New Update for Aurora HDR 2018   November 30th, 2017

Macphun, soon to be changing their name to Skylum, has issued a new update to Aurora HDR 2018

Aurora HDR2018 and Luminar 2018 are designed to work together, with our without Photoshop, to enhance photographic images with powerful controls. Check out it out by clicking here, to see what these excellent applications can do, and how intuitive they are to work with.

AND, don’t forget – Luminar 2018 is STILL offered with a significant Black Friday discount of $49 ($39 with coupon code) for current users who want to upgrade, and $69 for new users ($59 with coupon code) – and remember, that coupon code is SGANS_DISC (enter code on checkout)

Here’s what’s new in the Aurora HDR 2018 v1.1.1 update:

Aurora HDR 2018 version 1.1.1 for MAC:

  • Added Luminar 2018 in plugin menu
  • Added “Expand All” feature for filters
  • Added support for Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018
  • Added amount slider for image presets in Batch Processing
  • Improved RAW, DNG support for several cameras including Nikon D850
  • Improved Touch Bar support
  • Improved Batch Processing UI
  • Improved UI and performance
  • Fixed localization issues
  • Fixed several issues related to macOS 10.10
  • Fixed colorspace mismatch issue with Adobe Photoshop plugin
  • Fixed saving issues with Adobe Lightroom plugin
  • Fixed DPI resolution issues on exporting files
Aurora HDR 2018 version 1.1.1 for Windows:
  • Added Luminosity Mask feature
  • Added Resize option to export dialog
  • Added hotkeys for main application modes, brush, zoom
  • Improved stability, particularly app crashes on exporting files
  • Improved UI and performance
  • Fixed issue with Adobe Photoshop plugin
  • Fixed image orientation issue

Getting the Update.

Aurora HDR 2018 is designed to receive all free software updates automatically. However, if for some reason this doesn’t occur, or you want to make sure you’re using the latest version:

  • For Mac choose “Check for updates” in the Aurora HDR 2018 menu in the upper left-hand corner (near the Apple logo).
  • For Windows choose “Check for Updates” in the Help menu of the top bar menu.

 


 Macphun’s Black Friday offers are here!

This year, both apps are offered with special bonuses AND with special Black Friday pricing! In fact, they’re now ALSO offering their previous versions of the MacPhun Creative Kit 2016 (and also their individual apps) at a 30% discount

About Luminar:
Luminar 2018 offers everything a modern photographer needs for photo editing, including new filters powered by artificial intelligence, major speed improvements, a dedicated RAW develop module and a forthcoming in 2018; digital asset management platform.

Users will also benefit from the new intelligent Sun Rays filterLUT support, and real-time noise removal. With workspaces that match different styles of editing, Luminar adapts to deliver a complete experience that avoids clutter and complexity.

Luminar 2018 has been re-built from the ground up for dramatic performance boosts. Existing filters deliver richer colors and depth in less time. A brand new streamlined user interface speeds up working with presets, filters, and masks. With full support of pro options like layers, masks, and blending modes, complex repairs and photo composites can be easily accomplished.

In fact, Luminar has just received it’s first point update – the new version is 1.0.1

  • Current users of Luminar may upgrade at a Black Friday price of $49 ($39 with your coupon code)
  • New users can purchase Luminar 2018 for $69 ($59 with your coupon code)
  • A collection of bonuses will also be included with every purchase.

The Bonuses: 

  • A Pack of Urban presets from Contrastly
  • Creative Look LUTs Collection for use in Luminar 2018
  • The Ultra-Wide Landscape Ebook by Ian Plant
  • Lights&Shadows Photo Training Video by Matt Granger

Those who pre-ordered Luminar 2018, will get these bonuses for free.

About Aurora HDR 2018

Aurora HDR is not just a tool for merging bracketed images, it also provides numerous tools and countless options to create perfect HDR photos for every taste – from one-click presets and advanced tone-mapping, to layers, noise reduction, and powerful luminosity masking controls.

