Intensify CK
Intensify CK
1.2.3

4.4

Intensify CK free download for Mac

Intensify CK

1.2.3
18 October 2016

Create clarity and intensity in your photos (was Intensify Pro).

Overview

Intensify CK (was Intensify Pro) lets discerning photographers of all skill levels create powerful photographic images with unprecedented drama and detail. Precise control of contrast, structure, detail and sharpening across different tonal ranges delivers high quality results every time.

Special algorithms to prevent image artifacts, image layer stacking with opacity control, dozens of professionally created presets, adjustment brushes, RAW image support, vignettes and the ability to run as a standalone or as a plug-in for popular host applications all make Intensify Pro an essential part of your photo editing toolbox.

While the core features of Intensify and Intensify CK are the same, Intensify Pro brings a number of advanced add-ons that will be mostly appreciated by professional photographers, who will use Intensify Pro as part of their daily image editing activity. Here's what you get in Pro version.

  • Run Intensify CK as either a standalone app or as a plug-in to Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Apple Aperture.
  • Several tools in Intensify Pro contain additional capabilities. For example, Micro Sharpness gains a Dehalo feature and Structure adds a Softness feature.
  • Vignettes are upgraded in Intensify Pro, adding a Luminosity control and the ability to "place" the center point of a Vignette -- very handy!
  • You’ll love the improvements to navigation -- with Intensify CK, you can use the Navigation Window for simple navigation, even while in zoom mode!
  • Intensify CK also supports a number of shortcuts to make workflow even faster. Histograms can now show tonal range clipping, pixel saturation and more.

What's new in Intensify CK

Version 1.2.3:
  • This update fixes a number of bugs reported by our users.

