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Ron Leach  |  Jun 06, 2018  |  0 comments

Ever since DxO acquired the popular Nik Collection of image-editing software from Google last October, photographers have eagerly awaited an update to the powerful free suite of Photoshop and Lightroom plugins. The good news is that Nik Collection 2018 is now available on the DxO website, although the download is no longer free.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 01, 2016  |  0 comments

This morning DxO released OpticsPro 11—a major update of their highly touted Raw image processing software. This new version includes faster operation and a host of powerful enhancements with an optimized workflow.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Sep 25, 2014  |  0 comments

Adobe announced Photoshop Elements 13 and Premiere Elements 13. Both have cool new features. If you’re a user of version 12, should you upgrade? The answer is: it all depends. Here’s the advice I give my friends.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Aug 05, 2016  |  0 comments

Adobe Photoshop Elements is a budget-friendly image editing package that’s designed for casual users and amateurs. Under the hood, however, there are dozens of advanced features and hidden capabilities that are accessible via plug-ins. Wouldn’t it be cool if you could unlock, say, 130 of those features with one add-on product that costs less than fifty bucks? Then here’s good news: you can. 

George Schaub  |  Nov 09, 2017  |  0 comments

I have been using Epson’s Advanced B&W Photo printing mode for many years in a series of the company’s desktop printers but always wished the print software offered a way to see my image adjustments in real time. So, when Epson announced their new Print Layout software, which offers a “live preview” (among other controls) in Advanced B&W Photo mode, I contacted them to give it a whirl. 

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Oct 29, 2015  |  0 comments

Adobe has released version 14 of Photoshop Elements and Premier Elements. Both are exciting and easy-to-use, and offer enough editing horsepower for most photo and video enthusiasts. Although Premier 14 is chock full of improvements, including some cool new things you can do with 4K video, I found the enhancements in Photoshop Elements to be more groundbreaking and fun. So that’s what we’ll focus on today. 

Jack Neubart  |  May 30, 2014  |  First Published: May 01, 2014  |  0 comments

DxO Optics Pro is a Raw converter that keeps pace with the ever-growing, ever-changing world of digital photography. The newest version—DxO Optics Pro 9 (for Mac or Windows)—focuses on one of digital imaging’s most troubling artifacts: digital noise. Whether you’re shooting at high ISOs or bringing out blocked shadow detail in a seriously underexposed image or an HDR photo, digital noise (luminance and chrominance) can rear its ugly head. And now we can finally deliver a knockout punch to this culprit. But before you get in the ring, there are a few things you should know.

George Schaub  |  Feb 24, 2014  |  First Published: Jan 01, 2014  |  0 comments

I have always had mixed feelings about so-called “film simulation” software, programs that offer one-click presets that add effects and options for manipulating digital images. On one side, I am unsure why the designers use visual references to types of film for their preset IDs. It strikes me that an increasingly small proportion of folks relate to them. On the other side, I admire their offering programs that open up a raft of image expressions in easy to attain fashion. I will not revisit that discussion here, although the near concomitant release of two such programs, Alien Skin’s Exposure 5 and DxO’s FilmPack 4, makes it tempting to do so.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Oct 09, 2014  |  0 comments

The new Flic app from Lifehack Labs gives you a quick and easy way to get rid of unwanted iPhone photos with just a swipe of your finger. Swipe to the left and an image is deleted. Swipe to the right and it's saved to your phone's camera roll.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Feb 09, 2015  |  0 comments

Serif has announced that its professional-level Affinity Photo editing app for Mac is now available as a free download for public beta testing. Serif’s Affinity Photo is designed to give pro photographers fast performance, highly accurate editing tools and a fresh workflow.

Dan Havlik  |  Feb 20, 2015  |  0 comments

Do you want to learn more about Photoshop but don’t have a lot of money to do it? Well, how does "free" sound? That’s the price for over four dozen online Photoshop and Lightroom classes being offered free-of-charge at CreativeLive next week.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Apr 19, 2018  |  0 comments

Wish you could right-click an image—or batch of images—and resize to desired dimensions? You can, and the best image resizing app has just been updated. Best of all, it’s free.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 08, 2016  |  0 comments

We all like free stuff, right? Well, all it takes is a quick click of your mouse to download Auto FX Free and get 10 full-version Photoshop plug-is at no cost. The free collection works with Mac and Windows and includes two effects each from five popular Auto FX software suites.

Ron Leach  |  May 23, 2016  |  0 comments

Athentech has an offer you can’t refuse: A free download of their popular Perfect Exposure plug-in for Photoshop and Lightroom. With this easy-to-use, fully functional plug-in you’ll be able to correct exposure mistakes and add depth, contrast and soft light to your images.

Ron Leach  |  Nov 09, 2016  |  1 comments

High dynamic range photography was a really popular technique for awhile, until it fell out of favor in some circles because of heavy-handed processing that often resulted in surreal looking images that were over-saturated, too contrasty, and over-sharpened.

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