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…

Photoshop Lightroom 4

Photoshop CS is the undisputed leader in digital imaging, but for many photographers, it contains a lot of tools that are rarely used, if at all.
By Wes Pitts
Photoshop CS is the undisputed leader in digital imaging, but for many photographers, it contains a lot of tools that are rarely used, if at all. That's why Photoshop Lightroom was incredibly popular when it was introduced, with a step-by-step workflow designed to speed through the steps, from importing to…

Corel PaintShop Pro X4

With a revised interface and several helpful new tools, Corel PaintShop Pro X4 is a significant upgrade from the previous version. The image management and editing software takes care of your organizing, editing and sharing needs.
By The Editors
With a revised interface and several helpful new tools, Corel PaintShop Pro X4 is a significant upgrade from the previous version. The image management and editing software takes care of your organizing, editing and sharing needs. Overall, the program offers 75 new or enhanced performance features that include high-dynamic-range processing,…

Pixelmator 2.0

Now in its second version, Pixelmator debuted in 2007, but gained more notoriety with the launch of the Mac App Store in 2011.
By Wes Pitts
Now in its second version, Pixelmator debuted in 2007, but gained more notoriety with the launch of the Mac App Store in 2011. Version 2 builds on an already very solid tool set with new features like a Healing Tool with Content-Aware Fill, a new type tool, and burn and…
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