DxO acquires Nik Collection from Google, New Updates Planned

DxO, has announced the acquisition of the Nik Collection Photoshop plugins from Google. They plan to continue development of the Nik Collection with a new “Nik Collection 2018 Edition” planned for mid-next year. The current version will remain available for free on DxO’s website. They will require your email so they can market to you, but if you don’t already have Nik it’s a reasonable price to pay.

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Order Custom Size Prints in JDLab2You

In a world full of 8×10’s, 5×7’s and wallets, sometimes you just need a print size that isn’t available in JDLab2You software.

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Google ends support for Nik Collection

Google has announce that they will no longer offer updates for the popular Nik Collection via a banner on the tool’s website.

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Photoshop Layer Blending Made Easy

Photoshop’s layer blending options give you the ability to quickly do “knock out” effects with text or shapes. You’ve seen these before. For example, you might have seen a montage of a child’s images showing through letters of their name or their graduation date. This can also serve as a great way to add a quote over top of a bridal or senior photo. Fortunately, the technique only takes seconds. Here’s all you need to do.

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300ppi Important for Cards and Templates

If you are creating cards or composites in Photoshop or any other image editing software, make sure your file resolution is set to 300 pixels/inch (ppi).

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Nik Collection Photo Editing Software Now Free

nik-collection-photographersGoogle’s high-end, seven-piece Nik Collection of photo editing software is now free for all. The company announced in a statement Thursday that it is no longer charging for the collection — comprised of seven desktop plug-ins that allow users to add filters to images, retouch them and more. It previously sold for $149. Nik’s applications are compatible with Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture.

The Nik Collection includes seven desktop plug-ins: Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine. The collection is available online for download.

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Image Guide Makes Facebook Cover Pages Easy – UPDATED

Facebook makes it easy to change cover images. It also makes it easy to end up with poorly cropped cover images that make your business page look unprofessional.

When Facebook changed their business page layout so that the logo image was no longer on top of the cover image, they didn’t make it easy to figure out how to align the image for both desktop PCs and smartphones. The problem is, they said to upload a 828 x 315px image to the desktop, and Facebook will crop the image to 640 x 360px for your phone!

This didn’t make any sense, so it was time to experiment.

After screen grabbing the JDLab’s cover image from both a desktop and a smart phone and manually resizing and lining them up in Photoshop, it turns out that the mobile subject area is only 563px wide. Facebook starts with your original cover image, crops out a 563 x 315px image in the center, upsizes it to 640 x 360px, and displays it on mobile devices.

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Use Match Color in Photoshop To Create Interesting New Images

merged-pallettesOne of the challenges I have in Photoshop is that for every option I know about, there are a dozen I have never tried. That’s why I was fascinated to learn about a PhotoShop feature called Match Color.

Match Color lets you insert the color palette of one image into another one, creating a new combined image. In this case, color palette doesn’t mean SRGB, or Adobe RGB. Instead, it refers to the overall colors or hues in an image.

By replacing the hues of one image with another, you can create some interesting effects.

Here’s how to get started with Match Color:

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Add Pizazz to Your Portfolio with Levitation Photography

levitation photographyLooking for something new to add to your website image portfolio (and to share on social media)? Why not try adding levitation photography?

Levitation photography basically means an image who’s subject appears to defy gravity. If you’ve looked at enough wedding photography, eventually you’ll see the most basic kind: the mid-air jump. Clients seem to like these, so if you shoot weddings, it might be worth having one of these in your portfolio.

However, if you shoot seniors, sports, products or still-life, levitation photography is best done using masks in Photoshop. This seems to be much easier and more realistic than green-screen or cutting out objects and placing them. Here are some great examples that show how these shots are taken. Imagine a baseball player in mid-air sliding into home plate!

How easy is levitation photography using masks? I did a bit of searching and found this page with more examples, including some video tutorials on how to use layers and masks to create the effect using Photoshop.

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Speed Up Your Website & Attract More Visitors

page-speedMost photographer’s websites are filled with large images. That’s great. However, the larger the image file, the more it will slow down the page load speed of your website.

Why do you care?

It turns out that over half the websites online take 5 seconds or longer to load the home page. Studies have shown that after only 4 seconds, visitors will get frustrated, click the back button, and leave your website.

Now you’re probably thinking, “my website isn’t slow! I see it every day, and I’d notice.” What you may not realize is that the first time you visited your website, the images were saved on your hard drive, so they aren’t downloaded every time you go visit. To you, your website seems pretty snappy.

Bottom line: the faster your website, the more impressed your visitors, and the less likely they are to get frustrated and click away before it displays.

So how do you use large images while keeping your website “snappy?” That’s where website image optimization comes in.

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