Color Pilot in questions and answers


  1. What is the difference between Color Pilot Plug-in and Color Pilot standalone version?

    Color Pilot Plug-in and Color Pilot standalone version are both based on the same technology.

    The examples that show how Color Pilot works are more extensive in the standalone version than in the plug-in. There are some functions in the standalone version that are not available in Color Pilot Plug-in:

    1. Wide range of Demonstration Examples (see menu | Examples) that show you how to use the program.
    2. Operations with layer: Layer Correction, Layer Color Replacement, Layer Filling, Layer Transfer (see menu Operation).*
    3. Printing function (see Example 10 in menu | Examples).
    4. Panorama function (see Example 13 in menu | Examples).*
    5. You can correct images with the parameters of the last operation (see Example 14 in menu | Examples).

    * – We are going to remove this option from the future versions..

  2. I am a professional photographer and work with Photoshop. Are there any features in Color Pilot standalone version that Color Pilot Plug-in does not have?

    With the standalone version of Color Pilot you can:

    • Correct photos without necessity to open them in Photoshop.
    • Correct images with the parameters of the last operation (see Example 14 in menu | Examples).
    • Organize and print your photos on a single page.

    These functions are not available in Color Pilot Plug-in. If you decided to buy Color Pilot Plug-in, you can get a discount for Color Pilot standalone version. To get the discount, write us via our online form.

  3. What is eyedropper and how do you use it?

    Eyedropper shows you the exact RGB value of any color on the screen (underneath your cursor). You can see the value in the left bottom corner of Color Pilot:


  4. How to add a new color to the color collection or create a new collection?

    On starting the program, the collection you previously worked with is opened. Only five colors are initially visible, however the “Scroll Colors” button allows to view the other colors in the collection. Read more…

  5. I have downloaded and saved the extra color collections from your web site, eg, skin. hair clouds etc. How do I now add these collections to the reference colors in Color Pilot?

    Just save the collection to your hard drive, then start Color Pilot, select menu File | Open collection, and browse to open the collection you want.

    Color Pilot already has several color collections that you can find in C:\\Program Files\Color Pilot\Collection\ directory. Some of these collections have the same name as the additional collections on our site, but the number of color samples is less. You can substitute these collections with those you downloaded from our site.

  6. I don’t understand how the function of automatic color correction works.

    To understand how automatic color correction works, please run Example 7 from the menu Examples (Brightness expantion and automatic color correction). Try to correct your own images using automatic color correction just like in the example. Then compare the “before” image with the “after” and choose which one you like.

    Color Pilot has its own concepts about the color appropriateness of image.

    • If an original image differs very much from these concepts, then the resulting image will be made to align with Color Pilot’s concept.
    • If an original image coincides with this concept, then the resulting image will coincide with the original image. In this case, color correction is minimal or doesn’t take place at all.

    You can break color balance in any other program (Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro…) and then do color correction in Color Pilot.

    To make this very obvious, in the Example, we used an image which differs very much from color conception of Color Pilot.

  7. When I take night time pictures “outside” or in shadows that are in need of brightning, they will have a “Red tinge” and become incressingly grainy the brighter I make them.


    This is the noise which can be found on the original image. If you just increase brightness (without color correction), you will see this noise very clear. This noise becomes more extensive when the lighting is poor, and it can vary depending on the digital camera’s matrix. Color Pilot does not yet has a noise removal feature.

  8. The .JPG image I have uploaded from a digital camera shrinks after conversion in spite of the file size being set to maximum [100%] Why?

    This is the specification of JPEG format compression, it loses some information despite the quality setting you choose while saving, therefore the size of the graphic file decreases.

  9. Two files are triggering a ‘suspicious file’ warning from my virus checker – ColCorLib.dll and ColorPilot.exe.

    Some antiviral programs use the heuristic method of checking the files. The program looks for a suspicious command execution sequence that are typical for viruses, but may nevertheless be used by legitimate software. So the program could warn you about suspicion even if there are no viruses. We do not spread any viruses with Color Pilot.

  10. What’s new in the latest version of Color Pilot?

    If you want to know the difference between Color Pilot versions, please read the History.txt file in the program folder:
    C:\Program Files\Color Pilot\History.txt – for the standalone version:
    C:\Program Files\Color Pilot\History.txt – for the plug-in.

  11. I have installed Color Pilot Plug-in but can’t find how to open it in Photoshop (Paint shop Pro, Corel PHOTO-PAINT, Macromedia Fireworks).

    Click here for information on how to open Color Pilot Plug-in in the Programs such as Photoshop, Paint shop Pro, Corel PHOTO-PAINT, Macromedia Fireworks.


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