Google has decided it will no longer develop the Google Nik Collection, so what do we all do when it’s gone? Here are five Nik Collection alternatives that could fill the void. Alien Skin Exposure X2 Once a film simulation plug-in, now a full-blown standalone image-editor with file browsing and non-destructive adjustment layers and masks, […]
Life after Photoshop software reviews
Choosing the right software isn't easy and you often have to try quite a few different applications to find the ones that suit you. We're all looking for different things, and quite often a single piece of software won't do everything that we need.
Some people simply want a Photoshop replacement without the subscription payments, some want an image cataloguing tool that can also carry out photo enhancements, some primarily want an image effects tool for crafting a very particular 'look'. Most of us want a bit of all of these things.
• Always download the trial version if there is one. My best guess at what photographers need is not necessarily right for you.
These reviews are designed not just to see whether the software out there is any good or not, but to explain exactly what it does and how it might fit into your workflow.
I don't review every program out there, only those which I personally consider add something significant to the image-editing process. There are some notable and quite possibly very popular programs not in my review list but that's because – and I don't want to upset any publishers out there – I don't think they're different enough, interesting enough or just plain good enough.
Verdict: 4.5 stars Affinity Photo is basically Photoshop at a fraction of the price and without a subscription. You will have to learn a few new ways of working and some new jargon, but this is no cut-down budget alternative. Affinity Photo does everything that Photoshop does, and sometimes more.
Verdict: 5 stars If Snapseed 2 was a paid-for app, it would still be getting a 5-star rating. The fact that it’s free is just the icing on the cake. Snapseed combines a huge range of filters with some dazzling contemporary effects and an interface that’s perfectly design for small touchscreen devices. If only – IF ONLY – this was still available as a desktop app too.
Verdict: 4 stars DxO ViewPoint 3 is a very effective and useful add-on for DxO PhotoLab but perhaps less useful these days as a plug-in for Lightroom and Photoshop, given that these have pretty good perspective correction tools of their own. ViewPoint also faces competition from the new and very similar Perspective Efex plug in that’s part of the DxO Nik Collection 3.
DxO built its reputation on scientifically-derived lens correction profiles, building them into DxO Optics Pro, an application designed to remove all possible imperfections from digital images. DxO Optics Pro 11 review But it also produces an application that sets out to recreate all the flaws, quirks and inaccuracies of traditional films and darkroom processes. DxO […]
What is it? FilmPack 4 is a standalone app which can also work as a plug-in for Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture. It reproduces the look of old-fashioned colour and black and white films, darkroom effects and retro styles. It comes from DxO Labs, which is best known for its DxO Optics Pro lens correction and […]
Mac owners have a choice of top-quality image-cataloguing tools. Adobe Lightroom is available for both Windows and Mac machines, but it faces strong competition from Apple’s Mac-only Aperture application. If you don’t yet know what Aperture does and how it works, why not read read our brand new, full Aperture review. You could be missing […]
When I posted my three-way RAW converter comparison yesterday, I pitted Lightroom 5 against DxO Optics Pro 9 and Capture One Pro 7. A few people have pointed out to me since then that I didn’t include Aperture. I thought at the time that three was enough, but now I wish I’d squeezed Aperture in […]