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Fast Portrait Fixes

Everyone wants to look their best (and maybe a little better) in photographs.
By The Editors
Everyone wants to look their best (and maybe a little better) in photographs. Whether you're working on a self-portrait or an image of a friend or client, retouching photos of people is a fine art, and done manually, takes a lot of skill and practice to get right. Specialized retouching…

Perfect Photo Suite 8

Historically, photo software could be divided into three basic types: organizers, editors and special-effects filters.
By The Editors
Historically, photo software could be divided into three basic types: organizers, editors and special-effects filters. Over the years, the lines have blurred, with each type adding functions from the other two. onOne Software's Perfect Photo Suite 8 is an example of all three types coming together in one package. Eight…

Pixelmator 3.0 FX

One of the reasons why it's possible for Pixelmator to deliver so much for so little is that it harnesses technologies already built into OS X, like Core Image.
By Wes Pitts
If you use a Mac for photo editing, Pixelmator is definitely an app to check out. For an astoundingly affordable price—$29 via the Mac App Store—it offers a very robust toolset that competes with applications several times its price. One of the reasons why it's possible for Pixelmator to deliver…

Top Black & White Software

Unlike analog film photography, in the digital era, photographers generally shoot in color and then convert their images to black-and-white using digital software.
By Ashley Myers-Turner
Unlike analog film photography, where you would choose either color or black-and-white film before even touching your other camera settings, in the digital era, photographers generally shoot in color and then convert their images to black-and-white using digital software. While many experienced black-and-white photographers previsualize their images in monochrome, knowing…

Adobe Photoshop Elements 11

For some photographers, Photoshop is an essential part of their workflow.
By Kim Castleberry
For some photographers, Photoshop is an essential part of their workflow. But for many others, the program offers a lot of features that aren't needed. Adobe takes care of those of us who fall into that group with Photoshop Elements. In version 11, the basic framework remains the same, with…

HDR Efex Pro 2

Nik Software's HDR Efex Pro 2 is one of the top applications for creating high-dynamic-range images, and the new version upgrades the original in many ways.
By Wes Pitts
Nik Software's HDR Efex Pro 2 is one of the top applications for creating high-dynamic-range images, and the new version upgrades the original in many ways. The most important change is an improved tone-mapping engine—which means the software does a better job rendering color and tonality, making more natural-looking HDR…
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