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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Favorite Photoshop Plug-Ins

Discover the power of photo-centric add-ins


DxO Optics Pro 3.5
Digital has provided much greater control over image correction that's beyond simply setting the shutter speed and aperture. In addition to having the ability to manage white balance and sharpness, we have the potential to enhance or correct optical qualities found in individual lenses.

DxO Optics Pro 3.5 Standard is an advanced RAW processor, but it also provides the means to correct for barrel distortion or pincushioning, as well as color fringing that can appear with certain lenses. Rather than a general correction, the compensation provided by the software is designed specifically for individual lenses, each of which has been tested with individual models of cameras. Its advanced Noise Engine also allows you to use your camera's higher ISO settings and experience significantly less noise when processed through the software. List Price: $149.

Nik Color Efex Pro 2.0
One of the great strengths of digital is the opportunity it provides for experimentation. With traditional photography, you had to invest in an individual optical filter to experiment with a single technique that you might or might not eventually embrace. Software packages that include a multitude of filters offer us the opportunity to "play" and discover exciting new ways to use and present our photographs.

Nik Color Efex Pro 2.0 provides a multitude of color, black-and-white, and special-effect and traditional-enhancement filters that can be applied to both 8-bit and 16-bit images. In addition to providing a Preview screen to view the impact of an effect, the filters include individual controls for customizing an effect and saving it for later use. The filters can also be applied selectively when using a Wacom graphics tablet for the ultimate in control. List Price: $329.


PhotoTune 20/20 Color MD

When it comes to evaluating and adjusting color, it's always good to compare "before" and "after" images. Even subtle color changes can benefit greatly from having a reference to judge any changes that one makes to a digital image.

PhotoTune 20/20 Color MD uses this principle with its six-step wizard that walks you through each enhancement for dynamic range, contrast, color and more. With a before and after screen, advanced color-correction algorithms and the ability to fine-tune the effects to your preference, this software reduces the time needed to improve the look of your digital photographs. List Price: $49.

Nik Sharpener Pro 2.0
Every image that comes out of a digital camera requires sharpening, especially when those images are being printed. However, Photoshop's Unsharp Mask tool, while powerful, leaves many photographers confused and uncertain as to what settings are appropriate for the Amount, Radius and Threshold controls.

Nik Sharpener Pro 2.0 helps eliminate the intimidation factor surrounding sharpening by providing a straightforward interface that sharpens images based on resolution, image and print size, as well as the expected viewing distance between the subject and the final photograph. List Price: $329.

Pixel Genius PhotoKit Sharpener
Sharpening an image is often a multistage process that involves applying varying levels of sharpening after an image is imported, during image editing, and finally for output after the image has been resized and is ready to head to the printer. However, understanding how and when to apply such enhancements can be difficult.

Pixel Genius PhotoKit Sharpener takes the guesswork out of this process by creating a workflow for enhancing an image from beginning to end. Its intuitive user interface provides the tools you need to improve images, whether they've originated from a digital camera or a scanner. Its Creative Sharpening controls allow for selective sharpening of images so you can isolate the software's effect to only those areas that you wish to enhance. List Price: $99.

Resources
Alien Skin (888) 921-7546www.alienskin.com
Auto FX (205) 980-0056www.autofx.com
Digital Film Tools (818) 761-6577www.digitalfilmtools.com
DxOwww.dxopro.com
Full Spectrum RGB (646) 383-4608www.tribecalabs.com
Kodak (800) 235-6325
www.asf.com
Nik Software (619) 725-3150www.niksoftware.com
onOne Software (888) 968-1468www.ononesoftware.com
PhotoTune (530) 432-2365www.phototune.com
Pixel Geniuswww.pixelgenius.com
  

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