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Plugin Newsletter - September 2008



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EDITORIAL


CONTRASTMASTER 1.01 FOR WINDOWS: Bug Fixes and German Localization

THE PLUGIN SITE UPDATES: New PhotoWiz Forums


POLL RESULTS: How many photos do you usually take during a holiday trip?

NEW POLL: Do you use Lightroom as well as Photoshop for processing your photos?

THE DISCUSSION FORUMS: ContrastMaster Presets, Photoshop Plugins Problem, Grayed Out Plugins, Missing Plugin Files


FREE PLUGINS AND TOOLS: BorderMania Pro & PhotoSwizzle, Photoshop Fun 3, Flanger, LightBox Free, Jasper's DRIMaker

GRAPHICS NEWS: PhotoPurify, Blow Up 2, Elements 7, CS4 Web Broadcast, Permanent Press


PRODUCTS FROM THE PLUGIN SITE

ABOUT THE PLUGIN SITE

 

 

Dear Reader,

With Elements 7 and Photoshop CS4 almost ready to launch September seems to become an exiting month as far as product releases are concerned. We already released our latest ContrastMaster plugin in August and now updated it to Version 1.01. We also plan to release minor updates of our ColorWasher and FocalBlade plugins within the next months and started working on Version 2 of the PhotoFreebies. For more news see below.


Kindest regards,
Harald Heim

www.thepluginsite.com

 

 

CONTRASTMASTER 1.01 FOR WINDOWS: Bug Fixes and German Localization
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Version 1.01 of ContrastMaster contains various bug fixes that previously produced artifacts, dark results or crashes. These problems occured when using the Speedup checkbox, the Equalize slider or Stretch slider under certain conditions. The dialog and interactive help texts of ContrastMaster are now also available in German language. Additionally the Plugin Installer supports four new applications and correctly installs plugins into the German version of Photoshop CS2 and CS3. Registered users will receive the update within 24 hours by email.

For more information please visit:
http://www.thepluginsite.com/products/photowiz/contrastmaster/

 

 

THE PLUGIN SITE UPDATES: New PhotoWiz Forums
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PhotoWiz forum was split up into a PhotoWiz General forums and five forums for each of the five Photowiz plugins. This makes it easier to find posts related to a certain PhotoWiz plugin. Each PhotoWiz product page now links to its specific forum. Thanks to Don for the suggestion!

http://www.thepluginsite.com/forum/

 

 


POLL RESULTS: How many photos do you usually take during a holiday trip?
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290 people voted in the last poll about how many photos they take during a holiday trip. Here are the results:

None 2%
10 or fewer 1%
25 or fewer 1%
50 or fewer 2%
75 or fewer 2%
100 or fewer 6%
200 or fewer 10%
300 or fewer 14%
400 or fewer 6%
500 or fewer 9%
750 or fewer 8%
1000 or fewer 13%
2000 or fewer 14%
3000 or fewer 4%
4000 or fewer 3%
5000 or fewer 3%
6000 or fewer 1%
7000 or fewer 0%
8000 or fewer 1%
More than 8000 2%

The most votes were given for 300, 1000 and 2000 photos. 80% of all voters take between 100 and 2000 photos. With 8% below 100 and 12% above 2000 photos. The median value lies at 750 photos, so that is the average number of photos that are taken during holidays.

For more poll results, please visit the Know-How section at
http://thepluginsite.com/knowhow/

 



NEW POLL: Do you use Lightroom as well as Photoshop for processing your photos?
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The latest poll asks you to let us know if you use Lightroom as well as Photoshop for processing your photos or if you only use one of them. You can also vote if you use neither of them.

Please vote at the bottom of the page at
http://www.thepluginsite.com/

 

 


THE DISCUSSION FORUMS: ContrastMaster Presets, Photoshop Plugins Problem, Grayed Out Plugins, Missing Plugin Files
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Here are a few posts from The Plugin Site Discussion forums:

lutz wrote: "Contrast Master settings are certainly image specific. Nevertheless, I was wondering if users could post some presets here on the forum that produced nice effects for them ?"
http://www.thepluginsite.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3046

Photoshop Plugins Problem
Chummy wrote: "... I've numerous plug-ins and found these do not all appear in either PSE or PS. As you suggested I moved the plug-ins to a separate folder, pointed to that folder and restarted PS, however they still do not all appear in the plug-ins list. Does anyone else have a solution, apart from culling plug-ins?"
http://www.thepluginsite.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2764

