Topaz Labs Spring Sale Info

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Apr 132017
 

I am a big fan of Topaz Labs plugins for Photoshop… They are having a 40% off Storewide sale through April 16, 2017.

Please use the code: “SPRING40” in your cart.

Introduction to Aurora HDR 2017

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Apr 112017
 

Download the FREE Trial at the link below!

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Affinity Photo is Now on Windows: Get the Free Beta

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Nov 122016
 

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One of the most highly regarded Photoshop alternatives is now available on Windows. Affinity Photo today launched its free public beta for Windows users, allowing anyone to download the popular pro photo editing software.

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Affinity Photo first launched as a free public beta for Mac back in February 2015, amassing over 230,000 downloads before officially launching in July 2015 with a $50 price tag.

The app was selected as Apple’s “App of the Year” that year, and currently has a 5/5 star rating in the iTunes App Store.

The new Windows version of Affinity Photo is a feature-for-feature clone of the Mac version, so you’ll find all the familiar tools.

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104 Photo Editing Tools You Should Know About

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Aug 312016
 

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Hello, photographers. For the last two months, I’ve been doing market research for my project Photolemur and looking for different tools in the area of photo enhancement and photo editing. I spent a lot of time searching, and came up with a large organized list of 104 photo editing tools and apps that you should know about.

I believe all these services might be useful for some photographers, so I’ll share them here with you. And just to make it easier to find something specific, the list is numbered. Enjoy!

Table of contents

  • Photo enhancers (1-3)
  • Online editors (4-21)
  • Free desktop editors (22-26)
  • Paid desktop editors (27-40)
  • HDR photo editors (41-53)
  • Cross-platform image editors (54-57)
  • Photo filters (58-66)
  • Photo editing mobile apps (67-85)
  • RAW processors (86-96)
  • Photo viewers and managers (97-99)
  • Other (100-104)

Photo enhancers

1. Photolemur – The world’s first fully automated photo enhancement solution. It is powered by a special AI algorithm that fixes imperfections on images without human involvement (beta).

2. Softcolorsoftware – Automatic photo editor for batch photo enhancing, editing and color management.

3. Perfectly Clear – Photo editor with a set of automatic correction presets for Windows&Mac ($149)


Online editors

4. Pixlr – High-end photo editing and quick filtering – in your browser (free)

5. Fotor – Overall photo enhancement in an easy-to-use package (free)

6. Sumopaint – The most versatile photo editor and painting application that works in a browser (free)

7. Irfanview – An image-viewer with added batch editing and conversion. rename a huge number of files in seconds, as well as resize them. Freeware (for non-commercial use)

8. Lunapic – Just a simple free online editor

9. Photos – Photo viewing and editing app for OS X and comes free with the Yosemite operating system (free)

11. Pics.io – Very simple online photo editor (free)

12. Ribbet – Ribbet lets you edit all your photos online, and love every second of it (free)

13. PicMonkey – One of the most popular free online picture editors

14. Befunky – Online photo editor and collage maker (free)

15. pho.to – Simple online photo editor with pre-set photo effects for an instant photo fix (free)

16. pizap – Online photo editor and collage maker ($29.99/year)

17. Fotostars – Edit your photos using stylish photo effects (free)

18. Avatan – Free online photo editor & collage maker

19. FotoFlexer – Photo editor and advanced photo effects for free

20. Picture2life is an Ajax based photo editor. It’s focused on grabbing and editing images that are already online. The tool selection is average, and the user interface is poor.

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Apr 222015
 

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If you’ve been wanting to try out VSCO’s film emulation presets without shelling out $119 per collection, there’s good news for you today. VSCO has launched VSCO Film 00, a free start pack that contains two of the company’s most popular film emulation presets for Lightroom.

Inside Film 00 you’ll find the Kodak Gold 100 simulation from Film 05 and the Kodak TRI-X simulation from Film 06. The presets are compatible with Lightroom 4 all the way up through the new Lightroom 6.

