NIK recently announced a new version of their exceptional software for HDR imaging – NIK’s HDR Efex Pro 2. It’s the HDR solution with the best visual interface, one that helps you compare your options at a single glance.

Use the code JPCNIK to get a 15% discount on all NIK software

NAPP’s RC Concepcion (Check out his HDR book here.) demonstrates the latest version in this video.

New features include …

Improved Tone Mapping Engine – Develop superior results with better color rendering and improved natural styles
Interface, Interaction, and Workflow – Benefit from improvements to the merging interface, tone mapping and enhancement controls, visual presets, and more
Depth Control – Enjoy added depth and realism in images with the new and proprietary Depth control, which helps counteract the flattened look commonly associated with HDR images
Full GPU Processing and Multi-Core Optimization – Gain even faster performance with GPU processing that takes full advantage of the processors found on modern display adapters
Ghost Reduction – Improved ghost reduction algorithm ensures that artifacts created by moving objects are removed with a single click
Chromatic Aberration Reduction – Reduce color fringes around objects
Graduated Neutral Density Control – Access the full 32-bit depth of the merged image, providing a natural effect especially on images with a strong horizon line
Full White Balance Control – Take full advantage of the white balance in an image with a new Tint slider, which along with the Temperature slider, can be applied both globally as well as selectively using U Point technology
History Browser – Easily review adjustments and different HDR looks via the History Browser which records every enhancement used in an editing session
Extended Language Support – International users benefit by the addition of Brazilian Portuguese and Chinese (Simplified and Traditional) to a list of languages that includes English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, and Japanese

Find out about even more features here.

Learn more in my digital photography and digital printing workshops.

NAPP Instructor RC Concepcion goes over how easy it is to correct your images with Lens Aware Adjustments in Photoshop CS6. RC will even go into making further corrections in Photoshop’s new Adaptive Wide angle filter.

View more Photoshop CS6 videos here.

Learn more in my digital photography and digital printing workshops.

The Photoshop Guys at NAPP put together 20 new videos on Photoshop CS6.

They’re all free!

View them here.

Learn more in my digital photography and digital printing workshops.

Russell Brown shares his insights on his top 5 Photoshop CS5 features.

Everyday this week at 1:30 and 4 pm EST view the free live CS5 webinars at NAPP.

Thursday, April 15 12 – 1 pm PDT,  Julianne Kost and Bryan O’Neil Hughes will hold a live Q&A session on Twitter. Tweet your questions to @Photoshop and use the hashtag #AskAPro.

The NAPP Photoshop CS5 Learning Center features …

– 16 Videos on New Features
– Video Interview with Photoshop Product Manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes
– Video Interview with Adobe Camera Raw Product Manager Tom Hogarty
– Feature List Outlining the more than 100+ new Photoshop CS5 Features
– CS5 FAQ
– Video “What the Pros are Saying” About CS5
– Pricing Information (including upgrade paths)
– Video CS5 Tips for Wacom Tablets
– What You Missed in CS4
– Video “10 Little-Known CS5 Tips” (NAPP Members Only)

There will also be free webinars and a free CS5 upgrade giveaway everyday.
Kelby Training will release 14 new CS5 online classes starting today.

The Photoshop Guys at NAPP have put together some great short video tutorials that will help you get up to speed on CS4. Here’s the list.

Scott Kelby
Camera Raw Adjustment Brush
Graduated Filter Tool
Post-Crop Vignette

Corey Barker
3D Improvements
Mask Panel

Dave Cross
Bridge Updates
Content Aware Scaling

Matt Koslowski
Adjustment Panel
Dodge & Burn
On Image Controls
Live Brush Preview
Vibrance Adjustment

RC Concepcion
Dodge, Burn & Sponge
Blend Focus
Flash Panels
Zoom, Toss & Rotate
MultiTouch Gestures

See all the videos here.

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Learn Lightroom 2 and CS4 in my workshops.
Check out my DVDs here.


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