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All posts tagged "photo editing software"


Saturday, February 28, 2009

SixRevisions Highlights Ten Photo Editors

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 12:30 PM

http://sixrevisions.com/graphics-de...s-to-photoshop/

"Adobe Photoshop is a given in any designer’s wish list, and it comes with a host of features that allow for excellent and professional photo editing. The biggest obstacle to any designer who wants Photoshop is the price, which can be prohibitive. Fortunately there are a number of open source (and completely free) programs out there that do much of what Photoshop can, and sometimes more."

So you're just getting your feet wet with tweaking photos and you're finding that the handy online photo editors aren't cutting it and you're not quite ready to invest in the more expensive programs. Fortunately, there are a a wide variety of free programs you can use, and SixRevisions has rounded up 10 editors that won't cost you a dime. While the list contains many worthy contenders you should consider, I would not of included Photoshop Express owing to its online nature. The wonderful Picasa is also notably absent. Still, it's a good list and I'd suggest you try at least two or three of these programs to find the one that fits you. It won't cost you anything, and like any collection of programs, each have their own benefits. Anyone use a free photo editor that isn't on the list?


Wednesday, February 25, 2009

cnet Takes A Snapshot Of Online Photo Editing

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 08:00 PM

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109...g=2547-1_3-0-20

"Most of the services on this list take advantage of Adobe's ever-developing Flash platform, which in its latest iteration got a huge boost with support for the large images coming out of today's high-megapixel cameras. On the flip side of that, several of the non-Flash-based editors use AJAX to make the changes happen without reloading the page. The benefit here is that you can run these on machines without the latest versions of Flash installed."

For serious photogs, online photo editing may seem laughable, but there is a large group of people who use cameras in their point-and-click mode all the time. And for us mere mortals, Photoshop, GIMP and their kin are really daunting. That's why there's such a blossoming market for online photo editing. cnet has been kind enough to round up 15 of them and provide vital statistics on each one. Some use HTML, though most use Flash, so they work right in your browser. Each has their own strengths and weaknesses, like live previews of effects you pick, or the ability to use layers, but the great thing is that most of them are free! Be aware though that many of these sites use their editors as a way of promoting other services, like prints, premium services or as a gateway to old school, install on your computer software. Still, for simple editing tasks, these editors fit the bill.


Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Create Giant Panoramas With The GigaPan Epic

Posted by John Lane in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:00 PM

http://www.photographyblog.com/inde...s/gigapan_epic/

"The GigaPan Epic capture detailed panoramas with almost any point-and-shoot digital camera. The Epic is a small robotic mount that automates the picture taking process, includes fully integrated software and works seamlessly with GigaPan.org. The GigaPan Epic, complete with the GigaPan Stitcher software, is available now for $379. The GigaPan Epic 100, available soon for $449, is a second model designed for larger point-and-shoot digital camera models."

This device creates giant panoramic images automatically. It uses your digital camera and takes multiple shots and then converts them with the included software to create one giant image. It will definitely create very large images. But at $379, in my opinion it is for the pros. Most digital cameras today come with software that will stitch 4 or 5 shots together very easily.


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Create Funky Photos with BeFunky

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 07:25 PM

http://www.befunky.com/

"BeFunky Photo Effects allow everyday people to easily create photographically rich and artistic results from their digital images without the need for any technical knowledge. These "one-click" photo effect options produce desired results effortlessly and each effect comes with the option to make simple adjustments."

I played around with this a little today, and it's pretty neat - many of the effects, such as the one above, are a notch above the cheeseball effects you get with your typical photo editor. If you want to jazz up a photo, check out BeFunky!


Monday, January 26, 2009

High Dynamic Range Photos with Dynamic Photo HDR

Posted by John Lane in "Digital Home Software" @ 07:00 PM

http://www.mediachance.com/hdri/index.html

"Our eyes are very adaptive and they are also more sensitive to intensity than color. It is estimated that our eye can see over a dynamic range of nearly 24 f-stops while a digital camera can capture a dynamic range around 6 to 9 f-stops. The High Dynamic Range Imaging is a set of techniques that has been developed nearly 20 years ago to overcome the limitations of electronic devices by combining multiple exposures into one great looking image. Using HDR technique we can combine the different exposures to create a single image that shows details in both sky and the land. A HDR photography can be created by taking few photos with different exposure, then combining them in the software into a high dynamic file."

