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Sharpening is one of the hardest post-processing steps to understand for many photographers. There are several pitfalls and obstacles to overcome in order to take your sharpening skills to a professional level. When should you sharpen, to get the best result? How does the output media affect the sharpening process? Is there any room for creativity, when sharpening? Should I sharpen before resizing the image, and so on? There are many questions that need to be answered before you can take your sharpening skills to a new level. In this post, you will get my suggestions on when to sharpen

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Posted on November 07, 2018 by Peter Dam in Affinity Photo, Articles, Nik Collection, Photoshop

Great news for those of us who love to use Nik Collection as part of a professional photo editing workflow. In December DxO acquired the Nik Collection software from Google and now they have launched an update. It is mainly bug fixes and an update to ensure that it is compatible with the latest versions of Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Photoshop Elements. With the update, you will also get support if needed to get the plugins to work. This is something that has been missing for the last year or two since Google decided to stop developing and updating the plugins. With a new life to

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Posted on June 22, 2018 by Peter Dam in Articles, Nik Collection

Switching from Photoshop to Affinity Photo can be a little daunting experience when you first think of it. However, the transition is easier than you think and well worth it. If you are using Nik Collection Plugins, you might wonder whether you can get them to work in Affinity Photo, or you also need to find alternatives to them too. However, there is no need to worry. The Nik Collection plugins were mainly developed to use with applications like Photoshop and Lightroom, and other photo editing software. But Affinity Photo wasn’t around when Nik Collections was actively developed and

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Posted on March 13, 2017 by Peter Dam in Affinity Photo, Nik Collection

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B97peyu-PXwIn this tutorial, you will learn how to use control points in Nik Viveza 2. Control points take a whole different approach to creating precise selections or masks than what you know from Lightroom or Photoshop. All of the plugins from Nik Collection use control points. There are minor differences between how they work in each plugin, but once you know how to use control points in one of the plugins like Nik Viveza 2, you will quickly be able to create very precise masks in any of the Nik Collection plug-ins. In this video and the written tutorial

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Posted on March 11, 2017 by Peter Dam in Nik Collection

  What is it about black and white photography that is so amazing? And how can you create it? In a world full of color, we often get attracted to the colors that 'screams' the most for attention or the colors that have the greatest visual mass in a photo. But in some photos, we want the viewers to look at something else like the textures, shapes, lines or connections between two subjects. Creating great black and white images are about obtaining a good contrast. Without it, black and white images will look flat and uninteresting. And Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 got some cool tools to

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Posted on October 27, 2015 by Peter Dam in Articles, Black and White, Nik Collection, Photoshop

Often when a photo comes straight from the camera, it looks flat and not just up to our expectations or what our experience was when we took it. Instead of leaving the photo sitting on your hard drive, you can make most images pop using Lightroom or Photoshop, but with help from the DxO’s Nik Plugins, you can take control of the editing process to another level and get the most out of each photo - and the Nik Collection delivers, no doubt about it. Although you can use the Nik plug-ins from either LR or Aperture, you achieve the best workflow from Photoshop. In Photoshop, each use

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Posted on October 01, 2015 by Peter Dam in Articles, Nik Collection, Photoshop