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Familiar software


Photography and music are my two passions. I edited photography magazines for around 20 years and launched the UK's first digital imaging magazine. I founded ePHOTOzine and was owner / publisher until 2013. The photos in my portfolio are ones I like from shoots I do in any spare time I have.
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Familiar software

7 Apr 2010 12:30PM   Views : 265 Unique : 189

If you're like me you get into a habit of using the same software year after year. I use Photoshop and Lightroom and only visit others when I have a review to do or a tutorial. When I use other software I often realise why I stick with what I know, but occasionally I see a feature that makes me wish Photoshop was a little more interesting.

For example while recently writing some beginners guides to Paint Shop Pro X3 I decided to skim around the surface of some of the filter areas and came across a really good one that adds realistic print styles. Called Time Machine, you can set an era and recreate one of the classic print styles. There's Daguerreotype, Albumen, Cyanotype, Platinum, Autochrome, Box Camera and Cross Processing.

I used Platinum in a recent portfolio upload , and here's one using Daguerreotype. You can have it set to add a realistic frame too.


Let me know what software you use that has interesting extras that Photoshop lacks.

Tags: Daguerreotype Albumen Cyanotype Platinum


JJGEE 11 6.7k 18 England
7 Apr 2010 7:11PM
A software package called LightZone has an interesting feature The Zone Mapper , video tutorial Number 04, which I guess, in reality, is just another way of doing Photoshop's "Point Curve" adjustments. ( Which by the way has also now appeared in the Beta 2 of LightRoom 3 )

I tried this software a couple of years ago and found it quite good but decided in the end to upgrade Elements 3 to 6 to supplement Lightroom.

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tomcat 11 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2010 8:46PM
I know what you mean Pete.
Perhaps we are all old stick in the muds Smile

I personally, only ever view my downloaded images with ACD.
I have done for years going back to ACD 4, was it?
Now on Pro 3.

Also only ever tend to use the CS4 Raw converting software.

I, as you, realise there is some fantastic stuff out there, but can I be bovvered?
Obviously not Wink


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