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Developed in-house by Macphun’s Research and Development Lab. With a simple flick of the wrist, the new Accent AI Filter allows anyone to create stunning images with a single slider instead of using dozens of adjustments and controls…
Luminar is primarily available for Mac. However, by the time you’ve read this the new “public beta” for Windows users should be ready for you to encounter the Luminar Neptune experience too.
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Platograph is a web based sofware that allows you to easily create amazing images with animated parts.
Yep, you can now turn your beautiful images edited using Aurora HDR, into animated images using the amazing Plotagraph – all from a single JPEG.
Plotagraph typically cost around $30 USD per month for membership. There are no minimum contracts and you can cancel at any time.
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Luminar is a universal, easy to use, all-in-one photo editing app, designed to meet your every need as a photographer and photo-image editor.
Unlike most other photo editing software, Luminar’s genuine ease-of-use makes it look bound for becoming the number one image editor software, applicable to almost anyone with the desire of creating beautiful imagery. There is no need for any special training in order for users to achieve great looking results. So imagine what you can do with just some basic tips and insights.
Enhance and change the appearance of your photos using custom filters with precise and easy to use controls, from classic Tone and Exposure, to Bi-Color, Photo Filter Emulation, Cross-Processing and more. In fact, Luminar will allow you to achieve some of the more complex photo editing tasks only adequately possible in the likes of… yes you said it – Adobe Photoshop.
Amongst the many features you’ll find, Workspaces provide a near to perfect environment of logically grouped tool ‘sets’ suitable for your specific type of project. You can even share and import Workspaces by other photographers.
Now, whilst the default Workspaces include; Portrait, Black & White, Landscape and Street, you always have the capability of adding different filters or creating new ones. This will allow you to customise Workspaces to fit exactly what you need for each different project.
Finally, but not the last, besides the support of RAW file formats, Luminar also provides:
– Layers and Custom Textures
– Gradient and Radial Masks
– Pixel-perfect Noise Reduction
– A Healing tool
– Crop & Transform
– History Panel
– Brushes and Masking
– Automatic Luminosity
– Selective Top & Bottom adjustments
– Plug-in support and so much more….
By the time you have read this post, Luminar will be either fully-available or, if you are lucky, still be in pre-launch phase. In which case, if you already own a Macphun app for Mac, you’ll only pay $49 (+ receive exclusive bonuses). New users (i.e those that do not own a Macphun product) the price is an incredibly compelling…only $59.
After recently stumbling on a very interesting Application that allows you to synchronise your WooCommerce store displaying all your products right there…yes, right there on your Facebook page. Thought, this would be a definite for the Software Folder. And so here we are – but don’t be put-off by the name.
What do you mean? That was the name, and it does exactly what it says quite nicely too.
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Aurora HDR is a joint project by Macphun and Trey Ratcliff,
The latest release of Aurora HDR, now comes with added RAW file support for updated and newer cameras, plus a few other welcoming tweaks and additions. You can learn more about the new release here.
For those of you that may be curious as to what exactly is Aurora HDR? Well, the clue is in the HDR, High Dynamic Range imaging or photography. You can just see the difference!
Aurora High Dynamic Range allows you to edit your images beyond the typical dynamic range of luminosity possible with standard digital imaging. And you can even use the software alongside other applications such as Photoshop, Aperture, Lightroom and Photos for Mac.
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Okay, so here’s something cool. You know how you may use the method of ‘bracketing’ as a way of ensuring that you’ve captured a good range of differently exposed shots. By taking a photograph of the same composition a few times, whilst varying your camera settings for each shot.
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Now, use Aurora HDR to merge each shot… d’you get the picture? Without getting into the technical detail, it is easy to gather from the example image below, the range of colour you’ll now have to play with…
Now, just before you head off and download your free trial copy of Aurora HDR, allow me to let you in on some very, very handy related resource. Starting with the tutorials available at Photoserge, there are tons of videos on related topics and software.
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It has been a while now that freelancers and other individuals that work in the world of creating images and other visual material have been anticipating an affordable alternative to Adobe’s although excellent, but costly suite of graphic design and photography software.
