PhotoshopNews » Plug-Ins http://photoshopnews.com The latest news about the top pixel wrangling application on the planet. Sun, 17 Jul 2011 17:19:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 OnOne Software’s New FocalPoint Software Plug-in is Now Available http://photoshopnews.com/2008/05/12/onone-software%e2%80%99s-new-focalpoint-software-plug-in-is-now-available/ http://photoshopnews.com/2008/05/12/onone-software%e2%80%99s-new-focalpoint-software-plug-in-is-now-available/#comments Mon, 12 May 2008 14:20:26 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff http://photoshopnews.com/2008/05/12/onone-software%e2%80%99s-new-focalpoint-software-plug-in-is-now-available/ prod_detail_fp.pngEasy to use plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements helps photographers selectively blur and/or vignette areas of an image

Press Release: Portland, OR – onOne Software, Inc., announced that its new software plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements – FocalPoint 1.0 – is now available for immediate download. onOne Software’s FocalPoint is a selective focus and vignetting plug-in designed to help photographers easily blur and/or vignette areas of an image.

Popular among professional wedding, portrait and commercial photographers, the soft defocused look typically produced in camera by using special selective focus or tilt-shift lenses, filters or vignetting hoods can now be created quickly within Photoshop using onOne Software’s new FocalPoint. This new plug-in provides both professional and advanced amateur photographers with additional creative options when editing their images in Photoshop.

“The new onOne Software FocalPoint plug-in, which is now available for download, gives photographers total control over how they apply creative focusing effects to their image after the image has been shot,” said Craig Keudell, president of onOne Software. “It’s just like having a lens inside of Photoshop. Users set the location of their ‘sweet spot’ of focus directly on their image and then control the amount, kind of blur used and even lighten or darken the edges quickly and easily.”

FocalPoint provides photographers with a way to create realistic depth of field control, plane of focus control and selective focus to any image after it is photographed allowing for more control and precision. The plug-in’s unique FocusBug control has a tangible, hardware feel much like adjusting a lens. This special on-screen control makes it fast for a photographer to choose the “sweet spot” of focus either in a round aperture shape or a planar aperture shape and then control how much and what kind of blur they would like to add. Blur choices include a standard defocused look as well as a blur that simulates motion. This has a huge benefit over hardware tools like auxiliary lenses and filters because it allows the photographer to control the focus and blur after the image is taken, giving them more control and requiring fewer shots in camera.

FocalPoint uses the same FocusBug controls to allow the photographer to simultaneously selectively blur as well as lighten or darken the areas outside of the “sweet spot” of focus. FocalPoint can also be used just for vignetting without blurring the image at all. In addition, the FocusBug allows users to tilt the chosen “sweet spot” aperture in 3D, simulating the tilt effect of a view camera or tilt-shift lens. This allows users to increase or decrease the amount of feathering or blur across a plane.

And once a photographer has created an effect they like, they can save it as a preset so they can easily recall it. FocalPoint remembers all of the settings applied including the relative size and position of the FocusBug so users can apply it to similar images without having to make any additional adjustments. By using Photoshop actions to access a FocalPoint preset photographers can even batch process an entire folder of images.

FocalPoint is designed for use with Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements and supports Adobe Photoshop CS2 and CS3 and Elements versions 4.0.1, 5, 6 and higher. It is compatible with Microsoft Windows XP and Vista and Mac OS X 10.4.10 and 10.5 and higher. onOne Software’s FocalPoint plug-in is available now for $159.95 from onOne Software authorized distributors and resellers, or direct from onOne Software at www.onOnesoftware.com.

About onOne Software
onOne Software develops time-saving software solutions for professional and advanced amateur photographers in the digital photography and graphic design industries. onOne Software solutions have been created to help photographers spend more of their time behind the camera taking pictures instead of the computer workstation. Such solutions include a wide range of easy-to-use plug-in enhancements for Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and QuarkXPress®.

Founded in 2005, onOne Software is a privately held company located in Portland, Oregon. For additional information, visit www.onOnesoftware.com or call 1-888-968-1468.

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OnOne Previews Liquid Resize http://photoshopnews.com/2008/04/08/onone-previews-liquid-resize/ http://photoshopnews.com/2008/04/08/onone-previews-liquid-resize/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2008 21:30:24 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff http://photoshopnews.com/2008/04/08/onone-previews-liquid-resize/ Liquid Resize is a “content aware” image resizing application for Mac OS X and Windows. Liquid Resize is now available for download as a Product Preview from onOne Software.

Liquid Resize will allow you to resize an image without traditional geometric limitations while minimizing any distortion that would typically result from changing the original aspect ratio of an image.

Mac OS X
Liquid Resize is a self-contained, stand-alone application bundle. To install it follow these directions.

1. Download the Liquid_Resize.dmg file from the onOne website.
2. It will automatically mount to the desktop when the download is complete.
3. Drag the Liquid Resize application to your Applications folder.

Windows
The Windows version of Liquid Resize uses an installer that will place the application and support files in the proper locations. You must have administrator rights to install Liquid Resize. To install follow these directions.

1. Download the Liquid_Resize.zip file from the onOne Website.
2. Decompress the .zip file
3. In the Liquid Resize folder that is decompressed, double-click on setup.exe
4. Follow the onscreen instructions.

More to Come
Please note, Liquid Resize is still early in development and this is only a Product Preview. It is not the final, shipping version and as such is not complete. There are several known issues so please be sure to read the Read Me file included with this preview release as well as the onOne Software Forums where you can get updated information.

Among the things planned to add include a much faster implementation of the algorithm and a new user interface that matches the other onOne plug-ins for Photoshop like Genuine Fractals, FocalPoint and PhotoTools.

Availability and Pricing
This free product preview of Liquid Resize for both Windows and Mac OS X users is available now as a stand-alone application from the onOne Software Web site. A robust, full-featured Photoshop plug-in version of Liquid Resize is expected to be available in the middle of 2008. Pricing has not yet been announced for the final version of Liquid Resize that will be released later this year.

OnOne Software Web Site
Liquid Resize Preview page

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Nik Software Announces Viveza™ http://photoshopnews.com/2008/02/07/nik-software-announces-viveza%e2%84%a2/ http://photoshopnews.com/2008/02/07/nik-software-announces-viveza%e2%84%a2/#comments Thu, 07 Feb 2008 22:38:02 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff http://photoshopnews.com/2008/02/07/nik-software-announces-viveza%e2%84%a2/ Press Release: Nik Software, Inc. announces Viveza, the latest addition to its line of award-winning photographic plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Nik Software’s Viveza is a powerful and intuitive software tool designed to enable photographers of all skill levels to precisely select and control the light and color in photographic images while working within Photoshop.

By incorporating Nik Software’s revolutionary U Point technology (http://www.upoint.com), Viveza provides easy-to-use methods for correcting and enhancing images without the need to create complicated selections or layer masks or have expert-level knowledge of Adobe Photoshop. U Point is the core technology that powers Viveza and brings Photoshop users unprecedented efficiency and control for editing digital images. To make adjustments to an image, users simply place U Point powered Color Control Points directly on colors or objects in an image (such as sky, skin, grass, etc.) then adjust easy-to-use sliders for brightness, contrast, color and more. Viveza automatically selects objects and creates masks based on where the user places a Color Control Point. By working directly on the image, powerful selective enhancements can be accomplished in a fraction of the time needed by using other methods.

