Wow! Pro 2. Five Bands Frequency Equalizer and Separation Plugin
Wow!2 is a Photoshop Plugin that internally decomposes image information into five frequency bands that you can boost or smooth.
Wow!2 adds style, sharpness, and three-dimensionality together with incredibly smooth transitions.
Both Wow! 2 versions allow you to add or remove detail by tweaking the five dedicated sliders.
Wow! Pro 2 adds “Decompose,” creating a multi-layers frequency separation turning each frequency into scale layers (five of them are made in a stack, plus a base layer). You can now work on pixel layers for a better and more precise frequency based color processing and retouching.
Multi frequency Decompose
An exclusive of Pro version, it creates a multi-layers frequency separation turning each frequency into scale layers. You can work on pixel layers for a better and more precise frequency based retouching.
Edge and tone preserving
A new exciting exclusive core feature of Wow!. It magically improves edges and overall tone, protecting highlights and shadows. It allows pushing the frequency sliders further.
Adaptive frequency range
You can now adapt the frequency range to the file size by choosing Low (up to 16MP), Medium (16 to 32 MP) and Large (32MP onward). A custom frequency button is also available.
Shadows / highlights protect
An alternate tool to protect highlights and shadows working by creating a layer mask. It works differently from Tone Preserving. You can easily compare both options by using the “New” button.
Full color control
With the default “Luminosity” engine, you can now fully control the saturation. This setting is independent of presets. As an alternative, you can use the “RGB” engine.
Improved user experience
We added many functions to improve the user experience. Among them tooltips help when mousing over, a “New” button to create and compare versions and layer full naming.
€42 – €25.2 Upgrade
Full functions version with watermark
Post-producing with sliders or pixel layers
Both versions of Wow! 2 add or remove details by tweaking the sliders as frequency decompose is performed under the hood.
Wow! Pro 2 can additionally turn each frequency into its pixel layer for a more precise frequency-based post-producing and retouching.
Frequency Separation With Sliders
Here the Wow! Pro interface. There are two ways you can go. The first: you start tweaking the sliders until you get a satisfactory result. The second, faster and easier: you start by choosing a preset; the sliders will change their position and set themselves in a given configuration.
The sliders correspond to five spatial frequency bands; left to right, the bands correspond to high frequencies, which become progressively lower. If you prefer: detail is on the left, shape is on the right. The intermediate bands work on intermediate scales.
Each slider can be either boosted or cut: a boost corresponds to an enhancement of a given band, a cut corresponds to a reduction. Sliders can be combined, of course, in whatever ratio. The effect may not be easily predictable at times, and it strongly depends on the image you are working on. Also, notice the sixth slider: you may think of it as the intensity of the overall effect, a bit like opacity: 100 is maximum (and the default), and 0 is minimum, corresponding to no effect.
Frequency Separation With Editable Layers
We have seen that Wow! works on five different frequency layers, but where these layers are? Well, they’re hidden: you actually manipulate them with the sliders, but there’s nothing else you can do unless you use the Decompose option.
This exclusive feature of Wow! Pro 2 decomposing the image in six different layers creating what scientists call a “pyramid.” Each one of these addresses a different frequency. Bottom to top: a base layer image, extremely blurred, followed by decreasing frequency layers. The smaller the frequency, the finer the detail.
These are real layers that you can edit at will for a better and more precise frequency based retouching. You can paint, clone and heal on the very exact frequency the layer that contains the features you need to target, with high precision, giving you unprecedented control over the retouching process.
Using Layers for Beauty Retouch
Wow! Pro 2 Decompose is a must have tool in the find of beauty retouch. If for instance, the layer named Scale 2 seems to be responsible for most of the skin blemishes, using the Clone Stamp tool on it sounds like a brilliant idea.
This doesn’t change the remaining frequencies so that every layer addresses a single and peculiar characteristic of the image. In the case shown here, we added a clipped curve to modify the contrast of the Scale 3 and a layer mask on the Decompose group.
Frequency Separation With Landscape, Architecture, Real Estate. Products, and more.
Frequency Separation techniques are commonly used in beauty and skin retouching, but it’s almost unknown in other fields, where Decompose opens exciting new scenarios.
There are several ways to use scale layers.
1. Reduce the opacity of the layers, increasing the effects of the remaining.
2. Add or remove contrast with an adjustment curve.
4. Pixel retouching, also locally, possibly using layer masks.
Download the “Extra” folder and install the Advanced Actions that automatically add an adjustment curve and convert the pixel layers in Advanced Objects.
Virtually there are no limits in post-producing your images.
“Lots of possibilities for the decomposing layers, the level of tweak/control is amazing like sharpening the main object and with some masking in the Scale1 layer making rest less sharp… applying a curve to the right frequency… WoW! :)”
“Hours have been reduced to seconds in frequency separation with brand new Wow!”
€32 – €19.2 Upgrade
Full functions version with watermark
€42 – €25.2 Upgrade
Photoshop CC all versions, CC 2020 included.
WIN: 7 to 10
MAC: Mountain Lion and later, Catalina included.
Current version: 2.5
Wow! 2 User Manual
Wow! 2 Pro User Manual
Wow! Quick Rescue
The Before/After Training Booklet
This booklet is designed to easily compare versions going back and forth through the pages using the keyboard arrow keys.
You can watch it in your browser or, even better, download and watch it in Acrobat Reader or Preview, selecting the option
“View in Full-Screen Mode”. We suggest going back and forth several times in order to watch even smaller details.
Wow! Pro 2 + Mask Equalizer Bundle.
Two Thoroughbreds Working Together
We warmly suggest considering to buy this convenient bundles of Wow! and Mask Equalizer Luminosity Mask plug-in.
Mask Equalizer creates sophisticated luminosity masks with one click is entirely independent of Wow!, but it shines when they are used together. It also works with adjustment layers, advanced objects, and groups.