Capture Monkey Lightroom Workflow Plugins Thu, 31 Mar 2016 18:17:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Fader 5th Anniversary Release Tue, 29 Sep 2015 22:05:03 +0000 TuomiojärviThe Fader is easily the most popular of my Lightroom plugins. It is also one of the oldest ones. In fact, the first release was published on September 29th, 2010, which makes it exactly five years old!

The plugin was born from my personal need. I wanted to tone down some presets that I had created, but adjusting 100+ sliders was really complicated, even though I am fairly proficient with Lightroom. The Fader hides all the complexity of different sliders under single, easily understable slider interface.

Over the years, it has gained a lot of more features. The current version also adjusts strength of gradient filters, radial filters and smoothly blends between different RGB Tone Curves!

So, let’s celebrate the anniversary with some special announcements!

Firstly, there is a new release available with version number 1.0. After 160 releases, I guess it is time to call it a complete piece of work. And don’t worry, I’m not stopping development!

Secondly, the new release finally has a fix for Lightroom GPU issue, where the large photo view would not update when tone curves were applied. It is a bug in Lightroom, but I have managed to workaround it.

Thirdly, the registration to full version is now only $4.99 until end of October! (-50% off from regular price of $10.00). You can register the plugin after installing in LR Plugin Manager, the Paypal transaction ID in your receipt is the registration code). The registration is valid for life, for all upcoming updates.


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The Fader 0.8.1122 Fri, 07 Aug 2015 22:32:55 +0000 The Fader is Adobe Photoshop Lightroom plugin for adjusting develop preset strength with a single slider

This release contains new preference for defaulting to “zeroed” preset, this allows you to
rapidly fade out too excessive presets. It is also shown first time for new users until the
first preset is selected. I hope this helps you if you are starting with The Fader.

Splashing wave

Additionally, there is now support for LR6.1 features, such as fading crop settings and dehaze slider value.



NOTE: Lightroom 6.x has issues when GPU rendering is enabled. If preset contains tone curves, the develop photo view does not update properly (smaller navigator windows does update). The work around is to click slider second time.

Changes in version 0.8.1122

  • On first run, autoselects Zeroed preset (plus preferences option)
  • LR6: Added support for Dehaze slider (new in LR 2015.1 release)
  • LR6: Added ability to fade Crop settings
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The Fader 0.8.1034 Fri, 24 Apr 2015 08:04:22 +0000 AurinkosähköäLightroom CC (or 6.0) was just released and one of the biggest (only?) change is support for GPU processing. Initially, I thought that The Fader worked fine, but after some testing I noticed a side effect when GPU is enabled. The develop view did not refresh correctly, it took two adjustments to make the view refresh.

Luckily, LR6 also seems to support new API features, but these are currently not documented. I took the time to figure out some of the new API and using this new API fixed the LR6 GPU issue and additionally it is slightly faster.



NOTE: Lightroom 6.x has issues with GPU rendering enabled. If preset contains tone curves, the develop photo view does not update properly (smaller navigator windows does update). The work around is to click slider second time.

Changes in version 0.8.1071

  • Workaround for LR6 API issues with multiple settings not updating in loupe correctly
  • Workaround for LR6 API issues with different process versions
  • Using new API provided by Lightroom 6
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11 Ways to Desaturate in PhotoShop Thu, 16 Apr 2015 22:40:36 +0000 There is an old saying that PhotoShop always has three ways to do a given task. Three only? That sounds like a low estimate. I’m currently working on a programming project where I’d like to replicate some results from PhotoShop, so I started with simple task – desaturating an image – converting color photo as black & white.

In the following examples, I’m using color test pattern from GPUImage. It contains 64^3 pixels, organized in a grid. It is originally designed for color lookup, but as it visualizes the differences quite nicely, I decided to use it here. Here’s the original pattern looks like this:


Next, the B&W conversions. Pay attention to hue changes and smoothness of the gradient.

  1. First, the obvious Image -> Desaturate. Same effect can also be achieved with Hue/Saturation adjustment layer.
  2. Vibrance/Saturation adjustment produces different look.
    Vibrance/Saturation Adjustment
  3. Black & White adjustment with default settings.
    Black & White Adjustment
  4. Converting to HSL and taking Lightness channel only. This almost same as Desaturate, but it appears slightly lighter.

    Convert to HSL, Lightness channel

  5. Converting to LAB and taking Lightness channel only.

    Convert to LAB, Lighness channel

  6. Image -> Mode -> Grayscale. Very close to LAB, but again there is difference in contrast.


  7. Camera RAW: HSL Saturation -100
    ACR HSL Saturate -100
  8. Camera RAW: Saturation -100
    ACR Saturation -100
  9. Camera RAW: HSL Grayscale mode with sliders at zero. Note the crude changes in intensity when hue changes.

    ACR Gray Mixer

  10. Gradient Map
    Gradient Map
  11. Channel Mixer all values at 33%
    Channel Mixer 33%

If you know any additional ways that produce different results, please leave a comment!

