The 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.
Get The Fader
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.
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
Lightroom 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
This 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
This 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
Yet another maintenance release with important bug fix for Black and White mixer sliders, which got broken when I added section checkboxes (the B&W slider were not included in the HSL section, as you would have expected).
Additionally, the preset cache is back by user request. I tried several workarounds in order to get Lightroom to load presets faster, but none of them really worked. Now the plugin simply tells you to restart when it detects a missing preset.
There are also some tiny changes here and there, most visible is perhaps the warning sign for incompatible process versions. Earlier this warning sign was displayed only if you were e.g. trying to fade between photo with Process Version 2003 and preset with Process Versions 2012. Now it also displays when trying to fade color image into B&W treatment. For reasons beyond my comprehension, the color sliders in them produce different results, so it is not possible to fade between HSL and B&W mixer sliders. Of course, it is only a warning which you can freely ignore it, if you are interested in some other section values, such as Split Toning.
Changes in version 0.7.918
- Fixed fading Black & White mix sliders (oops!)
- Preset caching is back, with preference to disable it and cache flush
when preset is not found.
- Added process version warning when fading between color and B&W treatment
- Added menu keyboard shortcut for Windows (practically useless, but it is there)
- Workaround for disappearing ampersand characters in pulldown menus
Another big update with support for gradual filters! And as always, some little bugfixes and improvements as well.
Starting with section checkboxes, they now indicate which sections of the preset are being faded. If the section checkbox is disabled, there is no settings for that sections in the chosen preset. It is quite helpful if you have partial presets (e.g. separate split toning preset, or just curves or…)
Fading of gradual filters is now supported, but as this is a bit of advanced feature – you need to know how the presets actually work. If there is no gradual filters in the preset, The Fader will keep the current values. So, to fade out current gradual filters, you just fade in “Reset Graduated Filters” preset, which I’ve written for this purpose.
Anyway, fading gradual filters also enables special tricks with Clarity, you can add multiple 100% clarity layers to create what I call “SuperClarity“, clarity effect that exceeds the 100% range of normal clarity slider. See photo below for example on this.
Changes in version 0.7.899
- Added fading of graduated and radial filters
- Fixed accessing snapshots via virtual copy
- Disable section checkboxes when chosen preset does not affect that section
- Disabled preset caching, it caused updated presets no to do anything when
Fading of split toning settings has always been the weak spot of The Fader, and since I’ve been using a lot of split toning lately, I decided to put some effort into improving it.
Firstly, there is now a proper interpolation algorithm for split toning hues. Earlier, it was just linear, now we are using it as an angular value. This means that if you have a split toning hue set to yellow and you are fading towards magenta, the slider value will wrap around 0 (slider left) to 360 (slider right).
Second improvement is the case when split toning hue is not set (hue 0, saturation 0) in the current settings, but you want to fade in a certain split toning effect. In this case, the hue value is now copied from the photo values, which allows smoothly fading in just the correct hue value. One case where this happens is fading of Lightroom’s built-in Zeroed preset.
Also, this release includes a spline computation fix where the result of a tone curve faded 100% to other curve would not always be exactly the same as you would expect.
And finally, I’ve added a registration reminder and removed the restriction of not being able to test fading of all presets in the unregistered version, now all preset folders are unlocked.
Changes in version 0.6.890
- New algorithm for split hue calculation
- Fixed fading tone curves when fading smooth curve against linear curve
would result in non-linear curve
- Unregistered version now allows fading of all presets, but it has delay/nagscreen
Time for another maintenance release of The Fader! This small update fixes issue with progress dialog locking up on screen, this was a rare problem experienced by some Windows users.
Additionally, the confusing lock icon has been moved and the registration dialog has indication what to type there, something that I should have improved long time ago.
Changes in version 0.5.796
- Reordering fader dialog, lock icon is now next to sections
- Added placeholder value (“Paypal transaction ID”) for registration to indicate where
the registration code should come from
- Workaround attempt for progress dialog sticking on screen
Version 0.5.768 had problems fading tone curves, which is fixed in version 0.5.770
New version brings long-awaited ability to toggle individual slider modules on/off from fading, this allows e.g. keeping your lens corrections or split toning when fading.
Also, there’s some additional fixes to fading disabled sections (if you disable develop section from LR UI and then fade).
Changes in version 0.5.768
- Ability to disable fading of individual sections (registered version only)
- Fixed disabled section interpolation which was using non-defaults if
current photo had disabled sections
- Registered version no longer shows lock icon (it was too confusing)
- Added retina icons for future support
Yet another maintenance release!
I received some user comments related to missing LrPhotoPictureView namespace. This class is undocumented Lightroom class which provides UI photo preview and it is not supported by older Lightroom 3.x versions (I recommend running the latest version, 3.6, which does support this undocumented feature). And as you could see from the UI – I was not actually using it for anything, it was simply leftovers from some UI experiments I made.
Another change is in the tone curve interpolation, the lagrange interpolation makes the curve quite unstable when lots of keypoints are used, so I’ve done some additional research to make sure curves are now properly interpolated with the same algorithm Lightroom uses internally (hermite spline interpolation, as presented in book Numerical Recipes).
Changes in version 0.5.560
- Fixed “An internal error has occurred: Could not find namespace: LrPhotoPictureView” on
older Lightroom 3.x releases
- Fixed clamping bug in point curve
- Replaced point curve lagrange integration with hermite spline
Lightroom 4.0 was released today, congratulations for the whole Lightroom team for another fine release!
Also, I decided to release update for The Fader to just celebrate that 🙂
This update provides the ability to fade between point curves (you know, the flip side of Tone Curve section). As the curves are not really “fadeable” directly, I’ve cooked up some Lagrange interpolation and just increasing amount of control points as necessary.
Here’s some screen captures — first the RGB curve settings of Lightroom’s built-in Cross Processing 3 preset:
Now use The Fader to blend in 50% of Cross Processing 1 preset. This preset has a straight RGB point curve, which should straighten the curves a bit.
And as always, this is applied using the non-destructive pipeline, so you can freely edit the settings further yourself.
Changes in version 0.5.384
- Support for fading tone curves (in PV2012 also RGB curves)
- Fixed trashcan issue (again, it was accidentally commented out for debug)
Changes in version 0.5.370
- Support for Lightroom 4.0 Process Version 2012’s new basic sliders
- Added warning sign when fading between process versions
- Streamlined user-interface by removing extra text fields
- Numeric input field, allows adjusting using arrows and steps (Windows pgdn/pgup, OSX: shift+arrow)
- Much faster startup, preset lists are now cached between runs
- Progress bar while presets are being enumerated
- Added registration feature
- Added option for tagging keyword LR_TheFader (registered only)