reducing fine detail. It minimises the imperfections of skin and other surfaces whilst fully preserving details like hair, eyebrows and the true character of the subject’s face. Working on 8 and 16 bit image files the plug-in can control image details at three levels: fine, medium and coarse.
“I specialise in photographing weddings and social events where my clients typically select an average of 100-150 images per album. As a digital photographer who handles my own enhancement to images prior to output, I have saved hours by incorporating the GEM Airbrush Plug-In within my studio ‘back end.’” Michael A. Jonas, M. Photog, CR., CPP
KODAK PROFESSIONAL ROC Plug-in
Restores, Corrects, and Balances Colour
The KODAK PROFESSIONAL ROC Plug-In restores, balances and corrects the colour of almost any digital image by removing colour casts that have been caused by coloured lighting or fading. The software works by analysing the colour gradients of a digital image and then finding the optimum tone curve for each colour. The plug-in can be used to correct the effects of tungsten and fluorescent lighting and also to restore pleasing density and contrast to black and white digital images. It optimises image white balance and offers automatic or custom control. This plug-in also supports the use of 8 and 16 bit colour image files and full control of image brightness and contrast for better colour and white balance corrections.
“Many clients bring old photographs for us to restore from the 1950s and 1960s that exhibit strong discolouration. The ROC Filter provides us an almost instant ‘fix’ tot his problem.” Roy Madearis, Master Photographic Craftsman, Madearis Studio
KODAK PROFESSIONAL SHO Plug-in
Optimises Contrast and Exposure
The SHO Plug-in optimises contrast and exposure to reveal details hidden in highlights and shadows. The plug-in corrects exposure problems in images with backlit subjects and uneven flash illumination, as well as partial shade.
The plug-in analyses the image and reveals the detail in the shadows without sacrificing any detail in the highlights whilst also offering automatic or custom control. The SHO Plug-in allows manipulation of both shadow detail lighting and highlight darkening, giving separate control of the amount of detail to reveal in each area, as well as colour saturation.
The new KODAK IMAGE ENHANCEMENT Plug-ins are available for download immediately.
For more information please visit www.kodak.com/go/proplugins