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Mystical Tint Tone and Color - Auto FX PhotoshopPlugin
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Auto FX Photoshop Plugins Review - Mystical Suite - Mystical Focus, Mystical Lighting, Mystical Tint Here is a review of AutoFX’s Mystical Suite, reviewed by Robert Coppa from the latest edition of PSD Magazine.

AutoFX’s Mystical Suite is a collection of three applications/plugins that share a common interface and allow interoperability between Mystical Focus, Mystical Lighting and Ambiance 2.0 and Mystical Tint Tone and Color 2.0. The applications can run standalone or within Photoshop as a plugin. As a photographer well versed with Photoshop, I opted to explore the plugin instance first. The plugin is invoked from the filter’s menu in Photoshop and can be applied to any non-empty layer.

Common Interface
As stated previously, the plugin instantiation of the application displays a consistent interface that can also be used in the standalone version. It is, thankfully, compact, clean and concise. There is a left sidebar where users can define parameters for the selected effect. The effects are selected from the dropdown box using flyout menus. One feature I would have appreciated is the ability to set my own color for the sidebar, palettes and picture viewing area, and the ability to change the font style to a non bold value would definitely get two thumbs up from me. The Layers and Brush palettes are easy to use and understand, they are non- dockable but can easily be moved out of the way; the application remembers the last position so there is no need to move them from session to session.

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A helpful feature is the memory dots dial. It lets users take snapshots of work in progress. These serve as save points that they can return to without losing the work previously done. If a user is uncertain of what a particular control will do, the application offers two level of help on all controls ( brush on/off, lasso etc ) and effects. When the mouse hovers over the control for 2 secs a short description is displayed, holding it still for another 2 sec will display an extended explanation of the tool.

Mystical Focus
The Mystical Focus application/plugin provides a total of 9 Focal Effects, 6 Atmospheric Effects and a masking layer capability. That is a lot of blurring options that users can select from. In addition to these start-from-scratch effects, users can select from 45 Focal Effects Presets and 22 Atmospheric Effects Presets. The Preset dialog provide a large size sample of each preset and when the user hovers the mouse over a specific preset it shows the original picture, providing an effective Before-After facility.

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It is worth mentioning that the Preset dialog is shared by the other applications, again providing a consistent look and feel to the product. The Focal effects provide good overall blurring and realist simulations of bokeh and DOF ( Depth of Field ). The application provides for an easy means to quickly create blurring effects and by using the default brush, planer and lasso tools novice users can quickly produce dramatic results.

The addition of Atmospheric effects within this application/ plugin can further improve the final look of the image. It adds stylized flair quickly and easily. My personal favourites are the Highlight Smear and Specular Highlights effects.

Mystical Lighting and Ambience 2
This new version of Mystical Lighting and Ambiance looks and feel very solid and is, in my opinion, a marked improvement from version 1. It offers 14 Lighting effects, 5 Shading effects and 8 Ambience modifiers for a total of 27 effects that may be combined and blended to provide some spectacular results. Add to these over 120 presets and you have a recipe for hours of play time.

Two of my favourite effects are Light Beams and Light in the Dark. They provide a high degree of control over light projections and if offers over 40 different Beam styles within Light Beams alone. Most of the Lighting effects provide a control to define the colour of the light either in solid form or as a gradient. Users can define and save their own colour palettes and load them for use on similar images. Each light beam parameter includes spread, fade out and softness. These sliders provide accurate tuning of the beam and the T-Path control allows the user to define not only beam directionality but also position, width and intensity. Each T-Path has its own set of parameters and atmospheric controls.

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A useful control employed by the directional light effects is the Light Blocker control. It is defined by dragging a line across the screen. It is 1 dimensional but can provide a very effective means of light obscuration. Combined with its opacity slider users can simulate light blocking on a flat image. To round off the parameter controls there are 22 atmospheric effects to choose from. Users can select a preset and then modify to suit the particular application for the image.

Another favourite of mine is the Ethereal Effects in the Ambience group. The effect can be applied either as a Soft Cast or a Light Cast. I prefer the Light Cast. Using this option I am able to define direction and therefore have more control over the look and feel of the image. Using the Brush on/off controls I can simulate rudimentary masks.

Although the two Flares Effects provide over 50 presets combined I was expecting the ability to create effective obscuration masks, this would enable me to simulate a Flare behind a building scene, where only part of the flare is visible. I was unable to do this effectively with the Brush on/off controls. This point aside Mystical Lighting and Ambience provide a wealth of effects and presets that will allow users, both novice and savvy, to quickly create fabulous images.

