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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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Get a 41% discount on Photoshop Artistry: Fine-Art Grunge Composition.

Editing your photos is fun at first, but even with Photoshop or Lightroom, fixing photos after awhile starts to get rather, well boring.

Eventually, you want to DO something with your images. Eventually, you want to take your images and CREATE something NEW . . . something extraordinary.

Well . . . you are about to find out how.

Topaz Labs – Save 15% off  Topaz Labs products! Just use my code - rsammon - when checking out.

Speaking of savings, save a bundle on a bundle while you are on the Topaz site.

Here's a link to my latest Topaz Webinar - Awaken the Artist Within. 



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:
Nature . . .
and more.

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.



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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.



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Tiffen DFX is one of the new plug-ins I've been using. Check it out - and save 30% (download version only) by using this code upon checkout on the Tiffen DFX site: SAMMONDFX14

I took this shot in Miami's South Beach on one of my Florida workshops.



 Nik Collection by Google is the all-in-one plug-in for creative photographers.

Color Efex Pro is my favorite.

Awaken the artist within with all of my favorite plug-ins.

Photograph: Tucumcari, NM, along Route 66.



Tonality by MacPhun lets you remove some of the reality from a scene for perhaps a more artistic and more creative image. It's a cool program for making awesome monochromatic images.

I teach plug-ins on all my workshops.

Want more plug-in creativity and fun. Check out all the software from MacPhun.