“When attempting to selectively edit images, photographers typically face the challenge of isolating the color or object they want to enhance and then need to ensure the selective enhancements look natural,” said Michael J. Slater, president and CEO of Nik Software. “At the heart of Viveza is our U Point technology, which uniquely addresses these challenges and provides Photoshop users with a full range of capabilities for selectively controlling color and light,” Slater concluded.

With Nik Software’s Viveza plug-in, photographers are able to do more to improve the overall quality of their images and address image editing tasks that are too complex or simply not possible with other tools. For more information about Viveza, including an introductory video, please visit http://www.niksoftware.com/viveza.

Key Features
Color Control Points – U Point technology incorporated into Viveza brings a new level of precision and efficiency to photographic image editing. Users easily control an image’s color, light and tonality with Color Control Points. Simple-to-use sliders let users quickly adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, red, green, blue, hue, and warmth, providing ultimate mastery over digital images. Enhancements are automatically and naturally blended throughout the image for spectacular results.

Smart Filter Support – Viveza is compatible with Adobe Photoshop’s Smart Filter feature which permits users to fine-tune enhancements after they’ve been applied, without adding additional layers.

Powerful Selective Tool – Viveza’s Selective Tool allows users to brush any light and color changes into their image using Photoshop’s brush tools. Layers and masks are created automatically, enabling users to quickly and easily apply any filter selectively.

For added control and fine detail adjustments, Viveza also supports pressure-sensitive features optimized for Wacom® Pen Tablets.

Pricing and Availability
Nik Software’s Viveza™ will be available directly from Nik Software (http://www.niksoftware.com) and specialty camera retailers in North America in the first quarter of 2008. A complete list of resellers may be found at http://www.niksoftware.com/resellers. The suggested retail price of Viveza is $249.95. Viveza installs as a Photoshop or Photoshop Elements plug-in and will be available for Windows and Macintosh operating systems, including Vista and Leopard.

About Nik Software
Nik Software, Inc. is a privately held company that develops software solutions for the growing digital imaging and photography markets. Established in 1995, Nik Software has become the recognized leader in digital photographic filter development and produces award-winning technology and software products for digital photography and imaging professionals including U Point® technology, Dfine®, Viveza™, Color Efex Pro™, and Nik Sharpener Pro™ software.

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AKVIS SmartMask V.1.2. Now for Windows and Macintosh! http://photoshopnews.com/2008/02/07/akvis-smartmask-v12-now-for-windows-and-macintosh/ http://photoshopnews.com/2008/02/07/akvis-smartmask-v12-now-for-windows-and-macintosh/#comments Thu, 07 Feb 2008 22:34:02 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff http://photoshopnews.com/2008/02/07/akvis-smartmask-v12-now-for-windows-and-macintosh/ Press Release: New version of AKVIS SmartMask is available for Macintosh and Windows! The SmartMask plug-in is an efficient masking tool that saves you time on complex selections and is fun to use.

Macintosh-version is Universal Binary. It works with both Intel and Power PC mac-computers.

There were found and fixed some minor bugs in Windows version. Windows-users are recommended to download and install the new version. Those who tried the previous version of the software during a trial period, now have an opportunity to test the software again during 10 days (starting from the first use).

Also in this version we have added a new interface language – German.

Download fully functional trial versions for Windows and Macintosh and try the plug-in 10 days for free!

We are glad to announce the release of a new program – AKVIS SmartMask plug-in. AKVIS SmartMask makes even a difficult selection as easy as pie. Now, you can spend less of your time on the selection of objects and more of it on creativity.

For the moment, the software is available only for Windows. The Macintosh version is coming soon!

Test the software for 10 days free of charge.

Attention! Those our registered users who have bought at least one AKVIS plug-in get a 20% discount on AKVIS SmartMask. The customers who have purchased all AKVIS plug-ins get a 50% discount on the new program! Please write to us to get the discount. The offer is valid till March 31, 2008.

Note, that the Alchemy bundle has become yet more payable. Now it costs $325 and includes all 11 AKVIS plug-ins (a saving of $513 against buying each plug-in separately).

http://akvis.com/

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YouSendIt Announces Adobe Photoshop plug-in for Mac Platform http://photoshopnews.com/2008/01/21/yousendit-announces-adobe-photoshop-plug-in-for-mac-platform/ http://photoshopnews.com/2008/01/21/yousendit-announces-adobe-photoshop-plug-in-for-mac-platform/#comments Mon, 21 Jan 2008 22:30:03 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff http://photoshopnews.com/2008/01/21/yousendit-announces-adobe-photoshop-plug-in-for-mac-platform/ Latest YouSendIt plug-in makes large file delivery quick and convenient for Photoshop users

Press Release: YouSendIt, Inc., the trusted global leader in digital content delivery, today announced that it has expanded its service offerings by releasing an Adobe Photoshop plug-in for the Apple® Mac platform. The new plug-in allows Mac users to quickly and seamlessly send multiple Photoshop files in any format, securely, and without compressing.

The free YouSendIt Photoshop plug-in, available for Photoshop CS3 for Mac, makes it easy to send large or important files directly from within the Photoshop workflow. The plug-in utilizes Express, the YouSendIt desktop application, and will share the same features of Express including resumable upload. Users can use the YouSendIt plug-in for Photoshop and eliminate the frustrations associated with FTP transfers, burning a CD to mail via overnight courier or e-mail bounce-backs resulting from attachments larger than recipient networks allow. Additionally, files delivered through the Photoshop plug-in can be easily exported to different file formats.

“Sending large graphic files is a critical and essential workflow component for creative professionals,” said YouSendIt founder, Ranjith Kumaran. “The YouSendIt plug-in makes it easy for Mac Photoshop users to quickly send large files from within this preferred design application without having to leave their creative environment.”

As a response to the global adoption of Photoshop and other key graphic application platforms, YouSendIt continues to develop solutions that enable graphic professionals to increase their productivity and simplify their workflow.The free Photoshop plug-in, which can be conveniently downloaded directly from the YouSendIt Web site, is one of several solutions recently developed to expedite the sending, receiving and tracking of large files. Other Mac offerings include YouSendIt Express and a YouSendIt plug-in for Apple’s® professional photography software, Aperture™. YouSendIt Express with resumable upload supports the newest OS X version and allows users to send multiple files directly from their desktop. The YouSendIt Apple® Aperture™ plug-in allows photographers to send their photos to their clients, partners and service bureaus directly from within the application.

About YouSendIt
YouSendIt is the number one digital delivery company serving business and individuals on the Web today. More than five million people trust YouSendIt to instantly and securely send, receive and track their valuable business and personal digital content – everything from time-critical documents to important videos, graphics, photos and music. YouSendIt’s technology platform provides developers and partners the resources for integrating YouSendIt services into the applications people use for creating or communicating. Integrating YouSendIt makes reliable, private, express delivery of digital content a routine part of people’s daily life. When it absolutely has to be there now, just YouSendIt. Visit http://www.yousendit.com.