Unlike many film emulation presets out there, which only take your photo into account, VSCO Film has camera-specific profiles that apply emulations that are tailor-made for your specific camera.

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Apr 212015
 

Pre-order Lightroom 6 NOW

Here are more details from Adobe:

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6

ADOBE PHOTOSHOP LIGHTROOM 6 TAGLINE
Perfect your photography from shoot to finish.
10-WORD PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
All your digital photography essentials in one fast, intuitive application.
35-WORD PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Lightroom 6 gives you all your digital photography essentials in one fast, intuitive application. Organize all your photos. Perfect your best shots with powerful one-click adjustments and advanced controls. Easily share your work almost anywhere.
50-WORD PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Lightroom 6 gives you all your digital photography essentials in one fast, intuitive application. Efficiently find and organize all your photos. Perfect your shots with powerful one-click adjustments and a full range of advanced controls. Easily share your work on social networks, in video slideshows, HTML5 web galleries, and more.
PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

Drive your digital photography
Organize, perfect, and share — Lightroom combines all your digital photography essentials in one fast, intuitive application.

Get the best from every image
Experiment fearlessly with nondestructive tools — your original images are never altered. Lightroom lets you get the best from every pixel in your photos, whether you shot them with a pro DSLR camera or a camera phone.

Share easily
Express your vision, show your talent, share moments and memories. From social media and the web to slideshows and prints, Lightroom provides the tools you need to share your best images.
TOP REASONS TO BUY ADOBE PHOTOSHOP LIGHTROOM 6

Nondestructive environment
Set your creativity free in a nondestructive editing environment that lets you experiment without limits. Your original images are never altered, and it’s easy to reverse your steps or save multiple versions of any photo.

Advanced black-and-white conversion
Gain powerful control over the tonal qualities that make or break black-and-white images. Precisely mix information from eight color channels when you convert to grayscale.

Develop Presets
Save time by instantly applying favorite looks to your images. Just save Develop settings as a preset and apply it to your other photos at any time with one click. Lightroom includes dozens of built-in presets and thousands more are available from third parties.

NEW Facial Recognition
Quickly find images of family and friends, even without metadata tags. You select a face in one photo, and Lightroom searches for that person in all your other images. Categorize and group your photos based on faces.

Advanced Healing Brush
Make your images spotless with a single brush stroke. Adjust the size of the brush and move it in precise paths. Unwanted objects and flaws — even those with irregular shapes like threads — just disappear.

Upright
Straighten tilted images with a single click. Upright analyzes images and detects skewed horizontal and vertical lines, even straightening shots where the horizon is hidden.

NEW HDR Merge
Create natural-looking or surreal images from extremely high-contrast scenes. Using HDR Merge, you can easily combine multiple shots taken with different exposure settings into a single high dynamic range image.

NEW Panorama Merge
Capture superwide fields of view and amazing detail. Photomerge technology lets you stitch together multiple images, including raw files, to create stunning panorama shots.

NEW Performance improvements
Import and perfect your photos faster than ever. Lightroom takes advantage of compatible graphics processors to boost its overall speed, especially when you’re enhancing images in the Develop module.

NEW Advanced Video Slideshows
Create beautiful, polished slideshows using still images, video, and music along with professional effects like pan and zoom.

NEW Improved Web Galleries
Showcase your work in more elegant, engaging, and interactive web galleries. New HTML5-compatible gallery templates work with the widest range of desktop and mobile browsers.

Online sharing integration
Easily post images to social media and photo sharing sites like Facebook and Flickr. With selected sites, online comments about your images are visible in the Lightroom library alongside your images.

