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Special Holiday Deals on Plug-Ins!

It’s Time to give THANKS to all these companies creating such great processing software for our images! These folks have worked hard to create a series of quality plug-ins for everything from essential processing to creative processing effects for your images. As many of you know I have used their plug-ins for some time and love them!

Topaz Deal is good November 28 – through December 1 so don’t sleep too long after your Turkey dinner and miss out! CLICK ON THE PICTURE and enter the code BLACKFRIDAY2014




And more Plug-in Fun! Macphun is offering a special Black Friday pricing on their Creative Kit – ending the evening of Black Friday. Check it out! Click on the picture below.


Creative Kit Plus. You save over 30%.


Here’s an image I created with MacPhun’s Tonality Pro:



Enjoy your holiday and have some fun with new processing software!!


All best,





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Silverfast Scanning Software Rocks!

I have a huge pile of transparencies (slides) from my film days, that I’ve been trying to digitize and archive on line, because a good image is timeless, regardless of what the medium, and I don’t want to lose them over time to fading, etc. in drawers. After trying a few service bureaus, and not being happy, I decided to try out SilverFast, created by Lasersoft Imaging. In short, I am so pleased with the results! Without even having calibrated my scanner, my prescans using this software are so good, and I can then do additional pre-processing before the final scan. Working in 48 bit mode, I can adjust the output curve to optimize the light/contrast, I can run an auto dust-and-scratch remover, adjust the overall color balance, OR selectively adjust the color balance, as needed, and a host of other adjustments. From basic to advanced, this gives me control over the image before the final scanning occurs. Finally, I can get my favorite prime slides scanned and into the archive at a reasonable cost. This image of the wave in Utah is one of my favorite slides from that journey.




I have a ton of images from Inside Passage, Alaska that I can finally archive! And a slew of other states/countries, too. woo-hoo!














If you are looking for a great scanning software, look no further. In my opinion, Silverfast is the software that offers me the control over my images. Now, if I can just find the time to scan my whole archive…


Thanks for being here,


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Topaz Detail 3 Discount Extended!

I was on the road when Topaz announced Detail 3 but when I heard all the buzz I was excited to try it out! As usual the folks at Topaz have done a great job of adding and improving the plug-in. You can now selective target the details in shadow or highlight areas, or control the small medium or large details – either globally or with a brush on user selected areas. There’s a new set of presets, too.

This wagon wheel before/after shows the power of Detail 3 – and I used it lightly. I’m just beginning to delve into it as I edit a bunch of images, but I know I’m gonna like what I can do!

The dates for the 30% discount on buying the software for new users has been extended through the 18th. Use the code “getdetail” at the Topaz Website.






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