Nik Collection 5 Released, Many New Features Added

Nik Collection 5

One of my favorite photo editing software got a significant update: Nik Collection 5 has been released.

To learn more about Nik Collection 5 (or buy it) click here, or watch the videos below.

What’s new:

  • Brand new Design and User Experience for Nik Color Efex and Nik Analog Efex
  • Film Grain for Nik Color Efex. Access 29 high-fidelity, color, analog, film-grain types thanks to DxO’s exclusive calibration process with the ability to alter intensity and size.
  • ClearView for Nik Color Efex. Take rendering a step further by intelligently increasing local contrast while effectively suppressing distant atmospheric haze without producing pronounced halo effects.
  • Create presets with (or without) Control Points. In Nik Color Efex and Nik Analog Efex users can save even more accurate and creative effects to apply in a single click on an image.
  • Color Selectivity for Control Points in Nik Color Efex and Nik Analog Efex. Adjust the selectivity to apply the effects to similar hues and luminosities.
  • Control Points Design and new User Experience in Nik Color Efex and Nik Analog Efex. Control Point adjustments in Nik Color Efex and Nik Analog Efex are available in the right panel under the Selective
  • Adjustment category.
  • The Control Point image viewer design remains unchanged but, to prevent the preview from becoming cluttered, all control point parameters are now available in the right panel of the interface for Nik Color Efex and Nik Analog Efex.
  • Control Point and Control Point Group naming now lets you rename Control Points to self-
  • explanatory titles on the list, e.g. Sky, Eye, Skin, etc…
  • Control Points copy and paste. Control Points can be copied from one filter to another in Nik Analog
  • Efex to ensure consistant localized adjustements.
  • Nik Selective Tool now displays Nik Analog Efex and Nik Viveza favourite presets enabling users to select them from the Adobe Photoshop interface and streamline the over-all user experience.
  • New Optical Modules available for Nik Perspective Efex
  • New supported cameras (Canon EOS R3 and others)

Deal: Capture One Pro 22 Photo Editing Software – $179 (reg. $299)

Capture One Pro 22

You can get Capture One Pro 22 with a solid discount.

At a glance:

  • Image Processing and Raw File Conversion
  • New: Panorama Stitching / HDR Merging
  • New: Wireless Tethering / Auto Rotate
  • Basic Color Editor, Scrolling Tools
  • Layered Workflow and Annotations
  • Luminosity, Gradient, and Radial Masks
  • Catalogs and Sessions, DNG File Support
  • Third-Party Plug-In Support
  • Over 500 Cameras & Raw Files Supported
  • Mac and Windows Compatible

Get Capture One Pro 22 (download version) on sale at $179 at B&H Photo. Compare at $299.

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Excire Foto Is My New Photo Management App, And You Can Save 24% On It

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I was a happy Lightroom user until Adobe decided to introduce the subscription model. I did not like it and since then I never found a software I liked enough to use it as my main photo management app. Until now. Automatic photo tagging and keywording, how does that sound?

Excire Foto is a photo management app powered by artificial intelligence (AI). See what it can do for you:

  • Using advanced image and face-recognition technology, Excire Foto automatically analyses and tags your photos. Looking for photos from a beach holiday or a family celebration? The Excire AI will find them for you in seconds and will uncover all your hidden photo treasures.
  • Intelligent content-based navigation is combined with super fast image display to provide efficiency and fun. Simple, intuitive, powerful: with Excire Foto you will experience a completely new way of interacting with your photos.
  • You search, Excire Foto finds! With just a few clicks you can find the photos you are looking for faster than ever before!
  • Transfer the Excire Foto keywords to photo or XMP files and benefit from the power of the Excire AI across various applications. Excire keywords become available in the spotlight search of your file browser and other applications such as Lightroom.

You can download a fully functional trial version of Excire, or you can purchase it with a 24% discount by using code CHRISTMAS-24.

I am actively using Excire since a few weeks and am looking forward to post a review about my experience with it. I have to say that so far I am very happy with it. In the meantime you can have a look at the video below, or check the Excire’s tutorials on YouTube. Or you can learn more about Excire Foto here.

