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Soft Brightness/Contrast


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To start off, this is a plugin request. I'm posting it here because I don't know where else to post it (the plugin section says publishing only...).

Anyways, Ed Harvey designed a wonderful tool called "Soft Saturation." I'd like to have a "Soft Brightness" and "Soft Contrast" adjustment tool that work on similar principles. Soft Saturation doesn't increase the saturation of already saturated colors and doesn't decrease the saturation of already de-saturated colors (well not as much). I'd like to have soft brightness adjustment that increases the brightness of dark colors or decreases the brightness of bright colors in the same fashion soft saturation works.

Soft Contrast would work similarly in that colors with high contrast won't dramatically increase contrast when contrast is increased, and colors with little contrast won't (quickly) become identical colors when contrast is decreased.

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An alternate solution would be an additional condition to evanolds' Conditional HUE/Saturation adjustment plugin. Adding a brightness range condition would be beneficial so that a more specific range of colors can be brightened without brightening all colors of the same hue and saturation.

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Here's an example of what I'm after. I want the second image to look as bright and snowy/icy as the first.

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I have his plugins and the local contrast enhancement isn't what I'm looking for. The Shadow/Highlight recovery is actually pretty good, but for some reason it likes to crash when I play around with it too much. I'm not sure if it's the plugin's fault or the fact I have 90% of the plugins available for PDN which might be causing some file conflicts...

Anyways, for the time being, I'll play around with S/H recovery plugin. I'll just have to be careful with it so it doesn't crash on me.

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