[Plugin] Silicon Bonk

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[Plugin] Silicon Bonk

Postby spoilerhead on Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:10 am

Creating a thread here, until we get proper subforums, to give an Introduction to this plugin, and its properties, and provide a place to talk about it and share presets and sample images.

Silicon Bonk (click to download), Current version: T33

Silicon Bonk is a departure from the classical B&W approach, by giving the user simple, yet powerful parameters, to quickly convert to stunning B&W without much thinking or even doing math.
Silicon Bonk doesn't emulate some specific look, but it gives you a powerful tool to create endless variations and get exactly the look you want.

It consists of just a hand full of controls:
SB_ui.png


Hue and Luminance work together. Select a hue you want to change, and it gets modified by the luminance slider. (e.g. Set hue to 0 and Lumince to 10 to slightly brighten reds and darken Greens, this is a slight red filter)

Contrast changes the global image contrast
Mid adjusts the contrast midpoint .

Saturation changes the amount of residual color in the image from 0(none, default) to 200%

Equalizer offers a more advanced control over color luminance modifications, enabling you to modify just a single color band without affecting others. (i.e. pull down Blue and Cyan to darken the sky)

Protect highlights compressed highlights (and to a lesser degree shadows) before processing them with SB. This gives slightly more tonality when applying contrast, but might be undesirable sometimes.

Silicon Bonk runs very late in the pipeline by design and is especially tailored towards converting images to b&w that have previously been treated with color manipulating tools. (i.e. to quickly convert color images to b&w without making any previously made edits void), of course by setting saturation to a value > 0 you can also work on color images.

The name was grubernds idea, too, don't ask :D

Always remember that SB runs very late, so you can influence its results with virtually every tool/plugin that modifies color. use that to your advantage!

Btw, i would LOVE it if people would share some Silicon Bonk Presets in here, too. (Tri-X Preset anyone?)


Known issues:
- Histogram doesn't reflect changes. This is because SB runs after ASPs Curves (so they influence the conversion, too, as a lot of people use curves to correct their color images), but the histogram is computed in the Curves Stage as well. Please use the highlight/shadow clipping warning as a replacement.

Changelog:

T33 (2012-01-29)
- Enhanced Contrast control range

T32 (2012-01-23)
- Small UI fixes
- major speed improvements

T31 (2012-01-13)
- SB was running in the wrong pipeline stage, fixed.

T30 (2012-01-11)
- Initial ASP Version
- Port to ASP SDK
- Color Equalizer
- Protection now protects the shadows, too
- Settings got normalized.


Future Versions:
- T34(?) nothing planned (yet)

My thanks go to jknights for providing the mac builds.

My plugins are free, if you enjoy them, please think about donating me a coffee/beer here. Thanks
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Re: [Plugin] Silicon Bonk

Postby spoilerhead on Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:28 am

Samples:
Thankfully provided by grubernd http://grubernd.at

Original:
grubernd_190208-7939.jpg

Silicon Bonk'ed
grubernd_190208-7939_v2.jpg
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Re: [Plugin] Silicon Bonk

Postby spoilerhead on Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:28 am

and SB in B&W:
grubernd_190208-7939_v4.jpg
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Re: [Plugin] Silicon Bonk

Postby grubernd on Sun Jan 22, 2012 6:15 am

about the samples:

those are quick and fast edits, just the way that Silicon Bonk should be used.
i spent about five minutes for creating all the basic versions.
allowed myself a little extra finetuning because they go public. ;)

for a real edit i would make a selection on the white shirt and pull down a bit.
also add a little gradient that darkens upper left.
brighten the eyes a tad.

i designed this plugin because i couldnt find a B&W tool that could do fast and simple conversions from already tweaked color images while still allowing for a wide range of adjustments. something i wanted to have for my reportage and wedding work - you need to correct and deliver the color images anyway, if you can build the B&W conversion on all the work you already put in, you save a lot of time and raise the quality. and while i forgot the saturation slider in the original design it now allows for this plugin also to deliver color images.

thanks to spoilerhead for coping with my many tweaks and request.


cheers, enjoy!
grubernd

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Re: [Plugin] Silicon Bonk

Postby spoilerhead on Mon Jan 23, 2012 1:27 am

Version T32 released, bringing major speed improvements. On my 3 year old quadcore its down to 10 ms/Megapixel
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Re: [Plugin] Silicon Bonk

Postby tomsi42 on Mon Jan 23, 2012 1:53 am

spoilerhead wrote:Version T32 released, bringing major speed improvements. On my 3 year old quadcore its down to 10 ms/Megapixel

Sweet.
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Re: [Plugin] Silicon Bonk

Postby spoilerhead on Sun Jan 29, 2012 7:06 am

Update: T33 enhances the Contrast control to go up much higher, giving you almost "binary" look
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Re: [Plugin] Silicon Bonk

Postby spoilerhead on Thu Apr 26, 2012 7:26 am

admins: please move to plugin section, thank you very much
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