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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Corel Releases PaintShop Photo Pro X3

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 10:44 PM

"Corel Corporation today announced Corel® PaintShop Photo(TM) Pro X3, the latest version of its renowned photo editing program, that brings advanced photo management, editing and creative tools together to deliver everything the photo enthusiast needs in one package. Combining professional quality tools for organization and photo editing along with burning, sharing, and for the first time, high definition (HD) video capabilities, Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3 has been developed to meet the evolving workflow needs of today's digital photographer."

PaintShop Photo Pro X3 - probably still better known as it's original name PaintShop Pro - is the latest version of this program, and X3 adds some interesting features into the mix. I had a chance to speak with Craig Copley from Corel and get a demo of the software recently and jotted down some impressions about what I thought was noteworthy. Corel built a new organizer to enhance workflow - various preview modes are available, which reminded a bit of ACDSee. ExpressLab is a quick editor that allows you to make basic fixes quickly and easily, whereas RAW Lab is their raw editing tool - it looks a bit crude compared to Adobe Camera Raw, but seems to have most of the basic functions. In the organizer you can pick up settings on images - so if you have a group of images and you adjust one of them, you can apply the changes to the other images. Adobe Lightroom has a similar feature, and it's a huge time saver. Copies of the original image are kept so you can restore it if you really muck things up. Read more...

Friday, December 11, 2009

Your life recorded, now in HD

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 08:30 AM

"The growth in video sharing (on places like YouTube) has ensured movie capture has long been a standard feature even on the cheapest compact camera. And now the increasing mainstream adoption of High Definition flatscreen televisions (and advances in sensor technology) has seen a new wave of HD-capable stills cameras appearing in the last year or so."

HD is the hot buzzword when it comes to technology sales these days. Televisions in HD. Media Centers in HD. If you will believe it, they even have sunglasses in HD. Digital Photography Review has posted a primer on what you need to know to start taking those family videos in high definition. From cameras to camcorders, many are now offering still or video recording in 720p or 1080p. Of course, just like how the megapixels are not the end all and be all of cameras, HD is not all there is to the newest generation of video recording devices. There are increased storage concerns, codec issues and typically, new software is needed. Confused? Check out the guide!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Photovisi Makes Collages Easy Peasy

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 03:00 PM

"At you first select one of the many collage templates, add your photos and then customize by dragging photos around. After the collage is finished, it's available for download."

Cameras are everywhere. Whether they are the ones that come built into phones, tiny ones that fit into your pocket, or large professional ones that need a bag to carry all the accessories. Companies are working hard and fast to provide various online ways to make use of your photos. A newcomer to this is Photovisi. Their service is to allow you to create a photo collage through a web interface, and then buy various products with that collage printed on them. Trying out their service, I found it really simple to use, but with some limitations. Read more...

Monday, November 9, 2009 Now Available

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Software" @ 03:00 AM

"Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plugins."

Here is another free photo editing software. It looks like it is a lot more fully featured than the "Paint" moniker would imply. If you've already given it a try, let us know what you think in the comments.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Adobe Releases Photoshop Lightroom 3 Beta

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 04:20 PM

"Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today introduced Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 beta software for Macintosh and Windows, a public preview of new and improved functionality to be delivered in the next major release. Lightroom is the essential digital photography workflow solution, helping serious amateur and professional photographers quickly import, manage, enhance and showcase all their images from one application. Available as a free download on Adobe Labs, Lightroom 3 beta delivers a preview of new tools that will be in Lightroom 3, including more intuitive importing, unparalleled noise reduction and sharpening tools, enhanced slideshow capabilities and direct publishing to online photo sharing sites like Flickr. Adobe encourages photographers to test this early selection of new features and provide the product team with their feedback."

Wow - it seems like Lightroom 2 is still the "new" version of Lightroom. Adobe has a very aggressive update schedule for Lightroom, and as long as the new features really warrant a new version number, I'm all for it - v2 of Lightroom was a big jump beyond v1. The big changes seem to be focused around sharing - there's a direct Flickr upload, and a video slideshow output option. Neither feature interests me very much - where's the HDR imaging function that's so obviously missing from the product? Adobe has put up some videos that talk about the new features. The remainder of the press release is after the break. Read more...

