About the Software

Fotomatic 1.4 : A collection of 8 plug-in filters for use with Adobe Photoshop or compatible host applications (32-bit hosts only. Please note these filters will NOT run under 64-bit versions of CS5 or CS6). They offer a series of effects based on traditional photography equipment and techniques. They are not meant to be complex or exact matches, merely a quick and easy method to achieve results that are similar to what can be produced via conventional non-digital formats.

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Ideal for the beginner or for those photographers who are just moving over to digital-editing and wish to use effects that seem more familiar, rather than the more "technical" software they may sometimes encounter.

Hi-Spot creates high contrast black and white photos. It will not just convert your images into the standard shades of grey, it will automatically higher the contrast and produce a more dramatic sense of lighting in your scene. Much like the old classic B&W photos you may have seen in your family albums. Give your photos that ancient sepia look or desired monochrome tint.

G-Force creates traditional monochromatic grain effects. It produces results similar to using "fast" B&W camera film, allowing more control than the standard "noise" filters included with most image-editors. Give your photos back some of that artistic texture which seems to be sadly missing these days! Ideal for both landscape scenes or portraits.

Techni-X bleaches out most of the mid-tone greys, leaving crisp dark blacks and bright clean whites. It will produce clear B&W images with limited tones which are suitable for cheap reproduction via the office photocopier or when published in newsprint, as these methods normally loose image definition when trying to reproduce standard colour photographs.

NightScope adds a basic "night-vision" effect to your images. It first removes all colour from the picture and gives a very slight blur to indicate the camera is trying hard to focus in a low-light situation.

Pseudo-IR produces a similar look when using traditional B&W infra-red film. It is not an exact match but will provide you with a quick and easy way to re-create the effect digitally using your standard colour photographs.

SkyGrad is for tinting the sky area of your photographs. Ideal if you need to change the "mood" of your scene, brighten-up a dull day or make a darker overcast sky for dramatic effect. The filter will overlay a coloured gradient from the top of your image fading to transparent at the bottom. You can specify the colour of the tint via three RGB sliders and adjust the brightness with the exposure setting.

BW-Plus quickly turns your colour images into greyscale, but with the added option of using a coloured optical lens filter as you would in traditional B&W photography. The different colours will change the tonal range during the greyscale conversion : for example, a red filter will lighten the red, magenta and yellow areas plus darken the green, blue and cyan in the photo.

FastFix will help you quickly access the most common image enhancement controls though one easy-to-use dialog. A simple but surprisingly useful filter that will help you fix many of your common photographic problems.

If you enjoy using these FREE filters then please take a look at the more advanced Colour Studio product, also available from Cybia.

System Requirements

  • XP, Vista or Windows 7
  • 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
  • 8.8MB of hard disk space for installation
  • 800 x 600 screen resolution
  • Adobe Photoshop 6.0 or higher
  • or Photoshop Elements 3,0 or higher
  • or other plug-in compatible software
  • (32-bit host applications only)

FREE Download

This product is FREEWARE. You may download it and use for both personal and commercial work, without any charge.

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Installation

Download the Fotomatic-Setup.exe file above and follow the instructions during installation. Make sure you select your Photoshop (or other host) "Plug-Ins" folder and configure your host to look in that folder (if necessary). Then restart your graphics app and the new effects should appear somewhere in the filter menu. This is the basic procedure for installing plug-ins. However, some hosts have slight variations so for more details please read the documentation that came with your graphics program.

Fave Hosts

I recommend any of the following host programs that support plug-in filters.

Adobe Photoshop : The big daddy of all photo-editors! Still the best, but comes at a price. Find out more here

Photoshop Elements : Top quality app boasting plenty of features, but at a much more affordable price. Find out more here

Paint Shop Pro : Another excellent editor which offers a lot for the money. Photoshop's closest rival. Find out more here

PhotoPlus : Includes an impressive range of features and is easy to use. A strong contender. Find out more here

Photo-Brush : A fantastic low-cost package with a stylish interface design. Aimed at digital camera owners. Find out more here