Review of Intensify CK

I have to admit; I am very impressed with the MacPhun product line. Their applications are well designed with a simple user interface and I can create some unique effects that I cannot create in Lightroom.  I find myself using their “Creative Kit” now for enhancing more than a few of my favorite images.

Today, I want to show you just a few of the features that make Intensify CK a very versatile, very powerful and very easy to use the software product.

Note: If you want to see a video of how the controls actually work, there is a demo video at the end of this post.

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Let’s start with a relatively bland, not too interesting photo. It comes from a series I did at a Massachusetts abandoned building. There were many images from that day, I actually skipped this one on my first pass, but then I decided to process it in Intensify CK.

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Once it makes it into Intensify CK, there are a lot of “interesting” options that don’t exist in Lightroom, but should. My opinion is that Lightroom is missing some important features and using Layers is one of them.

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Notice how you can use the “Plus” control to add as many layers as you need. There are two modes; “Presets” and “Adjust” which lets each layer start with a technique you choose to apply to your image and then you can adjust the intensity of the effect. Later, changing to “Adjust” mode, lets you adjust your image with a multitude of contrast, brightness, and color controls.

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In Layer 2, I chose the HDR effect and backed it off a bit to lessen the effect. Then I went to a different layer and used the vignette effect to darken the outer edges.

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In this image, I intensified the colors to see just how much color I could get from the paint chips. I also used the black and white brush tool to lower the color intensity in the left wall.

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Then, using the gradient tool, I was able to apply a new effect to just one part of the image. This program has so many useful controls; it’s hard to believe how well it extends Lightroom’s power.

Finally, after bringing back the image into Lightroom, I made a few more adjustments to get a final image.

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In the final image, I lessened the intensity of the red in the bricks on the left, and I removed the paste tube that was in the lower right corner of the image, which didn’t look right to me. Yes, I still needed Lightroom to make a few final adjustments but considering what this image looked like without processing to the image you see above, I am pretty excited about using Intensify CK.

This is a video demonstration of the software using a different image:

Did you want to try a trial version of Intensify CK? You can download a trial here:

If you decide to buy, you can get an EXTRA 10% off but using this code: LENSTRAVELER

Even if you don’t, check out this page, it has an active demo of each product using a simple slider. Tip: When you get yours, run it first to get the plugins set up for Photoshop and Lightroom.