HueShifter is an amazing new application for doing color transposition or "color shifting" within images.
Unlike other graphics applications, HueShifter works in perceptually uniform colorspaces (Lab and Luv) while letting you select and manipulate colors using dimensions that you're familiar with - hue, saturation and lightness. This allows you to make changes that are imperceptible and that look completely natural, changes that don't have halos and fringe effects around the affected colors.
Open, drag or paste images into HueShifter, then save, drag or copy the results to another app. You can save/drag/copy either the color image data or the selection mask to use as a layer mask in another app. Plus HueShifter supports images with alpha and maintains embedded color profiles.
HueShifter works in real-time as you drag its sliders. It's multi-threaded so it makes use of that fancy multi-core processor you have, plus it's efficient and doesn't waste your laptop's battery or your time watching progress bars.
With HueShifter, you can...
• Change product colors without needing to re-photograph the product
• Make numerous product shots by only shooting one color and using HueShifter to produce the other versions
• Re-color logos or artwork
• Re-color web or ui elements to make them uniform and the exact same hue
• And do it without degrading the image like HSL/HSB/HSV modes can
Saturate, desaturate, lighten and darken colors
• Neutralize slight color casts in white or gray backgrounds
• Highlight subjects of interest by desaturating other colors
• Pull a range of colors to a new single color
• Shift or remove color casts in shadows, such as purple casts in shadows on blue objects
HueShifter was designed to work alongside Photoshop and other image editing applications…
• Use copy and paste to exchange images with other programs
• Make selection masks for use back in Photoshop or other applications
• Supports color-profiled images, retaining the original color profile when copying or saving images
HueShifter is perfect for users who don't own Photoshop...
• Make color changes and corrections without having to own an application like Photoshop
• Results are achieved faster and better than with other apps
• Visual results are more uniform than is possible with other apps
• Added a masking feature to allow you to paint-out areas that will be excluded from hue shifting. It currently has a very minimal user-interface, but it uses standard Photoshop keyboard conventions to control the brush size, softness and color. See "Changing colors" in the built-in help for more information.
• Changed the behavior of drag and drop to prevent inadvertently changing the contents a file-based document. HueShifter now offers the choice of replacing the current image or opening a new window.
• Fixed a couple memory bugs that could cause a crash when using "Revert to Saved" or when pasting or dropping an image while Hueshifter was processing an image in that window.
• Added some missing color conversions for Lab, HSB/HSV and HSL colorspaces when using the system color picker to specify or pick up a target hue. Previously, the hue was calculated in Luv colorspace regardless of the selected working colorspace.
• Fixed bug in code that was supposed to prevent file name collisions when dragging an image to the Finder. A collision could occur if the file name contained unescaped characters like spaces, and the original file would be overwritten.
• Turned on lossless LZW compression when saving TIFF files to reduce file sizes. This shouldn't have any functional impact when using the TIFF files with any other app, so let us know if it impacts your workflow in any way.
• Added tool tips to some UI controls.
• Fixed a minor error that would cause a color to be ignored when using the Add Color Picker if the closest falloff thumb was collapsed to zero (abutted to its neighboring upper or lower thumb).
• Updated the built-in help.
• Added color to the brightness slider under "Color Changes".
• Misc minor fixes.
Ratings and Reviews
I see the potential… just can't figure it out.
Although it shows you 9 slides showing what it can do when it starts, it doesn't quite tell you HOW to do these wonderful things.
For a simple test, I took a photo of my office to see if I could change the color of the walls. I slide things around and for some reason it was changing the color of just one part of the photo, my desk drawers. I looked at the menus and saw that it had two sections, one for the target color, the other for the selection range, so I assumed I had to pick the walls in the photo with the color dropper and that would tell it to change the wall color, not the desk. No matter what I did, the desk drawer was the only thing it would change.
I skimmed the help section and came up with no quick anser. I know there is most likely some documentation deep in there that will make this program make sense, but to me, their 9 page quick start guide should've included the fundamental concepts like "Here's how to pick the color you want to change… here's how to change it."
I tried a second photo of a model with an orange background. This time, all it changed was the color of her lips. I eventually clicked a random number of things and it changed the background, her hair and her face all at once.
I gave it 3 stars for potential. I will eventually either find the hidden features that make it useful…. or delete it.
No support apparently. Sparse documentation. MIGHT be great.
Well, they supply you with a couple video tutorials that explain, perhaps, 15% of the how to. And then there is help documentation that does not cover their masking tools. I think that it has been 3 days since I wrote their support and only got an automated acknowledgement and no follow up. There are, at this writing, just a couple 3rd party tutorials on youtube that tell us nothing beyond what the company’s videos taught us. There isn’t information about shortcuts. The salescopy says that most of the tools mimic photoshop in their use (but are not available in the toolbar or menu and there isn’t a reference to shortcuts.)
Would be really nice if it worked and people could learn it. Like another reviewer here, I suspect that the application may be excellent and actually work, but the documentation is too sparse.
So: buyer beware!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.