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onOne Software Announces Acquisition of Liquid Resize Technology http://photoshopnews.com/2008/01/18/onone-software-announces-acquisition-of-liquid-resize-technology/ http://photoshopnews.com/2008/01/18/onone-software-announces-acquisition-of-liquid-resize-technology/#comments Fri, 18 Jan 2008 21:06:51 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff http://photoshopnews.com/2008/01/18/onone-software-announces-acquisition-of-liquid-resize-technology/ onOne Software adds ground-breaking image resizing and retargeting technology to its product offerings

Press Release: onOne Software, Inc., announces today the technology acquisition of Liquid Resize which introduces a ground-breaking new way to resize images using a technique known as “seam carving” to reduce the distortion that typically occurs when manipulating the aspect ratio of an image.

“We’re excited to have acquired this incredible new and unique image resizing technology to add to our award-winning line of Photoshop® plug-ins,” said Craig Keudell, president of onOne Software.” This new technology that allows users to maintain the original aspect ratio of a digital image will provide photographers and graphic designers alike unprecedented control when they resize or adjust the composition of their images.”

About Liquid Resize
Liquid Resize, a “content aware” image resizing application, was originally developed by the Vienna, Austria based husband-wife team of Ramin Sabet and Irmgard Sabet-Wasinger and is based on the work of Shai Avidan and Ariel Shamir that made its first appearance in a video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qadw0BRKeMk) released at Siggraph 2007.

Liquid Resize will allow users to resize an image without the traditional geometric limitations while minimizing any distortion that would typically result from changing the original aspect ratio of an image.

Availability and Pricing
A free public beta of Liquid Resize for both Windows and Mac OS X users will be available in late January 2008 as a stand-alone application from the onOne Software Web site. A Photoshop plug-in version of Liquid Resize is expected to be available in the middle of 2008. Pricing has not yet been announced for the final version of Liquid Resize that will be released later in 2008.

About onOne Software
onOne Software develops time-saving software solutions for professional and advanced amateur photographers. onOne Software solutions have been created to help photographers spend more time behind the camera taking pictures instead of the computer workstation. Such solutions include a wide range of easy-to-use plug-ins for Adobe® Photoshop®, Photoshop Elements and Photoshop Lightroom.

onOne Software delivers the highest quality software products to users by working with a broad range of industry experts and continue to develop in-house technologies for the photographic industry on both Macintosh and Windows operating systems. Founded in 2005, onOne Software is a privately held company located in Portland, Oregon. For additional information, visit www.ononesoftware.com or call 1-888-968-1468.

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onOne Gets Leopard Compatibility http://photoshopnews.com/2007/12/19/onone-gets-leopard-compatibility/ http://photoshopnews.com/2007/12/19/onone-gets-leopard-compatibility/#comments Wed, 19 Dec 2007 20:00:39 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff http://photoshopnews.com/2007/12/19/onone-gets-leopard-compatibility/ onOne Software Announces Compatibility with Mac OS X Leopard Operating System
Current users of onOne Software products can automatically update to latest versions

Press Release: Portland, OR – December 18, 2007 – onOne Software, Inc., provider of world-class software solutions for professional photographers and graphic designers, announces today that all of the latest versions of onOne Software’s products are compatible with Apple’s recently launched Leopard operating system.

“We are pleased to be able to provide these updates to our users for Mac OS X Leopard so quickly,” said Craig Keudell, president of onOne Software. “We appreciate the loyal support of our customers within the Mac community and we’re delighted that they will be able to benefit from the creative features of our imaging software products on the new Mac OS X Leopard operating system.”

The following onOne Software products are now compatible with Apple’s latest version – Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard: Genuine Fractals 5.0.4, Mask Pro 4.1.2, PhotoFrame 3.1.1, PhotoFrame Professional Edition 3.1.2, PhotoTune 2.2, Intellihance Pro 4.2.1, Essentials for Photoshop® Elements 2.0, PhotoTools 1.0, PhotoTools Professional Edition 1.0, Plug-In Suite 3, PhotoFrame Frame Collections, PhotoPresets for Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom®, and PhotoPresets for Adobe Camera Raw.

New users of the above mentioned onOne Software products will automatically receive the latest Mac versions of these products which will operate with Leopard.

Existing users of onOne Software’s Plug-In Suite 3, Genuine Fractals 5, Mask Pro 4, Intellihance Pro 4, PhotoFrame 3 and Essentials 2 for Photoshop Elements can use their auto-update feature in each plug-in to receive the latest updates or they can visit the onOne website (www.ononesoftware.com) to download the latest Mac OS X Leopard compatible installers. Existing users of the Plug-In Suite 3, Genuine Fractals, Mask Pro, Intellihance Pro, PhotoFrame and Essentials for Photoshop Elements will need the following version numbers to ensure Leopard compatibility: Genuine Fractals 5.0.4, Mask Pro 4.1.2, Intellihance Pro 4.2.1, Plug-In Suite 3.1 (now includes PhotoFrame 3.1.2 and PhotoTune 2.2), Essentials for Photoshop Elements 2.0.

About the Products

  • Genuine Fractals 5 can resize images over 1,000% with no loss of detail or sharpness.
  • Mask Pro 4.1 easily creates high-quality masks and selections from tough subjects like hair and glass.
  • PhotoFrame 3 and PhotoFrame 3 Professional Edition create stunning border and edge effects right out of the darkroom. PhotoFrame 3 Professional Edition builds on PhotoFrame by including additional frame choices, created by professional photographers Dave Cross, Jack Davis, Jim DiVitale, Helene Glassman, Kevin Kubota, Rick Sammon and Vincent Versace.
  • Intellihance Pro 4 makes optimizing your images a snap by combining eight image adjustments in one place.
  • Essentials 2 for Photoshop Elements software suite includes technology from onOne Software’s newly acquired PhotoTune color correction software, and onOne Software’s Mask Pro, PhotoFrame, and Genuine Fractals software products fine-tuned specifically for Adobe Photoshop Elements.
  • PhotoTools 1 and PhotoTools 1 Professional Edition utilize the power of Photoshop Actions to provide a wide range of imaging tools including effects, corrections and production automation in a full-featured interface.
  • Plug-in Suite 3 combines full versions of four essential software tools – Genuine Fractals 5, PhotoFrame 3.1, Mask Pro 4.1 and Intellihance Pro 4.2 – as well as the new PhotoTune 2.2 as a bonus.
  • PhotoTune 2 incorporates the onOne Software’s newly acquired color-correction plug-ins – 20/20 Color MD™ 2.0 and SkinTune™ 2.0.
  • PhotoPresets for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom features over 80 presets designed by Photoshop Hall-of-Famer Jack Davis.
  • PhotoPresets for Adobe Camera RAW features over 100 presets for designed by Photoshop Hall-of-Famer Jack Davis.
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XChange Releases PhotoSpray 1.8 http://photoshopnews.com/2007/12/10/xchange-releases-photospray-18/ http://photoshopnews.com/2007/12/10/xchange-releases-photospray-18/#comments Mon, 10 Dec 2007 22:23:09 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff http://photoshopnews.com/2007/12/10/xchange-releases-photospray-18/ Press Release: 2007-12-10–XChange International, the source for extended technology worldwide, are pleased to announce the release of PhotoSpray 1.8. PhotoSpray is an Adobe® Photoshop® or Adobe Elements® plug-in that offers the ability to spray pictures on top of any RGB photos or layers. This method of painting lets users brush sets of images on top of any photo.

