New imaging software from DxO, Nik, onOne, Topaz, Corel; Toshiba's WiFi SDHC card; Fuji kills 6 films; Pentax shows K-Q lens adapter; and a Red Nikon DSLR
Fuji Kills Off 6 Films
As Photoshop World kicks off in Las Vegas, the message of digital's dominence was driven home when Fujifilm Japan announced this week that several of its films were being discontinued:
- Fujichrome Sensia III 100
- Fujichrome T64 (35mm, 36 exposure)
- Astia 100F (120, 220, 4x5 regular and quickload, and 8x10)
- Velvia 100F (4x5 quickload; not to be confused with Velvia 100, which is still in production)
- Fujicolor Pro 160NC (4x5 both versions)
- Fujifilm Neopan SS (35mm, 36 exposures)
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DxO Film Pack 3 simulates emulsion looks
Do you miss Tri-X, Kodachrome or Velvia as you've moved to digital image capture? DxO Film Pack 3 promises a revised user interface that lets you apply the looks of some 60 different films to your digital images. New in version 3: 10 new emulsions, a revamped user interface, additional color filters and black-and-white conversion controls, and both stand-alone and Photoshop plug-in versions. But buried within DxO's press release announcing version 3 is some big news: Sebastio Salgado recently switched from film to digital—and DxO FilmPack has apparently eased the pain. “DxO FilmPack has become a must-have step in my photographic workflow to render the unique Kodak Tri-X® grain on my large-format prints,” he is quoted as saying.
Nik Color Efex Pro 4 has 55 filter effects
A flood of image editing programs and plug-ins were announced this week at Photoshop World. Nik's Color Efex Pro 4 Photoshop plug-in is the latest version of its digital filters for retouching and creative enhancements. 55 filters can be stackable for infinite combinations. Visual presets, filter recipes, and new filters including Detail Extractor, Image Borders, and Vintage Film Efex are among the new fitlers. A history browser is said to improve workflow and usability. Under the hood, GPU processing and multi-core optimization are claimed to speed up processing time. The full Pro edition will be available in October for $199.95. Upgrades from Version 2.0 or 3.0, and a stripped down, 26-filter “Select” edition, will cost $99.95. Scroll down to read the unedited press release.
onOne Unveils Perfect Photo Suite 6
The latest version of Perfect Photo Suite comes as both a Photoshop plug-in and as a standalone application so it can be used with Lightroom and Aperture as well. The new Suite includes Perfect Effects 3, Perfect Portrait 1, Perfect Mask 5, Perfect Layers 2, Perfect Resize 7, FocalPoint2 and PhotoFrame 4.6. According to onOne, the latest version will let photographers move easily between individual applications within the suite. The newest addition, Perfect Portrait 1, provides tools for portrait retouching and finds faces and features in images an can improve skin texture and color, remove blemishes and enhance eyes, lips and teeth easily. For details, read the onOne press release, below.
Corel Painter Pro adds HDR, Blend, Selective Focus, more
Corel is boasting “dramatic performance improvements” as well as new features in PaintShop Pro X4, its flagship image editing program. Corel says X4 has over 75 new and enhanced features, including: overhauled HDR Tools that let you merge multiple photos to get the widest dynamic range; Photo Blend for compositing people, objects or areas from multiple images; Fill Light and Clarity, which enhances shadow and detail areas; Selective Focus, which emulates the look of small-scale models; and the Vignette Tool, which applies soft, faded borders. Corel claims a 50% increase in processing speed as well. Scroll down for the full Corel press release.
Topaz B&W Effects, new plug-in, announced
Boasting stylized effects such as Cyanotype and Albumen and the look of other “historic” black-and-white films, as well as more popular black-and-white looks, Topaz B&w Effects is a new Photosohop plug-in. The software offers over 150 presets so users can quickly enhance images with a single click. The software will cost around $60. Scroll down to read the complete press release.
Toshiba Launches WiFi SDHC Card
There was other news unrelated to Photoshop World, and topping that list is Toshiba's launch of the FlashAir, which they say is the world's first SDHC memory card with embedded wireless LAN functionality. The 8GB card is said to support peer-to-peer photo transfers and uploads to and downloads from servers. Toshiba claims this can be done with lower power consumption than other WiFi-capable SDHC cards. The card will be available in February. Pricing was not announced.