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The Fader 0.8.1028 Sat, 07 Mar 2015 01:58:42 +0000 Take the dog outThis release brings some bug
fixes to fading gradial and radial filters. Lightroom has unique idenfier for each gradient, and now you can fading between different gradients, but if the matching identifiers are considered as same, so you will not got two duplicates.

Additionally, by user request, there is an experimental feature to override fading of gradients. By checking this option, you can combine several filter presets on top of each other (just apply them using The Fader and click OK in between).



Changes in version 0.8.1028

  • Ability to override local adjustments from photo to allow layering gradients
  • Bugfixes for fading gradients and radial filters
  • Added more fields (e.g. defringe) to Lens Corrections enable toggle
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Happy New (Tax) Year 2015! Thu, 01 Jan 2015 12:30:57 +0000 2014 has been a blast, and I’m looking forward for what will happen in 2015!

One minor announance in between 2014 and 2015 is the new EU VAT legislation.

In 2015, all VAT is now collected in EU customer’s residence country, which requires some changes in plugin registration backend. All the changes are now in production, so we are now fully VAT MOSS compatible.

All EU customers are now charged with their local VAT by their residence as detected by Paypal.

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The Fader Tutorial-Video von (auf Deutsch) Wed, 10 Dec 2014 23:59:38 +0000 Christian Anderl from Shootcamp has created a great tutorial video of The Fader in German, it is about 3 minutes long and shows you quite nicely what you can achieve with it.

Christian Anderln von hat ein tolles Tutorial-Video von The Fader erstellt. Das Video ist 3 Minuten lang und zeigt die wichtigsten Funktionen.

Danke Christian!

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Identifying sensors from Adobe DCP Camera Profiles Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Risuaita Telkkämäki

Adobe just released Lightroom 5.7 update, which includes support for several new camera models.

One of the new models is Fujifilm X100T. As I do own the previous X100S model, I was wondering if the new model has a same sensor or if it is different. There’s no way to tell that from specifications, even though it looks very much like same one.

Then I had a out-of-the-box idea: Adobe does supply camera profile for each model, which describes how the sensor image colors map to Adobe Standard colors. Each sensor technology has different profile, and if the color profile matches, the sensor then has similar color rendition and most likely uses the same technology (same CFA, same analog circuitry). Of course, this is only Adobe’s interpretation, but I trust them to have direct communication with the camera manufacturers.

So, here’s a list of duplicate Adobe camera profiles, grouped together by those which are exactly same, apart from the model name. I find it interesting that Canon 6D and 70D have identical colors (while being physically different size) and this seems to confirm that Fujifilm X100S and X100T are indeed the same sensor.

UPDATE Dec 15, 2014

CameraRaw 8.7.1 was just released, which contains new profile for Sony ILCE-7M2 – also known as Sony Alpha 7 mk II. Again, this color profile is identical to previous A7 model.

Cameras with similar imaging sensors

Canon EOS 100D
Canon EOS 650D
Canon EOS 700D
Canon EOS M

Canon EOS 10D
Canon EOS 300D

Canon EOS 1200D
Canon EOS 600D

Canon EOS 6D
Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS-1D C
Canon EOS-1D X

Canon PowerShot G1 X
Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II

Epson R-D1
Epson R-D1s
Epson R-D1x

Fujifilm FinePix E550
Fujifilm FinePix F810

Fujifilm FinePix F550EXR
Fujifilm FinePix F600EXR
Fujifilm FinePix F770EXR

Fujifilm FinePix F700
Fujifilm FinePix F710
Fujifilm FinePix S20Pro

Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR
Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR
Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR

Fujifilm FinePix S5100
Fujifilm FinePix S5500

Fujifilm FinePix X10
Fujifilm X-S1
Fujifilm XF1

Fujifilm X-E1
Fujifilm X-Pro1

Fujifilm X-E2
Fujifilm X-T1

Fujifilm X100S
Fujifilm X100T

Leaf AFi 54S
Leaf Aptus 17
Leaf Aptus 22
Leaf Aptus 54S
Leaf Valeo 11
Leaf Valeo 17
Leaf Valeo 22

Leaf AFi 65S
Leaf AFi 75S
Leaf Aptus 65
Leaf Aptus 65S
Leaf Aptus 75
Leaf Aptus 75S

Leaf C-Most
Leaf Valeo 6

Leaf Credo 40
Leaf Credo 60
Phase One IQ140
Phase One IQ160
Phase One IQ260

Leaf Credo 50
Phase One IQ250

Leaf Credo 80
Phase One IQ180
Phase One IQ280

Leica C (Typ 112)
Panasonic DMC-LF1

Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)
Panasonic DMC-LX100

Leica D-LUX 3
Panasonic DMC-LX2

Leica D-LUX 4
Panasonic DMC-LX3

Leica D-LUX 5
Panasonic DMC-LX5

Leica D-LUX 6
Panasonic DMC-LX7

Leica D-Lux2
Panasonic DMC-LX1

Panasonic DMC-L1

Leica Digilux 2
Panasonic DMC-LC1

Leica M8
Leica M8 Digital
Leica M8 Digital Camera
M8 Digital Camera

Leica S2

Leica V-LUX (Typ 114)
Panasonic DMC-FZ1000

Leica V-LUX 1
Panasonic DMC-FZ50

Leica V-LUX 2
Panasonic DMC-FZ100

Leica V-LUX 3
Panasonic DMC-FZ150

Leica V-LUX 4
Panasonic DMC-FZ200

LEICA X (Typ 113)

