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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148 Photo Editing Tools and Apps

photo-appsDid you ever wonder if there was a piece of photo editing software or an application you could use to simplify the process of working with images? Or perhaps you wondered what the alternatives were to a program you were using or thinking about purchasing?

Here’s the ultimate list.

Nazar Begen is on the team at, and he decided as part of their marketing to make the definitive list of every photo editing application on the market. The list is being updated continuously, but as of today it has 148 programs with descriptions, links to each, and prices. The list includes photo enhancers, free and paid desktop editors, HDR Photo Editors, cross-platform image editors, photo filters, RAW processors and more.

You can view his most recent list here.

You may never need this list, but if you’re like me, you’ll bookmark it. Someday you’ll have a challenge or want to do something special with an image and think, “I wonder if there’s an app for that?” It probably turn out that there is.

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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Adobe Max Conference, Free Training Online

adobe-maxOne of the reasons Adobe products cost more than their competition is the incredible amount of training and support they offer for all their products. This includes the Adobe Max Creativity Conference, held each fall in the US. This year’s Adobe conference will be held November 2-4 in California. If you’re not ready to buy a ticket, you can still access the keynote speeches and previews of upcoming products online.

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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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