I'm in two minds about this feature. The AI Augmented Sky filter in Luminar 4.2 is spectacularly effective at blending in all sorts of other-worldly objects into regular outdoor skies, even supplying a range of ready-made objects like these twin planets via a drop-down menu. The AI technology merges these objects with your sky so seamlessly and subtly that you might never need … [Read more...] about Luminar 4.2 Augmented Skies: is this photography or illustration?
Presets are specific adjustment settings, or groups of settings, saved for re-use. Presets are used widely by image-editing and effects software to apply a sophisticated set of adjustments to a photo with a single click.
Like other photo-editing applications, Capture One offers one-click preset image effects, which it calls ‘Styles’. These are made with carefully-crafted combinations of image adjustments which you can use as-is or inspect and modify to suit your own tastes. You do get a selection of Styles built in to Capture One, but most are sold separately via the Capture One website as … [Read more...] about Preset picks: Capture One ‘Seasonal’ SN-04
SN-05 is a pretty unromantic name for an image style, but it’s worked quite a transformation on this sunlit winter tree and sky. It’s one of 15 Styles in the Seasonal pack, which is sold via the Phase One website here: Seasonal Styles & Presets for Capture One - Preview Images & Buy The price is £69 in UK currency but is converted to local currencies wherever you’re … [Read more...] about SN-05 from Capture One’s Seasonal Style pack
Adjustment layers started out in Photoshop as a way of altering the look of an image without actually changing its pixels. It was the start of non-destructive editing. Now, adjustment layers are everywhere, not just in Photoshop, and for me they are the key to successful image enhancements. There’s a second factor, though – layer masks. Without layer masks, adjustment layers … [Read more...] about The power of adjustment layers and masks
Lightroom Classic has some powerful image enhancement tools, as fans will know, and the ability to apply and store editing presets. But as well as creating your own, you can get presets from all sorts of different places and they're really easy to install – and here's how you do it. Lightroom/Photography plan trial version and offers 01 Free presets from ON1.com You … [Read more...] about How to install Lightroom presets
DxO Optics Pro 10 comes with a whole bunch of interesting-looking presets, but it's really easy to create your own. Once you've perfected a 'look' that you like, you can then apply it to your photos in the same way as the built-in presets. Here's how it's done. DxO Optics Pro 11 review 01: Start from scratch or from a preset you like If you know exactly the look … [Read more...] about How to create and save your own DxO Optics Pro presets
Aperture comes with a small selection of ready-made effects which you can apply to your photos simply by selecting them from a menu. But did you know you can import new effects created by others? It's really easy to do, and here's how. 01 How to edit your Aperture effects With the Adjustment Inspector open, look for the drop-down Effects menu just beneath the … [Read more...] about How to import Aperture effects
Capture One lets you save adjustments for re-use in the future, but it can be confusing because it offers user 'presets' and user 'styles' without being terribly clear about the difference. In other programs, 'presets' usually refer to sets of adjustments applied all at once, but Capture One presets are subtly different. So to make the difference clear, and to … [Read more...] about Capture One presets vs styles: what’s the difference?
Google's brand new Analog Efex Pro plug-in is the latest component in Google's Nik Collection. It comes with a selection of preset camera and film effects to reproduce the look of traditional analog photography, but I've been spending some time trying them out and using the Analog Efex Pro Camera Kit (see part 2 of this Analog Efex Pro mini-series) to make my own, and I think … [Read more...] about Top tips for creating and saving Analog Efex Pro custom presets
Analog Efex Pro is a brand new addition to the Google Nik Collection, the set of plug-ins for Photoshop, Elements, Lightroom and Aperture that Google took over when it bought out Nik Software. You can find out more at the Google Nik Collection website. I rate this as the best set of plug-ins ever made, and practically a must-have for digital image-editing fans. (Note: The Nik … [Read more...] about How to use the Google Nik Collection Analog Efex Pro Camera Kit