Mac­phun Ton­al­ity

£53/$70 https://mac­phun.com

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Mac-only Ton­al­ity is billed as a black-and-white plug-in, but it can also cre­ate some strik­ing colour ef­fects by en­abling you to tweak the colour slid­ers. Even so, Ton­al­ity is still pri­mar­ily set up for mono trans­for­ma­tions.

Some 160 pre­sets are avail­able, in­clud­ing 19 film em­u­la­tions, which to­gether pro­vide a de­cent though not out­stand­ing se­lec­tion of retro looks. More pre­set packs can be down­loaded on top of th­ese, though. Each pre­set is ap­plied im­pres­sively quickly, and if the ef­fect looks too strong, you can rein it in with a slider at the base of the pre­set’s thumb­nail.

Ton­al­ity’s pre­sets may be a bit lim­ited, but its man­ual con­trols are any­thing but. You can add tex­ture over­lays, grain and photo frames, or tweak clar­ity and struc­ture – and that’s just scratch­ing the sur­face. There are even lay­ers and mask­ing tools that en­able lo­calised edit­ing and ef­fect stack­ing.

Ton­al­ity works on Macs only, and sup­ports JPEG, TIFF, PSD, PNG and RAW files. It needs 4GB RAM and is com­pat­i­ble with Light­room 4 or later.

Pros In­cludes lay­ers and se­lec­tive edit­ing tools; clear in­ter­face; fast Cons

Rel­a­tively lim­ited pre­set se­lec­tion; not de­signed for colour ef­fects; Mac-only We say Good value for Mac users who like con­vert­ing to mono Over­all score

Al­though it’s set up for con­vert­ing to mono, Ton­al­ity also en­ables you to ap­ply strik­ing colour ef­fects

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