Pentax Shows K-mount adapter for Q MILC
With the Pentax Q, the world's smallest interchangeable-lens camera, now in stock at Adorama (and currently being field-tested at Fashion Week by our ace fashion shooter Sandy Ramirez), Pentax Japan has unveiled plans for an adapter that will allow Pentax K-mount lenses to be used on the Q. No release date has been set. Intriguingly, nearly all K-mount lenses, thanks to the tiny sensor and resulting image crop that will force a 5.5x 35mm equivalent angle-of-view calculation, will be telephotos. The Pentax DA 40mm f/2.8 pancake lens, for example, would give you a 220mm equivalent angle of view. This could be good news for wildlife shooters who want to travel light: Pentax's 300mm f/4 would become a 1650mm equivalent on the Q. Hmmm...
...and finally: A Red Nikon DSLR?
It's only available in Europe, for now, but Nikon is trying something they've never done before: They've produced a DSLR that's not black. A limited edition red version of the D3100, unchanged on the inside, will be available later this month across the pond. Will the crimson version of Nikon's 14MP entry-level camera turn enough heads to encourage Nikon to bring it over to the States? It goes on sale later this month; we'll see.
Unedited press releases:
Nik Software Announces Color Efex Pro 4
Next generation product delivers top requested features including stackable filters, visual presets, history browser, new filters and much more
Las Vegas, NV (Photoshop World) — September 7, 2011 — Nik Software (http://www.niksoftware.com) announces today its much-anticipated Color Efex Pro 4, the company’s latest version of its popular digital photographic filters for retouching and creative enhancements. Recognized for over a decade as the professional’s choice in photographic filters, the 55 total filters of Color Efex Pro 4 offers a new generation of technologies and features for creating stunning effects. Color Efex Pro 4 introduces stackable filter combinations, visual presets, filter recipes, and new filters such as Detail Extractor, Vintage Film Efex, and Image Borders. The release also includes a new History Browser, improvements to imaging algorithms, greater performance, and enhanced usability. To watch videos and join special live online preview sessions, visit http://www.niksoftware.com/colorefexpro.
“Creating a new generation of features and technologies for Color Efex Pro 4 was inspired by the professionals who use it,” said Michael J. Slater, President and CEO of Nik Software. “Over 400 professional photographers test and inspire our team through a lively beta group process that ultimately helps us deliver extraordinary products like Color Efex Pro 4.”
“The freedom and power to take control of my images is part of the passion I have for photography,” said Frank Salas, Master Wedding Photographer and Instructor. “Color Efex Pro 4 fuels that passion with a stunning variety of photographic enhancements and incredible new filters that are perfect for my style of photography—it has really taken my images to new heights!”
The latest evolution of Nik Software’s U Point technology in Color Efex Pro 4 provides easy-to-use tools for photographers to fine-tune and stylize their images with precise selective adjustments without complicated selections and layer masks. Filter effects can be added or subtracted from images with incredible precision, using a few clicks of the mouse. Enhancements are automatically blended throughout an image for natural results. Color Efex Pro 4 also takes full advantage of the latest graphics processing units (GPUs) and multi-core processors for responsiveness and fast processing.
KEY NEW FEATURES:
NEW: Filter Combinations—Add multiple filters at once, adjust opacity, and make selective adjustments to get the desired look
NEW: Brand New Filters—Detail Extractor, Dark Contrast, Vintage Film Efex, Natural Image Borders, and much more
NEW: Visual Presets—Each filter contains single-click starting points making it possible to explore creative options quickly
NEW: Style Recipes—Customize and share filter combinations with others, using recipes
NEW: History Browser— Facilitates intuitive comparison of previous edits and different looks
NEW: GPU Processing and Multi-Core Optimization—GPU Processing takes full advantage of the processors found on advanced display adapters providing even faster performance
NEW: Interface, Interaction, and Workflow—Benefit from interface and interaction improvements to filters, zoom controls, shortcut keys, and much more
onOne Software Announces Perfect Photo Suite 6
onOne Software, Inc., a leading developer of innovative, timesaving solutions for professional and advanced amateur photographers, today announced Perfect Photo Suite 6 along with new products Perfect Effects, Perfect Portrait, Perfect Mask, and an update to Perfect Layers. All products in the Perfect Photo Suite 6 now work as standalone applications in addition to working directly from within Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, Apple Aperture and Adobe Photoshop.
