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Luminar 4 Structure AI has SO MANY Improvements!

Introducing the new AI Structure tool in Luminar 4. AI Structure is just one of several tools that received the power of artificial intelligence making it content-aware.

Watch how it automatically detects people in a photo and doesn’t over-process them. As a result, faces and skin look natural, while the objects around them look deeper and richer.

Existing Customers can purchase this pre-sale upgrade PLUS Inspiration Looks (a $49 value) for only $69 by clicking here.

NEW Customers Can pre-order Luminar 4 PLUS Inspiration Looks for only $79 (a $59 savings),
OR they can purchase Luminar 3 with a free upgrade to Luminar 4 on release PLUS the Inspiration looks for $99 by clicking here.

The new On1 Photo RAW 2020 is Released, and it’s AWESOME!

ON1 Photo RAW 2020

On1 Photo RAW 2020 is OUT!

I’ve been speaking so highly of On1 Photo RAW for so long, I’ll bet you know all the previous features by heart! If you don’t, I recommend you check out their site for the wealth of information on just how this can be the MOST powerful image editing program you can use. Yes – I said it! As far as image editing, this program is in SO MANY ways more intuitive and simpler to use than Photoshop (and you KNOW I LOVE PHOTOSHOP!), and since it has so many “automatic” features that you can tweak, I feel that in many ways this give the user greater power to perfect their images in a more efficient manner. AND, the license is a LICENSE, NOT A SUBSCRIPTION!

With Photo RAW 2020, you’ll encounter SO many new, exciting AI-based features, even avid Photoshoppers will find themselves opening On1, just to plain ‘ol get things done.

Here’s some of what’s new in this version:

  • New AI Match — Match how your raw photos look to what you saw on the back of the camera. This automatically detects when you shoot in black and white or custom film looks in your camera.
  • New AI Auto Tone — The new algorithm does a much better job on all types of photos, also controls the amount of auto-tone you want. By analyzing thousands of photos, the algorithm has learned how to do an even better job, especially on tough images.
  • New Speed & Performance Updates — Opening raw files in Edit is up to two times faster, and brushing is smoother, even on integrated graphics cards.
  • Enhanced Raw Processing for Fujifilm – The decoding of Fujifilm X-Trans raw files has been improved to reduce scalloping and other artifacts.
  • New Hottest and Trending Presets — Over 100 new looks and styles curated from today’s hottest photographic trends. We also added tons of new skies, backgrounds, and textures for your masking pleasure.
  • New SmugMug Integration — Select photos and videos, then publish them to any of your SmugMug galleries. Even create new galleries and control the size of the photos you upload. I love my Smugmug membership, and if you use their service, this new function is a BOON!
  • New Custom Camera Profiles — Get predictable, natural color results by creating custom profiles for your camera and lights. We have partnered with X-Rite, the leader in color management, to make this easy. Photograph an X-Rite target with your camera, then import it into ON1 Photo RAW, then send it to the X-Rite Camera Profiler software to build a custom camera profile.
  • Better Noise Reduction — The new state-of-art noise reduction algorithm can reduce noise, both color and luminance independently, while maintaining detail, even with today’s ultra high-ISO cameras.
  • New Color Balance Filter — Remove a cross color cast from the shadows or highlights or create unique duotone or tritone tints by adjusting the color and brightness of the highlights, mid-tones or shadows.
  • New Weather Filter — With the new Weather filter in Effects, you can add rain, snow, and fog to your photos to create a realistic atmosphere.
  • New Channel Mixer Filter — For precise black and white conversions, channel swaps for infrared, or shift entire color ranges.
  • New Sun Flare Filter — Add realistic sun spots, lens flares, and bokeh to your shots all powered by real photographs from renowned photographer and educator Matt Kloskowski.
  • New Print Module — Print contact sheets, a wall portrait, or tile multiple photos into package prints, the improved print dialog can handle it all. Easily print individual images. Also, print multiple photos on one piece of paper to create packages like 2 5×7’s or 4 4×5’s. Add watermarks and sharpen before you print.
  • New Timeline Albums — Exploring your photos by date has never been easier. The new automatic timeline albums organize your photos by year, month, and day.
  • New Map View — View where your photos were taken on a map, explore photo locations, and add location metadata to photos that don’t have GPS metadata. Even search by location address to find photos quickly, without having to add additional metadata.
  • New Focus Mask Overlay — Now you can view what’s in-focus in our photos easily. The new Focus Mask overlay marks the areas of best focus with green so you can compare similar photos and pick out the sharpest photo quickly.
  • More Language Support — ON1 Photo RAW is now localized into eleven languages, giving many more photographers access to the best photo editor out there. It currently supports English, German, Spanish, French, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, Italian, and Dutch.
  • New Enhancements — Before/after image preview splitter, control preset opacity from the preset browser, Windows installer now gives the option to install on other drive, UNC paths on Windows, Lossy Canon CR3 support, Visualize brushstrokes with a red overlay.
  • New Camera and Lens Support Added 

