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DFT Releases Light! 2.0, Ozone 2.0

Photoshop filters gain workflow improvements, new adjustments By Dave Nagel
Digital Film Tools has released updates to two of its plugins for Adobe Photoshop--Light! 2.0 and Ozone 2.0. The new versions gain workflow improvements and other new features. They're available now for Mac OS 9, Mac OS X and Windows.

Light! allows users to add lighting to a scene where none existed before. Users select areas of the image, and then both light and shadow can be introduced. The plugin includes pre-built shape and texture libraries, including windows, doors, leaves and abstract patterns. Users can also add their own shapes and patterns to the library to create custom lighting effects. Light 2.0 includes a new interface with redesigned controls and a new zoom feature. It now offers the ability to load and save settings and adds 50 new shapes and textures. It sells for $50.

Ozone uses a system that the company refers to as "the Digital Zone System." Essentially, the software reads the luminance values--as well as R, G, B, C, M and Y--in an image and divides them into 11 separate zones using proprietary "image slicing" algorithms. (Each zone in the system is twice as bright as the preceding zone.) Then the user can adjust each zone independently for color and brightness. The software works in RGB, CMYK, Lab and grayscale color spaces. Ozone 2.0 adds a new user interface and zoom controls, new zone selection methods, zone gamma and contrast adjustments and the ability to load and save settings. It sells for $50.

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Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the editor and producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Apple DVD Studio Pro, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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