Brushes can be adjusted through a variety of parameters, ideal for photo-realistic painting. PhotoSpray ships with Sprayettes Volume I, a collection of more than 50 realistic-sprays including plants, flowers, leaves, trees, bushes, rocks, clouds, geometrical objects, balls, etc. Additional sprays may be added with Volumes 2 through 4, each volume a collection of 100 new sprays.

Users can save massive amounts of time in 3D texture rendering by simply spraying on trees, bushes, flowers, rocks and more with PhotoSpray. Flora can be applied in Photoshop quickly without raising the file size. Version 1.8 key features include:

- Blow natural images with a brush
- Unlimited undos
- Directional/Random/Orbital
- Create unique textures
- Save/recall settings
- High quality ‘Natural’ sprays
- Independent X&Y Spray adjustments
- Easily create new sprays
- Easily convert Nozzles to Sprays
- Sprays come as Nozzles too

System Requirements:
Compatible with Photoshop 7/CS/CS2/CS3, Elements 2/3/4/5/6, Corel PhotoPaint, PaintShop
Mac OS X Universal or Windows XP/Vista

PhotoSpray 1.8 works natively on Mac Intel with Mac OS X Tiger or Leopard.
PhotoSpray is available now through XChange International. To order, or for more information, users can visit www.xchangeuk.com, or call on +44(0)20 7490 4455 during UK business hours. Email address is info@xchangeuk.com.

XChange are a leading supplier of desktop graphic and publishing applications, QuarkXTension® technology; Adobe InDesign®, Acrobat® and Photoshop® Plug-ins® and other design and publishing utilities. XChange offer extended technology products from across the world specific to the graphic design, print and publishing industries and make them available to an extensive user base via their printed catalogue or online at their web site. The company are headquartered in Central London and also offer specialist training on many of the solutions they sell.

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Microsoft Releases Final GM Versions of HD Photo Plug-ins http://photoshopnews.com/2007/12/07/microsoft-releases-final-gm-versions-of-hd-photo-plug-ins/ http://photoshopnews.com/2007/12/07/microsoft-releases-final-gm-versions-of-hd-photo-plug-ins/#comments Fri, 07 Dec 2007 17:50:43 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff http://photoshopnews.com/2007/12/07/microsoft-releases-final-gm-versions-of-hd-photo-plug-ins/ hdphoto.pngBill Crow, the Microsoft Program Manager for HD Photo (originally code named Photon) says on his blog, that the final versions of the plug-in for Adobe Photoshop CS2 and CS3 are available for download. The download is free.
The plug-ins are available for both Windows as well as Macintosh. For the Windows, XP SP2 or Vista is supported. For Mac, both 10.4 (Tiger) and 10.5 (Leopard) are supported. The plug-in development was done by Microsoft in conjunction with Pegasus Imaging Systems.
HD Photo, which uses an expanded color space named scRGB has the capability to encode high-dynamic range (HDR) images in a wider color gamut color space.

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Alien Skin Updates Plug-ins for Leopard Compatibility http://photoshopnews.com/2007/11/26/alien-skin-updates-plug-ins-for-leopard-compatibility/ http://photoshopnews.com/2007/11/26/alien-skin-updates-plug-ins-for-leopard-compatibility/#comments Mon, 26 Nov 2007 19:10:17 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff http://photoshopnews.com/2007/11/26/alien-skin-updates-plug-ins-for-leopard-compatibility/ Alien Skin has released a variety of updates that provide improved compatibility with Max OS 10.5.x (Leopard) and certain Alien Skin plug-ins.

The Mac Updaters are available at Alien Skin Support.

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Alien Skin Software Announces Release of Image Doctor 2 http://photoshopnews.com/2007/11/26/alien-skin-software-announces-release-of-image-doctor-2/ http://photoshopnews.com/2007/11/26/alien-skin-software-announces-release-of-image-doctor-2/#comments Mon, 26 Nov 2007 18:17:32 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff http://photoshopnews.com/2007/11/26/alien-skin-software-announces-release-of-image-doctor-2/ Enhanced set of five Photoshop plug-in filters provides one intelligent, easy-to-use toolset for photo restoration, compressed JPEG repair, object removal, blemish concealment, and skin softening for under $200

Press Release: RALEIGH, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Alien Skin® Software (www.alienskin.com), the award-winning developer of photographic and graphic design plug-ins for Adobe® Photoshop® and other compatible host programs, today announced the release of Image Doctor® 2, the new version of its powerful yet easy-to-use software for photo restoration, retouching, and repair. Image Doctor 2s five plug-in filters offer users a complete toolset for photo restoration, compressed JPEG image repair, smart object removal, blemish concealment, and skin softening in one very affordable package that is also a great gift idea.

The five filters in Image Doctor 2 Dust and Scratch Remover, JPEG Repair, Blemish Concealer, Skin Softener, and Smart Fill together provide one of the most comprehensive sets of photo enhancement tools available to consumers and professionals for under $200 USD. Image Doctor 2s plug-in filters can restore rips, scratches, and dust in scans of old photos; repair overly compressed and blocky JPEG images, such as cell phone photos; remove unwanted objects from pictures with a seamless recreation of the nearby background; and retouch and soften skin areas by removing moles, birthmarks, scars, wrinkles, tattoos, pimples, and oily or splotchy skin patches.

Service bureau, printing, advertising and interactive agency, photographic, graphic design, and other professionals are among the targeted users for Image Doctor 2, which saves time and effort in retouching and repairing photos compared to the same tasks done in Photoshop or similar photo editing tools on their own. Novices, hobbyists, and consumers can find the same benefit using Image Doctor 2, and will find it particularly useful as a tool for photo restoration of old photos and repair of images from low-resolution photographic hardware, such as cell phone camera photos.

Image Doctor 2 offers a number of improvements to the original release. Chief among these improvements is Image Doctor 2s rendering speed and quality. Image Doctor 2s range of skin retouching capabilities has also been expanded. The softwares Skin Softener and Blemish Concealer filters together offer a wider array of skin beautifying capabilities than available in Image Doctor 1.

The performance upgrades in Image Doctor 2 result from changes to the original rendering algorithms and to the programs multithreading capacity. Other new improvements in Image Doctor 2 include 16-bit support, native support for Macintosh Intel computers, multiprocessor support for all filters, and a variety of user interface changes.

For sales, marketing, and media information, please contact the Alien Skin Software marketing department by phone at (919) 832-4124 ext. 4 or by e-mail at press@alienskin.com. Visit Alien Skin Software on the web at www.alienskin.com.

Pricing and Availability

Image Doctor 2 sells for $199 USD with an upgrade price of $99 USD for registered users of Image Doctor 1. Online delivery is available directly on the Alien Skin website at www.alienskin.com. Image Doctor 2 is also available worldwide through stores, catalogs, and resellers. Free upgrades are available to purchasers of Image Doctor 1 who purchased on October 26, 2007 or later.

Host Requirements

Image Doctor 2 is a plug-in and will require one of the following: Adobe Photoshop CS2 or later, Adobe Photoshop Elements® 4 or later (Macintosh), Adobe Photoshop Elements® 5 or later (Windows), Adobe Fireworks® CS3, or Corel® Paint Shop Pro® Photo X2. Image Doctor 2 is a Universal Macintosh application. Live Effects in Fireworks CS3 are not supported.