And all this is just for their initial release of 2020! Updates and upgrades will introduce more features.

And remember, On1 Photo RAW 2020 can stand alone, or can be used as a plugin for Photoshop – so you get the best of both worlds!

Price and Availability.

ON1 Photo RAW 2020 is available today for download from the ON1 website. Previous owners of any ON1 product can order the upgrade for just $79.99, and those who don’t own earlier versions of ON1 can order the full version for $99.99. For a limited time, ON1 Photo RAW 2020 is bundled with launch bonuses that include an additional 100 pack of presets covering some of the hottest looks and trends. A single purchase of ON1 Photo RAW 2020 works with both Mac and Windows and is a perpetual license (own it forever) for activation on up to five computers. A free 30-day trial with no watermarking and no credit card required is also available from the ON1 website.

 

 

 

LAST DAY for Discount on Skylum Luminar 3.1

Luminar 3.1 Discount ends in 24 hours

You’ve already heard me extoll the virtues of Skylum’s Luminar 3.1. An advanced image editing alternative, for which you own the license, without a subscription.

If you don’t recall ALL that it can do, please visit this page.

This offer includes Luminar 3.1 at 70% off! – That’s $49!!!

AND, it includes the excellent bonus: Photography 101 Video course by SLR Lounge!

I am unsure if the usual coupon will work on this promotion, but you might as well try entering SGANS_DISC at checkout. It may save you an additional $10.

On1 Photo RAW 2019.5 Discount Ends May 15th!!

ON1 Photo RAW 2019.5 - The Best Alternative to Lightroom and Photoshop

$30 OFF On1 Photo RAW 2019.5!

By now, many of you may know WHY I suggested backing up your systems with older versions of Adobe software installed. Unfortunately, I was under NDA, so I could not disclose that as of a few days ago, Adobe has pulled ALL previous versions of the Creative Cloud Apps, leaving only this version and the last most recent version. In this case, leaving only last year’s and this years. An exception to this is InDesign, which, for a while will still offer access to older versions. While this doesn’t affect people who bought boxed versions of software (despite some technical difficulties in accessing the electronic download files at the moment), anyone who was using something from CS6 Subscription, to CC2017 are out of luck in ever restoring these versions, if necessary. This includes me – who started using the subscription model at CS6.

I know that Adobe is not doing this because they want to. I know they have a legal reason for doing so (which was not disclosed to us), but it goes against every promise Adobe made to it’s subscription users from the beginning – the promise that we’d have access to older versions at any time.

For people who have been balking about the subscription model, this has just added fuel to the fire.

The good news for those who need alternative software to Adobe’s Photoshop/Lightroom bundle, there are a few great alternatives. In a previous post, I revealed a discount from Skylum, on their Luminar offering.

But, On1 Photo RAW has extended it’s $30 off discount in it’s software until May 15th.