Mamiya M18
Phase One P21
Phase One P21+

Mamiya M22
Phase One H25
Phase One P20
Phase One P20+
Phase One P25
Phase One P25+

Mamiya M31
Phase One P30
Phase One P30+

Nikon 1 AW1
Nikon 1 J3

Nikon 1 J1
Nikon 1 J2
Nikon 1 V1

Nikon 1 J4
Nikon 1 V3

Nikon Coolpix A
Nikon D5100
Nikon D7000

Nikon Coolpix P330
Nikon Coolpix P340
Nikon Coolpix P7700

Nikon D2H
Nikon D2Hs

Nikon D2X
Nikon D2Xs

Nikon D3000
Nikon D60

Nikon D300
Nikon D300S

Nikon D3
Nikon D700

Nikon D4
Nikon D4S
Nikon Df

Nikon D5000
Nikon D90

Nikon D50
Nikon D70
Nikon D70s

Nikon D5200
Nikon D7100

Nikon D600
Nikon D610

Nikon D800
Nikon D800E

Olympus E-420
Olympus E-450

Olympus E-M5
Olympus E-PL5
Olympus E-PM2

Olympus E-P1
Olympus E-P2

Olympus E-P3
Olympus E-PL3
Olympus E-PM1

Olympus E-P5
Olympus E-PL6

Olympus SP-310
Olympus SP-320

Olympus STYLUS 1
Olympus STYLUS 1s

Olympus XZ-10
Olympus XZ-2

Panasonic DMC-G10
Panasonic DMC-G2

Panasonic DMC-G3
Panasonic DMC-GX1

Pentax K-30



Pentax K-m
Pentax K2000

Pentax K100D
Pentax K100D Super
Pentax K110D

Pentax K10D
Samsung GX10

Pentax K20D

Pentax istDL2
Pentax istDS2
Samsung GX-1L
Samsung GX-1S

Phase One P40+
Phase One P65+

Phase One P45
Phase One P45+

Samsung NX U
Samsung NX2000
Samsung NX30
Samsung NX300

Samsung NX1000
Samsung NX20
Samsung NX210

Samsung NX10
Samsung NX100

Samsung NX1100
Samsung NX200

Samsung NX11
Samsung NX5

Sony DSC-RX100M2
Sony DSC-RX100M3

Sony DSC-RX1
Sony NEX-VG900
Sony SLT-A99V

Sony DSLR-A200
Sony DSLR-A230
Sony DSLR-A300
Sony DSLR-A330

Sony DSLR-A290
Sony DSLR-A390

Sony DSLR-A350
Sony DSLR-A380

Sony DSLR-A450
Sony DSLR-A550

Sony DSLR-A580
Sony SLT-A55V

Sony ILCE-7
Sony ILCE-7M2

Sony ILCE-3000
Sony ILCE-5000
Sony ILCE-5100
Sony ILCE-6000
Sony NEX-5N
Sony SLT-A57
Sony SLT-A58

Sony NEX-3
Sony NEX-5

Sony NEX-3N
Sony NEX-5R
Sony NEX-5T
Sony NEX-6
Sony NEX-VG30

Sony NEX-7
Sony SLT-A65
Sony SLT-A77

Sony NEX-C3
Sony NEX-F3
Sony SLT-A37

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The Fader 0.8.985 Sat, 08 Nov 2014 17:00:15 +0000 Tourujoen yöThis release fixes issue with linear RGB curves, the previous releases algorithm caused huge colorshift for curves which had non-zero starting points. Thanks for Sarah T. for bringing this issue into my attention.

There are also some other minor improvements, e.g. the sections which do not affect current photo are dimmed (in registered version only).



Changes in version 0.8.985

  • Fixed fading Tone Curves with linear knees
  • Disable section checkboxes with same settings as current
  • Enabled fading in preset gradients even if photo has no gradients
  • Improved Process Version handing by always using preset process version
    when Camera Calibration is enabled
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LeakLite 0.4.929 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:13:09 +0000 I had an old prototype old randomized RGB color curve generation routine lying around, so I added it into Leak Lite.

It generates separate Red/Green/Blue tonecurves with three points, adjusted by small amount to go a little bit off linear curve, so it looks something like a cross-processing effect. Since you can disable all other effects by unticking the checkboxes, LeakLite now functions as a color preset generator!

Leak Lite dialog



Changes in version 0.4.929

  • Added shuffled RGB curves
  • Store checkboxes to preferences
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