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Old Apr 16, 2005, 1:27 PM   #1
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I don't own the FZ-20, but I understand it sometimes has issues with a magenta cast on skin tones. I downloaded the free trial for this - a PS plug-in with 7 "correction modes - including a "color cast corrector", and fooled around with it yesterday. It really did improve the flesh tones of a few indoor portraits I had taken with the FZ-1 (didn't save them or I would have posted). The "portrait cleaner" also seemed to do a nice job removing "too much" detail from skin, without (somehow) detracting detail from anything else. I didn't like autoenhance too much, though.

Thought I might throw it out there in case any FZ20'ers want to give it a try correcting. Here's the download site:
Download the file on the bottom right of the page (little hard to find...). Costs $39 to purchase - not too bad, might be worth it.

If anyone with the FZ20 bothers to try it, let us know if it works. Please post some pics. I'm curious.


1. AutoEnhance
This is a popular all-in-one choice for quick improvement of any digital pictures. With options like Auto Balance, Midtones, Color and Noise Reduction it can improve even photographs that seems to be fine at first look. Just run it through AutoEnhance and you will see that even good photo can be made better!

2. ColorCast Correction
Create Vivid images! Almost all digital images suffer from some sort of color cast. The Color Cast Correction plug-in can automatically tell you what type of color cast you have (for example Blue-Magenta) and it allows you to remove it with Automatic White Balance or adjust its look with semi-automatic Color Cast slider.

3. Exposure Compensation
Are your photos under or over exposed?
No problem. Simply Compensate the exposure as if you are still working on the picture with the camera.
The image is not just brighten or dimmed but the whole dynamic range of the image is changed.

4. Hot Pixels Fix
Hot Pixels can be noticed on many digital cameras when you use exposure longer than 2 sec. These will show on image as a bright white spots. You can either use a filter which will try to eliminate these spots or use a more precise black frame method and adjust its effect.

5. Lens Distortion Correction
A typical digital camera lenses suffer from Barrel distortion (wide lens) or Pincushion distortion (when zoomed). With the Lens Distortion correction plug-in you can fix both of these types of distortion. The result is rendered using high quality Bi-cubic interpolation .
6. Perspective Correction
With perspective correction you can straighten photos of pictures or buildings when taken from an angle.
Simply fit the grid to the object edges and the reverse correction using high quality Bi-Cubic interpolation will show the image as if it was taken with your camera in the exact right angle.

7. Portrait Skin Cleaner
The Portrait Skin Cleaner plug-in will smooth out the skin of your model while preserving the details of eyes or hair.
You have the ability to adjust the strength of the filter and create clean yet naturaly looking advertisement-like soft skin.
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