Create photo books
Create beautiful photo books from your images. Lightroom includes a variety of easy-to-use book templates, and now you can edit them to create a customized look. Upload your book for printing with just a few clicks.
FOR EXISTING CUSTOMERS
35-WORD UPGRADE DESCRIPTION
Merge photos into stunning panoramas and high dynamic range images using powerful new tools in Lightroom 6. Faster performance and new organizing, processing, and sharing features make Lightroom better than ever.
50-WORD UPGRADE DESCRIPTION
Merge photos into stunning panoramas and high dynamic range images using powerful new tools in Lightroom 6. Create even more amazing images and take advantage of faster performance. Organize photos more efficiently and share your work more easily. Lightroom is better than ever.

TOP NEW BENEFITS OF ADOBE PHOTOSHOP LIGHTROOM 6

NEW HDR Merge
Create natural-looking or surreal images from extremely high-contrast scenes. Using HDR Merge, you can easily combine multiple shots taken with different exposure settings into a single high dynamic range image.

NEW Panorama Merge
Capture superwide fields of view and amazing detail. Photomerge technology lets you stitch together multiple images, including raw files, to create stunning panorama shots.

NEW Performance improvements
Import and perfect your photos faster than ever. Lightroom takes advantage of compatible graphics processors to boost its overall speed, especially when you’re enhancing images in the Develop module.

NEW Facial Recognition
Quickly find images of family and friends, even without metadata tags. You select a face in one photo, and Lightroom searches for that person in all your other images. Categorize and group your photos based on faces.

NEW Advanced Video Slideshows
Create beautiful, polished slideshows using still images, video, and music along with professional effects like pan and zoom.

NEW Improved Web Galleries
Showcase your work in more elegant, engaging, and interactive web galleries. New HTML5-compatible gallery templates work with the widest range of desktop and mobile browsers.

NEW Filter Brush
Precisely control which parts of your image are affected by the Graduated or Radial filters. Now you can use a brush to edit the filter’s mask, adding or subtracting filter effects wherever you want.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

What’s the difference between Lightroom 6 and Adobe Photoshop?
Lightroom is designed specifically to give digital photographers all the tools they need in one intuitive solution. Lightroom helps them work fast and efficiently, while maintaining the highest quality. Adobe Photoshop software includes advanced tools for detailed, pixel-level editing, compositing, and working with multilayered files.

Why should I use Lightroom if I already have Photoshop?
Lightroom boosts your efficiency by handling all the tasks a digital photographer faces in one intuitive app. It includes powerfully simple adjustments, as well as the widest range of advanced tools for efficiently processing sets of images, organizing photo libraries, and sharing images.

What’s the difference between Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop Elements?
Lightroom is designed for both amateur and professional photographers, providing powerfully simple one-click features as well as leading-edge tools for advanced image processing. Photoshop Elements provides casual snapshooters with easy-to-use editing controls and automated options to enhance and share photos, as well as use them to create custom keepsakes.

VERSION COMPARISON CHART

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Windows
Intel® or AMD processor with 64-bit support*
Windows 7 with Service Pack 1, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1
2GB of RAM (4GB recommended)
2GB of available hard-disk space
DVD-ROM drive required if purchasing Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® retail boxed version
OpenGL 3.3 and DirectX 10-capable graphics card for GPU related functionality
Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.**
* Dual-core processor recommended for HD or AVCHD video functionality.
** NOTE: Internet connection, Adobe ID, and acceptance of license agreement required to activate and use this product. This product may integrate with or allow access to certain Adobe or third-party hosted online services. Adobe services are available only to users 13 and older and require agreement to additional terms of use and the Adobe Privacy Policy. Applications and services may not be available in all countries or languages and may be subject to change or discontinuation without notice. Additional fees or membership charges may apply.

