PRODUCT ROUNDUP BY THEANO NIKITAS
PLUGINS, ACTIONS & PRESETS
Even the most skilled photographer or videographer will often opt for third-party
On1 Photo 10
plug-ins, presets, actions and effects to enhance their imagery and workflow.
We pulled together some of our favorite add-ons that we think make great
additions to any digital toolkit.
Don’t let the name
change fool you.
The latest version of
On1’s software, like its
Photo Suite 9. 5, offers a range of editing
options as a Photoshop, Elements, Lightroom
or Aperture plug-in or standalone app. On1
has streamlined some of the workflow (the
Perfect B&W module has been integrated
into Effects), pumped up performance and
increased the responsiveness of sliders and
tools thanks to new algorithms and more
efficient use of the latest video cards. You’ll
also find improvements like the ability to mask
an entire filter stack at the same time and the
addition of a haze reduction filter. And, for
additional convenience, Photo 10 offers an
option to view sub-folder images automatically
while browsing without having to drill down
and open each folder manually.
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This magical plug-in from Corel utilizes Corel Painter brush technology to
simplify tasks that would otherwise be impossible or take an expert hand
(and many hours) to create from scratch. Bundled with a starter pack of 11
brushes, you’ll get a feel for the types of artful effects you can add to your
images. After that, you’ll likely want to add supplemental brushes from one
or more of the optional Brush Packs. Each comes with 15 brushes broken
down into categories such as Hair, Fabric, Light it Up, Storm, Smoke & Steam,
Dust & Debris and even a Superhero pack for playful children’s portraits.
Corel ParticleShop is cross-platform and works with Adobe Photoshop and
Lightroom CS5 and newer, as well as Elements 13 and CorelDRAW, Photo-Paint
and PaintShop Pro X7 and newer.
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DxO Filmpack 5
DxO Filmpack 5 goes above and beyond
standard emulation options with specialty
“designer” presets including Sepia, Lo-Fi
and Nostalgia. Toning and filter options offer
additional creative touches. The Elite Edition
costs more than the Essential Edition but you’ll
get several dozen more presets, advanced
color and black-and-white controls, noise
reduction and creative effects (frames, textures
and light leaks). This cross-platform application
functions as a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop,
Elements, Lightroom, Apple Aperture and DxO
Optics Pro, as well as a standalone application.
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Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks 3. 1
Videographers will love this plug-in. It’s easy to
use and the latest version offers more than 200
customizable Look presets, a trackpad mode,
tools to create film stocks and an update to
the Colorista tool for color corrections. Import
additional look up tables (LUTs) from other
grading applications to extend the 14 new
LUTs that are bundled with Magic Bullet Looks.
Compatible with a variety of host applications
(including Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro,
Apple Final Cut Pro X, Apple Motion 5, DaVinci
Resolve and more), this plug-in is packed with
features to help you create amazing videos.
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