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Make Trading Cards from Your Photos

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Software" @ 04:00 PM

When I posted earlier about converting your photos to Polaroids, I wondered if there was a similar web-based tool for converting your sports photos to trading cards. A quick search found this tool over at Big Huge Labs. It is not super customizable, but for something you can knock out in less than a minute, not bad. Anyone else know of any cool tools for creating trading cards?

Make Your Digital Photos into Polaroids

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Software" @ 03:00 AM

"We at have developed a new site that lets you give any digital photo the classic look and feel of a vintage or Polaroid picture. While similar software can be found in different forms, we've put extra effort into giving users more options for customization and better quality effects, and our online format makes it much easier to share pictures across the social web. And it's addictive: users who try it with one photo often end up processing their entire collection."

Image - My wife in her first Roller Derby for the Tallahassee Roller Girls

This is a cute, little web based photo tool. It does a really nice job of aging the photo and adding a Polaroid type border and is super simple to use. As you can see in the above example, there is a slight bug in the labeling portion as it did not properly recognize the # symbol.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Corel Digital Studio 2010 Giveaway Now Over

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 02:30 PM

Our giveaway of 10, count 'em 10 copies of Corel's Digital Studio 2010 is now over, and the ten winners (all randomly selected via are Stinger, timtam, Bob Christensen, cmchavez, firedog, krom, Ploobers, jazboy01, gcurrie, and rombo. All winners have been contacted via private forum message. Thanks to everyone that entered, and thanks to Corel for generously donating the software. I hope all you winners enjoy the software!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Digital Photography Makes Miniatures Easy

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 02:30 PM

"While some photographers prefer to use expensive cameras and lenses to create their tilt-shift images, others choose to use postproduction techniques instead. By blurring the top and bottom of an image, as well as increasing its contrast and saturation, you can create a tilt-shift miniature fake that looks just as good (if not better) than the real thing."

Tilt-Shift photography has been around for, well, almost as long as photography has existed. It is a really neat way to making the real world look like the fake world. Personally, it makes me think of model trains and going "Toot! Toot!" but I digress. While the technique has been around for ages, with everything going being digital, there are several ways to do it without sophisticated SLR cameras with expensive lenses. A few clicks of the mouse and you've got your own SimWorld. Want to see what the world looks like in miniature? Check the the link and remind yourself that these are not miniatures!

Corel Digital Studio 2010 Giveaway: Win 1 of 10 Copies

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 09:00 AM

It's time for another giveaway! Corel has donated 10 copies of their brand new Digital Studio 2010 software. This is a suite of digital tools that allows you to edit and organize your photos, edit and share your videos, burn and watch DVDs, and a lot more - including the ability to make photo books and calendars. The software retails for $99 so that's $990 worth of software we're giving away. A big thanks to Corel for their generosity!

Now, on to the contest: Digital Studio 2010 has a bunch of features and, the video below is a partial walk-through of some of them. In order to enter this contest, I want you to post a message telling me what feature in Digital Studio 2010 looks the most useful to you, or tell me how you'd use the software. Have a project you'd like to use it for? Or some video footage you've been meaning to edit? Tell me how you'd use the software, and I'll randomly select 10 posts as winners. That's it!

The contest will run until 12pm GMT -7 on October the 19th - I want to ensure everyone has a chance to enter. Winners will be contacted via private message, and will have 72 hours to claim their prize, so make sure you check your forum inbox on the 19th. Better yet, subscribe to this thread and turn on instant notifications. This contest is open to anyone in the world, so I hope to see a lot of entries!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Corel Releases Digital Studio 2010

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 08:38 AM

"It's your story to tell, so make it unforgettable with Corel Digital Studio 2010. Taking a revolutionary approach to photo editing and movie making software, this new multimedia software gives you all the applications you need in one box. And they all work together. Organize all your digital media in one place, effortlessly edit photos, burn music and turn your video clips into movies in just minutes. Got the latest technologies? Digital Studio also supports HD video and Windows® 7. The best part is sharing your memories with the people you care about-on popular websites like FacebookTM, Flickr and YouTubeTM, on professional-quality CDs, DVDs or high-definition AVCHDs, and on your favorite mobile device, including iPod®, iPhone® and PSP®."

