You probably already know about some free (or almost free) Photoshop alternatives. Photopea is an online-based Photoshop clone which works in your web browser. It’s accessible to anyone, contains plenty of advanced features – and it’s completely free.
A few weeks ago, we got excited about all the new features in Lightroom CC’s “massive update”. The loved the long-overdue upgrades such as more profiles, faster import, and a better user interface. But, and this is a big but (BUT even), it didn’t take long before the community started experiencing problems that left them quite upset. Today, the software company apologized for the quality hiccup, and better yet, released a bug fix update that resolves these issues.
We’ve all been there: you sit on a picture forever, bored of retouching, and then when you do get around to it strange things start to show up in it. Like odd rings of graduated color.
These rings of color are called banding. They are nothing more than tonal breaks but before I explain where these obvious changes in tone come from–and how to avoid them–let me show you an example:
If you look at the background on the right-hand side of the image you can see what resembles a staircase of brightness, getting darker as it moves away from the model. That’s banding.
Phase One has officially launched Capture One 11, the latest version of their RAW conversion and image editing software. It builds on the previous version, but it’s packed with new and improved features. It seems that the main focus was making the workflow faster and more efficient for the users, and from the preview, the updates sound really useful. The company says they have responded to customer’s needs with the latest version of the software. So, let’s see what’s new in Capture One 11.
At this year’s Adobe MAX conference, Adobe has introduced some interesting new tech they’re developing. One of them is Adobe Scribbler – software that doesn’t only automatically colorize black and white images, but also adds shades and texture. While other similar programs still need to improve, Adobe Scribbler seems to give pretty amazing results, judging from the preview.
Today, Macphun announced the release of the latest version of their HDR creation software. Aurora HD 2018 will soon be available for preorders, and what’s more – for the first time, it will be available for PC, and not only for Mac.
The software was co-developed with photographer Trey Ratcliff, with the goal of simplifying the complex HDR editing. Since its launch in November 2015, it reached 1.7 million users. There have been more than 10 updates since then, and the latest one comes with improvements and new features.
All new image software that gets released wants to become your go-to software. Coming in against the world of Lightroom and Photoshop can be a tough prospect. So tough that even Apple bowed out, completely dropping Aperture from its product line. There have been one or two challengers, but nothing really has the market that Adobe do.
Macphun are hoping to change that, though, with their new “next generation” all-in-one image editing software. Announced today, Luminar is a photo editing tool “which grows with photographers’ capability and knowledge”. Luminar has a non-destructive editing workflow, much like Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw. It supports all the usual file formats including JPG and TIF along with all of the popular raw formats.
I am a huge proponent of the open source platform. Sure, there are two sides to the open source vs. proprietary argument, but it’s still too early in the week to be arguing something that heavy.
There are numerous reasons to use open source software for photo editing. Perhaps you prefer the Linux operating system, maybe you’re on a tight (or nonexistent) budget, or maybe you just wanna “stick it to The Man.” Whatever your reason, there are an increasing number of solutions available to you.
This is where Pixls.us comes in. Founder Pat David started the website as a resource for those looking to use open source editing software. There are treasure troves of information and quality tutorials for applications like Photoshop and Lightroom yet very little (in comparison) for programs like Gimp and Darktable. David aimed to change that.
If you don’t like the Adobe licensing model, or if you are just craving for an alternative, Affinity Photo just went live today. Affinity photo is a complete photo editing software similar to photoshop in features but redesigned completely. If you recall, we took Affinity Photo for a test drive and while the overall impressions were pretty good, it still needed some polishing. Hopefully, now that it’s out of beta (still mac only), all the small issues have been ironed out.
As far as costs go, Affinity really sticks it to Adobe with a $49.99 price tag ($39.99 for the next two weeks) and one of the most prominent bullets on their launch video is No Subscription (but you still get free updates). Hit the jump for the full feature list and kick off video.