Detailizer GUI

Introducing Fixel Detailizer 2 PS

Davide Barranca —  — 12 Comments

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!

Fixel Algorithms

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!


Frequency explained

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:

Multi Frequency


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.

Detailizer GUI

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).

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12 responses to Introducing Fixel Detailizer 2 PS

  1. Nice product Davide.
    This is a possible alternative to Alce, or the the two are complementary?
    Thank you.

    • Hi Antonio,
      even though the tool belongs to the “contrast enhancement” ones like ALCE, it’s conceptually different – Detailizer selectively operates on different frequencies, while ALCE addresses one radius only.
      We released this PS version few days ago but we’re actively developing it, new features will appear in next updates.

  2. Sorry to disturb here.
    Well, I’m quite confused. I was going to buy ALCE but this panel looks even better. Can you confirm? Or, where does ALCE a better job and where Fixel?

    • No disturb at all winetu,
      I’m afraid I can’t confirm – it would be like asking the scientific demonstration that pizza is superior to lasagna: they’re just different things that meet different tastes 😉
      Detailizer is a multi-frequency booster, ALCE is about local contrast.
      So to speak, you can think about Detailizer as a multi-radius sharpener with a better kernel than USM, while ALCE is like applying auto-levels, targeted on small or wide areas (depending on the radius chosen).
      For instance, imagine to select (rectangular marquee) the face in a person shot and auto-level – the face will gain contrast, but if you apply the same adjustment to the whole image, probably the dress shadows will plug, or the background highlights will burn. So you should select the dress and apply auto-levels there, select the background and do the same, etc. ALCE, in principle (but without selecting anything) does that – applies locally the “right” kind of contrast adjustment.
      As you see, Detailizer is just different, being a frequency amplifier (all the high frequency will get this boost, all the medium frequency this other, etc).
      Personally I would run ALCE first and Detailizer after, but I wouldn’t be too dogmatic on workflows.
      Hope this helps!

  3. Great product. However, I’m running Fixel Detailizer 2.0.4 under Windows 7 and CS6. The Detailizer Preview check box has a bug. You can preview your work with it checked, but if you uncheck the Detailizer Preview dialogue box to review your progress back to the original layer, you cannot bring back the Detailizer results. Not good.


    • Hi Philip,
      first check to have the latest version – I’m constantly refining Detailizer. Also, please notice that CS6 supports only the Scripted dialog interface (not the HTML Panel): due to the nature of Photoshop scripted dialogs, between the user interaction (checkbox click) and the application of the underlying routine – apply / revert the effect – there’s a (usually unnoticeable) delay. It might be that if you switch the preview on/off too quickly, the dialog cannot follow you quickly enough.
      Conversely, HTML Panels seem to be more responsive, at least to my tests.
      Thanks for being in touch!

  4. How do I get this to work with Adobe CC2015? LoveFixel and now need it all the time!


  5. Purchased this product. Where is the user manual? It isn’t in the downloaded materials.

  6. Would be nice, if in a future version, there was some sort of optional mask you could turn on to show which details were being affected at each level. I like what I can achieve with this plug-in, but it feels like guesswork when I’m using it.

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    […] Fixel Detailizer 2 [Davide Barranca] Ancora Davide Barranca dietro questo progetto in grado di donare contrasto alle vostre immagini su frequenze diverse. Ok, che vuol dire? Che se lo applicate non ve ne pentirete! In sostanza potete rendere più nitide e profonde le vostre foto agendo sia sul microcontrasto (per enfatizzare i dettagli) sia sul contrasto più esteso (per i volumi). Anche qui l’effetto finale può lasciare stupefatti. Il tutto per 19,90 $. […]

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