I look at a lot of software used for editing digital photos and videos, and much of it is either too complex to recommend to friends and family, or it's too limited to be of any use to me. Corel walked me through a demo of this software last week, and I have to admit, I was impressed - based on what I saw I can see my family using this, and some of the functions are so quick and easy I can see myself using it as well. The suite is actually four different applications: Corel PaintShop Photo Express 2010, Corel VideoStudio Express 2010, Corel WinDVD 2010, and Corel DVD Factory 2010. This page has all the details, but suffice it to say that it's a very full-featured package - you can edit and organize photos, edit videos (including AVCHD), and create photo books, calendars, and more. It's been certified compatible with Windows 7, and can be purchased for $99 USD/$99 CAD. There's a free trial, so check it out. A few screen shots of the software are after the break, and watch for a review coming next week. Read more...

Friday, August 7, 2009

Flickr Updates Their Search

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Software" @ 09:30 AM

"Today we’re pleased to announce a redesign of our search results page. The changes we’ve introduced make it easier to browse through the billions of photos and videos on Flickr, and to connect to the communities that help make sense of all those photos."

Flicker has updated their search tool, hopefully making it easier to find just the image you are looking for. I especially like the fact that they've made it easier to search for and get data regarding Creative Commons licensed images.

Friday, May 29, 2009

ACDSee Pro Beta 3 Available for Download

Posted by Timothy Huber in "Digital Home Software" @ 10:30 AM

"ACD Systems International Inc. is accelerating photography workflow with the development of ACDSeeTM Pro 3, a new version of its three-year-old software now available for public beta testing. Anticipated for full release in the fall, ACDSee Pro 3 retains the same fast and flexible features photographers rely upon for their creative work and incorporates an enhanced user experience that delivers a professional level of support at a tremendous value."

The ACDSee software line has been around for years, originally as a thumbnail viewer and image management tool. Over the years they've expanded their capabilities and have just announced the availability of the beta 3 of their ACDSee Pro 3. This is a full-featured digital photography workflow tool and supports managing, viewing, and processing of digital photos. In addition to the enhancements to existing functionality, they've also announced that the new version comes with free 2GB upload space to store and share photos. I've never really used their tools, but looking at this latest release it seems to offer some great features.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Better Black & White Conversion

Posted by Timothy Huber in "Digital Home News" @ 12:30 PM

"Long long ago, Black-and-White ruled the Earth. Frosty white highlights frolicked with rich black shadows in the Meadows of Grayscale, and it was good. Then came Digital, whose dingy whites and muddy grays nearly drove Black-and-White to extinction. But now, like wild-eyed scientists cloning a mammoth, we've found the best ways to convert digital color photos into the REAL honest-to-goodness-that-looks-like-Ansel-Adams-took-it Black-and-White. NOT the pale washwater grays and off-white whites you get with "Convert to grayscale". And we're going to show you how."

Some of the most beautiful and compelling photographs are black-and-white. While some digital cameras offer a black-and-white mode, there are a variety of ways to convert any color picture to black-and-white which allow you to have control over the final product. Over at Photojojo they've posted a great tutorial on using the channel mixer to customize a black-and-white conversion.

Monday, May 4, 2009

The Mother Lode of Digital Photo Techniques

Posted by Timothy Huber in "Digital Home Talk" @ 09:30 AM

"Over the recent months we've been presenting various showcases of photography - while many readers hated the showcases, most readers found them inspirational and perfect for a lousy workday's morning. However, what we should have done in the inspirational posts is not just provide you with some inspiration for your work, but also present useful photographic techniques which can help you to achieve optimal pictures for your designs. And as requested by many of you, now it's time to correct our mistake."

Over at (where I go every month to pick out a desktop wallpaper calendar) they've posted a fantastic set of links showcasing digital photography techniques. The links include examples of some pretty incredible photography, including high-speed, infra-red, tilt-shift, motion blur, smoke art, HDR and several others. The examples are amazing, but for each category a handful of how-to links are also provided. Great stuff!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

LIVEdigitally Asks a Good Question: "Why Does Photo Sharing Still Suck?"

Posted by Timothy Huber in "Digital Home Talk" @ 11:30 AM

"I bought my first digital camera in the late 90s, it was a 1-megapixel Kodak that weighed about 14 pounds. I took terrible pictures onto my spacious 16MB compact flash card, which I copied onto my Toshiba Tecra (running Windows 98). The ~500K files had fun names like DCP0001.JPG, and I created folders named "Family" and "Vacations" and even created subfolders like "1997″ and "1998″. Every now and then I'd email a picture or two to a friend or family member, who would look at it in email, and promptly delete it. Printing a picture was generally a nuisance, and my best guess ratio of pictures taken to pictures printed was around 500:1."

