Adobe Photoshop Plug-Ins PageColorPerfect Version 2.11 is now available
The ColorPerfect (formerly ColorNeg) Photoshop/Photoline plug-ins are available for BOTH PC and Mac in 64-bit versions as well as the standard 32-bit.
ColorPerfect is currently in version 2.11a. Version 2 introduced PerfectRAW and with it the color purity that we all have been searching for from digital camera RAW. In our extensive research we found that there were critical errors made at the very start in the way that digital camera RAW data is analysed. We are the first to recognize and correct these errors and the result is the color clarity and consistency of PerfectRAW. The PerfectRAW System automatically recognizes digital cameras and has calibrations for over 240 designations of digital cameras from Blackmagic, Canon, Casio, Fujifilm, Kodak, Leica, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Samsung, and Sony. (See a listing of specific camera models included.) The importance of this new technology to digital photography can hardly be overstated. Of course ColorPerfect still has the ColorNeg answer to working with color negatives with built-in calibration data for over 270 types of color negative film from Kodak, Fuji, Agfa, AgfaColor, Konica, China Lucky, Rollei, and Ferrania. (See a listing of specific film types included.) There also were several important advances to the ColorPerfect system as a whole. The unique ColorPerfect Alpha Channel Feature applies accurate image colors to a grayscale of the image which may have been created by any available means and the Alpha Channel controls have been greatly improved. This feature can use a selection mask in place of the Alpha Channel so it will work in earlier Photoshop versions and Photoline. There is a control called BP Tails for BPoint (blackpoint) that can improve shadow detail particularly for color negative users and better tracking and control of color balance through systematic internal analysis of image grays. Version 2.11 looks much the same as version 2.0 but many changes have been made "under the hood" so that ColorPerfect operates more smoothly and consistently. The ability to transfer settings from one image to the next and the tracking of settings in general has been greatly improved. ColorPerfect is based on Complete Color Integrity and gives results we and our users think are amazing. (See ColorPerfect dialog and how it works.)
ColorPerfect Introductory Videos
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The two videos above are intended just as introductory tours of the two most popular ColorPerfect usage modes, but we intend to build a page of instructional videos, showing how to use ColorPerfect and the features that it provides. That page is under construction, but we do have a few of the videos prepared and you can view them on our G+ YouTube page. You can also see our photo album of day-to-day images from PerfectRAW.
The ColorPerfect PC plug-ins work with Photoshop 7, Photoshop CS through CS6, CC (see note), and most versions of Photoshop Elements. ColorPerfect is also supplied in a 64-bit version for PC that works with the both the Photoshop 64-bit version and Photoline 64-bit version 16 or later. The Mac versions of ColorPerfect work natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs, with Photoshop 7, Photoshop CS through CS4 on PowerPC and versions CS3 through CS6 and CC on Intel. The 64-bit Mac version of ColorPerfect is now available. On the Mac, CS5 provides a 64-bit mode of operation and Mac CS6 and CC require it. The Mac versions, both 32-bit and 64-bit, also work with recent versions of Photoline. Photoline version 18 is now able to directly import camera RAW files into ColorPerfect version 2.11!
Adobe has taken a remarkable action, releasing for download Creative Suite 2 and Photoshop CS2 in particular. Adobe has changed its story several times on how this came to be and what it means. You will have to judge for yourself exactly how this stands: Details of the Adobe CS2 action. Photoshop CS2 is an excellent base for running ColorPerfect. In particular the ColorPerfect-PerfectRAW-MakeTiff system brings RAW capability for most of the new digital cameras missing from CS2 and gives superior results as well.
For those of us who think Photoshop is too expensive and Elements is too hobbled, ColorPerfect also works well with 32-bit and 64-bit Photoline in both the PC and the Mac versions. Our German colleague has an English-language page giving the complete story. We do not list Corel Paintshop in the above because these plug-ins do not work in Paintshop. Corel Paintshop has recently introduced the ability to use 16-bit Photoshop plug-ins, but their implementation is only partial and many features of our plug-ins will not work including Key validation!. At this point we do not support Paintshop and our plug-in Keys are not accepted in Paintshop.
