Archive for April, 2010

Quick & Easy First Aid Helpers

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Hello again, folks.

Last week we added some little helpers for easy and quick first aid: Auto-whitebalance, auto-contrast, color enhancement, equalize. And a fun one: Invert brightness. All of them are Color effect tools.

Auto-whitebalance tries to detect unwanted or unnatural color tints and removes them. Auto-contrast carefully lifts the contrast to a mathematical maximum. Color enhance increases the saturation range of the colors, without altering brightness or hue. Use this one with care, it can easily over-do the colors (such as in the sample below). Equalize takes care that every brightness level in the photo is represented in the same amount of all other brightness level. Invert brightness … well, it inverts the pixels’ brightness (unlike the Invert tool, which inverts the colors). This tool can make people look really funny, but also mercilessly shows image defects caused by lossy compression such as JPG (look at the man’s teeth in the sample below).

Here are the usual samples:

Auto-whitebalance

Auto-whitebalance

Auto-contrast

Auto-contrast

Color enhance

Color enhance

Invert brightness

Invert brightness

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Last minute Easter cards anyone?

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

In case you haven’t noticed: Phixr is all Easter at the moment. Lots of decorations (eggs, chicks, bunnies, etc) and a few other Easter-related effects are on the menu. Furthermore, the Face-Through-The-Hole tool, recently grown into a greeting-card-machine, offers some nice templates for Happy Easter cards.

We wish you all a happy Easter!

Easter 2010

Easter 2010

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