Author: Rod Lawton

Dramatic skies with Silver Efex Pro 2

I love Silver Efex Pro 2. It’s a black and white photography plug-in developed by Nik Software and now part of the Google Nik Collection. What makes it great is that it recaptures the look and feel of traditional darkroom black and white in a way that other plug-ins don’t. The preset effects down the left side give you a whole range of ‘looks’ which you can apply with a single click and then modify using the tools panel on the right. I’ll show you a simple example with this statue of Sir Francis Drake on Plymouth Hoe, UK....

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It’s the end of Photoshop as we know it!

On May 6th 2013 Adobe announced Photoshop CC, the replacement for Photoshop CS6. Adobe also announced that Photoshop CC would be a subscription-only application provided as part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud online ecosystem. This means CS6 is the last version of Photoshop to be offered with a ‘perpetual licence’, and from now on you’ll have to rent your copy of Photoshop instead of buying it. You can click on the image above to visit Adobe’s Photoshop CC web page, or click here to see the official press release. The move has already created a storm of protest amongst photographers and the implications are far-reaching. I’ll be looking at these more closely in future posts, but that’s not only what this new website is about. Life after Photoshop started out as a simple idea, a website for photographers who don’t want to use Photoshop any more, perhaps prompted by Adobe’s new business model, and who don’t know where to turn to find equivalent tools from other publishers. So I’m going to be taking a look at all the possible Photoshop alternatives on the market and, at the same time, showing how many of them offer a wider range of tools, greater innovation, smarter ideas or just better ways of working than that great old grandaddy of image-editing that we’ve taken for granted for so long. That’s it for now. My magazine...

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Rod_Lawton_circle Photoshop is not the only image-editor in the world. It's not even the best. This site is where the alternatives get a proper shout. Rod Lawton, Head of Testing, Future plc Photography Division

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