Mystical Tint Tone and Color
If users were impressed with the abundance of effects and presets offered by the previous two applications/plugins, they will be to be totally blown away by what Mystical Tint Tone and Color offers - 60 effects with 300 presets – incredible value! Mystical Tint Tone and Color 2.0 includes a variety of valuable Portrait Filters that can improve skin color, minimize skin blemishes and wrinkles, enhance eyes, lips and hair and the ability to reshape facial features. As with the Liquify control in Photoshop, a user needs to exercise control and only make believable changes, as there are no real constraining parameters. On the flip side however, it can generate interesting caricatures. Try it yourself...

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The application features easy to use Color, Tinting and Tonal effects which require minimal tweaking to provide dramatic and beautiful results very quickly. The new lens effects can effectively simulate graduated filters and polarizers. I found these to be particularly useful in some of the photographs that I used in my evaluation. They are quick to apply and provide the desired effect with minimal tweaking. The Sharpening filters provide good image detail and clarity; on par with more traditional filters available in Photoshop.

Documentation
Documentation is available from AutoFX website either online via html or as a downloadable PDF file. This documentation is sparse at only 26 pages for all three applications. The documentation relates more to workflow and high level concepts. Effects and presets are not discussed in detail. However, AutoFX has done an excellent job of proving embedded help within the application. Every effect and every parameter tweakable under that effect has associated help. This help can be reached by hovering the mouse over the control, as explained earlier.

Shortcomings
As with all software there are limitations. The new Mystical Suite of applications currently only operates in the RGB color space. This may be an issue for those photographers/graphic artists that prefer working solely in other professional color spaces ( eg. CMYK, Lab Color, etc ).

Conclusion
AutoFX has delivered a comprehensive and feature rich suite of applications/plugin in Mystical Suite. It boasts over 100 effects with in excess of 400 presets. If the effects are used judiciously and users take advantage of its blending and masking facilities, Mystical Suite can yield magnificent images. Mystical Suite will provide the novice and more savvy users hours of exploration time and a complete arsenal of tools that can dramatically enhance images. A final word of caution however, to achieve great results one must start with the best possible image. Don’t except to feed AutoFX’s Mystical Suite a terribly focused photograph and expect it to sharpen it perfectly. And remember, as always is the case in photo- retouching, less is more and a light hand will go a long way.
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Auto FX Mystical Tint Tone and Color
Review by Jennifer Apple

Mystical Tint Tone and Color - Auto FX PhotoshopPluginMystical Tint Tone and Color, like its Lighting counterpart, can be used as a stand-alone application or as a plug-in that is fully integrative with Photoshop. It offers 38 color effects that are easily applied to your entire image or brushed onto selective areas. Mystical Tint Tone and Color provides heightened efficiency by combining multiple editing steps into a simple, dynamic interface with unlimited undo and redo capability, layers, visual presets, and tools.

User-friendly Interface Helps You Achieve Precise Results
With its easy to use interface and vast array of effects, Mystical Tint Tone and Color is an incredibly powerful addition to your cache of graphic design resources. The interface offers a large preview window, with the option to view your image in its original state after effects have been applied.

Enhancements like sharpness, detail corrections and color adjustments are just a few of the many options available that will improve the quality of your digital images. With side-by-side comparison of your original and altered images, it is easy to undo, redo or ever so slightly adjust the effects to achieve precise results.

Unique SmartLayers Technology
Mystical Tint Tone and Color - Auto FX PhotoshopPluginEven more unique is Mystical Tint Tone and Color's unique SmartLayers technology – any number of enhancements can be combined through interactive layers that share image data with each other and adjust automatically to the new values you have changed. This feature, combined with the straightforward interface, makes Mystical Tint Tone and Color a smart investment over similar programs currently in the graphic design market.

Integrated Support For Photoshop
Mystical features complete support for Adobe Photoshop versions 4.0 and higher (including Photoshop CS) and from within Photoshop Elements 1.0 or higher. Mystical includes integrated support for layers and transparency features, Photoshop Actions, Last Filter Command, Fade Filter Command, works as a Photoshop filter, saves and loads Photoshop .psd files and is easy to access and use as a filter from within Photoshop.

Mystical even saves to the Photoshop .psd file format with layers intact. As you are working on your designs inside the Mystical plug-in or application version you can save out copies of your work as Photoshop .psd native files.

Mystical Tint Tone And Color Includes 38 Effects
Each image contains millions of colors, shades and tones, making it absolutely unique. AutoFX has built Tint Tone and Color with a robust set of filters to explore and enhance images and to provide you with creative options to improve your photos with ease. Here's a quick summary of the 38 effects.