Giving photographers intuitive tools that work where they do, the Perfect Photo Suite 6 now offers solutions for photographic effects, portrait retouching, creating and working with multilayered files, replacing unwanted backgrounds, image resizing, depth of field control, and edge effects, in one affordable package. The Perfect Photo Suite 6 includes Perfect Effects 3, Perfect Portrait 1, Perfect Mask 5, Perfect Layers 2, Perfect Resize 7, FocalPoint 2 and PhotoFrame 4.6.
With this new version of the Perfect Photo Suite 6, photographers can now move effortlessly between individual applications within the Suite and have complete flexibility to use the products where they work. The Perfect Photo Suite 6 now operates not only as a plug-in for Photoshop but also as a standalone application. This additional functionality means that the Suite can be used directly within Lightroom and Aperture without the need for a separate host application as was previously required. Perfect Photo Suite 6 will continue to include full support for Photoshop CS5 and CS4 with many of the products now functioning as Smart Filters.
“We are extremely excited about Perfect Photo Suite 6,” said Craig Keudell, president of onOne Software. “We have always set our sights on creating tools that help photographers create high quality images so that they can spend more time behind the camera or with clients, and less time behind the computer. With the release of the completely new products Perfect Portrait, Perfect Effects, Perfect Mask and the update to Perfect Layers, the Perfect Photo Suite 6 provides photographers with products that are even more intuitive to use, and that integrate seamlessly into their workflow, so that they can realize their photographic vision.”
Perfect Photo Suite 6 includes full versions of the following onOne Software products:
Perfect Effects 3 (New!): Perfect Effects builds on the popularity of PhotoTools to provide an even faster and more powerful way to create images with impact. Perfect Effects 3 includes a complete library of professional photographic effects that can be previewed live, full screen, on an image before being applied. Perfect Effects 3 now includes blending options that provide even more control over how effects are combined and applied.
Perfect Portrait 1 (New!): Perfect Portrait is a completely new product that offers the latest innovations in portrait retouching for photographers. Photographers can now focus on the art of retouching and portrait creation because the most time consuming tasks have been automated in Perfect Portrait. Perfect Portrait automatically finds faces and features in images so that photographers can get directly to the work of retouching and enhancing an image. Improving skin texture and color, removing blemishes and enhancing features like eyes, lips and teeth have never been easier.
Perfect Layers 2 (New!): Perfect Layers allows photographers to combine photos for endless creative options. Create and edit multi-layered files with Perfect Layers directly from Lightroom and Aperture, or as a standalone application. All Perfect Layers files can be edited in Photoshop later. Perfect Layers is the heart of the new Perfect Photo Suite 6.
Perfect Mask 5 (New!): Perfect Mask 5 is the next generation of Mask Pro, the leading software for background replacement. Perfect Mask takes the core strengths of Mask Pro to another level, by automating many common masking tasks with incredible accuracy. Perfect Mask’s new masking technology makes selecting subjects and isolating backgrounds surprisingly easy. With Automatic Background Removal, an initial mask is made on the image and can then be fine-tuned using the Erase and Refine Tools. With these new features, high quality masks can be created in just a few clicks. Perfect Mask 5 makes masking tough subjects like hair and glass on complex backgrounds easy.
Perfect Resize 7: Perfect Resize 7—powered by Genuine Fractals—is the industry standard for image resizing. It is renowned across the photographic and printing industries for its ability to increase image size well over 1000% without the loss of sharpness or detail that is normally expected. The patented, fractal based interpolation algorithms work like nothing else and the results speak for themselves.
