• Price: $79 (£50)

  • Company: HDRSoft

  • Pros: Eight presets; 32-bit-savvy; control over black and white points

  • Cons: Results need fine-tuning

  • Our Rating: We rate this 8 out of 10 We rate this 8 out of 10

Tone Mapping 2.1 is a cut-down version of the standalone Photomatix Pro 4.1 HDR-creating application. It offers all the tone-mapping power of Photomatix minus the Exposure Fusion part that cleans up exposure afterwards.  

Once it’s installed you can open an image and set the mode to 16-bit or 32-bit. The plug-in’s function is to map the tones in an image for a more balanced spread across the tonal range. This is most useful for landscapes, usually when there is high contrast in the scene, resulting in dark foregrounds. Afterwards you can return the bit depth to what it was before.

There are eight presets to choose from, plus a Details Enhancer and a Tone Compressor panel that allows you to tweak the results.

Tone Mapping works well and allows everything from a standard result to a mono conversion. You can even achieve more cartoony colours, favoured by some.

This image had a very dark foreground but the plug-in created a nice balance