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Life after Photoshop
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Image-editing tools and techniques for the post-Photoshop era
Image-editing tools and techniques for the post-Photoshop era

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I had a horrible thought today.

Like everyone else, I've been raving over how wonderful non-destructive editing is, and I've realised what a hole I've dug for myself.

I thought, what would happen if I had to stop using Lightroom tomorrow?

How many images have I adjusted, how much work would I lose and what kind of exit strategy could I conjour up to get myself out of this hole?
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Here's an HDR image shot without any HDR software, just Lightroom! If you're careful with the exposure and shoot RAW, you can often capture a scene's full dynamic range with a single exposure. From then, you can use Lightroom's Shadow, Highlight and Clarity sliders to get a natural-looking HDR image very quickly. http://www.lifeafterphotoshop.com/lightroom-hdr-effect/
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This solarization effect was created digitally in Aperture, mirroring the original darkroom process of re-exposing a print half way through development. No special plug-ins or filters are needed – it's all done with a clever curves adjustment. http://www.lifeafterphotoshop.com/create-aperture-solarization-effect/
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These can't ALL be Kodachrome 64! I've been testing out film simulation plug-ins to see how they render six classic films, and the results are in as Alien Skin Exposure 5, DxO FilmPack 4.5, Color Efex Pro and Silver Efex Pro go head to head. http://www.lifeafterphotoshop.com/film-simulation-plug-ins/
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DxO has recently released Optics Pro 9.1, with a revamped PRIME noise reduction engine. Is it sharper than the first iteration, and how does it compare to the regular noise reduction process? http://www.lifeafterphotoshop.com/dxo-optics-pro-prime-9-0-vs-9-1/
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This ethereal woodland scene is a simple montage of two images, but it was done in Perfect Layers 8, not Photoshop. It's a plug-in that lets you produce sophisticated layered composites, straight from Aperture or Lightroom. http://www.lifeafterphotoshop.com/perfect-layers-8/
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I gave this car shot a large-format look in Capture One Pro with the Contrast, High Dynamic Range and Clarity tools, but it was also a chance to explain Capture One's Presets and Styles – just what is the difference? http://www.lifeafterphotoshop.com/capture-one-presets-vs-styles/3/
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You won't find any shortage of tips on how to improve female portraits, but male portraits need a different treatments. Here's a three-step route to a high-contrast urban look in Lightroom: clarity, contrast, corner shading. http://www.lifeafterphotoshop.com/lightroom-portrait-tips-will-put-power-people-shots/
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Silver Efex Pro is my favourite black and white plug-in, but I've also been taking a look at Topaz B&W Effects. It's pretty different to work with, but if you take the time to look at it properly, you discover some really nice effects. More here: http://www.lifeafterphotoshop.com/topaz-bw-effects/
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Silver Efex Pro, HDR Efex Pro and now Analog Efex Pro are the big hitters in the Google Nik Collection, and I think Viveza 2 is in danger of being overlooked. It's one of the oldest plug-ins in the collection and looks one of the simplest, but I think it does a lot more than people realise and deserves a closer look.
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