  1. Mystical Tint Tone and Color - Auto FX PhotoshopPluginAntique Photo - Provides a rich aged sepia appearance similar to traditional darkroom techniques.
  2. Hand Tint - Hand Tint simulates the traditional technique of hand painting photos.
  3. Soft Saturation
    Soft Saturation smoothly adds to the image's color saturation.
  4. Black and White - Converts images to a rich black and white with deep tones using separate color conversion filters.
  5. Hard Posterize - Hard Posterize can give your images a stark, bold appearance.
  6. Soften Details - Soften Details uses the image's tonal values to soften the details.
  7. Blue Sky - Gives images a radiant blue sky with gradient darks and fading light.
  8. Harden Details
    Harden Details enhances images that lack sharp detail and depth.
  9. Tonal Contrast - Tonal Contrast gives images a darker, low light appearance.
  10. Color Bleach - Color Bleach flattens out brighter and darker colors by adding extended highlights.
  11. HSB Adjust - HSB Adjust changes the hue, saturation or brightness of the image.
  12. Tonal Detail - Tonal Detail can add dark lustrous values to an image’s tonal range.
  13. Color Contrast - Color contrast can bring out beautiful tonal contrast through the existing colors found in your images.
  14. Image Brush - Image Brush is used to reveal the original image through other effects.
  15. Tonal Sharpen - Tonal Sharpen allows you to brush on razor sharp details.
  16. Color Mixer - Color Mixer lets you blend the different colors in an image to create some very interesting looks.
  17. Levels - Adjust the tonal values using highlight, midtone and shadow histograms.
  18. Tonal Smooth
    Tonal Smooth reduces the tonal values in an image to remove shading.
  19. Cool - Cool can literally cool down the colors in your image to give you a more balanced set of color tones.
  20. Multiply Darks - Multiply Darks compounds the tonal values in images for richer depth.
  21. Tonal Soften - Tonal Soften can be used to add diffusion type of effects to photos.
  22. Dark Contrast
    Dark Contrast gives your images a deeper, richer contrast that affects the darker areas of the photo.
  23. Over Exposed - Simulates the effect seen when you over expose a photo using bright light.
  24. Mystical Tint Tone and Color - Auto FX PhotoshopPluginUnder Color - Under Color paints colors under the darker values in your image.
  25. Darken Color - Darken Colors produces a result that gives you darker, richer colors with deep tonal detail.
  26. Restore Details - Lightens and extracts details from darker areas of images.
  27. Under Exposed - Under Exposed simulates photos taken in low light conditions.
  28. Deepen Tones - Deepen Tones extends and balances the midtones, highlights and dark areas of an image.
  29. RGB Adjust - RGB Adjust allows you to adjust the overall color balance in your image.
  30. Vitality - Vitality gives your images new life with increased color vibrancy.
  31. Enriched Black - Enriched Black takes the black component of your images and makes it darker giving you deeper black.
  32. Saturate Colors - Saturate Colors blends vibrant bold colors onto your image.
  33. Warm - Warm introduces a warm color contrast onto images.
  34. Gradient Tinting - Using Gradient Tinting you can add delicate color changes to your images.
  35. Sepia - Sepia simulates the traditional photographic darkroom sepia look.
  36. Washed Out - Washed Out can blow out detail and wash out the color in images.
  37. Green Foliage - Green Foliage is great for enriching and boosting the green color tones in an image.
  38. Soft Posterize - This effect adjusts color values to form a smooth, simple palette of colors.

Summary
While Mystical Lighting and Mystical Tint Tone and Color are remarkable stand-alone programs, the set of Lighting filters works wonderfully in conjunction with the Tint Tone and Color effects. A major shortcoming of the Auto FX experience is that it fails to offer the option of installing all of its programs into a single interface, an alternative that would expand even further the already vast array of creative possibilities it provides. With that said, this is a fabulous plugin set that will give you an endless amount of stunning visual effects.
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SiteGrinder seeks to bridge this gap between design and development. Basically, SiteGrinder turns Photoshop into an easy-to-use and fully functional web design tool. With SiteGrinder, designers will now have the freedom to totally let their creativity loose and then, without skipping a beat, transfer their designs to the web. Bringing esthetic concerns together with more practical considerations, SiteGrinder is an amazingly powerful tool that would make a fantastic addition to any web designer's bag of tricks. Mac OS X and Windows versions of the SiteGrinder unlockable demo are available now via download.
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Photoshop CS4 Essential Skills - By Mark Galer And Philip Andrews


Photoshop CS4 Essential Skills - Adobe Photoshop CS4 BookBrimming with beautiful pictures, Photoshop CS4 Essential Skills guides you through a project-based, progressive curriculum so that you can build all the essential skills to enhance photographs creatively and professionally with Photoshop CS4. If you are an aspiring professional or a student learning photography, digital imaging, or design graphics, you'll be amazed at the stunning results you can achieve. A DVD is included free.

The Essential Skills Photography Series from Focal Press uniquely offers a structured learning experience for photographers of all ages, with both the underlying theory and loads of invaluable 'how to' and real-life practice projects - all from the most talented photography practitioners/educators in the world.

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Skin Retouching Tips In Photoshop CS4
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