A couple of weeks ago I was on the phone with my mother, trying to help her find some photos on her laptop. They had been there the previous day, but Photoshop Elements could no longer find them. In trying to solve her problem I found myself asking about her "workflow" and realized the absurdity of the situation. My mother is not a professional photographer. She's a retired schoolteacher who shouldn't have to worry about her "workflow." She just wants to take pictures, keep them safe, share them, and be able to find them when she needs them.

This blog posting over on LIVEdigitally raises some interesting points about the state of consumer digital photography. Much more than just discussing photo sharing, it hits at larger issues. Like the fact that even with the massive leaps in digital camera and image quality since the late 1990's were still dealing with meaningless file names. Or the lack of decent standards for tagging photos. Not to mention the fact that there really isn't a good way to digitally share photos. There may be pieces of solutions here and there, but where's the simplicity?

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 Now 40% Off

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 03:00 PM

Photoshop Elements is a surprisingly powerful and capable package - I've been using it for years, going back several versions, and for the kind of work I tend to do with photos, it's more than enough. I think a lot of people have bought into the hype that Photoshop CS is the "only" software you should use if you're at all serious about photography, and I think that's incorrect. At any rate, getting Photoshop Elements 7 for $59.99 USD (40% off the normal price) is a great deal - it easily out-does every other product I've tested in the sub-$100 price range. The new version, which I'm working on a review of, has a lot to offer.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Adjust Your Photos With Free VirtualPhotographer Plug-In

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 10:00 AM

"Download the free Photoshop plug-in that's getting rave reviews from digital photographers. virtualPhotographer lets you instantly apply high quality, professional photographic styles to your digital images, with just one click. virtualPhotographer includes over 50 presets that automatically apply combinations of film grain, color modification, B/W, soft focus, high contrast and many artistic effects to achieve the same professional-looking images that used to take hours of photo editing. Get results in seconds!"

If you're using Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Paint Shop Pro, or likely any other editor that's Photoshop-plugin compatible, this is a free tool worth checking out.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Adobe Lightroom 2 Delivers A Great Raw Photo Workflow

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 07:00 AM

Product Category: Photo editing software
Manufacturer: Adobe
Where to Buy: [Affiliate]
Price: $265.99 USD ($99 upgrade from Lightroom 1.0 direct from Adobe)
System Requirements: Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista (32-bit or 64-bit) or OS X 10.4/10.5. 1 GB RAM, 1 GB hard drive space...but if you have a computer with those specs, you probably shouldn't be shooting in raw. Figure on 2+ GB of RAM and a 2+ Ghz dual-core CPU for decent performance.


  • Great quality raw photo conversions using Adobe Camera Raw;
  • Fast software that scales to multi-core systems beautifully;
  • Clearly designed for photography professionals in a hurry;
  • Impressive depth of tools for correction, adjusting, printing, and sharing online.


  • Lack of HDR functionality; no duplicate filtering
  • Needs a fast CPU and plenty of RAM to really sing;
  • No automatic lens barrel distortion correction like DxO Optics Pro offers.

Summary: Lightroom is a photo processing software package aimed at professional and prosumer users. More specifically, it's raw photo processing software. If you don't have a camera that can shoot in raw format, or you're only shooting in JPEG, this isn't the software for you. If you're a photographer who shoots in raw format and are looking for software that will help you develop, edit, process, sort, rank, and export your images, this is among the best software on the market for those tasks and well-worth the asking price. Read more...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Photoshop CS4 Performance Examined

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 07:00 PM

"If you've ever used Photoshop, and watched the little progress bar crawl across the screen when you apply a filter, you've no doubt wished for better performance. Performance in photo editing applications has become a little more complicated, partly because there are more photo editing apps out today, but also because the graphics chip companies are in the game, accelerating portions of current generation photo editing software."

Not being a hard core photo editor, I've never really found myself waiting while doing anything in Photoshop. Of course, simple crops, red-eye removal and copying and pasting images together is most of what I've done. I have to admit that upon hearing that Photoshop CS4 utilizes your GPU, I had to wonder just how useful it would be. So I'm naive and ignorant. ExtremeTech took four computers with various hardware, though all fairly powerful, to see what difference the GPU integration makes. The results are quite enlightening and definately make the case for those who edit a lot of high resolution photos to trick out their rig and upgrade to CS4. It's beyond my means or needs, but perhaps some of you could be tempted!

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