Archive for December 5th, 2006

Dec 5, 2006

Alien Skin Releases Snap Art

snapart_boxshot.jpgAlien Skin Software has released a new plug-in called Snap Art.

From their web site: Snap Art creates beautiful, natural media artwork in a single step. Render any image in an unlimited variety of real-world art styles including oil paint, pencil sketch, pen & ink, comics, and more. Great for stylizing photos or graphics, Snap Art works without laborious hand editing and is more versatile than Actions or brushes.

Conventional artists often use an underdrawing to outline key objects within a composition. This lightly drawn sketch serves as a guide and is usually painted or drawn over in the final composition. Similarly, Snap Art uses edge detection to discern the objects, edges, lines, and shapes of an original image. Then, using this outline, an advanced paint engine strokes and fills this outline using the brushes and colors you specify. This allows realistic reproduction of detail, but balances that realism with convincing artistry.

Dec 5, 2006

Real World Image Sharpening Tips From Expert Bruce Fraser has posted a sample chapter from Bruce Fraser’s Real World Image Sharpening with Adobe Photoshop CS2.

The sample chapter is provided courtesy of Peachpit Press and is available for reading at this url: Image Sharpening Tips From Expert Bruce Fraser.

About the book…
Whether you scan, shoot, or capture, the process of digitizing images introduces softness, and to get great-looking results, you’ll need to sharpen the great majority of digital images.

Dec 5, 2006

DxO Labs Updates DxO Optics Pro

DxO Optics Pro v4.1 improves speed and fluidity for greater comfort and productivity. DxO Optics Pro v4.1 is compatible with the all-new DxO FilmPack and is immediately available for Windows and Mac users.

Press Release: PARIS, France — DxO Labs announces the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro v4.1 — an upgrade to the recently released DxO Optics Pro v4, the company’s flagship automatic digital image enhancement software. Among the many speed improvements in DxO Optics Pro v4.1, users will be particularly impressed with the increased speed with which Raw images are previewed (2-4 times faster than in version 4.0) and the increased fluidity of the sliders (more than twice as fast).

Dec 5, 2006

Lightroom Podcast Episode 23 Posted

George Jardine by Jeff Schewe

George Jardine, Pro Photography Evangelist of Adobe has posted a new Adobe Lightroom iTunes Podcast with Richard Benson and Jay Maisel.