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Howard Millard Posted: Mar 01, 2009 0 comments

Whether you’re starting with a portrait, landscape, or still life, it’s easy to use edge effects to give your images a distinctive look. The software we will be looking at goes from the “traditional” to the “edgy.” Most are plug-ins, but some also work as stand-alone programs, and one system is comprised of image files. Many offer literally thousands of...

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Steve Bedell Posted: Mar 01, 2008 0 comments

I've got to confess that when I received the software from Graphic Authority it took me a while to look at it. Why? Because I'm not the most technical guy. I use Photoshop daily but that doesn't mean I'm an expert. I pretty much just do the same thing all the time. If they had sent me one CD with a few things to look at, no problem. But what I received was...

Jack Neubart Posted: Aug 08, 2012 Published: Jul 01, 2012 1 comments

Attempting to make the HDR process more user-friendly, the newly updated HDR Expose and Photoshop-dedicated plug-in 32 Float, now both in Version 2, largely share the same features and enhancements. As I see it, the improvements center mainly on workflow—reason enough to upgrade, in my opinion, and reason enough to consider these as serious tools for HDR work. Both are available from Unified Color Technologies.

Jack Neubart Posted: Aug 08, 2014 0 comments

The goal in HDR (High Dynamic Range) imaging is to recapture the full tonal range that you saw in the scene, despite dynamic range limitations of the camera sensor. Previously, HDR technique generally involved use of a tripod: now, while it is still advisable, it may become an option. It also required a static scene totally devoid of movement. Any movement resulted in misalignment and ghosting, or secondary images, caused by a shift in camera position or of moving objects from frame to frame.

Jack Neubart Posted: Mar 19, 2012 Published: Feb 01, 2012 8 comments

The merge to HDR process has for too long been a mystery wrapped inside an enigma. That cloak of mystery is one giant step closer to being removed thanks to HDR Express, from Unified Color Technologies (www.unifiedcolor.com). While this software greatly simplifies the process, successful HDR merges don’t just happen when you click a button. There is some planning involved.

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Anthony L. Celeste Posted: Mar 01, 2004 0 comments

Extensis Intellihance Pro 4.0 offers single click solutions for many common photo-editing problems. Intellihance also features a powerful preview mode that enables you to preview up to 24 different enhancements from one convenient window.

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

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Ulead CD & DVD PictureShow 3 Deluxe
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Finding a convenient way to share your photos with others is often a challenge. Printing extra copies of your images gets expensive, and building web pages to share your images can be a time consuming task. Ulead CD...

George Schaub Posted: Jun 13, 2011 Published: May 01, 2011 1 comments

For those who thought that we here at Shutterbug were inalterably attached to our Macs, the chance to work with a PC, albeit a very fast and upper-price range one at that, was something we did not want to pass up, if only to dispel our own notions about crossing the OS Rubicon. The new HP EliteBook 8540w we worked with came with 8GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive, more connection slots than we ever could wish for, a Blu-ray reader/writer, a download card slot for SD memory cards (with adapters available for CF, etc.), microphone, image out slots to a projector, HDMI, and more. As configured the unit runs close to $3100, although we’ve seen lesser-priced units of the same model with more modest attributes. This is close to what you’d pay for a MacBook Pro similarly configured, albeit minus Blu-ray and various slots but plus a larger screen. But our aim was not to put it head to head against the latest MacBook Pro, but to check it out on its own merits. That said, in terms of size and weight it is similar to the 15” Mac in many respects (the HP being 9.9x14.7x1.3” and weighing in at 6.5 lbs with a 15.6” display) so there’s no plus and minus in portability here.

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Cris Daniels Posted: Nov 01, 2002 0 comments

Professional-quality color correction and editing made simple is the easiest way to describe the capabilities of iCorrect EditLab 2.0, the newest software plug-in from Pictographics. Whether working with scans or digital photographs, this plug-in can assist in automating the image-correction...

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Howard Millard Posted: Jun 01, 2009 1 comments

With new portrait photos, ID2 makes it easy to remove unwanted blemishes, whether it’s a skin problem, a scar, a mole, or even a tattoo.

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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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Jack Neubart Posted: Apr 01, 2009 0 comments

The digital image age has raised many questions and concerns about the safety and protection of precious image files.

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Anthony L. Celeste Posted: Dec 01, 2008 0 comments

Given the fact that Macs have always been popular among photographers, and that there are now more Mac users than ever, I felt it was high time for an article focusing on affordable Photoshop alternatives for Mac OS X.

ArcSoft’s PhotoStudio 4
PhotoStudio 4 is a graphic editor with a good selection of features and a focus on photo editing. The interface is...

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Joe Farace Posted: Mar 01, 2009 0 comments

Portraiture 2 is a Photoshop-compatible plug-in that also works with Photoshop Elements.

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Jon Canfield Posted: Nov 01, 2004 0 comments

All Photos © 2004, Jon Canfield, All Rights Reserved

If you're anything like me, you have wasted time, paper, and ink, and pulled hair out trying to achieve the perfect print from your digital files--especially neutral black and white prints. There are many solutions available, some that are very specific in nature, and others that cover...

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