9 July 2020 - APP 1.082 has been released which contains one important bug fix. 1.082 has full Fujifilm RAF support, so that includes SuperCCD & X-Trans camera's 🙂 !
9 July 2020 - New and updated video tutorial using APP 1.081: Complete LRGB Tutorial of NGC292, The Small Magellanic Cloud by Christian Sasse (iTelescope.net) and Mabula Haverkamp
2019 September: Astro Pixel Processor and iTelescope.net celebrate a new Partnership!
[Sticky] Not getting enough colour in my final integrated stack, how to increase?
Since then I haven't seen any complaints regarding this so I'm assuming it became better. 🙂
I experienced better colour data in the stack when NOT using LNC, untick "local normalization rejection" in (6) and when NOT ticking neutralizing background in (5).
To me it seems that these three options reduce/flatten the colours in your stack. I guess any software has a hard time distinguishing between wanted signal and unwanted noise/light pollutin.
And: I do not stretch my data in APP, but in Photoshop (I only use the light pollution, background calibration and star calibration of APP).
LNC normalizes the background very nicely for all stacks, resulting in a much more even frame. Neutralize background in 5) can actually influence nebulosity, but you can fully restore that when calibrating the background in the tools 9) menu. On the right hand side there are presets for stretching and lower down for color saturation, where you can saturate with protecting the background.
A more detailed explanation of the right hand side can be seen when clicking the red question mark.