  • Current users of Aurora HDR may upgrade at a Black Friday price of $49 ($39 with your coupon code)
  • New users can purchase Aurora HDR 2018 for $89 ($79 with your coupon code)
  • A collection of bonuses will also be included with every purchase.

Bonuses:

  • Deep Dive video tutorial from Trey Ratcliff
  • 40 realistic presets by PresetPro
  • A Special Ebook

Coupon Code:

Don’t forget to enter SGANS_DISC on checkout, to get an additional $10 off your purchase!

Get your 60% OFF on the world’s smartest fully automated photo enhancement software along with a Free Gift: hardcover photo book. The offer is available till Tuesday 10 AM EST.

Preorder NOW!

Photolemur 2.2 SPECTER – For Mac and Windows,  is available at a preorder price of only $40!

Perfect for professional photographers as well as amateurs, PHOTOLEMUR 2.0 Spectre can push your photography to the next level. You just load your photo into the app and the tech is doing everything else.

For anyone who wants beautiful photographic results, using artificial intelligence with no learning curve, this is the application for you!

Discover new intelligent algorithms, an improved RAW engine and much more.

What’s new?

SMART SLIDER
Move it back and forth to see how you control the process (and the end result).

WINDOWS 7 SUPPORT
From now on, Windows 7 users can easily install Photolemur and experience all it offers.

NEW ALGORITHMS
Innovative algorithms thoroughly analyze your images and improve their quality from there.
+ new sky enhancement, new noise reduction, plugin for photoshop (windows only) and more than 10 other improvements

 


Earlier today, I spoke of one of my favorite sets of image processor/Photoshop plugin/ Photoshop Alternative apps – but I have more than one favorite!

Luminar 2018 offers everything a modern photographer needs for photo editing, including new filters powered by artificial intelligence, major speed improvements, a dedicated RAW develop module and a forthcoming in 2018; digital asset management platform.

Users will also benefit from the new intelligent Sun Rays filterLUT support, and real-time noise removal. With workspaces that match different styles of editing, Luminar adapts to deliver a complete experience that avoids clutter and complexity.

Luminar 2018 has been re-built from the ground up for dramatic performance boosts. Existing filters deliver richer colors and depth in less time. A brand new streamlined user interface speeds up working with presets, filters, and masks. With full support of pro options like layers, masks, and blending modes, complex repairs and photo composites can be easily accomplished.

The power of Luminar 2018 and it’s intuitive, easy-to-use interface make it a great alternative to the Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop workflow – as well as a terrific adjunct to those apps.

And the pre-order pricing is terrific – along with the bonuses!

  • Current users of Luminar may upgrade at a special pre-order price of $39 ($49 MSRP)
  • New users can purchase Luminar 2018 at a special pre-order price of $59 ($69 MSRP)
  • A collection of bonuses will also be included with every purchase.
  • Beta testers are eligible to receive and additional $10 discount

Pre-Order Bonuses:

  • A Pack of signature presets and textures from pro photographer Nicolesy
  • An Exclusive pack of Cinematic LUTs
  • 1-year Power plan from SmugMug ($72 value). For new accounts only

On1 Photo RAW 2018 is now available!   November 13th, 2017

We’ve had the pre-order going for a while, with a very nice discount, but the ACTUAL release went live at the end of last week!

For those of you who purchased the pre-order, please visit the link provided with your purchase confirmation email to download the full release.

For those who HAVEN’T yet purchased, here’s some of what you’re missing:

Click HERE to download a Free Trial!

About ON1 Photo RAW 2018
ON1 Photo RAW 2018 includes the essential tools and features every photographer needs in their workflow. Our super fast, non-destructive, and state-of-the-art processing engine gives you an ultra smooth and efficient editing experience. ON1 Photo RAW is focused on allowing you to get the most out of every photo. Photographers now have a tool with fast photo management, hundreds of customizable photo effects, fast and beautiful HDR, panos, masking and selection tools, layers, and much more—in one app.

