Short Report: B+W Filters To Go
The renowned optical filter maker debuts a digital offering of photoshop plug-ins
It seems only natural that legendary optical manufacturer B+W would use its expertise to develop a set of software filters. Some of the filters stand in for glass filters you'd use over your camera lens, but many of the plug-ins go beyond that to provide effects that can be challenging to produce, even with image-editing software.
Short Report: Adobe Premiere Elements
Adobe has created a winner in this easy-to-use video-editing software
Having just used Adobe's new video-editing program to create a soccer video for my daughter, I can tell you that Premiere Elements is designed to make professional-level editing more accessible to everyone. My editing went faster and easier than any video editing I've ever done before.
Trade Tricks: Easy Color Management
For the best prints, take control over your color When your goal is to create a beautiful print, understanding basic color management is a key component in the digital darkroom. Because monitors and papers are two completely different media, it's important to realize your print isn't going to be an exact match of what you see on your screen. If you continually test your printer's capabilities, however, much like you would with various filters and papers in a traditional darkroom, you may end up developing interesting techniques. What really matters in the whole process is whether you like your end result.
Short Report: Corel Painter IX
Bridging the gap between photography and painting
Corel Painter IX's wide selection of customizable brushes, tight integration with Wacom pressure-sensitive graphics tablets and easy-to-get-started interface make it the best painting software we've used to date. While Painter IX is primarily a painting program and not an image processor, you don't have to be a painter or have any training in the craft to enjoy experimenting with your photographs.
Buyer's Guide 2006: Image-Processing Software
The digital darkroom keeps getting better with improvements in features and ease of use in software programs
The big news this year is the new version of Photoshop, CS2, of course, but Adobe isn't the only one at work to make our digital darkroom work better, more efficient and easier. Corel has put its own touches to the venerable Paint Shop Pro, offering a fresh version that keeps all the old features, but puts them in a photographer-friendly interface, while Microsoft has made significant upgrades to its Digital Image program.
Digital Darkroom: Windows On Your Mac?
Apple's Boot Camp breaks down the barrier between the two rival systems
Apple recently made a rather mind-blowing announcement: Intel-based Macs now permit loading and running Windows XP natively via Boot Camp software. Apple released a public beta version of the Boot Camp software and announced that its upcoming update to OS X, 10.5, or "Leopard" in its feline naming convention, will fully support a "dual boot" system. Leopard is due out in early 2007.
Buyer's Guide 2007: Digital Imaging Software
From basic fixes to professional tools for the most demanding enthusiast, there's a photo app
Whether you want to spend time enhancing your images or you simply want to organize, print and share them, it's almost certain that you'll be spending time at a computer running one of the many digital-imaging programs available today.
High-Definition Video For Enthusiasts
New cameras and software are making HD video capture and editing available to anyone
Digital video has revolutionized video for the enthusiast, bringing with it many advantages: more capability, more control, more speed,higher quality and easier editing. The drawback has been that standard-definition (SD) video is standard TV resolution (640 x 480), while high-definition digital (HD) video has been too costly and complex for most nonprofessional applications.
Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0
Powerful new tools and fun features make this version of Photoshop Elements well worth the upgrade
Every release of Adobe Photoshop Elements raises the bar a bit more and brings the feature set closer to its big brother, Photoshop CS2. Elements 5.0 is no exception, with a number of enhancements that will appeal to both casual and serious photographers, as well as a new group of users who have avoided traditional digital-imaging software in the past. The latest release (currently Windows only) makes organizing and editing images easier and gives you more control over advanced image corrections than in previous versions.
Favorite Photoshop Plug-Ins
Discover the power of photo-centric add-ins
For all its power and capability, Photoshop is a program that can leave a photographer's eyes glazed over. The seemingly endless assortment of features and different ways to achieve similar results can lead many of us to spend more time emptily gazing into a computer monitor rather than creating images behind a camera. Enter Photoshop-compatible plug-ins—tools that make photo editing simpler, more efficient and intuitive.