Macphun comes as a series of standalone apps, as extensions for Photos for OS X, and as plugins for Apple Aperture, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Lightroom. How do you add Macphun as a plugin? In this movie, author Richard Harrington will demonstrate how to add the Macphun plugins to Apple Aperture, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Lightroom.
- If you're using professional software, like Apple Aperture, Adobe Photoshop, or Lightroom, you can actually run the creative kit applications as plugins. You'll need the CK versions in order to do this. Remember, if all you want to do is use it inside of Photos for OS 10, both the creative kit versions and the Mac Astro versions will work, but for this more professional workflow you're going to need the more expensive version of the product. Now, by default, when you run the initial installer, it asked you if you wanted to install those plugins. That's fine. You could have done it then.
If you skipped it at that time, or you forgot to do it in the past, it's pretty easy as well. Simply launch one of the applications that you'd like to use. Let me launch Tonality. Once that application runs, under the Tonality menu, you'll see the option for Install Plugins. This will check and give you the ability to install. In my case, I've already installed for Photoshop, Lightroom, and Aperture, but from here I can uninstall. For example, remove the Adobe Photoshop plugin.
You see that it's now removed. If I wanted to put it back in or install it for the first time, just click the Install button and you'll see that it moves back in. When you're finished, just click Done. You can now launch one of those applications, like Photoshop or Lightroom. Let's simply open up an image. I'll go to the first folder here called Intensify and open up this image from Seattle.
I can now choose Filter, MacPhun Creative Kit, Tonality CK. If you've installed Aurora HDR, which is not part of the creative kit, that will also be available in the menu. There's Tonality. The plugin starts up. It hands it off. You'll find access to all of your presets as well as controls, allowing you to quickly preview the image.
This will make it simple to try different looks out and experiment with the options. Let me take a look through all of these controls in just a moment. When I'm done, I can just click the Apply button to apply the effect. You'll notice that it now updates. Of course, you can use the Undo menu to change your mind or Redo, and it's pretty straightforward. If you're using a tool like Lightroom, the application is very similar.
Just select an image that's in your Lightroom library. Use any of your own images at this time. You could then choose Photo, Edit In, and hand it off to any of the applications. I could pass that to FX Photo Studio. You now have the option to hand off a copy if it's a RAW file or open up the original file if you're using something like a TIF or Photoshop document. Specify the file format and color space that you want to use. I recommend Adobe RGB, and click Edit.
The current file will hand off, in this case with the existing Lightroom adjustments. I could take advantage of other options here. I could choose Frames and then experiment with different borders. Clicking on the preset will apply it and I can easily adjust the width of that frame. When I'm done, I click the Apply button and the effect is processed. You'll notice that it's handed back into Lightroom. If we take a look at the Library module, you'll see the effect there has been loaded. So, pretty straightforward.
There's the new TIF file added into my library, right next to the original RAW file, in this case, which has got a black and white preset applied. You see that integration is just as smooth as Photoshop. Now that you see how to access the different tools, opening up some of the basic images by using them as plugins or installing them as standalone applications, why don't we dig into each application in greater depth?
Learn how to bring out detail and color with Intensify, convert photos to black and white with Tonality, remove distractions and heal blemishes with Snapheal, use the best filters in Focus, and remove noise and grain—before or after processing—with Noiseless. Rich also shows how to use the Macphun app developed by leading HDR photographer Trey Ratcliff, Aurora HDR, to create gorgeous high dynamic range photos.
- Downloading and installing Macphun
- Working with Intensify presets to improve contrast, color, and detail
- Converting to black and white with Tonality
- Adding textures and frames
- Cloning and removing objects with Snapheal
- Simulating blur and custom lens effects with Focus
- Using masks and adjustments with FX Photo Studio
- Cleaning up images with Noiseless
- Creating high dynamic range images with Aurora HDR