Mystical Tint Tone and Color 2.0 review

Mystical Tint Tone and Color 2 is a plug-in and standalone application that provides a quick and easy way to tone and tint digital images, be they holiday snaps or digital paintings.

The core of Mystical Tint Tone and Color 2.0 is the tint/tone engine. This features 60+ presets split into categories, and each preset can be further refined and customised to create the effect desired. Multiple toning effects can be applied non-destructively on top of your source artwork, using layers within the Mystical Tint Tone Color interface itself. Unfortunately, the interface feels clunky after using the Adobe interface.

The presets are good and produce very usable results when applied to the right kind of image. They’re also relatively easy to experiment with. Each preset has adjustable settings specific to that filter, so the Antique Photo effect has Dreamy and Grain sliders, while the Sepia effect has a colour slider.

The combination of preset and adjustment is the basic working paradigm within Tint Tone and Color, although it’s possible to build an effect from scratch and save your own presets. The interface, once you’ve overcome the initial learning curve, is reasonably responsive and provides a small selection of tools to allow you to selectively apply the effects.

Also worth noting is the built-in snapshot feature called Memory Dots that allows you to store the state of an image and any effects applied. You can switch between the various states by clicking on the dots; there are eight in total. This is a nice idea, but is a little counter-intuitive in the way it’s been implemented.

OUR VERDICT

Mystical Tint Tone Color 2.0 is a useful tool for photographers who frequently need to create toned images and are short on time. Overall, using Tint Tone and Color is a pleasant experience, but, as a filter, it doesn’t offer a substantial range of features over those already in Photoshop. If you don’t own Photoshop the standalone version is worthwhile, but die-hard Photoshop users may find the interface frustrating and their money better spent elsewhere.

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