ColorPower Documentation

Installation

To install ColorPower, you'll need to copy the plug-in to the Acrobat Plug-Ins folder. The easiest way to do this is to open a finder window and press 'Command-shift-G'

This will open a panel that says 'Go to the Folder:' Type or paste in:

~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Acrobat/DC/Plug-ins

and click Go.

This opens the Plug-ins folder for you. Now just drag the plug-in to this window and it will be available next time you start Acrobat.

Logging In

The first time you open ColorPower it will launch in trial mode.You can go ahead and try it out for free for 14 Days.

Once you have decided to purchase ColorPower, you will be provided with a username and password. You will only need to enter them into the Login Details panel once and click save. ColorPower will store these credentials to use for all subsequent launches.

Clicking on the 'My Account' button will take you to the ColorPower web site, where you can log in and review your account, change your password, etc.

EasyButtons

EasyButtons are collections of commonly used adjustments.

As you saw in the Quick start, using them is as easy as selecting an EasyButton and clicking 'Add EasyButton. For common adjustment tasks you can simply choose from one of the many predefined EasyButtons, like 'Contrast Stretch', or 'Cleaner Reds'. Or take advantage of the Web UI and create your own EasyButtons with your own commonly used adjustments.

You can mix and match EasyButtons with other adjustments, including other EasyButtons. Add as many adjustments as you need to get the result you're after.

PatchFinder

PatchFinder is a quick way to determine what adjustment will give the desired result.

Using it is a two step process:

First, open the PatchFinder dialog by Selecting CCN ColorPower->PatchFinder from the menu bar. In the PatchFinder dialog, enter the cmyk values of the color you are trying to adjust and click 'Create a PatchFinder Chart'.
(hint: if you don't know the CMYK values, use acrobat's Output Preview dialog under Print Production and hover over the area of interest).

PatchFinder will generate a chart containing all possible single adjustments to the chosen color and prompt you to save it. Print all 4 pages exactly the same way you intend to produce the job.

Now you can examine the printed pages to find the exact match you are looking for. Note: You'll notice that there are usually multiple adjustments that yield identical results. This is because PatchFinder uses adjustments for different color families on each page.

For the purposes of applying a single adjustment, any of these pages do. Later on, we'll cover some advanced techniques where the ability to isolate by color family can be a huge advantage.

Once you've decided on a patch, note the patch number listed to the left of it, e.g. - EHc+21
(This is simply a code for 'Entire Image Highlights cyan add 21%')

In Acrobat, make sure you are back on the document you want to adjust, and select
CCN ColorPower->ColorPower from the menu bar.

Select the PatchFinder tab, enter your chosen patch number and click 'Add Adjustment'.

You'll see your adjustment listed up top under 'Current Adjustments'. Click 'Apply Adjustments' to process the file with your chosen adjustment.

If you'd like to adjust another color, you can get the pixel values from the adjusted file and run another PatchFinder sequence, repeating as necessary.

Color Balance

Geared towards advanced users, Color Balance provides a way to create arbitrary adjustments on a per color family basis.
(for more on color families see Color Families )

The first step in using Color Balance is to decide what color families of the image you want to affect. Choosing 'Entire Image' will process all pixels in the image, regardless of their color family. This is exactly like a conventional 'global' curve found on most devices.

Choosing any of the other families will apply this adjustment to pixels that are affiliated with the selected family, and only to the extent that they are affiliated with that family.

Once you've decided which families you'd like to adjust, then next step is to choose which channel to adjust and the amount of the adjustment.

Lastly, you select where you'd like the peak point of the adjustment curve to be. A midtone peak, for example, will be strongest at 50% dot and taper off linearly in either direction. That means a midtone peak will have full effect on a 50% dot but only half it's effect 25% or 75%.

For a more in depth look at this tool see Color Balance - advanced