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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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Nik Software
Silver Efex Pro 2 software, the Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom 2, and Apple Aperture plug-in allows users to create quality black-and-white images from scanned or digital color photographs.
Specific features include: U Point-technology control points for on-image editing – allows users to precisely control the tonality of objects or areas selectively without the need for selections or layer masks; and a film grain engine that features algorithms written specifically to allow the user to produce realistic grain, mimicking the natural silver-halide process instead of overlaying a random noise pattern. With Film Types users can emulate the grain, color sensitivity, and tone curve of 18 popular black-and-white films. The tinting and toning capabilities offer preset toners to provide the ability to recreate sepia, selenium, gold, silver, and split-toning options. Other features include: a history browser, which facilitates intuitive comparison of previous edits and different looks; a dynamic brightness tool to enable adaptive brightening adjustments for different areas in the image; and a soft contrast tool, which applies contrast intelligently, based on image details. An image borders tool uses organic image elements to create unique and random borders. Selective colorization is for easily adding color elements back into images. Price: $199.95; an upgrade from the first version costs $99.95.

Dfine 2.0 provides control over exactly how much and where to apply noise reduction, and is designed to eliminate contrast/luminance and color/chominance noise in images while maintaining detail and sharpness.

Viveza 2 offers precise, selective photo editing to control color and light. New features include global image adjustments, shadow adjustments, and an interactive help system.

Color Efex Pro 3.0 comprises a set of more than 50 photographic filters. New in Pro 3.0 are: Bleach Bypass, Cross Balance, Film Effects and Film Grain, Glamour Glow, High Key and Low Key, Polaroid Transfer, and Tonal Contrast. Available in Standard, Select, and Complete editions.