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Photomatix – The folks at HDR Soft were the first to create a cool HDR plug-in and stand-along program. I've been using it since day one - and used it to process the image above. Create cool HDR images in Photomatix. Save 15% when you use this code upon checkout: ricksammon.
Above: Angkor Wat, Cambodia in HDR.
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For the first time, there is a complete online course on creating fantastic layered photo art compositions, where you learn not only how to take great photos and edit them into a striking artistic images, but also how to combine multiple images to create rich, intricate works of art — works you could immediately print to canvas and display.
Topaz Impression - from Topaz Labs - is a new addition to the set of plug-ins I use and recommend to my workshops students.
Totally originally impressionist-like images are possible when you combine a few clicks (on a preset) of a mouse with dozens of slider adjustments.
Great fun. Cool creativity.
Save 15% off Topaz Labs products! Just use my code - rsammon - when checking out.
Focus Pro 2 is a cool plug-in that lets you change the depth of field in an image for a more creative and dynamic photograph. The plug-in also offers sharpening, vignetting, contrast, vividness, clarity, brightness and brush size control.
You'll find creative settings for:
Marco, Portrait, Tilt-Shift, Architecture, Nature . . .
Click here to fine-tune your focus.
Alien Skin Software offers several cool plug-ins - including Exposure, SnapArt, Blow Up and Bokeh – that can help you create artistic images with just a few clicks of a mouse - or taps of your stylus. I used Exposure on this image. You can save 10 percent on individual plug-ins or save a bundle on the Photo Bundle. Use this code - RSA1010 - upon check out from the Alien Skin Software site.
onOne Perfect Photo Suite 8 is a cool plug-in that can give you one-of-a-kind creative images.
One of the latest release in the world of stand-alone programs/plug-ins in onOne Software's Perfect Photo Suite 8, which includes Enhance, Portrait, Effects, B&W and Resize - along with Layers and Masks.
Quick tip: Apply plug-in effects selectively.
Intensify Pro is designed for Mac users who want to make creative images - while having more fun. Click away to add detail and structure to your landscape and city scape images, or soften details for portraits. Fine tune your images with Pro Contrast and Micro Sharpness.
Yes, this plug-in works in Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture and Photoshop Elements. Yes, it's fun (developed by Macphun software), but it's also serious: you can even process 16-bit files.
Nik Collection by Google is the all-in-one plug-in for creative photographers.
Color Efex Pro is my favorite.
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Photograph: Tucumcari, NM, along Route 66.
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