Monday, January 4, 2010

10 Essential Plug-Ins For Pro Results

Plug-ins provide fast, fun and effective ways to get stellar results from your image enhancements.
By Dave Willis Published in Plug-Ins
10 Essential Plug-Ins For Pro Results

Plug-In Software Suites

Plug-in bundle packs are a cost-effective way to make sure that all of your photographic bases are covered. Manufacturers take the best of the best from their comprehensive products and put them together into one box set, often available at a price point far below the individual plug-in purchases.

Alien Skin’s Photo Bundle combines five of their most popular plug-ins into one software suite. Blow Up 2, Bokeh, Exposure 2, Image Doctor 2 and Snap Art 2 give workflow control over print dimensions, depth-of-field, brightness, image enhancements and a variety of filter effects like brushstrokes, textures and more. List Price: $595.

The Complete Collection from Nik Software includes all of their plug-in titles, also compatible with Lightroom and Aperture. Dfine 2.0, Color Efex Pro 3.0, Silver Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro 3.0 and Viveza all use U Point technology for an innovative approach to selective image enhancement. List Price: $599 (Complete Collection Ultimate Edition); $299 (Complete Collection for Lightroom and Aperture only).

Imagenomic’s Professional Plug-In Suite combines Noiseware, Portraiture and RealGrain for extended automatic and manual control over image noise, portrait retouching and replication of film-like effects like image grain and scan resolutions. List Price: $299.

onOne Software’s Plug-In Suite 5 for Photoshop offers comprehensive image enhancement with six plug-ins in total, including new versions of PhotoTune, PhotoTools and FocalPoint. Genuine Fractals 6 offers tools for image resizing, Mask Pro 4 gives you control over removing subjects from backgrounds, and PhotoFrame 4.5 adds a selection of dynamic borders for putting a finishing touch on your images. List Price: $599.

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