Plugin Newsletter - February / March 2011
LIGHTMACHINE 1.02 FOR MACOS X: New 64-bit version for Photoshop CS5
COLORWASHER 2.03 FOR MACOS X: New 64-bit version for Photoshop CS5
HARRYS FILTERS 4 FOR WINDOWS: New 64-bit version, resizable window and speed enhancements
PHOTOFREEBIES 2.01 FOR WINDOWS: Dialog resizing improved and dll dependency removed
THE PLUGIN SITE PANEL 1.05: Support for latest plugin versions
POLL RESULTS: Have you ever done HDR photography?
NEW POLL: What types of photo enhancement plugins do you prefer? Would you use the 64-bit or Standalone/Lightroom version of a commercial Photoshop plugin?
THE DISCUSSION FORUMS: Serial Number Problem, MTTC Problem, Plugin Installation Problems, Windows 7 and Plugin Dlls
GRAPHICS NEWS: Puzzle
Pro 3, Alienskin 64-bit Plugins, Portrait Professional 10, Silver Efex
Pro 2, AKVIS Sketch/NatureArt
Finally all of our PhotoWiz plugins are available as 64-bit Mac versions. Plugin Galaxy will follow soon. After doing some more tests with our plugins it seems that speed increases of 2 to 3 times can be achieved with 64-bit plugins if RAM is a critical factor. Otherwise the time saving only lies between 20-30% compared to the 32-bit version.
We have also updated three Windows plugins lately: The free Harrys Filters 4 and PhotoFreebies 2.01 plus the commercial HyperTyle 1.05 plugin. Additionally version 1.05 of the free The Plugin Site Panel (for Win/Mac) has also been released.
By the way, a Spanish edition of my book about
nude and portrait photography was published this month. It is sold in
Spain and eight countries of Latin America. Chinese and Polish editions
will also be published soon. An English version is not planned at the
moment. Sorry. For more information see
B/W STYLER 1.03 FOR MACOS X
New 64-bit version for Photoshop CS5
B/W Styler simulates the whole workflow of B&W photography. It offers B&W conversion with six different techniques and recreates traditional B&W effects. It emulates 42 historic film types and various ISO rating, lens filters, lab development strategies, paper types, color toners, special lab effects and more. It also applies selective B&W, split color, vignette blur and mist effects.
Version 1.03 of B/W Styler contains a 64-bit version for Photoshop CS5. As with the other PhotoWiz plugins we now only offer one version of B/W Styler 1.03, which consists of PowerPC 32-bit and Intel 32/64-bit plugins in one universal binary. As a result they cannot be used in Photoshop 7/CS and Photoshop Elements 1-4 anymore. But we still provide the previous version for people who use these old applications.
Apart from several UI improvements B/W Styler now also displays selections in the preview. The Soften effects of Expert Mode as well as the Black Mist and Blur Vignette effects are finally rendered correctly after pressing OK.
For downloading a demo version
and more details visit
LIGHTMACHINE 1.02 FOR MACOS X
New 64-bit version for Photoshop
As with the other PhotoWiz Mac updates LightMachine 1.02 features a 64-bit version, an improved UI and various bug fixes.
For more details and a demo version see
COLORWASHER 2.03 FOR MACOS X
64-bit version for Photoshop CS5
The new 64-bit and UI enhancements in version 2.03 make it even more productive. And with the removal of the 30,000 pixel limit, ColorWasher is now able to process gigapixel images without much RAM, just like our FocalBlade Mac plugin.
For more information and downloading a demo
HYPERTYLE 1.05 FOR WINDOWS
Renders 2 to 4 times faster
Version 1.05 renders 2 to 4 times faster than
previous versions. 1100 additional textures are now offered for download
to registered customers. Several UI improvements make it a bit easier
HARRYS FILTERS 4 FOR WINDOWS
New 64-bit version, resizable window and speed enhancements
Version 4 contains a 64-bit version, a resizable
window with visual styles and speed improvements for 8 of the 69 effects.
A few compatibility issues have also been fixed.
PHOTOFREEBIES 2.01 FOR WINDOWS
Dialog resizing improved and
dll dependency removed
THE PLUGIN SITE PANEL 1.05
Support for latest plugin versions
Pixmac - A Microstock Photography
Our PhotoWiz products are often used on royalty free stock photography to enhance or change the characteristics of a photo to better suit the particular web or print project. So we have teamed up with leading microstock photography company Pixmac, who have millions of images online and one of the fastest and easiest-to-use search engines, to give you 10% extra on any Credit Pack purchased at Pixmac. You would just need to enter the code THEPLUGINSITE10 in the promo code box. This code is valid for three month.