For me at least, it looks like a true alternative has finally arrived!
I know I may have said this somewhere before, but once you have used Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, you will find it very hard to accept any other software. Because of the relative ease of use, flexibility and intuitiveness, you will become spoilt, anything else will need to be special.
Over the years my interpretation of the term ‘ease of use’ has come to mean; ‘ease of use’ – relative to basic knowledge or experience with a specific product or tool.
Now, when you read the words “Imagined by designers, created for Mac.” you hope, or at least you expect that this offering from Serif, the company responsible for Affinity Designer to fit into your armoury of software, accommodating nuances and all, and all with minimal fuss.
And it does…
To begin with, the look and feel of the software has a familiar Mac ‘flavour’, or should I say…(take a look for yourself – you’ll know what I mean).
Unlike the previous Adobe alternative software I have tried out, Affinity Designer does not suffer that ‘jittery’, temperamental experience found with the other design software contenders for the smaller budget. Of course I will need to take it through a more thorough trial – perhaps to avoid any bias, explore how Affinity Designer naturally fits into a workflow and copes with daily demands over a period of time.
This will be for another post.
Now, in terms of vector graphic design software Affinity Designer works and feels, in a way familiar to most designers that use digital technology. But the thing I found about Affinity Designer is the way in which it so readily handles both vector and raster images.
In an ‘on-the-spot’ real live situation, I was able to use Affinity to perform various tasks with little fuss, and that is using it for the very first time. Of course there were a few hang ups working out where certain tools and features were placed – however, the resolve was always close at hand and easily found in the appropriate menu tab.
So, without burdening your decision with the pros, why not take this for a spin yourself. You can try it out for free and if it fits, its one-time purchase will not hurt your pockets.
Now I am going to let you in on something a little more ‘underground’, another software contender for the smaller budget. Although I haven’t taken it for spin myself, at least not as yet, the reviews and demonstration I have seen look very promising. Take a look here: Designer Software for the smaller budget.
Typically when operating system software upgrades are made public, the case of incompatibility with your current applications invariably presents the question; Should you upgrade now, or wait ?
OS X Yosemite promises a number of new and improved features including seamless interaction with iCloud and its new component iCloud Drive, plus other Mac software and services. In fact, Yosamite looks like taking the Mac OS X to a totally new level.
iCloud, or more specifically “iCloud Drive” now works like any other folder on your desktop and falls in line with the common perceptions of cloud storage.
At the time of writing, OS X Yosemite is available to users of the the Beta Program, where you are invited to help shape the development of future upgrades by installing the latest pre-release software, and submitting your feedback.
You will need to have OS X Mavericks already running on your Mac, so it may be a good idea to create a separate partition for trying out OS X Yosemite and keeping your current OS X Mavericks setup free of bugs. For this you will need up to 20GB of hard disk space.
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If you are already familiar with the company – Assimilate, then you will also know that they are responsible for providing high-end digital post-production tools for finishing television shows and professional corporate video production.
SCRATCH runs on both Windows and Mac OS®X and can also be used seamlessly with your existing Final Cut Pro or Avid editorial system. The whole idea behind SCRATCH, is that you adopt it as your one and only tool – your entire post-production workflow conveniently in one place.
SCRATCH® is a complete post-production or should I say digital workflow, you see, it actually consists of a number of components that makes, editing, viewing, presenting and finishing high-end video all within reach. In fact it has been described as the “…the post house in a box”.
At time of writing, you can download a generous free 90 day trial of both SCRATCH® and SCRATCH Lab®, or in the meanwhile, in order to get a feeling of what it is like working in the SCRATCH® environment, you could tinker with the completely free copy of the SCRATCH media player, which aims at resolving media file and platform incompatibilities.
Once launched, you are presented with the Construct View (hey, thats what I would call it!), where you can start loading all types of video clips. At this point using the SCRATCH Media Player is fairly intuitive, and may even be used for basic editing.
Okay its time to stop salivating and remember what type of project and user SCRATCH is intended for. So unless you are the serious independent filmmaker or producer and have the type of projects that warrant such expenditure you might just find the $5000 a year price tag affordable.