updated 03:50 pm EDT, Wed June 2, 2004
Kodak Airbrush plugin
Eastman Kodak has introduced its for Photoshop-compatible applications. It "gives users a quick and powerful way of smoothing skin and other surfaces without blurring or affecting details." Kodak's plug-in enables users to automatically achieve meticulous airbrush and retouching effects without tedious, time-consuming masking and manual softening. A free trial version (creating watermark-based images) is now available; registration ($100) removes the watermark.
Several advanced control sliders allow users to customize the smoothing effects and intensity amounts at three levels of detail: fine, medium, and coarse. Users can preview a high contrast mask which depicts the image detail that is affected and unaffected. The plug-in provides three standard setting buttons: Normal; Lighten; and Darken, which allow the correction to be applied to only darker areas, only lighter areas, or both. The DIGITAL GEM Airbrush Professional Plug-In also supports the use of 16-bit color images, as well as the standard 8-bit color images.