Mac OS
Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support*
Mac OS X 10.8, 10.9, or 10.10
2GB of RAM (4GB recommended)
2GB of available hard-disk space
DVD-ROM drive required if purchasing Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® retail boxed version
OpenGL 3.3–capable graphics card for GPU related functionality
Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.**
* Dual-core processor recommended for HD or AVCHD video functionality.
** NOTE: Internet connection, Adobe ID, and acceptance of license agreement required to activate and use this product. This product may integrate with or allow access to certain Adobe or third-party hosted online services. Adobe services are available only to users 13 and older and require agreement to additional terms of use and the Adobe Privacy Policy. Applications and services may not be available in all countries or languages and may be subject to change or discontinuation without notice. Additional fees or membership charges may apply.

© 2014 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved.

Apr 142015
 

For photographers, finding the perfect way to capture the moment can become an obsession. Sometimes you want to depict real life, but other times you just want to convey a feeling. A vision. A dream.

Impression is designed to help you realize your vision by transforming your photos into realistic-looking studio art. Easy-to-use presets (47 of them!) allow you to pick and choose across entire art movements in a few simple clicks. What’s more, you can pull from a huge store of creative adjustment options to make masterpieces uniquely yours. No prior knowledge of art is required – all you need is a photo and an unbounded imagination!

Click the image below to visit the Topaz Impression page at Topaz Labs.

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Here is an image I processed with Topaz Impression with about three minutes of practice:

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Apr 022015
 

Hawaiki Keyer is the new professional keyer plug-in that delivers outstanding control, quality and performance at an unbeatable price.

Hawaiki Keyer is the most powerful and best value keying solution for Apple’s Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5, and its unique feature set will also appeal to users of Premiere Pro and After Effects.

Create great-looking mattes and make easy work of fine, wispy hair detail and tricky motion blur. Hawaiki Keyer offers a powerful set of matte extraction tools and includes optional built-in core and outer mattes to overcome even the toughest keying obstacles.

Experience exceptional control over spill suppression to tame even the toughest contamination, and choose either the standard Despill operation or the user-customisable Unspill option.

Edge Control in Hawaiki Keyer offers unique, powerful and versatile tools for truly exceptional results.

Choose from a wide variety of custom views, including a powerful Analysis mode, to help you get the best out of your keys.

Use the extensive built-in color correction to fine tune your composite, and add lightwrap for great-looking final results.

A host of other professional features combine to make Hawaiki Keyer the best keying solution that you can buy, and at the incredibly low price of $49 it is also by far the best value.

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Mar 302015
 

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CusUnlimited Photos Plan (free 3-month trial, then $11.99 per year—equivalent of less than $1 per month): Store an infinite number of photos in Cloud Drive without worrying about taking up space on phones, cameras, or other devices.Customers can upload existing collections and store all future photos taken. This plan also includes 5 GB of additional storage for videos or other documents and files.Unlimited Everything Plan (free 3-month trial, then $59.99 per year—equivalent of less than $5 per month): Store an infinite number of new and existing photos, videos, files, documents, movies, and music in Cloud Drive.

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Feb 272015
 

 

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“We have been trying out the Affinity Photo Beta over the last few days and we are impressed. It looks and feels like Photoshop, but it’s built with new fast code and will be an outright purchase when launched.

There have been possible Photoshop replacements before, the $30 Pixelmator app being one of them. We’ve tried that and it’s pretty good, a clean layout with robust backward compatibility with PSD files. It hasn’t convinced us yet to blow away the Cloud subscription, but if we were forced to use Pixelmator alone for images, it wouldn’t be a problem. Just a case of being very familiar with a piece of software and using it as it’s the path of least resistance.

So we weren’t first out of the blocks to download the Affinity Photo Beta when it was announced. We should have been as we now rather like this direct Photoshop competitor.”

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Feb 182015
 

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One of the more impressive services in the world of browser-based photo editing is Polarr, a web app that launched to the public back in September 2014. In just a handful of months, the 3-person startup has developed a service used by hundreds of thousands of people around the world.

The team tells us that they’ve just released Version 2.0 of the service in Alpha testing stage. It’s an update that delivers a handful of most-requested features submitted by the community.