PhotoFrame 4: Add the perfect finishing touch to images and layouts with PhotoFrame. With over one thousand design elements like film edges, borders, textures, backgrounds and adornments, PhotoFrame 4.6 even has complete layouts where users can simply drop an image in and they are done. It is the easiest and fastest way to add an authentic darkroom touch with a film edge or to create beautiful albums or scrapbook pages.
FocalPoint 2: Like bringing the camera lens inside Photoshop, FocalPoint 2 gives photographers the best way to add the most realistic depth of field and selective focus control to any image after it is photographed. Photographers now have an incredible amount of flexibility and control over the look of the blur with FocalPoint 2’s new blur algorithm, FocusBrush, Lens Presets and multiple FocusBug features.
The new Perfect Photo Suite 6 will be available in late October 2011. Owners of the Perfect Photo Suite 5.5, Plug-In Suite 5 or earlier versions, can upgrade to Perfect Photo Suite 6 for $149.95. Perfect Photo Suite 6 is available to new users for $299.95. Customers who own one or more of the products in Perfect Photo Suite 6 will be able to upgrade as well by visiting http://www.ononesoftware.com/upgrade. For more information on the Perfect Photo Suite 6, please visit http://www.ononesoftware.com.
For those that have purchased the Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 on or after August 7, 2011, onOne Software will issue a complimentary upgrade to the Perfect Photo Suite 6 via download when it is available in late October 2011.
DxO FilmPack 3 Brings Classic Film Looks Back to Digital Photos
September 6, 2011 – DxO Labs today announces the immediate availability of DxO FilmPack 3 at a special launch price starting at $49, until September 30.
DxO FilmPack 3 allows photographers from beginners to experts to authentically recreate the magic of dozens of black & white or color film stocks on their digital images in one click, offering limitless creative options.
Legendary black & white film photographer Sebastio Salgado, who recently migrated from silver halide to digital, said, “DxO FilmPack has become a must-have step in my photographic workflow to render the unique Kodak Tri-X® grain on my large-format prints.”
- User-friendly interface (Windows and Mac)
- New film looks
- Additional color and B&W conversion controls
- Multiple plugins for better integration with the workflow
UNRIVALED FILM FIDELITY
Building on its unique 10 years of recognized expertise in characterizing digital and film-based photographic systems, DxO Labs has worked with world class film processing facilities, Picto in Paris and Duggal in New York, to develop a unique film profiling process that ensures the most precise film simulation available on the market today. Users can easily give their images the appealing grain, color, saturation and contrast of famous film stocks, recalling the deep history of photography and rich legacy of each film look.
“Our thorough approach to accurately characterizing the unique rendering of each film allows DxO FilmPack 3 users to faithfully apply the visual signature of many iconic silver halide films, some of which are not available anymore, such as Kodachrome®,” said Jerome Meniere, CEO of DxO Labs. “We put a strong focus on authenticity for all DxO FilmPack 3 renderings, developing our software in partnership with expert photographers having extensive knowledge of both film and digital photography, to ensure unrivaled film fidelity.”
In addition to 10 new film looks and 10 new color filters, DxO FilmPack 3 also features new tools that provide photographers with full control of their images:
- Creation of customized film looks
- Hue/saturation/lightness sliders for additional color creative control
- Channel mixer for extended Black & White rendering styles
- Creative vignetting to give images a particular look
- Noise removal tool for more authentic grain rendering
EASE OF USE
DxO FilmPack 3’s interface has been completely revamped. Photographers can now easily choose among the numerous built-in film looks thanks to the user-friendly filmstrip. This means that beginners can obtain good results with a single click, whereas experts will take advantage of all the advanced functionalities to fine-tune their pictures. The batch mode allows users to process hundreds of images at once for unparalleled productivity.
For optimal flexibility, each DxO FilmPack 3 license includes the standalone application as well as plugins for Adobe® Photoshop® CS4/CS5, Adobe® Lightroom® 3, Apple® Aperture® 3, and DxO Optics Pro 6. In addition, DxO FilmPack 3 can be used as a Smart Filter in Adobe ® Photoshop®
. All can be simultaneously installed on two computers.
