GradientXTerminator: The Ultimate Tool for Gradient Removal in Astrophotography
What is gradientxterminator.rar and why do you need it?
If you are into astrophotography, you probably know how frustrating it can be to deal with gradients in your images. Gradients are variations in brightness or color across an image that are not caused by the actual objects in the sky, but by external factors such as light pollution, atmospheric conditions, or calibration errors. Gradients can ruin the contrast, detail, and color balance of your images, making them look dull, flat, or unnatural.
Fortunately, there is a solution: gradientxterminator.rar. This is a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and Affinity Photo that can remove gradients from your images in a fast and easy way. It works with 32-bit, 16-bit, or 8-bit images, grayscale or RGB color, and can handle any type of gradient, even complex ones that affect the edges, corners, or circular regions of your images. It also preserves the details and colors of your objects, unlike some other methods that can introduce artifacts or halos.
In this article, you will learn everything you need to know about gradientxterminator.rar: how it works, how to download and install it, how to use it in Photoshop or Affinity Photo, what are its benefits and drawbacks, and what are some alternatives to it. By the end of this article, you will be able to improve your astrophotography images with gradientxterminator.rar and enjoy the beauty of the night sky without any distractions.
How does gradientxterminator.rar work?
Gradientxterminator.rar is based on an algorithm that analyzes your image and determines what parts are background and what parts are objects. It then creates a mathematical model of the gradients in your image and subtracts them from your image. The result is a smooth background that does not interfere with your objects.
The algorithm uses a technique called "adaptive blurring" that applies different amounts of blurring to different regions of your image depending on their complexity. This way, it can preserve the details and edges of your objects while smoothing out the background. You can control how much blurring is applied by adjusting a slider called "smoothness". The lower the smoothness value, the more blurring is applied.
The algorithm also uses a technique called "edge detection" that identifies the boundaries of your objects and prevents them from being blurred by the algorithm. You can control how sensitive the edge detection is by adjusting a slider called "edge protection". The higher the edge protection value, the more edges are detected and preserved.
The algorithm also allows you to fine-tune the results by using two buttons: "enhance darks" and "enhance lights". These buttons can boost the contrast and brightness of your objects, making them stand out more from the background. You can also preview the results before applying the filter by using a button called "show background". This button shows you what the background looks like after removing the gradients, so you can see if there are any problems or artifacts.
Gradientxterminator.rar is a powerful and versatile tool that can handle any type of gradient, even those that are not linear or uniform. It can also work with images that have multiple objects or regions of interest, as long as they are separated by enough background pixels. It can even work with images that have nebulae or galaxies in them, as long as they are not too large or bright.
How to download and install gradientxterminator.rar?
Gradientxterminator.rar is a plug-in that works with Adobe Photoshop and Affinity Photo. You need to have one of these programs installed on your computer before you can use gradientxterminator.rar. You also need to have a license key to activate the plug-in. You can purchase a license key from the official website of gradientxterminator.rar. The license key costs $49.95 USD and it is valid for two computers.
Once you have purchased a license key, you can download the plug-in from the same website. The plug-in comes in a compressed file format called .rar, which stands for Roshal Archive. You need to extract the contents of this file using a program that can handle .rar files, such as WinRAR or 7-Zip. After extracting the contents, you will find two folders: one for Windows users and one for Mac users. Depending on your operating system, follow the instructions below to install the plug-in.
For Windows users
Open the folder called "Windows" and find the file called "GradientXTerminator.8bf". This is the plug-in file that you need to copy to your Photoshop or Affinity Photo folder.
Locate your Photoshop or Affinity Photo folder on your computer. The default location for Photoshop is C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop [version]\Plug-ins\Filters\. The default location for Affinity Photo is C:\Program Files\Affinity\Photo\PlugIns\Filters\. If you have installed your programs in a different location, you need to find them manually.
Copy the file "GradientXTerminator.8bf" and paste it into your Photoshop or Affinity Photo folder.
Launch Photoshop or Affinity Photo and open an image that you want to process with gradientxterminator.rar.
Go to Filter > RC-Astro > GradientXTerminator. This will open the plug-in window where you can enter your license key and use the filter.
For Mac users
Open the folder called "Mac" and find the file called "GradientXTerminator.plugin". This is the plug-in file that you need to copy to your Photoshop or Affinity Photo folder.
Locate your Photoshop or Affinity Photo folder on your computer. The default location for Photoshop is /Applications/Adobe Photoshop [version]/Plug-ins/Filters/. The default location for Affinity Photo is /Applications/Affinity Photo.app/Contents/PlugIns/Filters/. If you have installed your programs in a different location, you need to find them manually.