Monday, October 8, 2007
Clean up digital images with Nik Software's Dfine 2.0, a noise-reduction plug-in that lets you eliminate noise where needed while maintaining detail and sharpness. This latest version improves on reducing image artifacts and noise, balancing image detail and adjusting color and light. Using the new U Point technology Control Points, you can selectively isolate an area to adjust based on its unique characteristics. You also can reduce noise based on individual color ranges or by using the Photoshop Brush tool to apply the program to exactly where you want. List Price: $99 (upgrades receive a discount). Contact: Nik Software, (619) 725-3150, www.niksoftware.com.
A Fast Fix
Do quick, targeted image adjustments with Digital Film Tools Power Stroke 1.0. The application uses a simple, interactive, stroke-based interface that lets you isolate a particular area by drawing a few brushstrokes and apply changes to only that region. Strokes can be assigned multiple corrections and effects, such as color correction, recoloring or desaturation, black-and-white colorization, blur, fill light and Diffusion/Glow. List Price: $120. Contact: Digital Film Tools, (818) 761-6577, www.digitalfilmtools.com.
Post wonderfully creative digital scrapbooks for family and friends to click through and enjoy using Panraven, a multimedia storytelling and image-sharing Website. Select from a wide variety of templates, such as wedding or travel. Then choose from more than 20 different page layouts into which you drag-and-drop your images and arrange your content exactly the way you want. Access is granted to anyone by posting content in the Public Stories area or you can keep your photo essays private and viewable only to family and friends. Contact: Panraven, www.panraven.com.
Page 3 of 3