Introducing NEXT. The Next Generation ALCE

ALCE has been our bestselling product for many years and, since the release of ALCE2, its core functionality has not changed significantly. Recently, thanks to the know-how achieved developing plugins such as Wow! and Mask Equalizer, we set out to make this outstanding product even better by improving some of ALCE’s weaknesses. Specifically, we focused on: creating a live preview, improving the embedded halos suppress tool, adding three masking sliders and finally switching to Quad-Core processing and 32bit computing capabilities, not available in Photoshop.

The result was the Next Generation Local Contrast Enhancer, which we decided to rename NEXT.

NEXT Local Contrast Enhancer Panel in compact and extended mode with a Ferrari F40

Live Preview

ALCE missed the preview. Its routine was very complex and it has been necessary to consistently improve the speed. NEXT is at least three times faster compared to ALCE at 8 bit and eight time faster at 16bit.
It means virtually live preview.

Halos Control

ALCE embedded an halos suppress tool. We have consistently improved it but, when needed you can deactivate it to get even further contrast. Despite this we still were not satistied and added a brand new masking option.


We added three new masking sliders. They are hidden when you open the panel in compact mode. You can now progressively mask highlights, midtones and shadows. Works well in shadows and to remove halos in flat backgrounds.

32bit Core

ALCE was a script, NEXT is a plug-in. It means that it uses its own engine working at 32bit without color quantization and stretching the local histogram much better. With NEXT gradations, highlights and shadows are smooth as never before.

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For those who don’t know it, Wow! Classic Edition is an exclusive Photoshop plugin that, under the hood, decomposes your image in five different frequency bands that you can easily boost or smooth simply using its five dedicated sliders. Wow! adds style, image sharpness and three-dimensionality together with incredibly smooth transitions.

The brand new Wow! Frequency Equalizer Pro adds the exclusive Decompose function. You can now turn each frequency into its own pixel layer for a better and more precise frequency based retouching. You can paint, clone and heal on the exact frequency layer that contains the features you need to target, with great precision, giving you unprecedented control over the retouching process.

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Wow! + Mask Equalizer. Two Thoroughbreds Working Together

Mask Equalizer is a Photoshop plug-in to easily create sophisticated masks using multiple luminosity ranges. Load one preset with just one click, to start to create your perfect mask. Instantly preview the result switching back and forth from mask to comp mode. Feather the mask, modify its contrast or opacity. Works with adjustment layers, advanced objects or groups.

We warmly suggest to consider to buy one of our convenient bundles of Wow and Mask Equalizer. This plug-in is totally independent from Wow!, but it really shines when they are used together.

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