Corel® PaintShop™ Pro X4 Delivers Professional Photo Editing Power, Dramatic Performance Improvements and New Creative Effects
New Release Offers Over 75 New and Enhanced Features
Ottawa, ON -- September 07, 2011 -- Corel today announced the release of Corel® PaintShop™ Pro X4 the latest version of its award-winning photo editing software. The trusted choice of millions of photographers worldwide, PaintShop™ Pro delivers 'DSLR' power at a 'point-and-shoot' price while offering an uncompromising depth and selection of pro-quality tools to expertly manage, adjust, edit and share your entire photo collection.
New Release Delivers Faster Performance, More Photo Editing Power and Exciting New Creative Effects
PaintShop Pro X4 includes over 75 new and enhanced features designed explicitly to meet the needs of today's photographers. With new photo editing features, dramatic improvements in speed and performance, enhancements to the user interface and convenient ways to share through social media, PaintShop Pro X4 delivers the depth of professional features and range of creative possibilities that our community was asking for at a lower price point than other professional editing software.
"We worked closely with our user community throughout the development process for PaintShop Pro X4," said Craig Copley, Senior Product Manager for PaintShop Pro. "Our users are diverse, engaged and incredibly passionate about photography. While they use PaintShop Pro for a variety of creative purposes, all of them share a desire for artistic freedom and the ability to achieve their vision quickly, with tools that are intuitive, powerful and efficient. With the community's input and support, we believe we have a release that delivers the depth and range of features that makes this a fantastic upgrade for our users."
Corel PaintShop Pro X4 Includes Over 75 New and Enhanced Features:
Corel PaintShop Pro X4 offers major advancements in professional editing power, performance, usability and sharing. Feedback from the PaintShop Pro community helped isolate the development priorities for this release and directly influenced the impressive set of new features and enhancements within the following four categories:
Professional Editing Power
New! HDR Tools -- Completely redesigned to bring you the latest technology in high dynamic range photo production, the new HDR module provides tools to merge photos and create picture-perfect exposures with stunning contrast. With built-in presets to get you started, images look their best in no time. This module also saves you time with the option to process large batches of HDR exposure brackets quickly.
New! Photo Blend -- Create the perfect composition by easily selecting people, objects or areas from a series of images. The Photo Blend tool is a new and powerful option for photographers who want to produce compelling group shots or creative scenes where one person appears in multiple poses.
New! Fill Light and Clarity -- The Fill Light tool lets you work quickly to bring out underexposed areas without affecting the overall brightness of your image, while the Clarity tool makes it easy to enhance subtle yet important details.
New! Selective Focus -- Enhance the depth of field in any image or easily create the look of miniatures and small-scale models with the new Selective Focus tool.
New! Vignette Tools --Often used in wedding and portrait photography, the Vignette tool provides a classic portraiture style by applying a soft, faded border around the outer edge of photos.
Enhanced! Performance -- With new performance updates and optimizations, Corel PaintShop Pro X4 is faster than ever before with speed increases of over 50% on launch and accelerated performance on popular effects such as Vibrancy, Noise Removal and Depth of Field compared to past versions.
Enhanced! Full Screen Preview -- Fast, full-screen preview allows you to efficiently review your photos and use the entire screen to quickly view, rate, and rotate your images and discard those that don't make the cut.
Enhanced! Workspace-- A redesign featuring new tabbed workspaces allows you to move easily between photo workflows. The Manage workspace gives you all the power to review, tag, rate and organize your photos. The newAdjust workspace puts commonly-used editing tools at your fingertips, while the Edit workspace provides you with a full range of professional-level editing tools.
Enhanced! User Interface Updates-- Corel PaintShop Pro X4 offers numerous UI updates throughout the product designed to help photographers and graphic enthusiasts alike be as productive as possible. These include the Adjust workspace for quick and powerful edits; the ability to access the organizer in all workspaces; dual monitor support for enhanced efficiency; additional Adjustment layers; an updated Curves dialog; easy-to-read Histogram tools; and enhanced metadata support.
Enhanced! Built-in social media sharing-- For when your shots are picture-perfect, tools integrated into the organizer allow you to quicklyshare your images on Facebook, Flickr and resize "on the fly" for emailing.
