Review of Macphun’s Tonality CK

After a few weeks using Macphun’s Creative Kit I have to say that one of my favourite applications in the suite is Tonality. This may be just because I’m on a Black & White photography binge right now but I really like how Tonality makes converting to and enhancing B&W images a breeze.

Tonality CK is available as a standalone app/plugin for $69 or you can buy it as part of the Creative Kit which sells for $129 and is a bargain in my opinion.

Tonality makes it child’s play to convert images to B&W. Like most Macphun tools it has a dual personality: presets and fine controls. It provides you with a huge quantity of presets that will most likely get you the look you want or at the very least get you very close to it. This even includes simulations of several popular B&W film. Once you’ve selected the preset that gets you close to the look you want you have access to dozens of controls to fine-tune the image. Tonality highlights what controls it actually modified for the preset so you can zoom in on them quickly and adjust them further, or use any of the other ones.

Tonality uses a layer to implement the changes and even allows you to control the opacity of the layer or mask-in or mask-out parts of the layer. You can create further layers to fine-tune things just to your liking or to stack presets. Unlike Photoshop’s layers implementation, Macphun’s is really easy to grasp and use.

Macphun Tonality CK
Macphun Tonality CK

The level of control at your disposal is very impressive. It includes the following items:

  • Cropping
  • Tone
    • Exposure
    • Contrast
      • Standard
      • Smart
      • Highlights
      • Midtones
      • Shadows
      • Whites
      • Blacks
  • Clarity & Structure
    • Clarity
    • Structure
    • Micro Structure
  • Color Filters
    • Luminance
    • Saturation
  • Tone Curve
  • Split Toning
  • Glow
  • Lens Blur
  • Texture Overlay
  • Vignette
  • Grain
  • Frames
  • Layers

Tonality also makes it very easy to create and manage your own presets and gives you a way to easily recall your favourite ones.

Tonality - FilmTonality also supports batch processing so once you’ve figured out the settings you want, you can have it automatically load and process a bunch of related files. It can also do RAW conversions although I find that the quality of the conversion isn’t as good as what I get from Capture One so I prefer converting my RAW files first before loading them into Tonality for further processing. If you are using Photoshop, Lightroom, Apple Photos or Aperture you can also use Tonality as a plug-in to streamline your workflow. You could for example use Lightroom for your RAW conversion and then invoke Tonality right from within Lightroom to complete your processing. (Macphun, when will you have a Capture One plug-in?)

Here’s a short video overview of the product. You can find more video tutorials on Macphun’s website.

I’ve really come to rely on Tonality for my B&W conversions and I highly recommend it if you are a Mac user. You can Download a trial version of the Creative Kit here:
Trial Download Page – Creative Kit

Or you can buy it here:
Creative Kit 2016