System Requirements

Microsoft® Windows® users must have at least a Pentium® 4 processor or compatible and Windows XP or later. Apple® Macintosh® users must have a PowerPC® G5 or Intel® processor and Mac OS X 10.4 or later. A monitor with 1024×768 resolution or greater is required. Image Doctor 2 is compatible with Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard).

About Alien Skin Software

The developer of award-winning plug-ins since 1994, Alien Skin Software created the first drop shadow filter for Adobe Photoshop. Our reputation for bug-free software and fast, friendly tech support has grown worldwide throughout the years. Alien Skin continues to write and sell digital photo filters and effects that users love. For more information, visit our website at www.alienskin.com.

Image Doctor, Alien Skin Software, and the Alien Skin Software logo are registered trademarks of Alien Skin Software, LLC. All other trademarks or service marks mentioned are the property of their respective owners. We will never wear suits.

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AKVIS Chameleon Plug-in v.5.0 http://photoshopnews.com/2007/10/15/akvis-chameleon-plug-in-v50/ http://photoshopnews.com/2007/10/15/akvis-chameleon-plug-in-v50/#comments Mon, 15 Oct 2007 17:04:59 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff http://photoshopnews.com/2007/10/15/akvis-chameleon-plug-in-v50/ Press Release: AKVIS LLC releases version 5.0 of its photo collage plug-in AKVIS Chameleon. The new version is a true breakthrough in photo collage creation. The program offers a new mode that allows transferring a roughly selected object to a new background with a clean result. No precise mask tools are needed! Now the program has an interface and all in all three modes with different collage possibilities. The Macintosh version is now Universal Binary.

Creating photo collages with AKVIS Chameleon is fun! This ingenious software makes the process easy and entertaining. Earlier one had to thoroughly select an object for pasting into a new background; with this software this tedious part of work drops out. You can concentrate on the creative part and forget about complicated selection techniques.

Version 5.0 of Chameleon has an interface with three modes that offer three photo collage types. The new “Montage” mode allows copying an object, for example, a group of people, a monument, a flower, etc into a new background. The trick is that the selection does not need to be precise. You can take a rectangular part of the source image and then use two pencils – red and blue – to roughly indicate the parts that should appear on the resulting photo collage – for instance, a figure of a person, and the parts that should blend away – the rest of the background and irrelevant objects. Here is an example:
http://akvis.com/en/chameleon-tutorial/montage/photo-hunting.php

The other two modes were available in the earlier version of Chameleon and it is thanks to them that the program received its name. In “Chameleon” mode the plug-in pastes a copied object into a picture in such a way that the object adapts to the new color range and blends with the background, the way chameleons do. In this way you can add clouds to a clear sunset landscape and the clouds will adopt a red tint. Or you can paste a new nose into a face and the nose will acquire the complexion of the “receiving” face.

The tool does not require precise selection of the copied object and can be helpful to home users who are not experienced in image editing. You can create customized postcards for your loved ones; make a wedding album using all kinds of photos and backgrounds; correct closed eyes (by implanting open eyes from another photo of the series), change the appearance of a person, etc. Check the Tutorial page at http://akvis.com/en/chameleon-tutorial/index.php to get a dozen of original ideas.

Designers will appreciate this tool as it allows them to combine images with entirely different color ranges or to create the effect of drawing on a texture surface (crumpled paper, wood, etc), and all that with only a mouse-click.

AKVIS Chameleon is compatible with Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, Corel (Jasc) Paint Shop Pro, Ulead PhotoImpact, Corel Photo-Paint and other popular software. AKVIS Chameleon V. 5.0 for Windows runs on Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista and the Macintosh version runs on the Mac OS X platform.

For a free trial, AKVIS offers 10 days of fully functional use. The users who tried the previous version of Chameleon and have their version expired, now have the opportunity to test the software again.

AKVIS Chameleon sells for $75 USD, downloadable from www.akvis.com . Home users can enjoy the full line of AKVIS plugins in the AKVIS Alchemy bundle (Enhancer, Chameleon, Stamp, Retoucher, Coloriage, Noise Buster, Decorator, Sketch, LightShop and Frame Suite) for USD $325 USD, a savings of $393 over purchasing each separately. For business licenses consult the official web-site. One license key allows activating the software on two computers, for example, on a desktop and a laptop.

The registered users can upgrade to version 5.0 by paying a charge of $15 US dollars for Home license ( $60 US dollars for Business license).

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Digital Anarchy Announces Knoll Light Factory 3.0 for Photoshop http://photoshopnews.com/2007/10/11/digital-anarchy-announces-knoll-light-factory-30-for-photoshop/ http://photoshopnews.com/2007/10/11/digital-anarchy-announces-knoll-light-factory-30-for-photoshop/#comments Thu, 11 Oct 2007 16:35:04 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff http://photoshopnews.com/2007/10/11/digital-anarchy-announces-knoll-light-factory-30-for-photoshop/ New Version Has Improved UI, Real-Time Preview, and Support for Intel Mac and 64-bit OS

Press Release: San Francisco — October 9th, 2007 — Digital Anarchy, a leading provider of cost-effective special effects software for Adobe and Apple products, has released version 3.0 of the acclaimed Knoll Light Factory. The new features in this Photoshop package give increased control over the look of hundreds of lighting effects, and further the creative abilities of photographers and designers to enhance existing images or create original works.

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Knoll Light Factory is designed to create lens flares and other lighting effects, including lasers, explosions and suns. The most common use in photography is to enhance lights such as lamps, streetlights, sky elements, or candle flames. However, many designers also use Light Factory to create sparkling or glowing lights from scratch. Light Factory was originally written by John Knoll, the co-creator of Photoshop, to create the Photon Torpedoes in Star Trek First Contact.

“Customers are always looking for new creative opportunities,” said Jim Tierney, president of Digital Anarchy. “Knoll Light Factory offers a great way of painting with light, when you need to add some flare and sparkle to an image. Improving and speeding up the workflow was a major emphasis for this release, as photographers don’t want to spend lots of time at the computer.”

Inside Light Factory, a user can choose from 19 different flare elements, then layer those elements to create the desired light effect. Almost any real life camera lens can be matched, or the Photoshop filter can generate completely original settings, and save out a preset for later use. Powerful functions include the ability to obscure the light with a grayscale mask; a real-time interactive preview; and 16-bit support for smoother glows and gradients.

Version 3.0 introduces a complete redesign of the user interface, with a simplified layout, new functions, a quick Preview Window, and preview thumbnails for light presets. The Light Editor has been integrated into a single interface that can be moved and resized to the user’s workspace. An additional 50 light presets give users additional pre-made effects that range from naturalistic to dramatic.

Some of the exciting features in Knoll Spark Pack 3.0 include:

  • New User Interface: The UI has been redesigned for ease of use, including previews of light presets and access to editing functions in one window.
  • Real-Time Preview: The main Preview Window now supports real-time manipulation, as well as the ability to resize and zoom in/out.
  • 100+ Light Presets: There are now well over 100 great places to start when looking for that special flare.
  • 16-bit Color Support: Light effects now render out to higher bit depths, which reduces banding and outputs better looking glows and gradients.
  • Mac Intel and 64-bit Windows compatible: Full support of all of the new operating systems and religious preferences.
  • Obscuration Layer: Use a grayscale mask to partially obscure the lights, and make more realistic effects when lights are being partially blocked by an object.
  • Tint Layer: Use a separate layer to change the flare color for easier compositing on complex images.
  • Randomize Feature: A Randomize button and slider let users organically discover fun new effects.
  • Undo Functionality: Multi-level undo allows for an improved workflow when designing lights.

