Favorite Photoshop Plug-Ins
Discover the power of photo-centric add-ins
Alien Skin Blow Up
Whether or not you own a high-resolution camera, there will be times when you'll want to create an enlargement that's bigger than normally allowed by the resolution of your camera. Normal interpolation results in noise and compression artifacts becoming more pronounced, making such big enlargements a less than satisfying experience.
Alien Skin's Blow Up provides an excellent alternative by using sophisticated algorithms to enlarge images to up to 36 times their original size, with no halo or fringe artifacts. The user-interface window is easy to navigate and provides the means to apply sharpening and grain to the image. The software provides support for both 8-bit and 16-bit images, as well as RGB and CMYK files. List Price: $199.
Alien Skin Exposure
Photographers are a loyal lot, and before the age of digital, this could be seen in the passion shooters had for particular makes of film. The color, contrast and grain inherent with certain emulsions were qualities that many photographers took advantage of to establish their unique look and style.
For those who long for the analog look, but don't want to give up their digital cameras, Alien Skin Exposure provides a software alternative that simulates the appearance of classic emulsions, including Fujichrome Velvia, Kodachrome, Ektachrome, Tri-X and more. The software also provides the capability to add duotone and cross-processing effects to your digital files. List Price: $199.
onOne Software PhotoFrame Pro 3
Photographers who enjoyed working in the darkroom would sometimes file the negative carrier of their enlarger to create a "full-frame" effect that would result in a black edge around their images. This edge provides a distinctive look to prints, whether shot in color or black-and-white.
onOne Software's PhotoFrame Pro 3 offers traditional-style edges and borders, as well as thousands of other border, edge and matte effects for producing dynamic looks to your favorite images. A preview screen combined with user-customizable settings allows you to easily see the results before adding them to your image. Edges and borders can be applied individually or in combination with one another for an even more unique look. List Price: $159.
Auto FX Software AutoEye
Despite the advanced technologies found in our digital cameras, there will be times when exposure and color won't be as accurate as we need them to be. Trying to achieve precise color values can be one of the more difficult challenges when enhancing images.
Auto FX Software's AutoEye forgoes traditional Level and Curves adjustments to improve images and instead uses its Intelligent Visual Image Technology to restore lost tonal and color detail. Easy-to-navigate controls allow you to apply the software's tools individually or in combination with one another to optimize images in a fraction of the time it would take using standard editing tools and techniques. List Price: $129.