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Nov 142014
 

In this 2-part webinar, professional photographer and educator Reed Hoffmann provides tips and techniques for capturing spontaneous HDR exposure brackets and merging, aligning de-ghosting and tone mapping them using the HDR Express 3 stand alone application and Adobe Lightroom plug-in. This Webinar was originally recorded on Nov 11, 2014.

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Nov 022014
 

“HDR fans: Want a little more control than your camera can provide you with for your high dynamic range photos? If so, it’s time to switch to your computer and really take charge of your photography — and an update to Unified Color Technologies’ consumer-friendly HDR Express app is here to help.

Based around the same algorithms that underlie in the company’s flagship HDR Expose 3, the latest version of HDR Express keeps things simple while providing useful tools like automatic alignment and deghosting of your source imagery, as well as support for raw files from more than 600 different camera models. And if you use Adobe’s Photoshop Lightroom or Apple’s Aperture (the latter on the Mac only), then HDR Express will integrate as a plugin, ready to help you straight from your image library.”

–Mike Thomkins

Click the image below to read the full article:

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Here is a video tutorial “Introducing HDR Express 3”, with John Omvik:

To download the HDR Express 3 free trial or to purchase with your HDR360pro discount

please click the image below:

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Oct 312014
 

In this tutorial John Omvik demonstrates the basic Adobe Lightroom workflow using the HDR Express 3 plug-in with the full workflow to produce natural looking tone mapped images from high contrast (HDR) scenes.

To purchase HDR Express 3 with your HDR360pro discount,
please click the image below:

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Oct 312014
 
Please click the image below to download the free trial version:

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To purchase HDR Express 3 with your HDR360pro discount,
please click the image below:

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HDR Photography Beyond Your Imagination

Capturing a high contrast scene has always vexed photographers. We’ve all tried neutral density filters for landscapes and lighting equipment for interior shots in order to balance the wide range of light levels in our scenes. The results could be good but the work to get to the final image was intense. No longer!

Capturing high contrast scenes is now as simple as shooting three or more images of varying exposures and then merging those images into one high dynamic range file that reveals all your shadows and highlights. The magic is done with HDR software. But, not all HDR software is created equal.

Previously, HDR applications performed their contrast manipulation or “tone mapping” by creating an 8-bit or 16-bit image. Using an 8-bit or 16-bit file to create a large, high dynamic range file significantly reduces the file’s dynamic range, clips its color range and degrades the precision of image data.

That’s why we created our stand-alone HDR applications HDR Expose 3, HDR Express 2 and the Photoshop plug-in 32 Float v3. These are the only HDR applications that merge multiple exposures into a full 32-bit file using our patented Beyond RGB™ color model. And, most importantly, these are the only HDR photo editing applications where all tools and operations work in 32-bit, floating-point precision.

Creating an HDR Image – One Click or Total Control

HDR Expose 3 and HDR Express 2 use powerful image alignment algorithms to create an HDR image from multiple exposures. The resulting 32-bit image is then ready to have its wide contrast range adjusted to fit into the contrast range of your output device. Unlike other HDR applications which “tone map” their 8-bit or 16-bit image into a useable range, our applications take all the valuable data in your HDR image and “dynamic range map” it into a file that retains naturally clear highlights, vibrant mid-tones and beautifully open shadows.

HDR Expose 3 and HDR Express 2 can do this for you with a single click using the Dynamic Range Mapping tool. And, with HDR Express you have additional one-step tone mapping and style preset buttons. You can also choose to have full control over the mapping process by individually adjusting the image’s dynamic range, brightness, highlights, shadows and saturation. With these powerful tools you can dial in a beautifully natural HDR image or a highly stylized image depending on your artistic vision.