Pricing and Availability
Knoll Light Factory 3.0 is priced at $149 USD. An upgrade path from version 2.0 to 3.0 is $89.00. Until October 31st, it will be available for $129 and the upgrade will be $79. The product is available for Photoshop 7.0 and higher, including CS3, and Photoshop Elements 3.0 and higher. The product also works in other drawing applications that fully support the Photoshop API.For Macintosh, Light Factory runs on OS 10.3 and higher, and is native to both PPC or Intel systems. For Windows, the product runs on Windows 2000, XP Pro, XP Home, Vista 32-bit and Vista 64-bit systems. Demo filters and samples are available at www.digitalanarchy.com .

About Digital Anarchy
Digital Anarchy is a privately owned company operating out of San Francisco, Calif., that creates high-quality creative software for broadcast designers, 2D animators and professional photographers. These tools solve a wide range of design issues, from creating text effects and background design elements, to masking out bluescreens for commercial still photography. Digital Anarchy products work in conjunction with a wide range of products from companies like Adobe, Apple and Autodesk. For more information, please see the company’s website at www.digitalanarchy.com or call 415-586-8434.

Digital Anarchy is a registered trademark of Digital Anarchy Inc. All other brand names, product names, service marks, or trademarks belong to their respective holders.

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Alien Skin Software Releases Exposure 2 Film Stock Simulator and Effects Package http://photoshopnews.com/2007/10/01/alien-skin-software-releases-exposure-2-film-stock-simulator-and-effects-package/ http://photoshopnews.com/2007/10/01/alien-skin-software-releases-exposure-2-film-stock-simulator-and-effects-package/#comments Mon, 01 Oct 2007 15:53:39 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff http://photoshopnews.com/2007/10/01/alien-skin-software-releases-exposure-2-film-stock-simulator-and-effects-package/ alien_skin_exposure2.jpgLatest Version of Industry-Leading Photoshop Plug-in Features More Than 300 Presets for Film Simulation and a Full Range of Photo Lab and Darkroom Effects

Press Release: RALEIGH, N.C. (Business Wire EON) October 1, 2007 — Alien Skin® Software (www.alienskin.com), the award-winning developer of photographic filter and effect plug-ins for Adobe® Photoshop® and other compatible host programs, today announced the release of Exposure® 2, the latest version of its industry-leading film stock simulator and effects package.

Exposure 2 lets digital photographers and graphic artists enhance any digital photo by simulating the rich, organic look of film.

Developed from a detailed, scientific analysis of current and discontinued color and black and white print and slide stocks, Exposure 2 features more than 300 presets that emulate the warmth, softness, and realistic grains of film the vivid colors of Velvia®, the natural skin tones of Portra®, and the ethereal glow of infrared to provide new and alternative looks for fashion, wedding, magazine, event, and portrait photographers, photo hobbyists, and a wide array of creative, printing, and graphic arts professionals. Exposure 2 even simulates the retro colors of faded Polaroid®.

More sophisticated than merely adding simple digital noise, Exposure 2s grain simulation models the size, shape, and color of real world grain, including the unique salt and pepper grain of TRI-X® and the large, intensely colorful grain of the discontinued GAF® 500. Exposure 2 grain size is automatically adjusted to image size so grain looks the same on high- and low-resolution photos. A roughness control gives Exposure 2 users subtle control over grain shape.

While other digital image products produce flat, lifeless black and white conversions, Exposure 2 also brings back the high impact of black and white film to digital photography. A simple yet flexible channel mixer interface provides subtle control over the color to black and white conversion process. Color toning, contrast, and grain add the finishing touches to turn color photographs into dramatic black and white works of art.

Beyond the ability to reproduce the look and feel of film, Exposure 2 offers a range of effects previously available only in darkrooms and photo labs, such as push and cross processing and glamour portrait softening. Exposure 2s controls enable users to easily manage color saturation, tone, sharpness, and grain, streamlining workflow for photographers and graphic artists with one comprehensive yet easy-to-use tool.

Applying Exposure 2 settings to batches of images is easily accomplished using Photoshop Actions. Any Exposure 2 preset can be the starting point for a signature look by adjusting it to suit a particular subject. This new look can be saved as a setting for future use. All Exposure 2 settings can be deployed nondestructively in a new Photoshop layer named after the setting used. Exposure 2 supports Photoshop CS3 Smart Filters.

For ease of use, Exposure 2 settings are organized into categories, and last-used settings are remembered and highlighted. Previews are automatically scaled to fit the current window size. Multithreaded to run faster on multiprocessors or multi-core processors, Exposure 2 also easily handles 16-bit images, allowing RAW images to be manipulated at their highest quality.

For sales, marketing, and media information, please contact David Abels, director of sales & marketing, Alien Skin Software, by phone at (919) 832-4124 ext. 121 or by e-mail at press@alienskin.com. Visit Alien Skin Software on the web at www.alienskin.com.

Pricing and Availability

Exposure 2 sells for $249 USD with an upgrade price of $149 USD for registered users of Exposure 1. Online delivery is available directly on the Alien Skin website at www.alienskin.com. Exposure 2 is also available worldwide through stores, catalogs, and resellers. Free upgrades are available to purchasers of Exposure 1 who purchased on September 1, 2007 or later.

Host Requirements

Exposure 2 is a plug-in and will require one of the following: Adobe Photoshop CS2 or later, Adobe Photoshop Elements® 4 or later, Adobe Fireworks® CS3, or Corel® Paint Shop Pro® Photo XI. Exposure 2 is a Universal Macintosh® application. Live Effects in Fireworks CS3 are not supported.

System Requirements

Microsoft® Windows® users must have at least a Pentium® 4 processor or compatible and Windows XP or later. Apple® Macintosh users must have a PowerPC® or Intel® processor and Mac OS X 10.4 or later. A monitor with 1024×768 resolution or greater is required.

About Alien Skin Software

The developer of award-winning plug-ins since 1994, Alien Skin Software created the first drop shadow filter for Adobe Photoshop. Our reputation for bug-free software and fast, friendly tech support has grown worldwide throughout the years. Alien Skin continues to write and sell digital photo filters and effects that users love. For more information, visit our website at www.alienskin.com.

Exposure, Alien Skin Software, and the Alien Skin Software logo are registered trademarks of Alien Skin Software, LLC. All other trademarks or service marks mentioned are the property of their respective owners. We will never wear suits.

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Peter Krogh Update RapidFixer for CS3 http://photoshopnews.com/2007/09/28/peter-krogh-update-rapidfixer-for-cs3/ http://photoshopnews.com/2007/09/28/peter-krogh-update-rapidfixer-for-cs3/#comments Fri, 28 Sep 2007 16:02:09 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff http://photoshopnews.com/2007/09/28/peter-krogh-update-rapidfixer-for-cs3/ product_rapidfixer.pngWhen Photoshop CS3 with Bridge 2 shipped, RapidFixer kinda got broken…so now Peter Krogh, author of The DAM Book: Digital Asset Management for Photographers has updated RapidFixer for CS3 compatibility.NEW! Photoshop CS3 Compatibility: The first RapidFixer version for CS3 is now ready to ship and they have made significant changes to the interface, and updated the software to control the new Adobe Camera Raw 4.0+ tools.