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Drdul
30 November 2013

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I prefer to use Lightroom and Photoshop as much as possible, and I only buy a plugin if I cannot replicate its effects in LR or PS. Intensify is one of those few plugins. I ended up buying the less expensive App Store version that doesn’t run as a plugin because I can still set it up in Lightroom as an external editor, and because I discovered that the plugin version does not allow me to save my work (as a proprietary MPI file) and reopen it later to tweak the settings. Although a key feature of the plugin version is that it opens RAW files, Intensify does not have any lens correction or healing tools, so for me there is no benefit to opening RAW files directly, and instead I use Lightroom to correct an image before opening it in Intensify. The App Store version does everything I need it to do. Intensify provides far more control of contrast than Lightroom or Photoshop, and it adjusts contrast without excessive halos or other artifacts. When I am adjusting an image in Lightroom that I plan to edit in Intensify, I do not apply any clarity or strong contrast, leaving that for Intensify. I also apply only a minimal amount of sharpening, as Intensify has its own sharpening function, and I have found that if I bring a pre-sharpened image into Intensify it can sometimes create artifacts along high-contrast edges. The key adjustments in Intensify are “Pro Contrast,” “Structure” and “Detail.” Pro Contrast adjusts contrast separately for shadows, midtones and highlights, with an Offset slider that adjusts the median value for each tonal range. Structure enhances texture, particularly in areas of continuous contrast (a light-coloured wall, for example). It also provides separate adjustments for shadows, midtones and highlights. Detail is a sharpening function with separate adjustments for small, medium and large details (similar to using different radius settings in Photoshop) and separate adjustments for highlights and shadows. There’s a Masking slider that apparently works the same as the one in Lightroom, but there’s no ability to hold down the Option key while adjusting the Masking to see the black-and-white sharpening mask, so it’s a bit of a guessing game. Layers are a great feature of Intensify. Adjustments are applied on layers (that can be renamed by double-clicking on them, which is a feature I haven’t seen described anywhere) that can optionally have a mask (and reduced opacity). The Brush and Eraser tools work well for creating a mask, but for some reason it’s not possible to set different brush parameters for each. For example, if I want to Erase with a soft brush at 50% and then paint back with a harder Brush at 100%, have to adjust the brush parameters every time I switch from the Brush to Eraser and back again. The Gradient tool works well, too, but unlike Lightroom it cannot be adjusted once it has been applied. The online help for Intensify isn’t terribly useful, but fortunately there are several videos on Vimeo that do a good job of demonstrating how to use the app. Overall, Intensify is a great piece of software, and the price is right. I looked at similar plugins such as Topaz Clarity, but chose Intensify because it offers more controls to adjust contrast, it includes layers, and the price was less.
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Version 1.0.0
Kong
15 November 2017
Really great and professional alternative to e.g. Photoshop for working with photos, with a clean, modern UI. Pity MacPhun is not continuing development, there are some shortcomings (only color space for exports is sRGB for instance).
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Version 1.2.3
Bousozoku
08 March 2016
I'm usually not one to use tricks. I generally only edit for light and color. I take care of settings on the camera, so I don't have to do much else. However, as I try landscape photography, instead of skate parks, I see the opportunity for minor enhancements. I bought Intensify along with various other Macphun applications before the end of the year. (Too bad I can't use these on that other operating system as well.) It has a lot of carefully defined presets that help achieve interesting results without damaging the original file. Using those presets, you have some extra control to refine your result. I've used it on the original raw files, as well as the JPEG files from Capture One Pro and it seems to work equally well.
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Version 1.2.2
carmenroberson28
29 January 2016
Great app! I love it!
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Version 1.2.2
Jerryb
12 November 2015
I initially purchased Tonality Pro. It was great and one feature I really loved, and expected, was the ability to save layers when using Tonality Pro as a Photoshop plugin and be able to go back and edit them. So I purchased Intensify Pro, assuming the same functionality. But not to be. While layers can be saved using the stand alone app, they cannot be saved when using it as a Photoshop plugin. Upon called MacPhun, I was told the plug in save/edit layer feature would be coming. I waited and waited, but it never came. Then I was told it would never come. Why in the world would this company have savable/editable layers in the Tonality Pro Photoshop plug in and not in the Intensify Pro plug in. The CK version also doesn't save/edit layers with the plug in. Just shameful. When I asked for a refund, I was told NO, NO, NO. Stay away from this company. I dumped their programs as I don't believe a good company would have omitted this significant functionality and then not give a refund. The Google and Topaz plug in do just as good a job and have full plugin functionality. They aren't crippled as is this unusable plug in.
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Version 1.2.2
1 answer(s)
Alina-(Macphun-Team)
Alina-(Macphun-Team)
27 November 2015
Hi Jerryb,

Would you be so kind to contact me directly via alina@macphun.com and we'll figure it out.
Cheers :)

Alina from Macphun
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Jeffp
06 November 2015
I would like to say this about Intensify Pro/CK: If you value your time and want to spend less of it post-processing and more making images then buy this program. Some of the presets are really exceptional and you have a lot of flexibility in how/where you apply the effect. I am especially enjoying the new "Raw enhance" preset but I also use "Pro quality" a lot. It is very easy to tweak everything about these presets to your liking and they allow you to finish up images more quickly than PS alone. I have run into bugs from time to time and their support is good and I have always gotten a response within 24 hrs (not always what i wanted to hear but that is life). I also use Tonality a lot and I like it. I have no relationship other than customer to Macphun, not all of their software IMO is as good as what Adobe can do (Noiseless, Focus..). Bottom line for me is that Intensify and Tonality save me a lot of time and allow me to produce amazing results relative to the minimal effort required. If your time is not worth $60 to you then I don't know what to tell you.. Jeff
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Version 1.2.2
1 answer(s)
Alina-(Macphun-Team)
Alina-(Macphun-Team)
27 November 2015
Thanks for such a nice feedback! Nice to hear you enjoy our software :)
Cheers!
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Enkaytee
04 November 2015
Be aware - there's a serious issue with Macphun's RAW processor which they use in several of their apps including Intensify. CR2 images from certain Canon cameras such as the Powershot G1X versions 1 and 2 are poorly handled and display significant vignetting. which you can't remove directly in Intensify as there is no crop tool. The issue is due to the lens on these cameras, and other RAW processors, such as Apple's and Adobe's cater for this when converting an image - basically, they automatically crop the image to remove the vignette.

