Step 1: Open File

■ Choose Filter ^ Applied Science Fiction ^ Digital SHO to get the dialog box shown in Figure 36.8. It is a simple dialog box that conceals some rather clever mathematical algorithms. Drag the preview box to an area where you want to look for improvement in the shadows. In this case, the default settings for Shadow Brightness seem OK. If you make lots of changes in the Shadow Brightness setting, you may need more color saturation. To increase color saturation click and drag the Color Intensity slider. Now click OK to apply the settings. The image shown in Figure 36.9 shows the results of using Digital SHO and Pictograph's iCorrect Professional 3.0.

■ After installing the Digital SHO plug-in, choose File ^ Open (Ctrl+O) to display the Open dialog box. Double-click the /36 folder to open it and then click the lily-before.jpg file to select it. Click Open to open the image shown in Figure 36.7.

Applied Science Fiction offers a second smart plug-in called Digital ROC, which automatically restores color quality to digital images. It uses a proprietary algorithm that analyzes the color gradients to determine the optimum tonal curve for each color channel to remove the color cast from faded images and effects of tungsten and fluorescent lighting. It also adds density and contrast to black and white pictures. If you restore old photos, this is a plug-in that you will enjoy using as it can save you a tremendous amount of time, providing it works on the image that you need to fix. An important point to make about all of these auto fix plug-ins is that they can do a wonderful job on some images and a not so good job on others.


The Digital ROC dialog box is shown in Figure 36.10. After clicking OK, you can see the instant improvements that were made to the original photo shown in Figure 36.11 and the final photo shown in Figure 36.12.

iCorrect Professional 3.0, iCorrect Edit Lab 2.0, Digital SHO, and Digital ROC are advanced Photoshop 7 compatible plug-ins that can help you get more done and get it done quicker. They can also be

invaluable to those who use Photoshop 7 but do not have the experience to successfully use Photoshop 7 tools to accomplish the necessary tasks. I encourage you to download these plug-ins and try them on many of the before images found on this book's Companion CD-ROM and on you own images. You will then be able to make a good decision as to whether or not they are worth purchasing, as some plug-ins are costly unless they save you lots of time and effort.


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