High Dynamic Range Photos can be really great in that they bring out the best of both bright areas and dark, shadowy areas and can really make images pop. The only drawback is overdoing it - if you do, your photos would like plastic and Disney-esque. I have used a competitor's HDR demo (Photomatix) to enhance a landscape photo I took near downtown Dallas and I can tell you HDR does make a difference. This software has many controls to get the best out of your photos. And, it has won several awards, including of Pop Photo's 2008 Outstanding Product Awards. Check it out!


Thursday, January 22, 2009

Frame That Photo With Auto FX Photo/Graphic Edges 7.0

Posted by John Lane in "Digital Home Software" @ 03:00 AM

http://www.autofx.com/products/pge/detail.html

"Auto FX is pleased to announce the release of Photo/Graphic Edges 7.0 Platinum Edition The new Platinum Edition version includes 32 photo effects such as Film Frames, Natural Media, Storyboards, Grunge Edges and much, much more! There are thousands of new frames, darkroom edges, compositions and artistic adornments to add a creative touch to your photos."

Auto FX released Version 7 of their framing software and it is available both as a standalone version and a Photoshop plugin. I love frames! I think they do wonders to photos as they help define the mood, tone and focal point of the image. I used to spent hours perfecting rudimentary frames with Photoshop Elements, but this is a complete collection. Check out their site for some good examples of pictures with and without frames. Now if they could just make it cheaper than the $249 USD they want for the full version...


Friday, September 19, 2008

ACD Systems Releases ACDSee Pro 2.5

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 03:30 PM

http://store.acdsee.com/store/acd/e...ductID.78701700

"Discover ACDSee Pro Photo Manager 2.5, the workflow platform that's custom designed for professional photographers. View, manage, edit and publish photos with the ultimate in precision and control. ACDSee Pro 2.5 comes with all the state-of-the-art tools demanded by professional photographers. Acquire images, leverage metadata, apply non-destructive and pixel-level image editing, and manage your backups seamlessly. You'll enjoy perfected shots, organized files and a workflow that's optimized for your needs."


As a free upgrade for owners of ACDSee Pro 2, you couldn't ask for much more: there's a new import wizard that adds the ability to set by categories, keywords, EXIF, IPTC, and they've also added UNICODE support for non-latin character-set languages. They've upped their support with more raw formats, and there's a four-way photo comparison tool to allow you to pick your best shot. I use ACDSee Pro as an image viewer, and use it to batch-edit metadata (correcting an irritating Lightroom 1.x bug) along with re-naming my files, re-sizing them before uploading to this site, and a whole lot more.


Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Corel Introduces Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 Ultimate Edition

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

http://www.corel.com/servlet/Satell...b0&tabview=tab0

"Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 has everything you need to create stunning photos. The integrated Learning Center and a selection of one-click photo-fixing tools make it easy to correct common photo flaws such as red eye, color and sharpness. Unique makeover tools let you whiten teeth, remove blemishes and paint on a tan, so you can make everyone look their best before printing or posting photos online. As your skills and confidence grow, you can harness the power of professional-quality features such as HDR Photo Merge, Histogram, Curves and Levels Adjustment tools to make precision edits. You can even get creative with artistic effects and filters to turn your favorite photos into fun projects to share with family and friends."

Hot on the heels of the VideoStudio Pro X2 announcement, Corel has an update to the venerable Paint Shop Pro product line: the Photo X2 Ultimate version. I haven't used Paint Shop Pro in years, but just the fact that it does HDR photos was enough to catch my attention - my current version of Photoshop Elemenst (6.0) doesn't to HDR photos and it's something I've been wanting to experiment with. Paint Shop Pro also supports over 250 different digital camera raw formats, so if you don't feel like dishing out the $299 for Adobe Lightroom, this might be a good solution (though clearly it won't have the same type of workflow). There's a nice bundle that Corel is offering which gives you both Paint Shop Pro Ultimate Photo X2 and VideoStudio Pro X2 for $149. The full press release is after the break. Read more...


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