ON1 BENEFITS
• No subscription
• Own it forever
• Migration assistant
• Open cloud storage integration
• Hundreds of free training videos
• World-class service and support

Video Training
ON1 Photo RAW 2018 Overview: https://youtu.be/k6QWJaqwdNU
New Color Range Masks: https://youtu.be/OVAZo59TIRE
Mew Luminosity Mask Tools: https://youtu.be/v7ry-zRGqAk
HDR: https://youtu.be/BTymQgFCkh0
Pano: https://youtu.be/P6ahMfxGiHs
Paint With Color Brush: https://youtu.be/2DiuYS2UBbM
New Noise Adjustment Brush: https://youtu.be/KrM-e75OwSU
New Mask Blur Chisel: https://youtu.be/1T7ZL4vOFs4
Remove Haze from a Photo: https://youtu.be/vzz1ueLqTis

Offer Availability
ON1 Photo RAW 2018 will be available November 9th or 10th for download.

As many of you know, I’m not a fan of upgrading my operating system for a great deal of time after the release of any new ones. Currently, I’m using Sierra 10.12.6, and will be continuing to hold off on upgrades. However, some people have either upgraded already, or have bought new equipment that comes with the new OS already installed.

For users of Adobe Creative Cloud products (as well as several other developer’s products), High Sierra has introduced quite a few bugs that need to be resolved.

Fortunately, Adobe has a page about compatibility issues with several of their products, with some workarounds and temporary fixes, until they resolve the problem with a CC update.

To view the list, please visit https://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/global/macos-high-sierra-compatibility.html

Luminar 2018 Pre-Order is LIVE!   November 1st, 2017

It’s Live! The Luminar 2018 Pre-Order has been released.

Including these Top 10 Features:

  • Scalable, adaptive user interface with custom workspaces
  • Raw file conversion & non-destructive editing
  • Over 100 one-click presets
  • Over 40 image enhancement filters
  • Stackable layers with brushes and an advanced layer masking system
  • History panel with multiple undos and exportable history for resumable editing
  • Realtime noise reduction
  • Object removal and clone & stamp (available for Mac, coming soon to PC)
  • Operates as a standalone or plug-in
  • Complete digital asset manager with support for Lightroom catalogs (coming in 2018)

 

See these Before and After Images to see JUST PART of What Luminar 2018 can do:

 

 

 

 

Adobe MAX This Week!   October 15th, 2017

 

This week, Adobe is having it’s Adobe MAX conference in Las Vegas, NV. I’ll be working as a Teaching Assistant for several classes, and according to the conference schedule, anticipate being kept VERY busy for the week! I’m looking forward to it, very much – and anticipate I’ll be “paying” for the worthwhile time with some exhaustion for the entire following week!

For those of you trying to reach me this week, either via the blog, our Facebook page ((2) AYM 4 Training – Home), our Twitter Account (AYM 4 Training (@aym4training) | Twitter)

I do hope that some or many of my students and colleagues will be attending this event, and if so, please seek me out – I’d love to see you! I’ve been assigned to TA the classes named
B342 – Photoshop Magic: Making Brushes to Speed Up Your Workflow, and B341 – Photoshop+After Effects = Awesomeness (multiple bookings of each in my schedule). I’ll also be attending other classes with some of my favorite speakers/writers and Adobe Evangelists.

I hope to see you at the conference, if you can make it, and I’ll do my best to respond to questions and such, as time allows. Have a great week!

 

Adobe Creates the Pen Tool Game   October 10th, 2017

For my students who need to practice the Pen Tool, Adobe’s created an adorable online game to practice it’s usage. The pen tool is important in Adobe Illustrator (of course), but also in Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere, InDesign, Animate… there’s a version of it in almost every Adobe App!

Check out the game here: https://helpx.adobe.com/uk/illustrator/how-to/pen-tool-game.html


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