Shapiro Consulting Group Inc. (SCGI) plans this month to introduce a new Macintosh image editing software package that will allow photographers and graphic artists to make color corrects and enhancements, which it says “are close to impossible” using currently available tools.
The software, called Asiva Photo, applies enhancements in three-dimensional space over a two-dimensional image. SCGI CTO Kevin Gordon said that this results in the ability to make fine gradations of corrections only where they are needed.
“Changing the color of fine detail, such as hair, is also nearly impossible with applications that require a mask. At the very least, creating that mask would take many hours, and the result still wouldn’t look natural. With Asiva, it’s easy and the result is a photo that looks completely natural,” said Gordon.
Asiva Photo also incorporates tools to let users soften and sharpen objects, increase saturation, brighten or darken areas and create new kinds of special effects. Asiva Photo renders images in low-res representations, enabling users to see changes much more quickly than they could if the source, high-res image was being changed. The software utilizes Apple’s ColorSync technology to maintain color consistency from input to editing to output, as well.
SCGI’s Web site is not yet online, but the company plans to debut it sometime this month. The site will feature examples of how Asiva Photo works. In the interim, folks are encouraged to get in touch with SCGI vice president of marketing Roland Lee at 888.800.5508.