Please try before you buy - while the developers are aware, they've indicated it could be 'some months' before a fix is in place.
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Version 1.2.2
2 answer(s)
Macphun-Ivan
Macphun-Ivan
06 November 2015
Hi Enkaytee,

Sorry you're experiencing that issue. I have not seen these issues from any of the CR2, NEF, RAF, ORD, ORF or ARW RAW files. In fact, we use the Apple RAW library as a primary solution and others to fill the gaps.

We definitely invite you to download a trial to test performance, see how your photos look and how easy it is to enhance and reveal the details with Intensify.
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Enkaytee
Enkaytee
06 November 2015
Thanks - but I've provided evidence to your support team and in spite of them saying it would be fixed 'in the upcoming release' the problem is still there. They are now unable to commit to a date for the fix, but say it could take months. Sorry, but I've moved on and just received a refund for the Creative Kit. Just so you are aware, Tonality and Noiseless also have the same problem.
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Andy-Hewitt
28 October 2015
Seems to be a mixed bag of reviews on this one. I agree that it is expensive for what it is - at least as a standalone purchase. However, when bought as part of a bundle (I bought mine in the Pre-release special offer), it can represent better value. Recently I wanted to make more use of Photos, as it suits my needs rather than Lightroom. The fact that the MacPhun apps work as extensions for Photos is a big winner for me, and they make Photos about the kind of photo managament and edting app I need. Personally I find the MacPhun team responsive and willing to listen, and the apps do a very good job once you learn them. Intensify is great for being a little more creative, but remember you can tone down and fine tune the effects, and you can stack the effects in layers. I also own a set of Topaz plugins, but they don't work with Photos (yet?), and I got fed up with mucking about trying to keep them working, especially after updates. Definitely worth looking at if you can get them for a better price.
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Version 1.2.2
2 answer(s)
Macphun-Ivan
Macphun-Ivan
06 November 2015
Hi Andy,

Sounds like you got a great deal! Especially as you're comparing the Macphun Creative Kit to the Topaz Labs plugins at nearly $500.

Note that the difference is workflow is HUGE here, as Macphun's CK apps are designed to work standalone (like a normal app) as well as supporting the plugin architecture supported by host editors like Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Lightroom, Aperture and even as extensions in Photos if you're running El Capitan. Most other packages out there are "just plugins" and don't give you the same options or ecosystem that your Creative Kit offers.

I hope you're enjoying it!
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Enkaytee
Enkaytee
06 November 2015
I'm trialling ON1's Photo 10 which has an amazing set of filters, wrapped up in a standalone package which includes some solid browsing, rating and retouching options as well as plugins for all the major photography apps - well worth a look specially as it's on offer at the moment and has a 60 day trial...
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Flavum
28 October 2015
You too can make all your images look like Jay Blakesberg's hideous junk. http://d6vrtzdlbankn.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/11698894_10152997757151659_3834735817366443077_o.jpg
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Version 1.2.2
Xenophile
26 December 2014
A small bag of tricks for the price. Google Nik Collection or Topaz Labs plugins do more and since they are from established developers they are likely to be around far longer than "Macphun".
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Version 1.0.4
1 answer(s)
Macphun-Ivan
Macphun-Ivan
06 November 2015
Hello Xenofile,

Sorry for the slow response...the fact is, Macphun has been around since 2008 and isn't really the new kid on the block here. Hope you've been able to see the evolution...
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Lord-Lightning
28 November 2014
Why did I buy this? I would try it if I could get it to activate. What a total waste of money. This company insists that you remain 'awesome', while failing themselves. Feels like a 'front end' operation with no backroom at all. I'm convinced that this is an office with a few marketing and 'ideas' people who employ real developers to write the actual software. In essence, it is a 'spin' operation who push software they can't support.
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Version 1.0.3
$59.99

4.4

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