SO many features to list, but the new ones are:

  • Dual Mode — Easily undock the Browse Module from the Edit Module, use a second display, or make sales or client presentations on a projector or TV. The dual mode will allow photographers to customize how they want to work when browsing and editing photos.
  • Edit History — A full edit history will be added when working on photos. Each editing step will be viewable, along with the ability to roll-back and compare adjustments. Photographers can also revert to the beginning of the editing session.
  • Settings Applied Info — Photographers will be able to quickly view which modules, tools, and filters are applied to a photo. This non-linear approach will also allow photographers to double-click on a setting and jump straight to it for further adjustments.
  • Selective Sync — Enhanced granularity in which settings to apply when syncing your settings (or pasting and saving a preset) will be added. For example, photographers will be able to drill down and only apply a white balance adjustment. The ability to sync cropping, retouching and brush strokes between photos will also be included.
  • Hierarchical Keywords — The master keyword list will now support nesting keywords inside of other keywords. Nested keywords will allow photographers to organize keywords as they see fit. Importing a list of nested keywords from other apps like Adobe Lightroom® will also be supported.
  • Apple® Photos® Extension Enhancements — Integration with Apple Photos now supports the full raw data, improving adjustments to tone and color. It also supports re-editable non-destructive editing and more native ON1 Photo RAW features like layers, crop, and text.
  • First Launch Experience — If it is your first time using ON1 Photo RAW, there will be new walkthroughs to help you learn the basics. This will give photographers a running start and directs them where to learn more.
  • Tool Tips — Tool tip animations will be added to improve the usability and shorten the learning curve for each tool.
  • Layers Enhancements — Create a new canvas of any size or change the size of the existing canvas.
  • Text Tool Enhancements — Add a background color to a text box and control its opacity. Easily control the character and line spacing. New options also will allow photographers to duplicate and change the order of text boxes and automatically insert text from a photo’s metadata.
  • Performance Improvements — Zooming, panning, and brushing are now much faster. A new preview quality option can help increase performance on lower-end and integrated video cards as well. Export is now up to 10x faster when resizing or exporting a photo or photos already edited.
  • Local Adjustments — The Local Adjustments tools will be faster to brush and adjust.
  • Windows High-DPI — Support for high-dpi displays on Windows will be dramatically improved. The scaling of the fonts and controls will work much better, especially on 4k displays and laptops.
  • Keywording — Keywords will be easier to search, add, delete, and modify. Also, keywords are now case sensitive.
  • Soft Proofing in Resize — The soft-proofing feature will also be available in ON1 Resize (Genuine Fractals®).
  • Drag and Drop from Film Strip — Drag and drop photos from the film strip to add them as new layers.
  • Increased Thumbnail Size Range — The range of thumbnail size will be increased, so photographers can go all the way up to two giant thumbnails or down to tiny thumbnails to survey an entire folder.
  • Default Photo Location — Now control the default photo location in Browse. This is where ON1 Photo RAW will look to find photos instead of the Pictures folder.
  • Preview the Resize Algorithm — When using the Genuine Fractals algorithm, photographers will be able to preview the resulting quality at 100% zoom to more accurately adjust the options and sharpening.
  • Persistent Crop Preset State — The crop tool settings will be persistent and remembered across photos.
  • Search by Adjustments Added — Search for photos based on specific adjustments applied such as cropped, retouched, etc.
  • Update to Lightroom Migration — The Lightroom Migration tool will now migrate the pick and reject flags.
  • Added for Support New Cameras and Lenses
  • Many other under-the-hood bug fixes and performance improvements.

On1 Photo RAW works with RAW, jpg, psd, and so many more file formats, you OWN your license in perpetuity, and you can install it on up to 5 Windows and Mac Computers. Check it out, NOW!

Adobe Hikes the Price of it’s Photography Plan – Some alternatives

Edit (5/8/19): Adobe appears to have succumbed to the pressure. They’ve currently withdrawn their price hike, for the moment.

On May 2nd, Petapixel posted a story about Adobe increasing the price of it’s Photography Plan from $9.99/mo to $19.99/mo. Doubling it’s price!

As you all know, I’m an Adobe person. I love the Adobe ecosystem, it’s offerings, and it’s power. Photoshop was my first “Adobe baby”, when I started using it at Version 2.5 (before layers were invented, let alone, editable text!). I am an Adobe Certified Instructor for Photoshop and an Adobe Community Professional.

