Advanced Local Contrast Enhancer
ALCE is a Photoshop Extension performing a routine that boosts the image's Local Contrast, adding shape and a distinct 3D look, that might even remind HDR tone mapping.
No need to tweak multiple options! ALCE's one and only parameter is the Radius: the smaller, the "more Local" is the contrast boost - the higher, the closer to Global is the adjustment.
ALCE's algorithm, while boosting contrast, protects from clipping (i.e. the loss of detail) important and delicate tonal range areas such as the Shadows and the Highlights.
You can record ALCE in Actions as a Filter, or use the provided "ALCE Automation Service" batch dialog to customize Saving options (file type, compression, etc), suffix, source and output folders.
Interactive User Manual
From theory to practice, with real world jobs by ALCE author Davide Barranca. Each technique comes with interactive images, comparing mainstream and creative approaches to Local Contrast filtering.
Vimeo HD Screencasts
About 2 hours of actual case studies in two series: for beginners and advanced users. Learn Local Contrast theory and how to apply it effectively from a professional Photoshop retoucher.
ALCE for 360 VR
In order to apply ALCE to Equirectangular images and use them for 360 VR (i.e. seamlessly stitched in both vertical and horizontal axis) follow this tutorial!
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