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  1. Posts : 29,214
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    Graphics Software Talk ...


    Thought I'd start a thread to discuss graphics software - tips, tricks and other related gossip in one place rather than in the various request threads ....
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    I assume everyone has heard of the Redfield Plugins ...

    If not, they do a number of free Filters

    They are Adobe .8BF format so work in a lot of packages

    Photoshop Plug-ins by Redfield

    They also have a nice selection of free seamless tiles, [Textures]

    Download 3D Background Textures by Redfield Plugins
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  3. Posts : 5,956
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    Thank you Nigel

    Now Im going to upset the PS fans, I was lucky getting CS6 as an upgrade but there is no way I would pay 800+ this is because CS6 cant do every thing I want but I have found that using 2 GFX Programs apart from CS6 I can do just about all I need and they are

    Chasys Draw IES - John Paul Chacha's Lab - Chasys Draw IES - Product Homepage

    Paint.Net - Paint.NET - Free Software for Digital Photo Editing
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    Stephanie said:
    there is no way I would pay 800+
    This is why I'm still using CS2.
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  5. Posts : 29,214
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    Steph,

    I've used PS since the early days, I've tried other applications but can't adjust

    I'm a Serious Photographer, and have yet to find anything that approaches Lightroom for getting work done - 95% of my images are fully processed in LR, and for those that do need something that LR can't do the integration with PS makes it a no brainer, though I did use elements for a while.

    The CC Photographers pack gives me LR and PS for less that 9 a month [$10), so it's a lot less painful than it used to be

    This took less than 30 minutes to process


    Graphics Software Talk ...-2014-05-19.15-38-58-hdr.jpg

    this is a low res image for the forums it looks better in real life on my wall
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    Barman58 said:
    Steph,

    I've used PS since the early days, I've tried other applications but can't adjust

    I'm a Serious Photographer, and have yet to find anything that approaches Lightroom for getting work done - 95% of my images are fully processed in LR, and for those that do need something that LR can't do the integration with PS makes it a no brainer, though I did use elements for a while.

    The CC Photographers pack gives me LR and PS for less that 9 a month [$10), so it's a lot less painful than it used to be

    This took less than 30 minutes to process


    Graphics Software Talk ...-2014-05-19.15-38-58-hdr.jpg




    this is a low res image for the forums it looks better in real life on my wall
    And very nice it is ..please don't get me wrong PS is great and my No1 app but I get more to choose from using 3 GFX apps .. and the Sig I made you some time ago was all made in CS6

    Graphics Software Talk ...-2nlstn4.png
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    Sry posting twice .. but

    Has anyone tried Pixia a Japanese GFX program, its free and quite good :)

    introducing Pixia
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    Looks ok - would be ideal as an alternative for Windows paint

    No good for me though, wouldn't open any of my master files, which are all .DNG Raw files or 32 bit Tiff
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  9. Posts : 5,956
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    Hi Nigel

    I tend to work with PSD and PNG, I convert Wallpapers to Jpeg for posting/emails :)
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    My original images from my main camera body are 24+ MB Raw which i convert to DNG for future compatibility, of course this means that all work in LR is totally non destructive

    I use a few plugins with Lightroom, these tend to use Tiff these days, as they are more compatible than PSD, and now that Tiff supports layers and masks within PS there isn't any real reason to use PSD, though I still do for direct edits from LR to PS. I obviously publish Jpegs or PNG for web work, and a Tiff for any external print work but most masters in DNG come out about 36 MB

    BTW, the original image above is a 67MB 8 Bit Tiff, but during processing a single layer 32 Bit tiff came in at 270MB + after flattening

    I may have to look at upping memory in my next upgrade to 16 or 32 GB
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