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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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Evident Technologies
Asiva Photo from Shapiro allows the user to make corrections, enhancements, and apply effects without masks—including sharpen or blur specific parts of an image, change the color of an object, remove background colors, and create a special effect. The software allows users to control how the effects are applied to an image using adjustable maps (curves) on the hue, saturation, and luminance components. You can turn the operations on and off for an instant comparison; organize and arrange the sequence of your operations, save the sequence independently and use on other images. Compatible with Mac OS 8.6 through OS X 10.3 and Windows 2000/XP. Price: $199.

Portraiture 2 is portrait retouching software with a skin-masking tool that smoothens and removes imperfections while preserving skin texture and other important portrait details such as hair, eyebrows, eyelashes, etc. The skin-retouching plug-in features an unlimited number of detailed history states, with resizable thumbnails; an unlimited number of presets and space for descriptive notes; refinement to parameter sliders; and feathering and fuzziness sliders for the skin-tone mask. Also the real-time mask preview follows the selection cursor, allowing users to spot-check effects. The enhanced skin-masking control allows users to isolate changes to the skin mask, in addition to global adjustments. Price: $199.95.

Noiseware 4 noise-correction technology eliminates digital noise and unwanted artifacts that have been introduced by high-ISO photography and less-than-optimal shooting conditions.
Version 4.0 features an increase in speed as a result of dual-processor support plus an array of new noise-correction controls and noise-suppression levels for better fine tuning and quality, including Noiseware 4's DetailGuard, which safeguards picture details from excessive alteration. Price: $49.95, Standard Plug-in; $69.95, Professional Plug-in.