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March/April 2008

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Enrich the quality of your images with the latest version of DxO Optics Pro. The image-enhancement software is based on camera- and lens-specific profiling to automatically correct image distortion, color, exposure, perspective, vignetting, noise, fringing, lens softness and more. Version 5 improves on previous editions with a next-generation RAW converter for better detail and fewer artifacts, a dust- and blemish-removal tool, simplified user interface and support for the latest D-SLRs. List Price: $169 (Standard); $299 (Elite). Contact: DxO Labs, www.dxo.com.

Add fun, exotic backgrounds to your images with FXhome's PhotoKey greenscreen and bluescreen compositing application. With an intuitively designed interface, PhotoKey adjusts or replaces the foreground and/or background of an image, creating clean composites. PhotoKey includes automatic keying for faster results, depth-of-field and light-spill effects for better blending, and grading filters for matching foreground and background seamlessly. List Price: $99. Contact: FXhome, www.fxhome.com.

Transform your digital images from photos to paintings using Corel Painter Essentials 4. The software features new technology based on making intelligent brushstrokes that follow the form of the original photo when auto painting. A redesigned drawing and painting workspace is intended to improve color selection and help you find the right brushes, media and paper faster. Among the new tools are the Brush Drawer, providing example strokes of each brush, the Mixer Palette for getting the exact color you want, and the Magic Wand for easily selecting portions of an image you want to edit. List Price: $79. Contact: Corel, (800) 772-6735, www.corel.com.

Bring a classic aesthetic to inkjet color and black-and-white prints with Epson Exhibition Fiber Paper. Delivering the look and texture of professional silver-halide darkroom printing papers, this new fiber-base photo paper is acid- and lignin-free with a minimal gloss differential and limited brightening agents for prints that will stay whiter with a reduced color shift. Custom profiles are available from the Pixel Genius Website. The paper comes in a variety of sizes up to 24x30-inch cut sheets. List Price: From $59. Contact: Epson, (800) GO-EPSON, www.epson.com.

Bring your stills to life and share them with family and friends using ProShow Gold 3.2. With easy drag-and-drop functionality, you can quickly create smart slideshows with editing tools for panning, rotating and adding drop shadows. More than 280 transition effects boost your creative options. The software lets you output your show in more than 40 formats, including DVD, CD and HD video. You also can play them back on a variety of devices, including an iPod, a Blackberry or an Xbox. For more advanced presentations, check out ProShow Producer 3.2, which lets you add Hollywood-style greenscreen effects with a new Chroma Key Transparency tool. List Price: $69 (Gold); $249 (Producer). Contact: Photodex Corporation, (800) 37-PHOTO, www.photodex.com.


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