However, I don’t know if this price increase is a great idea for Adobe, unless they’re comfortable losing their Photography customers. YES, paying into the subscription plan will keep you up to date on ALL the new features of Photoshop and Lightroom as they come up. YES, Photoshop is still the most powerful image editor out there, especially for people who want to create composites and compositions, include the ability to create video (and work with video clips), and work in 3D in their image editor. It has many graphic features not employed by it’s competitors in the image editing space. However, for those who are strictly focused on their photography, who want power and don’t care about Photoshop’s powerful design capabilities, their 3D, and their video options (and more), there are some AMAZINGLY POWERFUL Alternatives:


ON1 Photo Raw is about to release their 2019.5 version of their incredibly powerful image editing software. This software has functions that replace much of Lightroom, and Photoshop allowing Presets, Filters, Color Look-Up Tables, POWERFUL AI lead masking, retouching, layers, HDR, Panorama,World Class image resizing and more. On1 Photo Raw allows for:

  • Image organization and Editing
  • Working with any file type you throw at it: RAW, jpg, psd, png, and more
  • Installation on up to 5 computers, Mac or Windows
  • No Importing!
  • Direct migration from Lightroom (so you don’t lose the work you’ve done)
  • Tons of tutorials

On1 Photo Raw costs $63.99 (for upgrade), $79.99 Full Version, or $129.99 (including On1 Plus Pro – amazing support, free presets, and more). And you OWN the license – NO SUBSCRIPTION. Buy 2019.2 today, and you’ll receive the upgrade to 2019.5 for free, when it comes out.


Skylum is offering a Discount to their Luminar 3.1 application until May 14th.

Luminar 3.1 offers:

  • AI Image Enhancement (one click enhancements)
  • A Full-Featured Organizer and Editor (with keywording, labeling, rating and more)
  • Powerful Presets to use as they are, or to edit
  • Layers, Blends, Filters (50+), Masks
  • AI Sky Enhancer
  • AI Foliage Enhancer
  • Erase Unwanted Objects
  • Powerful Noise Reduction
  • Non-Destructive Photo Editing
  • Workspaces
  • Activation on up to 5 Computers – Windows or Mac

And, if you order before May 14th, you get a great discount, Plus “Photography 101” Video Course at a SERIOUS discount!

$60 Full Price ($50, with discount code: SGANS_DISC) – regular price $70
$69 including Photography 101 Video Course ($59, with discount code: SGANS_DISC) – regular price $169!
$129 including Aurora HDR and Photography 101 Video Course ($119, with discount code: SGANS_DISC) – regular price $268!

Again, you OWN the license – no subscriptions!


Affinity Photo is also a powerful alternative for Photoshop. And serif.com has created a strong ecosystem of their own – offering an Illustrator and an InDesign alternative as well. Affinity Photo can be purchased at $69.99 (Canadian dollars)

And for those of you who like to work with Donation-ware (FREE, but requesting donations), please take a look at GIMP – a powerful, cross-platform image editor at https://www.gimp.org

If you feel I left your favorite out of this list, please say something in the comments!

On1 Photo RAW 2019.2 Kickoff Sale!

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For a limited time purchase On1 Photo RAW 2019.2 for only $69.99

On1 Photo RAW 2019.2 is an all new Photo Editing experience!

It features a new AI-powered Quick Mask Tool that’s a game changer in photo editing. It allows you to create detailed masks in seconds, making it easier than ever to replace backgrounds or target specific areas for effects or local adjustments.

Here’s a quote from a happy ON1 customer about the AI Quick Mask Tool:

“Wow, the applications for this new masking ability are practically endless, especially when you think about how you can use the mask afterward for other effects and local adjustments. I can’t wait to go back into some of my pictures from that past few years and use this feature. It’s awesome!” – Jesse 

Download the new ON1 Photo RAW 2019.2 and we’ll show you exactly how to use the new AI Quick Mask tool. It’s easy and fun, and it gives you limitless creative possibilities. Buy during our Kick Off Sale to get a great deal with bonus extras!

For just $69.99, you get a full, non-subscription license to one of the most powerful photo editing tools ever, plus, they’re including EVERYTHING you need to get up and running:

ON1 Photo RAW 2019.2

Your all-in-one photo editor and better photo editing experience. – $99.99

RAW Processing 101 Video Course

Learn how to take photos straight out of your camera and edit them to look exactly like they did on the camera’s display screen. Includes 9 downloadable lessons, practice files, and follow-along raw files. – $24.99

ON1 Photo RAW 2019 Looks eBook & Video

25 step-by-step editing looks and videos that make it easy to get started with Photo RAW 2019. – $39.99

ON1 Loyalty Rewards 2019

It’s the gift that keeps on giving the whole year – free presets, textures, eBooks, and more every month! – $100

ON1 From A-Z

The official ON1 Photo RAW 2019.2 user guidebook. Over 170 pages covering everything you need to know about ON1 Photo RAW 2019.2.

