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    Must have Photoshop plugin

    What would be the absolute must have photoshop plugin ??

    Did a search on the net but there's a helluvalot of plug in's.....

    Anyone have any good experiences with plug ins

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    I use alot of different plugins, the one i doubt i would be able to live without is Neat Image (noise reduction software) its also a stand alone prog aswell but seen as though i shoot raw and open everything in ps i only have it as a plugin
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    Yep Noise reduction would be my choise as well for the 'must have'. I use Neat Image as well.

    Second up would be some sharpening actions, that I use on nearly every photo.
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    Noise Reduction also (Noise Ninja) and Viveza (Here). Viveza has got to be the easiest way of selectively adjusting light and colour that I've ever used and I now find it indispensable. Thanks to whomever put me onto it (someone from here who I've forgotten ).
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    For me, it's Noise Ninja for shots above ISO 800 on my D200. Below that I don't require any noise reduction other than what I achieve with ACR/LR.

    If I had to be pinned down on why Noise Ninja, it's really to do with time savings and productivity. Noise reduction, like many of the things that plug-ins do, can be achieved without the use of plug-ins, but the trade-off is processing time because of the multiple steps involved to perform manually and because of the number of stops that occur even when it's recorded in an action.

    The plug-in just stream-lines the process, but doesn't produce results that couldn't be achieved without it if you want to spend the time.

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    Noise reduction.....So what is the difference between Noise Ninja which i heard a bit about and the Neat Image, Just like always personal prefrence.

    Thanks all.

    And you're right Darksome Viveza is just too good...

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    Noise Plugins
    Neat Image
    Noiseware Pro

    Selecting and Masking
    Fluid Mask

    B&W Conversion
    B&W Styler

    Skin Softening
    Portraiture
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    Noise ninja, but I may have to check out neat image with all these favourable comments.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steadyhands View Post
    Selecting and Masking
    Fluid Mask

    B&W Conversion
    B&W Styler
    I keep meaning to try Vertus Fluid Mask...that's the one you're referring to? It sounds interesting I think.

    B&W Styler?? Hmmm, not really into B&W too much, though I have a friend who is. I might have to give them a heads-up to see what it's all about.

    Cheers

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    Good thread - I'm definitely going to try some of the fave plug-ins listed above.

    I only really use Noiseware Professional - I think its excellent, but I haven't tried any of the alternatives listed above.
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    psp12 has a really good noise reducer built in... just as good as neat image IMO (yes i have used neat image). i dont do that much PPing tho... maybe i should.

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    I'm addicted to Lucisart right now. I cant say I've done much niose work though I do have noise ninja and from the small amount I've used it I think its good but I can see myself using Lucisart on a heap of photo's from now on. Even if its justa very subtle touch.

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    My favorite plug-ins come from Alien Skin Software & Flaming Pear. So many to choose from.
    Been using them for years when I was involved with signature scene
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    Can I add another one? Viveza by Niksoftware

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    I use Neat Image and FocalBlade (sharpening). Wouldn't want to be without either.

    Rick, the price of Viveza looks a bit steep, especially for people who already have Capture NX.
    Last edited by jim; 27-09-2008 at 1:52am.

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    Viveza is magic

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim View Post
    I use Neat Image and FocalBlade (sharpening). Wouldn't want to be without either.

    Rick, the price of Viveza looks a bit steep, especially for people who already have Capture NX.
    I agree if you have Capture NX, then you are working with the NikSoftware's control point technology anyway, so no need to get Viveza.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ricktas View Post
    Can I add another one? Viveza by Niksoftware
    *another hand up for Viveza*

    I'm also adding to the list some other NikSoftware - Colour Efex Pro, and Dfine 2.0 [noise reduction]

    Love both of them...but can't forget Silver Efex too.

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    I'm another that uses/likes B&W Styler - it also works as a plug in for PhotoImpact which is good (As thats what I use)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miaow View Post
    I'm another that uses/likes B&W Styler - it also works as a plug in for PhotoImpact which is good (As thats what I use)
    I use this in CS3, I agree it's great.

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