Plugin Newsletter - November 2006
NEW POLL: Which DSLR camera do you use?
THE DISCUSSION FORUMS: 35mm Frame, PSP XI, PSP Tubes
GRAPHICS NEWS: iCorrect OneClick, Ardfry PNGOUT, Altia PhotoProto, DFT EZ Mask, PDP 4, HVC Color Composer
ABOUT THE PLUGIN SITE
Our latest B/W Styler plugin had a great start. It seems to be just as popular as our other PhotoWiz plugins. It is nice to see that we were again on the right track when creating B/W Styler. There are still a lot of ideas for enhancing it even further in future, but firstly we have to fix some bugs. That's what Version 1.0b of B/W Styler does, which is now available. See below for details.
Masking is a major topic and problem of photo editing. So it is no surprise that new masking solutions have been made available. Last month Version 4 of Mask Pro was released and this month we see three new tools. The free GrowCut and the commercial EZ Mask plugins promise to make new masking technology available. The SF Maskerade plugin on the other hand tries to refine traditional methods. Of course, there is no ultimate masking tool that works for every masking task, so it is nice to have different tools at hand. Currently my favorite masking method is to use a brush in connection with a layer mask, which certainly needs some practice and often takes more time than other methods, but so far it has produced the best results for me.
B/W STYLER 1.0b UPDATE
For a list of the fixed bugs please see
For more information, image examples and downloading
a demo version please go to
POLL RESULTS: Which version(s) of Photoshop, Photoshop
Elements and Paint Shop Pro are you using at the moment?
1. Photoshop 46.7%
Here are the results for the individual versions:
1. Photoshop CS2 56.1% (484 votes)
1. Paint Shop Pro X 30% (204 votes)
1. Photoshop Elements 4 47.4% (144 votes)
In the current poll there were more votes for Paint Shop Pro than in the previous poll. This could indicate that Paint Shop Pro is also used for other purposes than photo enhancing, but it can also mean that many Photoshop users also use Paint Shop Pro occasionally. The results also make clear that more than half of all Photoshop users have upgraded to the latest CS2 version whereas the latest versions of Paint Shop Pro and Elements are only used by a minority of all users. An explanation could be that their latest versions have only been released recently.
It is also interesting to see that more people are using Version 7 of Photoshop than the newer Version CS. Maybe the newer versions of Photoshop offer nothing important for these people. Something similar can be seen for Version 9 and X of Paint Shop Pro. Almost the same amount of people use both, which indicates that Version X doesn't mean such a big attraction for upgrading.
For more poll results, please visit the Know-How section
NEW POLL: Which DSLR camera do you use?
Please cast your vote at the bottom of
pfennig wrote: "Is there such a plug-in for Adobe
CS2 that would be like a cut out mask similar to the cut negative holders
for 35mm holders for when you would print 35mm prints and have that black
edge around the print."
plugsnpixels wrote: "I just received and have
played with PSP Photo XI... It ran great and processed images quickly.
... I never tried PSP before, except for a quick look at a trial of an
earlier version. I must say it's quite a good photo editing app for $100!"
Lelenia wrote: "My friend has been desperately
searching for PSP tubes of coffee beans to no avail. Anyone know where
she can find one or more?"
GML GrowCut (for Windows) is a free Photoshop selection plugin for separating objects in an image from the background. To create a selection you need to place loosely paints with a brush inside and outside the objects that you want to have masked.
PictoColor released iCorrect OneClick (for Win/Mac), a color correction plugin that asks users to just click on an area in the image that should be neutral. As a result the white balance, exposure and the saturation will be improved.
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