Mar 9, 2005

Kodak Introduces Free Professional Plug-In Actions for ADOBE PHOTOSHOP CS

Thanks to Darren's Digital Photography Blog for alerting me to this one. Kodak has given us the gift of some free Photoshop actions. The release says the actions are for Photoshop CS only though :( I won't be able to partake if this is true.

Kodak Press Release: Kodak Introduces Free Professional Plug-In Actions for ADOBE PHOTOSHOP CS Software Users, and Updates DIGITAL SHO Professional Plug-In to Support 16-bit Images

Eastman Kodak Company today introduced new Actions for its professional suite of image correction and enhancement plug-ins that work in Adobe Photoshop CS Software. The Actions expand automatic image correction capabilities by optimizing the plug-ins for creating unique effects and more beautiful pictures. The Actions require Adobe PHOTOSHOP CS Software and the professional versions of the plug-ins. Once the Actions are loaded into the Actions Palette and played, they perform in a fully automatic mode but can be modified by advanced users for custom results. With this introduction, there is a unique Action available for each of the four professional plug-ins: DIGITAL ROC Professional Plug-In for color restoration; DIGITAL SHO Professional Plug-In for revealing details hidden in shadows and highlights; DIGITAL GEM Professional Plug-In for reduction of noise and grain; and DIGITAL GEM Airbrush Professional Plug-In for smoothing skin surfaces.

Eastman Kodak Company is also announcing an update to the DIGITAL SHO Professional Plug-In that will now support 16-bit color images. The update is free to all existing owners of the plug-in. As in the past, owners of the standard DIGITAL SHO Plug-In can upgrade to the new professional version for 50% off or $49.95US (normal price $99.95US). The DIGITAL SHO Professional Plug-In enables users to automatically optimize the contrast and exposure of an image to reveal details hidden in shadow or dark areas, as well as details hidden in highlights or bright areas. Users can easily make further adjustments to highlight and shadow detail levels independently and can also control the threshold which defines how much of the overall image is shadow information and how much is highlight. With the new support for 16-bit, digital camera and film scanner users can take advantage of the extra color information from their original high bit depth captures while using the professional plug-in.

automatically increases the color saturation of the image data that is lightened or darkened and provides a slider control to manually adjust the saturation level. Users can also select the source of their images, film or digital, for enhanced results.

“These new Actions will empower our customers to create new and beautiful effects with our professional plug-ins,” said Wayne Galella, Director, Kodak’s Austin Development Center. “We will continue to develop and make available more Actions in the future. We also plan to continue the no charge improvements to our existing plug-ins like adding 16-bit capability to the DIGITAL SHO Professional Plug-In. We believe in adding value while creating exciting new plug-in applications for automatic image enhancement.”

The free Actions, the new DIGITAL SHO Professional Plug-in upgrade, and trial versions of all the plug-ins are available for download at http://www.asf.com. The fully functional trial versions of the plug-ins apply digital watermarks to the resulting images. To disable the watermark, users may purchase a software key via a secure, e-commerce site. Plug-in product CD-ROMs are also available for purchase at http://www.asf.com. The special, limited-time offer for existing DIGITAL SHO Plug-In owners to purchase the newly updated, Professional version for only $49.95 will be available until 6/01/05, use offer code SHODISC5 to take advantage of the existing DIGITAL SHO Plug-In owners special offer.

KODAK, DIGITAL GEM, DIGITAL ROC, and DIGITAL SHO are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company. All other trade names, trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.