Archive for filters

Nik Color Efex Pro 4

Posted in Software/Hardware with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2011 by bayouphoto

It is out and I just downloaded the trial version. I will be running a review soon but for now here are some videos to see the new features

What’s new

Using multiple filters

Control Points

Single filter

Streamlined digital filters

Overview

Download the trial and give it a try.

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Nik Color Efex Pro 4

Posted in Software/Hardware with tags , , , , , on September 15, 2011 by bayouphoto

Nik software is announcing the next version of it’s award winning software Color Efex Pro 4

I’m excited because it finally addresses one of the issues I have with most plug in software. Except for onOne they all required  you to open, save and re open to add each effect. You could not open and add multiple effects until now. With this version you can stack multiple effects (ie. tonal contrast/brilliance and warmth) and preview the effect before applying. You are now able to  see the interaction of each effect and  how it relates to the final process.

Although, to me, this is the best feature there are many new filters and effects to make the upgrade worth while. I took forward to trying out the demo when it is released.

Tech Tuesday: Tiffen DFX digital filters

Posted in Software/Hardware, Tech Tuesday with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 1, 2010 by bayouphoto

When I started photography I read over and over the quality and desirability of Tiffen glass photographic filters. I always tried to by the best quality glass as why put a cheap filter in front of an expensive lens.

While I now use a Cokin filter system and only for things like a polarizer, ND or grad filters I still find plenty of use for Tiffen filters. Enter the Tiffen  DFX software. They do have version 2 out but I am still using V1.

I find these filters great for light balancing, glamour work and special effects.

Have a photo open in Photoshop or compatible editing program. My version does not automatically make a new layer so I made one and named it Tiffin

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Go to filters>Tiffen>DFX It will open the user interface

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under each type is a set of pre sets with varying strengths

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Then you can select what category of filter to use. Here I selected the color balance filters and you see the pre sets for it

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Let’s go back to the glamour diffusion filters

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I have selected the gold diffusion to impart a golden glow

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You have many sliders on the right for custom control to the color, blur, amount and strength. Once you are happy click done to apply.

Here is the before

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and the after

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Once applied you can lower the opacity, add a layer mask or even erase parts.There are many variables and pre sets to choose from. It will occupy your time for quite awhile just exploring the possibilities. there is a free trial to download and try out.