Do You Need Photoshop?

Now in its 12th major release, Photoshop is essentially synonymous with image editing for photographers and creatives.
By David Willis
Now in its 12th major release, Photoshop is essentially synonymous with image editing for photographers and creatives. From beginning to end, it's as comprehensive a program as youcan get for working with images, and each new release sets the bar for other image-editing software to keep up with. With a…

Silver Efex Pro 2

For professional-strength black-and-white conversion made easy, it's hard to beat Nik Software's Silver Efex Pro.
By Wes Pitts
For professional-strength black-and-white conversion made easy, it's hard to beat Nik Software's Silver Efex Pro. Version 2 includes several improvements that allow more control over fine details, plus new tools to add image borders or bring back color in a specific area. In addition to global enhancements, Silver Efex Pro…

Portrait Professional 10

For portrait shots that sometimes look less than perfect, you can make a dramatic improvement in just a few minutes with the latest version of Portrait Professional.
By The Editors
For portrait shots that sometimes look less than perfect, you can make a dramatic improvement in just a few minutes with the latest version of Portrait Professional. Version 10 is available as a standalone application or plug-in, and it works its magic with the data acquired from analyzing thousands of…

Adobe Photoshop Elements 9

Not every photographer needs all of the image-enhancement tools that Photoshop puts at your disposal.
By Kim Castleberry
Whether you need to hide skin blemishes in a portrait quickly or do some serious restoration work on an old photo, the enhanced Spot Healing Brush in Photoshop Elements 9 will sample surrounding pixels intelligently to patch things up fast. New People Recognition gets to know your family and friends…

Special-Duty Software

For many photographers, image processing is more work than play, but even if you enjoy it, you’ll appreciate the speed, control and creativity provided by plug-ins and specialty software.
By Rob Sheppard
For many photographers, image processing is more work than play, but even if you enjoy it, you'll appreciate the speed, control and creativity provided by plug-ins and specialty software. These applications can expand your possibilities, such as HDR (high dynamic range) programs, or they can simplify and quicken routine tasks.…

Alien Skin Snap Art 2

Sometimes a photograph is better looking as a painting. But instead of busting out a brush and palette, let Alien Skin Software’s Snap Art 2 do the work for you.
By The Editors
Sometimes a photograph is better looking as a painting. But instead of busting out a brush and palette, let Alien Skin Software's Snap Art 2 do the work for you. Using sophisticated algorithms, the program is able to simulate brush strokes and canvas textures that transform your stills into unique…
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