Topaz Labs has updated its Topaz Detail 2 Photoshop plug-in with a speed boost, redesigned user interface and several other enhancements.
Alien Skin’s Blow Up 2 is a Photoshop plugin designed to help you create images that are larger than the native resolutions coming out of your camera. Alien Skin provided me with a review sample of Blow Up 2 and mentioned words like “presets”, “single-click” and “take the complexity out.” I took them up on their claims and gave it a spin.
While I don’t enlarge many prints beyond 8×10, I have, on occasion, used Photoshop’s bicubic image sample method to enlarge prints up to 20″ x 30″. I have always thought that this capability in Photoshop works pretty well. That was, however, until I saw the results from resizing using the Blow Up 2 plugin. [Read more…]
PictureCode has released Noise Ninja as a plug-in for Aperture. The powerful noise reduction software has the core capabilities of the Photoshop version, but has a more simplified user interface that meshes with the Aperture system. The Noise Ninja plug-in also supports the multi-file handling method that Aperture’s framwork makes possible.
The Aperture version of Noise Ninja is somewhat stripped down, compared to the standalone version: it has no preference dialog, for instance. But the capabilities of this plug-in remain the same.
It is available as part of the PictureCode Pro Bundle.
Adobe Labs made the Camera Raw 4.5 plugin for Photoshop available at the end of last week. This plugin gives Photoshoppers easy access to raw image formats, the format in which most professional and prosumer digital cameras shoot.
This version is only a release candidate. The plugin is well tested but needs more community testing to put it through its paces on multiple platforms and various hardware. Eventually Camera Raw will be distributed to all Photoshop users, according to the Adobe site.