With Photoshop CS6 Adobe made some curious changes in the way Photoshop lays out its application folders. Our current recomendation is to locate the Plug-Ins folder as for earlier versions. If there is not already a Filters folder inside the Plug-Ins folder, create one. Copy the appropriate ColorPerfect.8bf, ColorPerfect.plugin or ColorPerfect64.plugin file to the Filters folder.
The downloadable ColorPerfect demo version imposes a fine gridwork pattern on the images it produces, unobtrusive enough to allow evaluation and in fact we expect there will be some people for whom the trial version is sufficient, gridwork and all. Please try the demo before you buy. When you get a paid registration Key, the same Key is valid for ColorPerfect and also for the previous set of plug-ins, removing the gridwork of the trial version. Different paid registration Keys are required for the Mac and PC packages, however, and for the English and German language versions.
The current download version is 2.11a (updated 11/1/13) . The 2.11a revision corrects a problem with a new feature added in version 2.11: recognizing Color Space profiles. We suggest that all version 2.11 users update to 2.11a. ColorPerfect version 2.11 incorporates automatic camera and Color Space recognition and adds new cameras to the built-in list. CCRef and ShowCC have been improved and coordinated with a new tool that allows proportional (vector) adjustment of the Color Compensation (CC) setting. SmartClip, which corrects overexposed areas in digital camera images, has improved control and the number shown for Highlight Clip has been adjusted to be more meaningful to most photographers. The Alpha Channel feature has greatly improved secondary controls. Many other less visible improvements were made and a problem related to very rare cases in which the Mac 64-bit Photoshop would shut down has been fixed. The current MakeTiff download is version 1.14 (updated 10/25/13). MakeTiff is an important part of using PerfectRAW, particularly facilitating camera white balance, Color Space selection and automatic camera recognition and for managing Color Space or Gamma C for scanned negatives. Version 1.14 is required to work best with Photoline 18 and retains a workaround for a persistent problem with Mac Mountain Lion.
The video just below these ColorPerfect and MakeTiff downloads shows the basics of using them effectively.
Download the ColorPerfect for PC zip file -- this includes the 64-bit version of ColorPerfect
View ColorPerfect for PC ReadMe -- See ColorPerfect and how it works.
ColorPerfect replaces ColorNeg and the earlier C F Systems plug-ins.
Download MakeTiff for Windows - ColorPerfect's PerfectRAW System requires MakeTiff.
Download the ColorPerfect for Mac zip archive file of standard (32-bit) versions
View ColorPerfect for Mac ReadMe -- See ColorPerfect and how it works.
ColorPerfect replaces ColorNeg and the earlier C F Systems plug-ins.
Download the ColorPerfect 64-bit version for Mac zip archive file
Download MakeTiff for Mac - ColorPerfect's PerfectRAW System requires MakeTiff.
After you have installed and tried the download package you may (probably will) find that you would like the ColorPerfect dialog to have a larger preview, more in keeping with the size of your display. We have a selection of different dialog sizes to select from. To avoid confusion, please download and install the complete ColorPerfect package, just above, and look at the contained ReadMe before you try to install a larger dialog. Note that this is not necessary for the 64-bit Mac version, which has a resizable dialog.
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Who uses ColorPerfect? There are users of our plug-ins in 48 states and the District of Columbia in the USA, nine provinces in Canada, six states and the ACT in Australia - more than 60 countries around the world. A very informal estimate based on user e-mail and our visits to user websites is that many of our users - approaching half of them - are active professional photographers, quite a few of them large format photographers. But we have at least as many amateurs from beginners to advanced, quite a few who have found themselves with a large or important stack of film negatives or positives to deal with in the digital world. Other users are students, college professors, libraries, digital camera users trying to get better results, and a few people who have developed quite unique applications. We do not advertise at all beyond having these web pages, so most of the users arrive here from word of mouth (or blog) from other users while the rest simply chance upon our spot.
