Generating HDR Images with AKVIS Enhancer

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[prMac.com] AKVIS LLC announces the release of AKVIS Enhancer v.7.0 for Windows and Macintosh. Now the program supports HDRI (High Dynamic Range Imaging). The new version is available as a stand-alone application and as a plugin to a photo editor.

If one takes a photo of a black cat in a dark room the result can be far from ideal. Or if you make a photo of a beautiful view but the automatic settings focus on the sky and the shot comes out with uneven exposure – the sky is beautiful but the scenery is underexposed and one can hardly understand what is on. With the standard tools of exposure correction you run the risk of spoiling the parts of the image that were good. The idea of Enhancer is entirely different.

AKVIS Enhancer is image enhancement software that detects detail in underexposed, overexposed and mid tone areas of a photo. You can improve detail on a single shot or use the HDR mode to create an HDR image out of a series of shots.

When applied to one shot, AKVIS Enhancer brings out details by intensifying color transition. It strengthens the difference between adjacent pixels that have different color gradations and therefore reveals not only the details in the shadow but even the details in the overexposed areas and mid-tones.

Most images can be improved at default settings. For further adjustment you have four parameters at your disposal: Details in Shadows, Details in Highlights, Level of Detail and Lightness.

The stand-alone version of Enhancer supports HDRI (High Dynamic Range Imaging). This technology expands the dynamic range of an image and allows creating impressing pictures. The mode requires several shots of the same scene taken with different exposures.

The plug-in version of Enhancer supports Photoshop batch processing that allows applying the same settings to a series of images. The plug-in version is compatible with Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Corel (Jasc) Paint Shop Pro, Corel Photo-Paint, Corel Painter, Ulead Photo-Impact, etc.

In addition to its appeal to the amateur photographer and home user, AKVIS Enhancer is a useful tool in the production of technical and industrial photographs, or for revealing subtle details within medical imaging and forensic photos. Demonstrations of AKVIS Enhancer's features are available at http://akvis.com/en/enhancer-tutorial/.

For a free trial, AKVIS offers 10 days of fully functional use.

AKVIS Enhancer runs on Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/NT/2003/Vista and on Macintosh Mac OS X 10.4, Intel/PowerPC G3 and above.

AKVIS Enhancer Plugin sells for $69 USD. Enhancer Standalone with HDRI support sells for $81. The plugin also comes bundled with AKVIS Noise Buster (noise reduction software) for $83 USD. Home users can enjoy the full line of AKVIS plugins in the AKVIS Alchemy bundle (Enhancer, Chameleon, Stamp, Retoucher, Coloriage, Noise Buster, Decorator, Sketch, LightShop and Frame Suite) for USD $325 USD, a savings of $387 over purchasing each separately. For business licenses consult the official web-site. One license key allows activating the software on two computers, for example, on a desktop and a laptop.

For a free trial, AKVIS offers 10 days of fully functional use.

AKVIS LLC specializes in development of image processing software and scientific research. The company was founded in 2004 by IT professionals having considerable experience in programming and software development. Since then the company has released a number of successful programs. The AKVIS Team is enthusiastic about graphics and image processing issues. The company sponsors web-design and digital photography contests. The company offers free licenses to non-profit organizations (heritage foundations and historical societies) involved in conservation and restoration of photographic archives having cultural value. AKVIS LLC is an approved developer of Adobe Solutions Network (ASN) and a member of ISDEF (#257)

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