Monthly Archives: August 2020

Smart objects (Photoshop)

Before smart objects were introduced to Photoshop, if you edited a pixel layer, you changed the data in that layer so your edits were a one-way process. Smart objects changed that. A smart object’s base image is edited non-destructively. Any … Continue reading

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Nik Collection

Nik Collection is a popular set of 8 photo processing plugins for Photoshop, Lightroom, DxO Photolab and some other packages. Continue reading

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Faststone Image Viewer

An image browser, converter and editor that supports all major graphic formats including BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, GIF, PNG, PCX, TIFF, WMF, ICO, TGA and camera raw files. It has a nice array of features such as image viewing, management, … Continue reading

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DxO Photolab

Overview DxO photolab works well as either a standalone program or a plugin to Lightroom and Photoshop (and perhaps other packages). It is a comprehensive non-destructive Raw image editor with a large array of adjustments/filters, and a suite of presets … Continue reading

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Topaz Studio

Topaz labs have made a range of specialist image processing software over the years. Topaz Studio 2 adds to their offerings with a general image editing suite that allows a non-destructive image editing workflow. It provides a similar range of … Continue reading

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HowTo – Starburst

Page in progress… stuff from Tim Here is a link to a video which I thought was pretty good for the starburst effect: I tried this out and I did not have as much success as was evident in the … Continue reading

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Colour Management

PAGE IN DEVELOPMENT basic concepts of colour capabilities of devices, why use a colour management workflow? gamut colour space mapping between RGB, CMYK, LAB. COlor spaces sRGB vs AdobeRGB RAW –> demosaicing/interpolation. ICC profiles – cameras –> monitors –> printers … Continue reading

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Basic Edits – Colour

Colour is complex, and you can find hundreds of books on the topic and a search for “photography colour management” on a popular search engine found 121 million hits today. My notes here will be just a brief introduction. I … Continue reading

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GIMP – GNU Image Manipulation Program

GIMP is a cross-platform image editor available for GNU/Linux, OS X, Windows and more operating systems. It is free software. GIMP provides sophisticated image editing tools similar to those in Photoshop. There is a vast array of 3rd party plugins that can extend the functionality of GIMP. Continue reading

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Luminar

Luminar 4 is an award winning software package developed by Skylum. At the time of writing Luminar 4 was the current version but a new version Luminar AI, with even more AI tools is soon to be released (writing in … Continue reading

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