"When inspiration hits, I won't waste time waiting for my software to catch up. The enhancements to the overall stability and speed of PaintShop Pro X4 are obvious from the moment I open and run the program. The updates to the user interface allow for a brighter, cleaner workspace, while the dual monitor support gives me the real estate I need when I am working on an image. PaintShop Pro X4 gives me more opportunities to be creative, while helping me accomplish what I want to do faster than before." - Gene Salois, PaintShop Pro X4 Beta Tester (PaintShop Pro user since 1994)
Pricing and Availability
Corel PaintShop Pro X4 is available now in markets worldwide in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch, Traditional Chinese and Polish with additional languages to follow. North American pricing is $79 (US and CDN) for the full version and $59 (US and CDN) for upgrade customers. Commercial and education volume licenses are also available.
To download a free fully-functional trial version or for more information about Corel PaintShop Pro X4, please visit www.corel.com/paintshop.
Corel PaintShop Pro X4 Ultimate
Launching simultaneously with the latest release of PaintShop Pro X4 is the Ultimate version of the product. Offering additional pro-level tools including Nik® Color Efex Pro™ 3.0 Filters, royalty-free images from Fotolia (7-day subscription period), a custom photo book from Blurb® and a premium collection of Picture Tubes™, Corel PaintShop Pro X4 Ultimate provides exceptional value and countless creative possibilities.
Corel PaintShop Pro X4 Ultimate is available now in English, German, French, Italian, Dutch and Traditional Chinese with additional languages to follow. North American pricing is $99 (US and CDN) for full and $79 (US and CDN) for upgrade customers.
Topaz Labs Releases Topaz B&W Effects Plug-in
New Black and White Plug-in for Photoshop Offers Photographers Exciting New Tools for Creative Black and White Image Enhancements
DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Topaz Labs announces the release of Topaz B&W Effects, their new black and white enhancement plug-in for Photoshop. Topaz B&W Effects goes beyond basic conversion methods, giving users the tools to make detailed and stylized enhancements, in addition to historically accurate, traditional black and whites. And with over 150 presets, users can quickly enhance any image with a 1-click workflow.
“I am glad to see very positive feedback from the current version. As always, we are going to continue in our efforts to improve upon this release and provide better imaging tools to the photography community.”
"In addition to the common conversion tools, B&W Effects is packed with specialized exposure and contrast control, realistic toning ability, stylized effects and so much more. Categorized into traditional and alternative processes such as Cyanotype and Albumen, B&W Effects also includes a variety of presets that offer a fun and simple way to create impressive imagery," said Nichole Paschal, senior marketing specialist for Topaz Labs.
The ability to control exposure, detail, contrast and tone is very essential in monochromatic images. Topaz B&W Effects features unique tools like adaptive exposure, a five-in-one selective brush, an advanced grain engine, quad toning, creative effects and finishing effects to help enhance these black and white essentials in an intuitive way.
"Accurately simulating the look and feel of historic black and white film, although quite challenging, was a key element in making our program so unique. We actually took real film scans and developed them into the software," said Dr. He Yang, senior software designer at Topaz Labs. Dr. Yang, who spent tremendous effort working on the film simulation and the B&W processing engine, adds, "I am glad to see very positive feedback from the current version. As always, we are going to continue in our efforts to improve upon this release and provide better imaging tools to the photography community."
Topaz B&W Effects is a plug-in that works with Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Aperture, iPhoto, Lightroom and PaintShop Pro. It is compatible with Windows XP or later and Intel-based Macs running OS X 10.5 or later.
Photographers looking a great way to create high-impact black and white images invited to try out the new Topaz B&W Effects plug-in for free using the 30-day free trial. Topaz B&W Effects retails for $59.99, but is being offered at a special introductory price of $29.99 until September 18, 2011. B&W Effects will also become a part of the Topaz Photoshop Bundle, which offers photographers a complete collection of correction and enhancement tools for all of their post processing needs. The bundle, including B&W Effects retails at $299.99. For more information about Topaz B&W Effects, visit the homepage at http://www.topazlabs.com/bweffects.