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Review-AutoFX's Mystical Tint Tone and Color

AutoFX has released a new set of effects for photo enhancement, "Mystical Tint Tone and Color." There are 38 color and tonal effects that in this suite which is available as a stand-alone application and as a plug-in for Photoshop. This comes on the heels of the release of "Mystical Lighting," (together, the "Mystical Bundle") which includes 16 visual lighting and shading effects like FairyDust, Flare and Rainbow. It's about time someone came up with a Rainbow effect!

Although Mystical Tint, Tone and Color and Dreamsuite 2 are wonderful tools for photographic enhancement, I found Mystical Lighting to be my favorite of the recent AutoFX releases. Anything that allows you to create galaxies from scratch is supercool by me!

One improvement that is featured in the Mystical Series is the ability to work on layers, called "SmartLayers." You can apply several effects in "one sitting" so to speak, blend them with varying shades of transparency, turn some off, reorder them, and even save the layer presets. Previously, as in the DreamSuite series, you had to apply one effect to the image before using another effect.

Another improvement for all AutoFX's plug-ins is the Automatic Product Update. Auto FX software now includes a feature to AutoUpdate so you will be notified of updates when running the software from a machine connected to the internet. This is a new feature, so if you have older versions of AutoFX's software on your computer you can go to their update page to get the latest versions with the updater feature. I added the update feature to my DreamSuite series, however it seems to be a bit slower than before. This is unfortunate because since my last review a couple years ago, AutoFX has added two new modules to the DreamSuites, DreamSuite Series 2 and DreamSuite Gel, and with all these new plug-ins, one would hope for a little faster performance.

With the combination of the "Mystical" duo, photo artists and digital artists now have some very powerful tools to create striking, ethereal, ghost-like, and well, downright cosmic effects that no other plug-ins offer.

More information on AutoFx's line of products can be found on their website.

Original Photo of Yours Truly


With Mystical Tint Tone and Color effects, "Blue Sky" and "Hard Posterize" added


With Mystical Lighting effects, "Fairy Dust" and "Rainbow" added


With Mystical Tint Tone and Color effects, "Sepia" and "Gradient Tint" added


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