FREE! Total Value: $264.97
Your Price: $69.99

Save $20 on Skylum Luminar 3 (with discount code)- Flash Sale

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Skylum Luminar 3 New Year Flash Sale

Save $20 Sunday, December 30th – Wednesday, January 2nd (with Discount Code: SGANS_DISC)

New users can purchase Luminar 3 for US$59 (US$49 with discount code SGANS_DISC) instead of US$69.

Using Artificial Intelligence in combination with your skills (or free presets plus your skills), you can make your photos as beautiful as you see them in your mind.

As with any software, the original new release had some bugs, but, per Skylum:
Thank you very much for reporting the issues you have encountered with Luminar 3, you helped us fix a lot of bugs. Your feedback is very valuable for the team, and as a result of that we are releasing the hotfix update of Luminar 3 where a lot of things you’ve flagged have been fixed.

Here are the most essential improvements:

MAC:

    • Stability improved – Fixed 20+ crash issues

    • Fixed issue with folder destination for catalog

  • Fixed crash on quit

WINDOWS:

    • Fixed language change issue

    • Fixed issue with folder destination for catalog

    • Fixed connection to internet issue

    • Fixed crashes in LR/PS plugins

    • Export/Share moved to file menu

    • Fixed issues with duplicated images

  • Stability improved –  40+ crash issues fixed.

Luminar 3 with Libraries – Pre-Order has begun!


Skylum Luminar 3 with Libraries will be released in 1 week!

Preorder now (valid 12/6/18-12/19/18) and get your Skylum Luminar ready to go, with a bunch of great bonuses! (Don’t forget to use coupon code SGANS_DISC)

Luminar 2018 AI Sky Enhancer + FREE Luminar 3 with Libraries

It’s your double win! Get Luminar 2018 with the all-new AI Sky Enhancer now and update to Luminar 3 with Libraries for FREE. Plus, you get a bunch of exclusive extras worth US$222! Luminar 2018 will receive a free upgrade to Luminar 3, in 1 week!

  1. ViewBug: 3-Month Pro Membership (US$42 value) – Join the ultimate photo community for a shot to win prizes, create own challenges, get unlimited photo uploads, sell your images, enjoy a new website, and much more!
  2. KelbyOne: 2-Month Pro Membership (US$40 value) – Supercharging your knowledge with KelbyOne Pro is as easy as pressing the shutter button. Enjoy a free access to weekly courses, private webcasts, creative toolkits, and other freebies!
  3. Rocky Nook: Choice of ANY e-book (US$40 value) – Hurry to get your hands on a free eBook by Rocky Nook! Master your techniques, find inspiration, and hone your craft in order to create best-looking images!
  4. Daniel Kordan: Awesome Landscapes Tutorial (US$80 value) – Need to brush up your skills? We’ve got you covered. Watch extensive tutorials by Daniel Kordan and create truly jaw-dropping landscape images!
  5. Manfrotto, Gitzo, Joby or Lowepro: US$20 Gift card with US$120 purchase (US$20 value) Looking for extreme savings on your favorite gear? Save US$20 on any purchase over US$120 from our friends at the Vitec Group.
  6. US $300 OFF Iceland Photo Tours (US $300 Value) – Save US$300 on any multi-day (3+ day) Iceland Photo Tours workshop.

Pricing:

  •  New users can purchase Luminar 2018 for US$59 (US$49 with coupon code SGANS_DISC).
  • Current users of Luminar 2018 will be able to update for free.
  • Current users of Luminar 2017 can upgrade for US$49 (US$39 with coupon code SGANS_DISC).
  • Current users of a Luminar 2018 trial (those who have downloaded it before November can purchase Luminar 2018 for US$49 (US$39 with coupon code SGANS_DISC).
  • Owners of Skylum legacy products (Creative Kit, Noiseless, Intensify, Tonality, FX Photo Studio, Focus, Snapheal, Filters for Photos) can purchase Luminar for US$49  (US$39 with coupon code SGANS_DISC).
  • Current users of Aurora HDR (2016–2019) can purchase Luminar for US$49 (US$39 with coupon code SGANS_DISC).
  • Current users of Photolemur can purchase Luminar for US$49 (US$39 with coupon code SGANS_DISC).