Advantages of Working in 32-bit Mode in the Beyond RGB Color Space

In digital photography the colors and brightness of each pixel are recorded as binary numbers. Depending on the power of your image editing application the numbers used to describe those pixels are restricted to 8-bits (256) or 16-bits (65,535). Naturally, the more numbers you have available to you the more variation you can describe in each pixel. The more variation that you can describe, the richer and more detailed your digital image will be.

Because color information is restricted to at most 16 bits in the RGB space used in most image editing applications and output devices, RGB is inherently a restricted color model — it is a restricted color space that cannot describe all the colors that can be seen by the human eye.

Imagine the tonal variations available to you by working in 32-bit, floating point mode in the Beyond RGB color space, the basis of HDR Expose 3, HDR Express 2 and 32 Float v3. The Beyond RGB color space brings all the colors your eye can see to the task of creating your HDR photography image.

Because the 32-bit floating point Beyond RGB color model is not based on the RGB model, the brightness and contrast changes made to your image in HDR Expose 3, HDR Express 2 or 32 Float v3 will not alter your original colors as you would in an 8-bit or 16-bit program.

In fact, every tool and operation in HDR Expose 3, HDR Express 2 and 32 Float v3 always works in the high-precision 32-bit floating point mode. This is why many pro photographers are using HDR Expose 3, HDR Express 2 and 32 Float v3 to perform non-color-destructive brightness, contrast and color adjustments to their non-HDR images. These pros create their images from RAW camera files and save out their files in 32-bit format as a base reference file before moving on to Photoshop or other programs for further editing. Why lose data before you have to? Why lose data at all?

It’s time for you to try HDR imaging and discover the beauty in a high dynamic range image and then working with that image in full, non-destructive 32-bit floating point mode. Download a free, 30-day trial version of HDR Expose 3 or HDR Express 2 today and experience the beauty of true HDR photography.

Oct 132014
 

Learn how to adjust lighting in post production using Photoshop with Photoshop Principal Product Manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes in this episode of the Photoshop Playbook.

Read about the Photoshop Playbook series on the Photoshop.com blog:  http://adobe.ly/1aJpIQP.

Get Photoshop CC: http://adobe.ly/10ekpOA

Aug 252014
 

 Our friend Blake Rudis has created an excellent review of Topaz Labs Remask!

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Aug 132014
 

Just in case you missed your chance when onOne Software ran this deal the first time a few months back, the company is yet again giving away its Perfect Effects 8 Premium Edition software, usually $100, completely free in exchange for your email. Part of Perfect Photo Suite 8, Perfect Effect 8 is usually used alongside a RAW image editor like Lightroom. Because while there are a few basic editing options in there, the main draw of Perfect Effects is… well… the effects. More specifically: the presets. The premium edition offers 23 groups of presets, with more than 100 different presets total.

To view full article please click the link below:

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Aug 102014
 

“I recently transitioned to Final Cut Pro X, because I had to edit 5K RAW footage and I spent many hours learning its unusual editing method. Right now I’m facing a different option. DaVinci Resolve is both my favourite color grading software as well as a very capable and reliable tool that can easily handle 5K RAW. I’m convinced I’m not the only editor who is slowly letting go of Final Cut 7 and intrigued by the idea of using DaVinci Resolve 11 as an NLE.

One of the most intriguing facts is that DaVinci Resolve is not only very professional, but the Lite version of the software is also very free, with some limitations (resolution only up to 3840×2160) that those who can’t afford the full version can usually live without. If you need the full version you will soon be able to get it here.”

To view full article please click the link below:

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Aug 092014
 

During August 13-31, we’re running a 50% promotion on Topaz Adjust.

Adjust is an image enhancement plug-in designed to make your photos pop.

The 50% coupon code is: augadjust

You can create stunning images with dramatic contrast, incredible detail and vibrant color with award-winning Adjust. Preset options range from subtle, realistic enhancements to artistic HDR-like presets. In just a few clicks, it’s easy to produce a truly eye-catching look in a single image.

Buy Topaz Adjust Now

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