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 | Demonstration) that show you how to use the program.
    2. Printing function.
    3. You can correct images with the parameters of the last operation (see Example 9 in menu | Demonstration).
  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).
    • If multiple photos were taken under similar conditions and with the same camera settings, so you can apply the same parameters of color correction to all the photos.
    These functions are not available in Color Pilot Plug-in.

  3. How to get the exact RGB value of a particular color in a photo?

    You can see the exact RGB value of any color (underneath your cursor) in the bottom left corner of Color Pilot:

    Exact RGB value in Color Pilot

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

    On starting the program, the collection you previously worked with is opened. Only a few colors are initially visible, however the scroller below the collection allows to view the other colors in the collection. Read more…

  5. How to work with a color collection?

    Please visit the following page for details: Working with color collectios.

  6. 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 “Documents\ColorPilot\” 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.

  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.

    Picture taken in the darkness   Picture taken in the darkness, corrected in Color Pilot

    The picture became grainy

    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. The file ColorPilot.exe is triggering a ‘suspicious file’ warning from my virus checker.

    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?

    Visit our page “Color Pilot version history” to read about the difference between Color Pilot versions.

  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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