I’m glad to announce the release on Adobe Add-ons of a powerful contrast booster for Photoshop: Fixel Detailizer 2 PS. Let’s see what is that all about!
I’ve recently started a partnership with Fixel Algorithms, a company founded by engineers and programmers specialized in Digital Image Processing – amazingly smart people. Fixel Algorithms has been creating Filters for Adobe After Effects (video processing), and Detailizer is our first shared effort porting to Photoshop their excellent work.
Detailizer at a glance
Detailizer 2 PS decomposes your image into discrete Frequency Ranges and allows you to separately control the Contrast Boost of each of them. It’s like Frequency Separation on steroids!
Do you need a primer on spacial frequency? Basically, it’s about the size of the detail in your pictures. For instance, say that you’ve shot a portrait – take a sample in:
- the hair: there’s plenty of fine detail, pixel’s values (dark/bright) vary with a high frequency.
- the lips: the variation is smoother compared to the hair, even if the transition between dark/bright values happens with a decent (say: middle-sized) frequency too.
- the cheek: here the tonal variation is really smooth, and covers a larger area: in the sample things change on a lower rate (low frequency).
It might not be the most accurate description of what a spacial frequency is, but you’ve probably got the idea. In the real world the distinction is fuzzier: every area is made with all frequencies combined (within “low-freq” cheeks there is “high-freq” skin texture), the same way a complex signal such a sound or an electromagnetic wave is a combination of simpler signals:
Fixel Detailizer 2 PS peculiar frequency decomposition (the filter’s core) is performed with a fast, proprietary Wavelets algorithm developed by Fixel.
The interface lets you boost separately 5 Frequency Ranges, in order to target precisely the detail level that you want.
Fixel Detailizer 2 PS works on 8bit, 16bit and 32bit HDR files too! All the calculations are internally performed at 32bits to ensure the maximum precision.
How to get it
Fixel Detailizer 2 PS is a 5 stars product! This Photoshop Filter available on Adobe Add-ons (the brand new app-store for Photoshop extensions) for USD 19.99 and supports Photoshop CC and CC 2014 on both Mac and Windows (64bit).