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