Purchase ColorPerfect for PC from a secure website. When purchasing "ColorPerfect for PC" from our site which provides secure data entry, you will receive a Key via e-mail which will remove the gridwork from demo versions downloaded from this site. This same registration Key is valid for the PC versions of ColorPerfect, including the 64-bit version, and will work with the previous generation of plug-ins as well. This Key is valid only for English language PC versions of the plug-ins. (Photoshop itself does not need to be the English language version.)
Purchase ColorPerfect for Mac from a secure website. When purchasing "ColorPerfect for Mac" from our site which provides secure data entry, you will receive a Key via e-mail which will remove the gridwork from demo versions downloaded from this site. This registration Key is valid for the Mac version of ColorPerfect, including the 64-bit version, and will work with the previous generation of plug-ins as well. This key is valid only for the English language Mac versions of the plug-ins. (Photoshop itself does not need to be the English language version.)
UPGRADES: Our long-standing policy of free upgrades remains in effect. Just exchange the ColorPerfect.8bf (PC), ColorPerfect.plugin (Mac-32) or ColorPerfect64.plugin (Mac-64) in your current installation (typically in the Plug-Ins/Filters folder of your host application) for the new version. Make sure you get the new version that corresponds to your previous version, either from Downloads or Plug-In Sizes. If you want to keep your current version as a backup, do NOT leave it anywhere in your host application's folder - move it to a folder somewhere else on your system, If you leave the old version in your application's folder - even if you rename the old version - Photoshop in particular will find it and may become confused between the old and new versions. Be sure to update to the latest version of MakeTiff when you update ColorPerfect. Current users will find that their Key codes will continue to work with version 2.11. In fact, so far in the more than eight years we have offered plug-ins we have never required that users purchase a new Key for any update or upgrade. (Keys are not transferrable between PC and Mac or English language and German language, however.) And we do thank those users who have supported our work by purchasing new Keys.
ColorPerfect has effectively replaced our earlier plug-ins, the original ColorNeg, ColorPos, and GamSat, but for those few people who really want or need these earlier plug-ins they are available on another page. Keys purchased for the older plug-ins remain valid for ColorPerfect and ColorPerfect Keys are valid for these older plug-ins.
Users confirm that ColorPerfect works very well indeed when given a properly scanned negative or positive but that figuring out how to make a scanner deliver a good, clean 16-bit linear scan as required for best results with color negatives can be quite tricky to do. It appears that scanner software writers often feel it necessary to gild the lily, intentionally distorting color in hopes of impressing the user. Others misleadingly label settings or controls for reasons known only to themselves. For instructions and suggestions concerning linear scanning see our page on getting a good linear 16-bit scan. Anyone having difficulty getting ColorPerfect ColorNeg or regular ColorPos Modes to perform well should visit this page.
ColorPerfect's approach to color is simple but it is also new in digital photography and we ask that users at least look over the short ReadMe file included with the plug-in to learn the essential basics and so to get off to a good start. Rather than a manual, ColorPerfect has a built-in help system that will let you build on those basics and learn to use as many of its comprehensive features as you want, at your own pace. In addition to the new color engine, the ability to deal with both negative and positive image sources, and the Help system, ColorPerfect has other important features including preview zoom, the ability to work on different image layers, a color balance ring-around that, unlike the one in Photoshop, actually works, control over the underlying tonal curve, a superior handling of highlight and shadow, the ability to save and return to specific points in the progress of working on an image, a selection of different dialog/preview sizes to match your display, the unique Alpha Channel and PerfectRAW features, and more.
We have worked with a colleague in Germany to produce German language versions of our plug-ins and manuals: Wir sind eine Kooperation mit einem deutschen Kollegen eingegangen, um eine deutsche Version unserer Plug-ins und Handbücher zu veröffentlichen. Diese sind von nun an auf der Webseite http://www.colorneg.de verfügbar. Dort finden Sie außerdem einige der Materialen dieser Webseite auf deutsch sowie interessante neue Artikel.
