Thursday, June 25, 2009
Awaken The Artist Within
Plug in to the creative power of plug-ins
AFTER Photoframe Professional Edition
The name of this plug-in, Color Efex Pro, also from Nik Software, doesn’t mean that it’s designed exclusively for pros. Anyone can take advantage of the hundreds of color effects, which can be fine-tuned with the control sliders.
I like my straight-out-of-the-camera shot of a Himba woman, whom I photographed in Namibia. But I wanted it to look different from all the pictures my work-shop students took of the same woman. I applied the Bleach Bypass filter, which resulted in a striking image.
PhotoFrame Professional Edition
Adding a digital frame to a picture makes it stand out on a web page or a printed page. It dresses up a picture and gives an image a unique and creative look.
ORIGINAL and AFTER Phototools Professional Edition
Frame sets include Art Supplies, Photographic, Digital, Texture Overlays and Man Made. Here, I used one of the Acid Burn filters to intensify one of my favorite Kenya sunrise images. Man, that’s hot!
Portrait, landscape, wildlife, nature and travel photographers (did I leave anyone out?) will find hundreds of image-enhancing effects in this plug-in, also from onOne Software. PhotoTools Professional Edition can simulate many in-camera effects, such as using different films and filters, to many postprocessing techniques, including cross-processing and print tinting.
To soften the skin of the model in this image, I applied the Kubota-Angel Glow A2 effect—and then faded it slightly. When you apply any filter, go to the Fade slider to fine-tune the effect. More fun and creativity await you.
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