Skylum Luminar Black Friday Offer – with Coupon! Only a Few Hours Left!

Skylum Luminar Black Friday Offer – with Coupon!

Coupon Code SGANS_DISC

There are only a few hours left to get Luminar plus bonuses for only $49 (with coupon)

See below for other pricing options, ending tonight!

For those who want to do MORE with their image edits, Skylum Luminar is the app for you! Skylum Luminar and Aurora HDR are the perfect combo for editing, improving photos, getting creative, and making your photos into art pieces.

Here’s what the Black Friday Offer gets you (available from 11/21/9-11/28/19):

Choose Luminar 2018, Aurora HDR 2019, or the bundle and get:

Exclusive Black Friday Bonuses:

  • 1 year of FREE SmugMug Portfolio plan (US$180)
  • 119 Dramatic & Romantic Sky Overlays (US$29)
  • 20% OFF COOPH Photography Apparel and accessories (on all purchases over EUR100)
  • *Those who purchase Luminar from November 1 through 28 will get these bonuses for free.

Pre-Sale Offer Bonuses:

  • ViewBug: 3-month Pro membership (VALUE – US$42)
  • KelbyOne: 2-month Pro membership (VALUE – US$40)
  • Rocky Nook: Choice of ANY e-book (VALUE – US$40)
  • Daniel Kordan: Awesome Landscapes Tutorial (VALUE – US$29)
  • Manfrotto & Gitzo: $20 gift card on any $120 purchase (VALUE – US$20)
  • 3 months free of Stuck in ?ustoms Passport membership ( VALUE – US$30)

Black Friday Pricing: 

  • New users can purchase the Luminar 2018 + Aurora HDR 2019 Bundle for US$119, instead of US$168 (US$49OFF).
  • New users can purchase Aurora HDR 2019 for US$99( US$89with coupon code SGANS_DISC).
  • Aurora HDR 2019 users can upgrade at the Black Friday price of US$59 (US$49 with coupon code SGANS_DISC).

 

 

 

Skylum Luminar Black Friday Offer – with Coupon!

Skylum Luminar Black Friday Offer – with Coupon!

Coupon Code SGANS_DISC

For those who want to do MORE with their image edits, Skylum Luminar is the app for you! Skylum Luminar and Aurora HDR are the perfect combo for editing, improving photos, getting creative, and making your photos into art pieces.

Here’s what the Black Friday Offer gets you (available from 11/21/9-11/28/19):

Choose Luminar 2018, Aurora HDR 2019, or the bundle and get:

Exclusive Black Friday Bonuses:

  • 1 year of FREE SmugMug Portfolio plan (US$180)
  • 119 Dramatic & Romantic Sky Overlays (US$29)
  • 20% OFF COOPH Photography Apparel and accessories (on all purchases over EUR100)
  • *Those who purchase Luminar from November 1 through 28 will get these bonuses for free.

Pre-Sale Offer Bonuses:

  • ViewBug: 3-month Pro membership (VALUE – US$42)
  • KelbyOne: 2-month Pro membership (VALUE – US$40)
  • Rocky Nook: Choice of ANY e-book (VALUE – US$40)
  • Daniel Kordan: Awesome Landscapes Tutorial (VALUE – US$29)
  • Manfrotto & Gitzo: $20 gift card on any $120 purchase (VALUE – US$20)
  • 3 months free of Stuck in ?ustoms Passport membership ( VALUE – US$30)

Black Friday Pricing: 

  • New users can purchase the Luminar 2018 + Aurora HDR 2019 Bundle for US$119, instead of US$168 (US$49OFF).
  • New users can purchase Aurora HDR 2019 for US$99( US$89with coupon code SGANS_DISC).
  • Aurora HDR 2019 users can upgrade at the Black Friday price of US$59 (US$49 with coupon code SGANS_DISC).