Have a look at what they have to offer here
Have you ever done HDR photography?
do it only occasionally. 26%
45% of all voters are actively doing HDR photography and an additional 20% are interested in the topic. 17% are not interested or do not like it and another 17% have insufficient knowledge about it. As it seems HDR photography is a hot topic, even if less than half of all voters make use of it.
For more poll results please visit the
What types of photo enhancement plugins do you prefer? Would you use the 64-bit or Standalone/Lightroom version of a commercial Photoshop plugin?
This time we have three polls for you, but each poll consist only of three items. The poll questions the following:
What types of photo enhancement plugins do you
THE DISCUSSION FORUMS
Serial Number Problem, MTTC Problem, Plugin Installation Problems, Windows 7 and Plugin Dlls
After updating the forum software and removing almost 4000 forum members, who had never posted a valid message, no more spam reaches the board. Post of new members now have to be manually approved. This may seem a bit inconvenient, but also helps to avoid spam. We may deactivate it again in the near future.
Here are the latest interesting or unsolved posts on the forum:
Serial Number Problem
Plugin Installation Problems
Windows 7 and Plugin Dlls
Feel free to post comments or start a discussion topics
FREE PLUGINS AND TOOLS
Richard Rosenman Plugins, FilterForge
FreePacks, Pixel Bender 2, GuideGuide Panel, ExposurePlot
Richard Rosenman released
a few new plugins (for Windows). The Peter De Jong Attractor plugin generates
Filter Forge Freepack 5 (for Win/Mac) is called
"Hearts" and contains seven filters that create Valentine's
Day themed textures and effects. Freepack 4 (Distortions) of FilterForge
is now also available for MacOS X.
Version 2.1 of the Adobe Pixel Bender Plugin
(for Win/Mac) was released. Pixel Bender lets you write or open filter
code that is executed on the graphics card (GPU) of your computer. Several
filters are already included. More filters can be found on the Pixel Bender
Exchange. Version 2 only works in Photoshop CS5. If you are use Photoshop
CS4, you need to get version 1.
GuideGuide is a flash panel for Photoshop CS4
& CS5 (for Win/Mac) that provides a similar functionality as the grid
tool of InDesign. Eight parameters define how the guide line will be created.
ExposurePlot is a freeware tool (for Windows)
that analyzes your usage of the focal length of your lenses in jpeg photos.
It also displays charts for ISO, aperture and shutter speed.
For more free plugins and tool, please visit the
Puzzle Pro 3, Alienskin 64-bit Plugins, Portrait Professional
10, Silver Efex Pro 2, AKVIS Sketch/NatureArt
Bros released Puzzle Pro 3.1, a Photoshop plugin (for Win/Mac)
for creating all various types of jig-saw puzzle effects. It offers a
Layout Mode for designing the puzzle and a Puzzle mode for applying effects
to it. To purchase AVBros products with a 20% discount click here.
Alienskin has now updated all of its Photoshop
plugins to 64-bit. You can get the latest updates from their web site.
Anthopics Technology released Portrait Professional
10 (for Win/Mac), an application and plugin that can be used with
Photoshop, Aperture and Lightroom. It offers various options for fixing
skin blemishes, removing wrinkles, grease, sweat or shine highlights,
adjusting face lighting, removing red eye and whitening teeth and eyes.
Version 10 includes new sliders to control all aspects of the nose, better
eye controls, face shape controls and an "Exaggerate" slider
to achieve more dramatic results. It also contains a Child mode and an
Enhance Skin Only mode. Different priced editions of Portrait Professional
nik Silver Efex Pro 2 (for Win/Mac) is a black-and-white
conversion software with GPU-based image rendering for Photoshop, Lightroom
and Aperture. New in version 2 are a history browser, a dynamic brightness
feature, Amplify Blacks and Amplify Whites options, visual presets categorized
by photographic style, a soft contrast effect, fine structure options,
an image borders feature and the ability to add color back to the images.
AKVIS Sketch 12 is a standalone tool and plugin
for converting photos into pencil sketches and watercolor paintings. Version
12 introduces the Smudging parameter which creates the effect of smearing
hatching. You can observe the conversion of a photo into a drawing or
watercolor painting in real time and interrupt the process when the required
result is achieved. AKVIS also released NatureArt 2 for imitating
natural phenomena. In addition to six nature effects already offered (Rain,
Sun, Water, Lightning, Clouds and Fire) Version 2 introduces a new Frost
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