For serious users ColorPerfect has advanced features for dealing with color balance, dealing with problem negatives, dealing with rolls of similar negatives and there are several ways to calibrate your system for the ultimate results. See our Color Negative FAQ for more information about digitizing color negative images.
The ColorPos Mode of ColorPerfect extends these same techniques for use in dealing with positive scans and now RAW images from digital cameras through the PerfectRAW System. ColorPos is intended to maintain color integrity while making the initial, largest corrections to a positive image. The concept of FilmType as a means of estimating calibration data for unknown films is a breakthough that makes dealing with old films and problem images very much easier. Our colleague in Germany has prepared a nice illustration of this, available in English. ColorPerfect deals with color balance in several different ways directly involving CC (Color Compensation) filter values, including the CC "ring around" that has been a mainstay of color photograph printers for decades. The CC concept is central to understanding and working with three-primary color photography systems, which, after all, is what you are working with whether you use film or a digital camera. Your images may contain "millions of colors" but every single one of those millions of colors is a mixture of just red, green, and blue. PerfectRAW is an exciting extension into similar capabilities for properly dealing with digital camera RAW images.
The road to ColorPerfect started with our tips Color Balancing Color Negatives (now obsolete) and Color Integrity in Digital Images, and the more recent Complete Color Integrity page, using the physics and mathematics discussed in our CFS-243 Color Integrity, CFS-244 Negative to Positive, and CFS-276 Complete Color Integrity PDF documents. The earlier ColorNeg plug-in and the ColorNeg Mode in ColorPerfect invert color negatives correctly (Photoshop and many scanner software packages do this completely incorrectly) and the ColorPos plug-in and the ColorPos Mode of ColorPerfect operate on photographic images from positive sources such as scanned slides and prints providing for calibration and making the initial, often large image adjustments while preserving color integrity, which can be very difficult to do using standard Photoshop approaches. The PerfectRAW System is based on a thorough and independent study of the methods used to deal with digital camera RAW images. We have not released the results of that study, but we found that fundamental and important errors had been made in the early development of RAW image analysis, Those errors have obviously been a continuing headache for those dealing with RAW analysis, leading to the use of remarkable and even bizarre patches to work around their effects. Apparently we are the first to recognize these problems and figure out how to deal with RAW analysis correctly. This should be interesting.
Dialog Size: The preview image for ColorPerfect is designed to fit within the constraints of Photoshop running on a system with a 1024 x 768 display. Users running higher resolutions need a larger dialog box so the preview image will be larger. Photoshop prohibits resizing third-party plug-ins so to meet this need we have a Plug-In Sizes page where users can download a zip archive of the ColorPerfect plug in in sixteen dialog sizes including wide screen versions. New users need to install and try the standard downloads above before trying to install one of larger dialog versions. The 64-bit Mac ColorPerfect has a resizable dialog and so is not represented on the Plug-In Sizes page.
Photoshop Elements: ColorPerfect will work with Photoshop Elements and has been used with PC versions 3 through 8. It may work with other versions and with Mac versions. We do not actively test with the various versions of Elements, but our experience has been that the 32-bit versions work in general. To be sure, just try it on your system. Since Photoshop Elements is often sold as part of a package with a scanner, a digital camera, or a digitizer, this can be an inexpensive alternative for persons who do not already own a copy of Photoshop. On the downside, users should be aware that setting up to work with selections is not as convenient in Photoshop Elements as in full Photoshop. On the upside, the plug-ins provide Photoshop Elements with a lot of 16-bit/channel functionality that it does not have otherwise. For serious users, rather than Elements, we recommend 32-bit and 64-bit Photoline as a low priced alternative with much greater capabilities.
Photoshop CC: A number of users have reported that ColorPerfect works very well with Photoshop CC. While we expect no problems related to ColorPerfect it must be understood that unlike past versions of Photoshop, CC is a moving target, subject to change at any time so that any part of it may unexpectedly change or fail.
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