Grayed Out Plugins
Ladybugg wrote: "... I can't get my plugins to work. It shows them there listed, and the name of the plugin, but the names of the plugins I want to use is grayed out. Can't click on them to use. What do I need to do to fix this problem? "
http://www.thepluginsite.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3041

Missing Plugin Files
luckyv wrote: "... Since reformatting my pc, I have had to re-install the psp but now am having problems with some of the filters. It says the plug in may not be installed properly or has a missing file. How do I remedy this? I am so confused. Please help."
http://www.thepluginsite.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3019


For more interesting discussion please visit our forums at
http://www.thepluginsite.com/forum/

 

 


FREE PLUGINS AND TOOLS: BorderMania Pro & PhotoSwizzle, Photoshop Fun 3, Flanger, LightBox Free, Jasper's DRIMaker
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The previously commercial BorderMania Pro and PhotoSwizzle plugins (for Windows) have been made freeware now. BorderMania Pro 5 creates a variety of basic borders and buttons and PhotoSwizzle 3 produces photocopy, button, drop shadow, kaleidoscope, prism, fractal and frame effects. The developer asks for a donation if you like the plugins.

http://www.pluginfilters.com/


The Photoshop Fun 3 collection (for Windows) consists of 4 plugins that apply pixel snow, mirror, shadow and warping effects. You need an Adobe ID, which can be requested for free, to download them.

http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/exchange/index.cfm?event=extensionDetail&loc=en_us&extid=1043848#


Flanger is a free plugin (for Windows) that produces color distortions. It was created with Filter Factory and more for people who like experimental looks. You need an Adobe ID, which can be requested for free, to download it.

http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/exchange/index.cfm?event=extensionDetail&loc=en_us&extid=1044339#


LightBox Free is a free image editor (for Windows) that supports RAW, TIF and JPG files. It lets you adjust color, brightness, shadows/highlights, saturation on one dialog and also offers red eye reduction, level cropping, smart fill light, rotation and resizing options. More options are available in the commercial pro version.

http://www.lightboxeditor.com/


Jasper's DRIMaker is a small application (for Mac) for creating DRI images. It is not a HDR application and does not support tone mapping. It uses exposure blending in order to crossfade the images. The developer asks for a donation if you like the software or use it for commercial purposes.

http://www.drimaker.com/en/


For more free Photoshop plugins see:
http://www.thepluginsite.com/resources/freeps.htm
http://www.thepluginsite.com/resources/freeff.htm

 

 


GRAPHICS NEWS: PhotoPurify, Blow Up 2, Elements 7, CS4 Web Broadcast, Permanent Press
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The PhotoPurify plugin (for Win/Mac) allows you to match the colors of your printer to those of your screen. To do the calibration you need to print out a sheet with various colors and then select the colors of the printed sheet in the plugin. Once the calibration is done you just need to apply the plugin to an image and then print the image.

http://www.photopurify.com/


Version 2 of Blow Up (for Win/Mac), an image resizing plugin, offers improved image quality, output sharpening and JPEG repair options, batch processing, integrated zooming and cropping, and the ability to resize images up to 300,000 pixels per side. There is also a Windows 64-bit version for the upcoming Photoshop CS4.

http://www.alienskin.com/blowup/


Adobe announced Photoshop Elements 7 (for Windows), which will offer a new Scene Cleaner for brushing away unwanted objects, a smart brush for applying effects to specific image area, quick fix tools for whitening teeth and brightening skies and a new filter for softening surfaces while keeping edges. Elements 7 includes a free membership for Photoshop.com with 20GB of online storage for up to 15,000 photos.

http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshopelwin/


Adobe plans to demonstrate the features of the new Creative Suite 4 (including Photoshop CS4) in a special web broadcast on September 23. You can subscribe for an email reminder at

http://adobe.istreamplanet.com/

Mister Retro released the Permanent Press plugin (for Win/Mac), which includes 60 vintage offset printing and ink effects. The filters are divided into categories like Ink Color Modes, Ink Effects, Plate Effects, Halftone Effects and Press Effects.

http://www.misterretro.com/permanent_press_filters.html





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