Friday, August 26th, 2016 Posted by Jim Thacker

RandomControl releases ArionFX for Photoshop 3.5

RandomControl has released ArionFX for Photoshop 3.5, the latest update to its Photoshop add-on for processing HDR images, adding support for 32-bit colour grading and a range of new lens effects.

First released in 2014, the software performs a range of common tasks, including tonemapping, noise removal and post effects, on both photographic and CG images – for example, to remove firefly artefacts in renders.

New 32-bit grading tools, improved colour management
The main change this time around is that the software’s support for 32-bit data has been extended to grading.

The new colour grading toolset works on all channels of an image at once, or selectively and non-destructively on shadows, midtones and highlights.

Users can also select the colour space embedded in a file and that to use for final output independently.

New lens effects and improved output previews
There are also a range of new lens effects, including HDR upcast, shown in the video above, which enables users to pump up glare or bloom effects beyond the levels permitted by the dynamic range of a source image.

The software also now supports custom aperture, dirt and obstacle maps – the latter a new map type that simulates “dust, scratches or any trace on the lens that perturbs the glare”,

Other changes include the option to preview output at actual size and to pan and zoom the preview, plus a number of performance improvements. You can read a full list via the link below.

Pricing and availability
ArionFX for Photoshop 3.5 is available now for 64-bit editions of Photoshop CS3 to CC 2015.5, running on Windows only. It costs €95 (around $107).

Read a full list of new features in ArionFX for Photoshop 3.5

Visit the ArionFX for Photoshop product website