Tonal­ity 1.2

A monochrome imag­ing app with plenty of tricks up its sleeve

Mac Format - - RATED - Devel­oper Macphun, OS X 10.8 or higher Runs re­ally fast Sup­ports many file for­mats

Most im­age-edit­ing apps can quickly make a monochro­matic im­age, but not all give you full con­trol over the end re­sult. Macphun’s ap­proach to the com­plex task of pro­duc­ing a good black and white im­age is Tonal­ity, which ap­plies a se­ries of ed­itable mono fil­ters to your im­age.

The latest up­date brings with it an im­proved im­age pro­cess­ing en­gine and new layer ef­fects, plus sup­port for Force Touch track­pads along with a wider range of raw files. You can also send your edited files di­rectly to other Macphun prod­ucts, Photos, iPhoto, Aper­ture, Pho­to­shop or Light­room (sadly, there’s no sup­port for Serif’s new Affin­ity Photo, re­viewed in MF291). Shell out for the Pro edi­tion and Tonal­ity be­comes a plug-in that runs in­side many of those apps.

Open an im­age file in the app and it im­me­di­ately be­comes black and white. Along the bot­tom of the in­ter­face runs a bar of ef­fects cho­sen from a Pre­sets menu, each one im­me­di­ately pre­view­ing the im­age you’ve loaded. Click on one of those ef­fects and it’s ini­tially ap­plied at 100% strength – you can then drag a slider on the preview thumb­nail to de­crease the in­ten­sity of the ef­fect. Fur­ther­more, a panel on the right can be used to al­ter the ef­fect fur­ther, with a tone curve graph, colour tem­per­a­ture and ex­po­sure slid­ers, and tools for split ton­ing and adding colours back into the im­age.

De­spite Tonal­ity be­ing mar­keted as ded­i­cated to monochrome im­ages, all the colour in­for­ma­tion from your pic­tures is pre­served – the sat­u­ra­tion slid­ers are just set to zero. Far from be­ing an app that just makes black and white im­ages, Tonal­ity is ca­pa­ble of all sorts of colour ef­fects and vintage looks. That’s es­pe­cially true when you fac­tor in the app’s grain and film ef­fect fil­ter, which can load a cus­tom

Tonal­ity is ca­pa­ble of all sorts of colour ef­fects and vintage looks, es­pe­cially when you ap­ply its grain and film ef­fects

tex­ture file, in ad­di­tion to those in­cluded with the soft­ware.

A lay­er­ing sys­tem al­lows you to build ef­fects on top of one another, blend­ing and mask­ing (in­clud­ing new lu­mi­nos­ity masks that se­lect pix­els based on bright­ness) to build things up to com­plex ef­fects and so­phis­ti­cated im­ages. Once you’re fin­ished, your cre­ations can be shared di­rectly to so­cial net­works or pho­tog­ra­phy sites, or ex­port them to your hard drive.

Tonal­ity tends to pro­duce haloes around ar­eas of high con­trast in an im­age, much like overuse of the Clar­ity slider in Light­room can. Oth­er­wise it’s a com­pe­tent im­age editor with an ap­proach to al­ter­ing your im­age that’s as sim­ple or as com­plex as you want it to be. Ian Even­den

A great choice if you’re into monochrome pho­tog­ra­phy, and its colour edit­ing op­tions are a bonus.

Pre­sets al­low quick and easy monochrome re­sults but you can fine-tune end­lessly.

De­spite its em­pha­sis on black and white, Tonal­ity is also highly ca­pa­ble of a va­ri­ety of colour ef­fects. You can add grain and film ef­fects to your im­ages, too.

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