This FREE Plugin Allows for Adjusting Contrast within AE and Premiere

by Creative Impatience

This plugin allows you to add or remove contrast to your image without affecting its true saturation.

Premiere Pro version supports 8 and 32 bits (Maximum Bit Depth). In After Effects only 8 and 16 bit depth is supported so far.


CI Pure Contrast gives you a lot of possibilities to manipulate the contrast of your image separate from the saturation.

Supported software
  • Adobe Premiere Pro, versions CS5, CS5.5, CS6 and CC.
  • Adobe After Effects, versions CS5, CS5.5, CS6 and CC.
Supported OS
  • Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8
  • Mac OS X 10.6.x, 10.7.x, 10.8.x

The plugin comes without an installer. Please unpack the downloaded file and copy it to Adobe’s Media Core folder, so that both applications will see them.

The folder can be found on Windows here:

C:\Program Files\Adobe\Common\Plug-ins\CS6\MediaCore

and on OS X here:

MacHD/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common/Plug-ins/CS6/MediaCore

Substitute CS6 for your current version or 7.0 for Creative Cloud. If you have multiple versions installed, simply copy the plugin to each of the folders. Note, that on OS X this is the Library folder present in the root directory of your system drive, not the Library in your user directory.

The plugin will show up as “CI Pure Contrast” under “Creative Impatience” group of effects.

If you keep getting error messages on Windows platform, or the plugin fails to show up, you might need to install Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable package, available from the Microsoft website:

Download the plugin here.

How to use it?

The plugin contains a variety of options, all of which are explained in the detailed instructions.

For the quick start, simply use the “Contrast” slider. Positive values increase contrast, negative decrease it.

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