Topaz Labs has just released Simplify 4, which offers a number of improvements, including:
- New Adjustment Sliders. Instantly add depth and tonality to create realistic artistic effects using Dynamics, structure and structure boost sliders.
- Instant Transformations with over 100 new presets to help stimulate your creative juices.
- Preset Organization via convenient effect categories – so you can easily find and apply the perfect look in seconds.
- Intuitive 4-in-1 selective brush to dodge, burn, smooth, and brush out adjustments.
Plus advanced edge-aware technology for precise selections every time!
- Integration of the Apply button – so you can stack multiple presets during the same workflow and build your own style.
- Finishing Touches tab with options for vignette, toning and transparency.
Along with the launch of Simplify 4, Topaz is offering a 30% discount that applies to Simplify 4 and the Topaz Bundle or Bundle Upgrade. Just use the coupon code GETSIMPLIFIED when checking out here on Topaz Labs’ website.
Topaz has updated photoFXlab to version 1.2. In this latest version, you have the ability to save your project (layers using a new topaz file format), 3-party plug-in support (for select .8bf plug-ins), cropping grid overlay (stand-alone mode only), and Apple Aperture plug-in support.
If you aren’t familiar with photoFXlab, it is a standalone application that can also be accessed as a plugin. It allows you to work with layers of Topaz effects in a single interface.
Topaz has also extended the $50 savings through August 31. Just use the coupon code CreateFX at checkout on Topaz Labs’ website to get photoFXlab for $29.95.
Adobe Labs just dropped Lightroom 4.1 Release Candidate 2. This is the first time I recall Adobe issuing a second release candidate for a particular update version, which is likely due to bugs reported in the first Release Candidate for 4.1 as noted below.
This update corrects issues reported from the initial Lightroom 4.0 release and Lightroom 4.1 Release Candidate. The Lightroom team would like to thank all of the customers who helped track down the details of these issues. This update also allows Lightroom to support HDR files and provide new controls to correct for color fringing. This update also adds raw file format support for a number of cameras, including Canon EOS 60Da, Olympus OM-D E-M5, Samsung NX1000 and Sony Alpha NEX-VG20.
Remember, this is a release candidate, which means it has been pretty well tested and Adobe thinks it is ready for full release; however, it’s recommended that you keep production work to a prior version until the official releases drop. Given some of the problems with the 4.0 release, this release candidate may be a necessary upgrade for some users. Expect the full version update to come soon though. Release candidates mean that the final versions are just around the corner.
Julieanne Kost introduces several features for image editing in Adobe Lightroom 4.
Adobe has made release candidates of Lightroom 4.1 available for download in Adobe Labs. These versions add RAW file support for the Canon 5D Mark III and corrects issues reported from the initial Lightroom 4.0 release.
Release notes include the following fixed issues. [Read more…]
Photoshop Lightroom: From Snapshots to Great Shots is a new book from Jeff Revell. The book covers Lightroom 4 editing; however, Jeff says he wrote the book with the notion in mind that Lightroom version 2 and 3 users would still be able to take advantage of the information.
Photoshop Lightroom: From Snapshots to Great Shots retails for $24.99; however, it is currently available for $13.63 on Amazon.com.
Following up on the preview of Exposure 4 from last week, Alien Skin has officially released Exposure 4, which is a plug-in for Photoshop CS4+, Elements 9+ and Lightroom 2+.
Exposure 4 allows for post-processing photos with a number of film presets, texture overlays, light leaks and more. Check out the preview video below.
Exposure 4 is available direct from Alien Skin’s website. It costs $249 for the full version. Upgrades from any prior version of Exposure is $99. Exposure 3 users who bought in since November 2011 can get the Exposure 4 upgrade for free.
More details in the press release below. [Read more…]