Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Correct color, remove backgrounds and enlarge images working in just a single app. onOne Software’s Photo Essentials 3, which now supports Adobe Photoshop Elements 8, comes with a total of five tools. You also can add edge and border effects, as well as special effects designed to give professional-looking results. Using the Palette, you quickly can access all five modules from a single location inside Photoshop Elements. The new Make It Cool module offers dozens of professional effects, such as film simulation and HDR, which can be added with a single click. Estimated Street Price: $69. Contact: onOne Software, (888) 968-1468, www.ononesoftware.com.
Set up the Tamrac ZipShot tripod in seconds by simply holding the ballhead at the top and releasing the legs. Inspired by collapsible tent poles, the strong, aluminum, tube-shaped legs come apart in four sections, which are held together by strings of bungee cord running through the middle of the tubes. Weighing just 11 ounces and measuring 15 inches high when folded, the ZipShot can be taken anywhere, quickly attaching to the handles of camera bags or luggage. The tripod extends to a maximum 44 inches and has a load capacity of three pounds. Estimated Street Price: $50. Contact: Tamrac, (800) 662-0717, www.tamrac.com.
Customize the look of your images with Eye Candy 6, the latest version of Alien Skin’s graphic-design, special-effects plug-in for Photoshop. With 30 realistic filters and more than 1,000 presets, you can modify any effect and save your personalized settings for future use. Effects like Animal Fur, Smoke and Reptile Skin are rendered in fine detail with a look that’s natural and organic. Version 6 supports 16-bit/channel images, CMYK color mode and acceleration for multicore computers. Estimated Street Price: $249 (new); $99 (upgrade). Contact: Alien Skin Software, (888) 921-SKIN, www.alienskin.com.
Speed up your workflow with Kubota RPG SpeedKeys 2.0 for Lightroom 2. The customizable wireless USB keypad features preset one-button access for common adjustments such as brightness, exposure and fill light. The software allows you to use preprogrammed workflow key combinations or create your own presets settings. Included are the most popular Kubota Lightroom presets,and advanced tools like paint with light, burn, soften skin and hand-color. There are 48 new key options for completely customizable functionality. Estimated Street Price: $349. Contact: Kubota Image Tools, (877) 330-4330, www.kubotaimagetools.com.
MULTIPURPOSE MEDIA DEVICE
Preview, share and store your images and other files with Argraph’s MemoryKick Si. Available in capacities of 160, 320 and 500 GB, the device can transfer any type of file—photos, videos, music and more—from memory cards at speeds of up to 40 MB/s. As many as three memory cards and one USB device can be connected simultaneously. The 3.5-inch VGA LCD screen allows you to view photos and video in detail. You also can zoom in and out, create and display slideshows, and view RAW photos and EXIF information. Estimated Street Price: $299 to $429. Contact: Argraph, (201) 939-7722, www.argraph.com.
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