NEW! RapidFixer now works on DNG files, as well as JPEG and TIFF files. (In all cases, you must apply a Camera Raw Default to the image first).

NEW! RapidFixer has settings for working on Black and White Negatives. This lets you use a digital camera to copy negatives, and make adjustments in Camera Raw. Check out the last half of the movie to see it in action.

RapidFixer CS3 is the new flagship product from DAM Useful software. It’s a workflow solution that allows you to make lots of quick proofing corrections to RAW files, while still in Bridge. By pushing the buttons that RapidFixer creates in Bridge, you can have access to many of your favorite Camera Raw settings, such as:

• Temperature
• Tint
• Split Tone Presets
• Vibrance
• Saturation
• Blue HSL (Hue, Saturation, Luminance)
• Orange HSL
• Exposure
• Highlight Recovery
• Fill Light
• Contrast
• Clarity
• Vignette
• Parametric curves

• RapidFixer works for both Mac and Windows.

Purchase: $49.95
Watch movies on installation and usage

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www.damuseful.com

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Grubba Software announces TrueGrain http://photoshopnews.com/2007/09/19/grubba-software-announces-truegrain/ http://photoshopnews.com/2007/09/19/grubba-software-announces-truegrain/#comments Wed, 19 Sep 2007 16:17:51 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff http://photoshopnews.com/2007/09/19/grubba-software-announces-truegrain/ Press Release: Cary, North Carolina-September 18, 2007-Grubba Software today introduced TrueGrain, a professional creative tool for accurately recapturing the aesthetics of black & white film with digital photography.

The TrueGrain software contains a library of grain samples and profiles for a number of classic film stocks, some of which are no longer available and are unlikely to be available in the future. TrueGrain users can easily import high resolution digital imagery-such as that produced with today’s professional DSLR cameras-and immediately see a close approximation of how the image would look if it had been exposed using any of the film stocks in TrueGrain’s library, right down to the fine grain structure details only visible under magnification.

“People have been fooling around with techniques for recapturing the look of film for a while now, but most of these attempts have been tentative and generic in both thrust and result,” said Martin Doudoroff, Grubba Software collaborator. “We think TrueGrain goes quite a bit further through its empirical approach: high resolution film grain samples and meticulous databases of measurements. Our approach is brute force, but it produces the kind of results professionals are looking for. And our software makes it all quite accessible.”

The inspiration for TrueGrain was the alarmingly swift decline of the traditional film photography industry and the equally swift maturation of the digital photography industry.

“Recently, we realized we weren’t going to be able to get the films we were accustomed to. The majority of black and white films are out of production and entire manufacturers have gotten out of the film business,” said Gus Grubba, the principle software engineer for Grubba Software. “We decided the only way we could continue to achieve the look we got from film was by processing digital images. We went on a film hunt on eBay and bought just about everything we could find. Between that and the films we already had stockpiled, we had a good basis for TrueGrain.”

The primary application for TrueGrain is as a creative tool. In addition, TrueGrain has the potential to improve large prints of up-scaled digital images, and may prove useful for matching existing film images in restoration and compositing situations.

Pricing and availability: TrueGrain is now available for US$300 through the TrueGrain web site at http://grubbasoftware.com. A downloadable demo edition is also available. TrueGrain requires Mac OS X version 10.4.9 or later, a Macintosh computer, and at least 2GB RAM.

Grubba Software is an independent software developer based in Cary, North Carolina. Principal software developer Gus Grubba is a veteran of the computer graphics industry and an accomplished fine art photographer. Collaborator Martin Doudoroff is an escapee from the computer graphics industry, an amateur photographer, and an acknowledged cocktail expert. Released in September 2007, TrueGrain is Grubba Software’s first product.

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PixelGenius Releases RCs for Photoshop CS3 http://photoshopnews.com/2007/06/01/pixelgenius-releases-rcs-for-photoshop-cs3/ http://photoshopnews.com/2007/06/01/pixelgenius-releases-rcs-for-photoshop-cs3/#comments Fri, 01 Jun 2007 05:56:25 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff http://photoshopnews.com/2007/06/01/pixelgenius-releases-product-rcs-for-photoshop-cs3/

PixelGenius, the developers of PhotoKit™, PhotoKit Sharpener™ and PhotoKit Color 2™ have released what they have determined are Release Candidate (RC) versions of their products for Mac and Windows users of Photoshop CS3 or Photoshop CS3 Extended. These RCs are “real close” but still have a couple of issues and need testing “in the wild”.

PG has also announced that due to popular demand, these new RCs will be able to use cross-platform licensing. So, if you are in a mixed-platform environment, you can use your Mac serial number on Windows or your Windows serial number on Mac.

PG stated, on their web site, that in order to accomplish this, they have incorporated the new serial number scheme along with product activation. The standard 2 activations are allowed by the End User License Agreement (EULA). Current users with valid and registered installs will not need to re-enter their serial numbers but will need to activate this new version. More info about activation is available on the download page.

Release Candidate Notes: The RCs of PixelGenius products are not yet officially supported by PixelGenius. All three products have been tested and are compatible with Photoshop CS3 and CS3 Extended, however, there are some known issues;

  • The current Read Me files have not yet been updated with product activation information.
  • Some of our plug-in modules when run under Photoshop CS3 can not be started when an adjustment layer is the currently targeted layer-the work around is to select a pixel based layer. PixelGenius believes this is a bug with Photoshop CS3 and not our products and we’ve contacted Adobe about this issue.
  • Photoshop CS2 under Vista is not officially supported by Adobe, so our products can not be officially supported either. The work around is to make sure the Photoshop CS2 application is run under Admin Permissions.
  • Adobe does not recommend running any earlier version of Photoshop than Photoshop CS2 under Vista and PixelGenius will not support any of our products running under any other version of Photoshop besides Photoshop CS3 or Photoshop CS3 Extended.

The Mac and Windows RCs are available at the download page here.

Users of the previous beta versions of the plug-in should update to these new versions as the betas are due to expire today, June 1st, 2007.

Note: PixelGenius is the owner and publisher of PhotoshopNews.com

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Photoshop Plug-In for Google 3D Warehouse Now Available http://photoshopnews.com/2007/05/31/photoshop-plug-in-for-google-3d-warehouse-now-available/ http://photoshopnews.com/2007/05/31/photoshop-plug-in-for-google-3d-warehouse-now-available/#comments Thu, 31 May 2007 19:43:12 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff http://photoshopnews.com/2007/05/31/photoshop-plug-in-for-google-3d-warehouse-now-available/ Software Add-On Delivers Direct Access to Google’s Free 3D Content

Press Release: SAN JOSE, Calif. — May 31, 2007 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) and Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG) today announced the Photoshop® CS3 Extended plug-in for the Google 3D Warehouse, enabling Adobe® Photoshop CS3 Extended users to take further advantage of the software’s powerful compositing, painting and image-editing toolset for editing 3D content. With the plug-in, users will be able to query and download free 3D content from the Google 3D Warehouse, Google’s free online repository for 3D models and content, directly within Photoshop CS3 Extended. 3D Content then can be placed, manipulated and used in composites with the new 3D tools in Photoshop CS3 Extended.