Luminar AI Gets An Update, Introduces “Bokeh AI” To Refine Your Portraits

Luminar Ai

Skylum released an update for their popular Luminar AI photo editing software. In case you do not know: the AI stands for Artificial Intelligence, and the latest update brings Bokeh AI for your portraits.

At a glance:

  • Photo Editing and Raw Image Processing
  • Non-Destructive Workflow
  • AI Sky Replacement, Structure, Enhance
  • AI Skin & Portrait Enhancer
  • Smart Contrast, Sunrays, Looks Gallery
  • Library Panel for Image Management
  • Adjustment Syncing and Batch Processing
  • Smart Shortcuts and Luminar Trash
  • Can Be Used Standalone or as Plug-In
  • Enjoy realistic water reflections when replacing skies
  • Finely control the placement of your new Sky and its reflection
  • Add ripples on the water for a subtle blur effect
  • Have fun placing Sky Objects that you can see and easily select in the dropdown menu
  • For macOS 10.13.6 and Later / Windows 10

You can download a demo version of Luminar AI, or buy it with a $10 discount by using our code “WATCH” at checkout (please note: the link opens on the page for 2 Luminar AI licenses; just click on “1-Computer license” to buy one license) m

Here are the most prominent new features coming with the latest Luminar AI update:

Portrait Bokeh AI

The long-awaited Portrait BokehAI feature will help Luminar Creatives achieve dreamy and spectacular portraits. Using artificial intelligence, this tool quickly analyzes the depth of an image, and creates a beautiful background blur in seconds, adding a realistic and dreamy 3D bokeh effect to your portraits. 

Bokeh Al creates a beautiful background blur in seconds, adding a realistic and dreamy 3D bokeh effect to your portraits. You can use it to automatically emulate the stunning background haziness of a high-quality lens at maximum aperture; easily add volume, airiness, and depth to your photos; hide imperfections in an unfocused background; and let the subject in your photos stand out

Textures with visual preview

The improved Textures tool gives you incredible new possibilities.  In the Local Masking tab, click on +Add and select Textures. Now you can visually browse Textures in the dropdown list and instantly have an idea of what your final result can look like (just like in SkyAI and Augmented SkyAI).

Shifting Horizon Control in SkyAI

In Update 4, you can enjoy significant improvements to the SkyAI tool.There’s now a new slider that correctly adjusts the position of the sky. You can replace the sky and set the desired position of your horizon line thanks to the Shifting HorizonControl slider in the Sky Orientation section. Instead of Vertical Position, Horizontal Position, and Horizon Blending sliders, now there is just one smart control that saves time and is more efficient in getting your replaced Sky Texture exactly where you want it.

And here is a short video explaining Bokeh AI:

You can download a demo version of Luminar AI, or buy it with a $10 discount by using our code “WATCH” at checkout.

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Skylum Luminar AI Update Released, Performance Improved

Luminar Ai

Skylum Luminar AI is a photo editing software I like a lot. The reason is simple: I am lazy, and not a great photographer. Luminar AI helps out with clever artificial intelligence algorithms and smart gimmicks.

At a glance:

  • Photo Editing and Raw Image Processing
  • Non-Destructive Workflow
  • AI Sky Replacement, Structure, Enhance
  • AI Skin & Portrait Enhancer
  • Smart Contrast, Sunrays, Looks Gallery
  • Library Panel for Image Management
  • Adjustment Syncing and Batch Processing
  • Smart Shortcuts and Luminar Trash
  • Can Be Used Standalone or as Plug-In
  • Enjoy realistic water reflections when replacing skies
  • Finely control the placement of your new Sky and its reflection
  • Add ripples on the water for a subtle blur effect
  • Have fun placing Sky Objects that you can see and easily select in the dropdown menu
  • For macOS 10.13.6 and Later / Windows 10

You can download a demo version of Luminar AI, or buy it with a $10 discount by using our code “WATCH” at checkout. Luminar AI update 1.3.0 is explained in the video below by Jim Nix. If you never heard about Luminar AI give it a try. It’s rather impressing.

More about Skylum Luminar AI and its features after the break.

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