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Professional Imaging Tools

(June 2011) posted on Tue Jun 07, 2011

Software for image editing, manipulation, and illustration.

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Auto FX
The new DreamSuite Pro Bundle from Auto FX features DreamSuite Series One, DreamSuite Series Two, and DreamSuite Gel Series. The Pro version of DreamSuite uses SmartLayer technologies to build effects on layers that work together to form a composite effect. The Pro version also includes the ability to create layer masks, correction layers, photo layers, and effect layers. Plus, it allows users to save and reload presets that rebuild layers, masks, and settings that can be applied to other images. The Pro Bundle can be used as a stand-alone or as a Photoshop plug-in. Price of DreamSuite Pro Bundle: $399. Compatible with Windows 7/Vista/XP and Mac OS 10.4 and higher, including Panther.

DreamSuite Series One is a collection of 18 visual effects including 35mm frame, Chisel, hot stamp, deckle, crease, and liquid metal. DreamSuite Series Two comprises 14 visual effects for enhancing photographs, including plastic wrap, puzzle pieces, mosaic, and film grain. And DreamSuite Gel includes Gel, Liquid Crystal, Gel Painter, and Crystal Painter.

AutoEye 2.0
is an automated image-enhancement solution that rebuilds lost detail and color and enhances digital photos to bring out clarity and color fidelity. AutoEye runs as a stand-alone application and as a Photoshop plugin.

Corel has recently introduced CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5 geared toward designers as well as other professionals. The graphics program comprises not only CorelDraw X5, the core graphic-design and page-layout product; but also: Photo-Paint X5, image-editing application specifically designed for use in a graphics workflow; PowerTrace X5, bitmap-to-vector file conversion tool; Capture X5, one-click screen capture utility; and Corel Connect, search tool that helps you find digital content on your computer, and search millions of images on Flickr, Fotolia, and iStockPhoto websites.