The plug-in is available for free download from the Adobe Labs Web site at http://labs.adobe.com .

“We were happy to collaborate with Adobe on the Photoshop Extended plug-in for the Google 3D Warehouse. With this plug-in, users of Photoshop CS3 Extended can participate in the 3D Warehouse community, giving them the ability to search, store and share thousands of 3D models and content,” said Mark Limber, product manager at Google. “The Google 3D Warehouse repository, combined with Photoshop CS3 Extended, allows creatives, architects, manufacturers and others to find exactly what they need to bring their virtual worlds and conceptual designs to life.”

The Google 3D Warehouse is a free Google service which allows anyone to search for and download 3D models and content via a standard Web browser and now, with this plug-in, Photoshop CS3 Extended. Users can also submit their own models to share within the community by uploading them from Google SketchUp into the 3D Warehouse. Models include everything needed for a 3D world, including: buildings, houses, bridges, statues, sculptures, couches, cars, people, pets and more. If the model has a location on earth, such as a building in New York city, you can also download and view it in Google Earth.

Once downloaded, the plug-in opens a dialog box that connects directly to Google’s 3D Warehouse via the Internet. Users can browse and search the 3D Warehouse for content, and download and save selections to their hard drive. Downloaded models will be saved in the COLLADA format. With support for industry standard 3D formats, including COLLADA, Photoshop CS3 Extended opens 3D models as 3D layers. Users can then access the textures applied to model surfaces, enhance them with Photoshop CS3 Extended and its wide range of editing and painting tools, and save or composite them into a 2-D image.

“Our work with Google brings 3D content directly into the Photoshop CS3 Extended experience, enabling more efficient editing and enriching the overall visualization process,” said Kevin Connor, senior director of product management for Digital Imaging Professional Products at Adobe. “Photoshop CS3 Extended was developed to help professionals push the limits of digital imaging and more easily realize their vision in 3D. It’s great to see Google’s early support for Photoshop CS3 Extended and the advancement of 3D design workflows.”

Pricing and Availability
Announced in March 2007, Photoshop CS3 Extended software, an entirely new version of Photoshop, helps professionals discover new dimensions in digital imaging, harnessing everything in Photoshop CS3 plus groundbreaking tools for 3D, motion graphics, image measurement and analysis.

The Photoshop CS3 Extended plug-in for the Google 3D Warehouse is available for free download from the Adobe Labs Web site at http://labs.adobe.com . The Macintosh plug-in is available today, with the Windows® plug-in due June 1. Photoshop CS3 Extended is available through Adobe Authorized Resellers and the Adobe Store at www.adobe.com/go/gn_store . Estimated street price for Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended is US$999. Upgrade pricing is available. For more detailed information about features, upgrade policies, pricing, and International versions please visit: www.adobe.com/go/photoshop .

About Google
Google’s innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a top web property in all major global markets. Google’s targeted advertising program provides businesses of all sizes with measurable results, while enhancing the overall web experience for users. Google is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.google.com .

About Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe revolutionizes how the world engages with ideas and information – anytime, anywhere and through any medium. For more information, visit www.adobe.com .

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Filter Forge, Inc. Releases Three New Editions of Filter Forge http://photoshopnews.com/2007/05/15/filter-forge-inc-releases-three-new-editions-of-filter-forge/ http://photoshopnews.com/2007/05/15/filter-forge-inc-releases-three-new-editions-of-filter-forge/#comments Tue, 15 May 2007 20:11:35 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff http://photoshopnews.com/2007/05/15/filter-forge-inc-releases-three-new-editions-of-filter-forge/ Press Release: Alexandria, VA, USA (May 10th, 2007) – Filter Forge, Inc., a newcomer to the Photoshop plug-in market, today announced three new editions of its flagship product, Filter Forge, a high-end plug-in for Adobe Photoshop allowing computer artists to build their own filters – seamless textures, visual effects, distortions, patterns, backgrounds, frames and more. The Basic, Standard and Professional editions, priced at $99, $199 and $299 respectively, offer different sets of features targeted at entry-level, mainstream and professional graphic artists.

The Basic edition, priced at $99, is aimed at users who want quick results. The Basic edition cannot create new filters and modify existing ones, but provides unlimited access to the Filter Library, a free online repository that currently contains over 2000 user-created filters. The main advantage of the Basic edition is the lowest price per filter on the market – less than $0.05 per filter as opposed to the usual $5 – $10 per filter of competing Photoshop plugins.

The Standard edition, priced at $199, is the best value for money for a mainstream graphic artist. At $100 less, the Standard edition offers all features of the Professional edition except specialist-level functionality such as 16- and 32-bit image modes, resolutions larger than 3000×3000 pixels, high-precision file formats (OpenEXR and PFM), normal maps, and support for quad-core CPUs.

The Professional edition, priced at $299, is the choice of an imaging professional working in high-end 3D-content creation, architectural visualization and next-gen game development. The Professional edition offers Filter Forge in all its glory – high-precision imagery, ultra-large bitmaps up to 65000×65000 pixels, bump, diffuse and normal maps, and support for an unlimited number of CPU cores allowing the artists to squeeze the maximum out of the upcoming quad-core processors.

All three editions and the free trial version of Filter Forge are available at the company website http://www.filterforge.com. Filter Forge is currently a Windows-only application, the OS X version for both Intel and PowerPC processors is in development. Users who are willing to contribute high-quality filters to the Filter Library can earn the Professional edition of Filter Forge for free – details can be found at http://www.filterforge.com/more/freecopy.html

About Filter Forge, Inc. – Since the day it was founded, the company has been focused on a single goal: to develop “the best Photoshop plugin on this planet, period.” Having spent four years working on its flagship product, the company is confident that it packs enough punch to invigorate the Photoshop plugin market which has been stale for years. For more information, visit http://www.filterforge.com

*Windows-only, Mac version is in the works

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AKVIS Releases Enhancer V.6.0 http://photoshopnews.com/2007/05/15/akvis-releases-enhancer-v60/ http://photoshopnews.com/2007/05/15/akvis-releases-enhancer-v60/#comments Tue, 15 May 2007 19:52:49 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff http://photoshopnews.com/2007/05/15/akvis-releases-enhancer-v60/ enhancer-box_b.pngPlug-in Update–AKVIS Enhancer V.6.0: Improving Detail on Photos with Uneven Exposure

AKVIS Enhancer plug-in has been updated to version 6.0.

The software allows improving detail in underexposed, overexposed, and mid tone areas of a photo.

By popular request, the possibility to save user presets has been added.

New to version 6.0:

  • Added option to save/edit user settings – presets.
  • Compatibility with Photoshop CS3 on Intel Mac.
  • Fixed memory bug that caused program crash on some images on Macintosh.
  • Compatibility with Windows Vista.
  • Added new interface language – Italian.
  • Updated program documentation (Help).

Download Enhancer now in Windows or in Macintosh version.
Mac: AKVIS Enhancer is now a Universal Binary Application. It runs on both Intel- and PowerPC-based Mac computers.
The program does not have an installer for Macintosh. You should just move the “AKVIS Enhancer” folder into the Plug-ins folder of your photo editor.

Upgrade for registered users is Free (more).

The users who tried the previous version of the plug-in and have their version expired, now have an opportunity to test the software again.

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