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Anthony L. Celeste Posted: Oct 01, 2005 0 comments

Plugin Galaxy is a collection of 20 photography and graphic effects plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop. Plugin Galaxy is also compatible with many non-Adobe photo editors. The selection of filters range from variations on traditional effects such as "Bluuur" and "Noiseee," to the unusual, such as "Zoom" (which zooms in on portions of a photo) and...

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Jon Canfield Posted: Sep 01, 2005 0 comments

Wacom has a long history of providing quality tools for graphic professionals with their graphic tablets. If you've never used a pen and tablet for photo editing you are missing out on a level of control that a mouse just can't provide. Lesser known were the Cintiq line of LCD displays that feature tablet functionality directly on the screen. Expensive and with fewer...

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George Schaub Posted: Sep 01, 2005 0 comments

If your current computer lacks a built-in DVD burner, and your hard drive is getting clogged with image files, or you just want to plain start getting all those CDs onto DVD's higher capacity storage discs, then the Iomega Super DVD Writer might be for you. This latest model handles all sorts of CD and DVD media and formats, although you should check to ensure that whatever...

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Jon Canfield Posted: Aug 01, 2005 0 comments

Monaco has long been known for their color management solutions. Their EZcolor product is often bundled with, or offered at a reduced price with products such as printers and scanners and it has a reputation for being easy to use, accurate, and affordable.

Monaco is now owned by X-Rite, and while the name may have changed, the ease of use and quality certainly...

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David B. Brooks Posted: Aug 01, 2005 0 comments

Now that Corel's Painter has arrived at version number IX, it gives some indication that the application has been around for some time, over a dozen years in fact. Even though it is very well established in the computer art and illustration worlds it is not as well-known in digital photography. Part of the reason is that in the past it had an incredibly complex user...

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Jon Canfield Posted: Jul 01, 2005 0 comments

Many serious digital photographers have discovered the power and control available with a graphic tablet and are now letting their mouse gather dust when editing images. The additional control and features offered by the current generation of tablets makes image editing easier and more precise than ever. No longer will you feel like you're trying to draw with a brick. With...

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Joe Farace Posted: Jun 01, 2005 0 comments

Call It Photoshop 9 If You Must
OK, go on and say it: Stop the madness! You haven't even upgraded from Photoshop 7 or just started on CS and along comes Adobe's Photoshop CS2 a.k.a. Space Monkey. As before, there are CS2 versions of all of Adobe's other graphic applications including InDesign, Illustrator, and GoLive. This is also the last...

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Jun 01, 2005 Published: Jul 01, 2005 0 comments

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For certain tasks, Paint Shop Pro 9 produces results faster and easier than other products in its category. For novices, or for those among us who haven't mastered all of the intricacies of more sophisticated software, this latest version of Corel's popular image editor provides simple and satisfying...

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Steve Bedell Posted: Apr 01, 2005 0 comments

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The rapidly changing world of professional photography has photographers scrambling to grasp all the new technology. Some photographers are film based, some use a mix of film and digital, and many (like me) are now 100 percent digital. But all photographers I talk to express the same concern--how can they increase...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Apr 01, 2005 0 comments

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The Adobe Photoshop series is the most popular among image-editing programs, and this software includes a vast range of image-enhancing features. While some of the available tools are quite easy to use, advanced image-correction techniques require sophisticated and time-consuming multi-step processes. These are...

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Anthony L. Celeste Posted: Mar 01, 2005 0 comments

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AutoEye is designed as a plug-in that performs quick image corrections. It provides access to tools for fine tuning your adjustments and can be used as a photo editor plug-in or as a stand-alone program.

AutoEye's Automatic Photo Adjustments
The strength of AutoEye lies in its...

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George Schaub Posted: Mar 01, 2005 0 comments

I just got a call from a digital photographer we all know and who is one of the pioneers and chief practitioners of the craft. He related the awful tale that we hear all too often these days--that his computer crashed and all the data on his hard drive was gone. Luckily, he had been backing up all along, on CDs and a separate hard drive.

If...

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Jon Canfield Posted: Mar 01, 2005 0 comments

As the price of wide format photo printers like the ones offered by Epson, Canon, and HP continues to come down, more and more digital photo enthusiasts are adding them to their digital darkrooms. For less than $400, you can now print photo quality 11x14" images (actually, up to 13x19), saving money and time without sending these prints out to a photo lab.

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Jon Canfield Posted: Mar 01, 2005 0 comments

This month I'm going to focus on optimizing your digital images for display on the web. The biggest challenge most photographers face is creating a good print, but web display can be just as challenging and has its own unique set of needs. Images shown on the web or in e-mail need to find a balance between the size and the quality of the file. Too much compression to reduce...

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Roger W. Hicks & Frances E. Schultz Posted: Mar 01, 2005 0 comments

The name may not be catchy, but it is a fine piece of truth in advertising. Kaiser's Studio Out of the Box comes in a box and it's a sort of mini-studio for making small product shots for catalogs, insurance purposes, documenting collections, posting on websites, and many other applications. It's usable even by non-photographers: all you need is a light or two...

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