OnOne Software recently offered their wonderful editing software package Perfect Effects 8 (PE-8) away – for free!! Here’s the link, it should be good until 2/28 – Perfect Effects 8
This is a great product, and you can use it as a plug-in with Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Lightroom, Aperture, or as a standalone application.
I’ve been using PE-8 as a plug-in for Photoshop. So far, I really like what I’m able to do with it. There are a lot of other plug-in applications out there like Nik, Alien Skin, and Topaz. And while they are very good at what they do, I’ve been using them less and less since I started using PE-8. It offers a lot of options, and is very easy to use.
I was recently asked to put together a little tutorial on the features of PE-8. Since I’m no expert in the many features PE-8 offers, I thought I would share how I use it, and hopefully you’ll see enough to get started with you own photo project.
Here is my original photo, a P-38 Lightning from the 2013 Planes of Fame Airshow.Click on each image thumbnail to see it full size!
It’s not bad, but kind of blah. I like the perspective, but think it could be better. Lately I’ve been backing off of HDR processing, and using tones and textures. What follows is a series of screenshots demonstrating how I process an image.
I hope you’ve found this helpful. It really isn’t an in-depth tutorial, just something to help get you started. If you want more, try this link to some video tutorials – OnOne Software U.
Here’s one more link to a photographer I follow on Google +, Karen Hutton. She has a very informative video on how she uses PE-8. Click here and check it out – Perfect Inspiration.
That’s it for now. Let me know if you have any questions either by leaving a comment here, or on my Facebook Page.
Until next time – Happy Shooting!