Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Hi-Tech Studio: Plug-Ins For The Professional
Tools to help you streamline your workflow and get your images into delivery shape quickly and efficiently
onOne Genuine Fractals 6
Available as a plug-in for Aperture and Photoshop, Noise Ninja cleans up images taken in low-light and fast-action situations by removing the noise and grain caused by shooting at a high ISO. Noise Ninja works by suppressing noise without sacrificing detail and generally results in two stops of image-quality improvement. It’s also a useful tool for minimizing noise when making enlargements from low ISO images. You can let Noise Ninja work automatically, even with batch processing for multiple images, or use manual noise analysis with camera-specific profiles and a Noise Brush for adjusting only parts of an image. Estimated Street Price: Begins at $34.
onOne Genuine Fractals 6 Professional Edition
Genuine Fractals 6 Professional Edition is available as a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Apple Aperture. The software uses sophisticated algorithms to expand the dimensions of an image up to 1000% without losing details or sharpness. The process is simple, with batch-processing of images, texture presets, and one-click cropping and resizing to more than 60 preset document sizes. Version 6 includes a new Tiling feature for dividing one image into smaller prints that can be pieced back together into a large print. A Gallery Wrap mode automatically stretches borders to fill the edges when printing to a gallery wrap. Estimated Street Price: $299.
Vertus Fluid Mask 3
Tiffen’s Dfx 2 Creative Digital Effects Software contains 110 individual filters and more than 2,000 filter and special-effects presets. There’s a version for Photoshop and a separate version for Aperture. Dfx 2 allows you to invoke digital simulations of Tiffen’s optical filters, so you can be assured of consistent, predictable results. New in version 2, filters now can be added as layers, allowing you to add multiple filters to your image, and seven different types of masks can be used to isolate where a filter will be applied. The plug-in supports multimasking and multilayering. Several new filters have been added, includ-ing Water Droplets and Rainbow. Estimated Street Price: $299.
First, click on a thumbnail in Aperture. Then open a Google-powered map in Maperture, navigate to the spot where the image was captured, and click again. You’ve just geotagged the image by adding the latitude and longitude coordinates to the EXIF metadata. Once geotagged, you can display your images on a map by using Aperture’s “Show on map” feature. You also can upload your geotagged images to Google’s photo-sharing service using Übermind’s Aperture to Picasa Web Albums export plug-in. For Aperture only. Free download.
Vertus Fluid Mask 3
Arguably one of the most difficult and time consuming image-editing tasks, especially for newcomers, is extracting the subject and knocking out the background. Enter Fluid Mask 3. It’s as close to an “automatic cut-out” engine as you’ll ever see. Using a variety of Brush tools to define the subject, simply paint the edge and the software determines what to include and exclude from the selection. Vertus has perfected powerful edge-detection and edge-blending technology that can quickly and easily isolate seemingly impossible subjects—like wisps of smoke, floating feathers or even hair. Vertus offers a free trial version (website download). Estimated Street Price: $149 (full version, Photoshop only).