The Nik Collection has had a tumultuous history, but it remains one of the most popular and much-loved plugin suites out there for Photoshop and Lightroom. After it was acquired by Google, its future was uncertain, especially after Google announced they’d pretty much abandoned it. Fortunately, they were willing to turn it over to DxO, […]
Since acquiring the popular Nik Collection of photo editing plugins from Google back in 2017, DxO has released several minor updates. Now, nearly three years later, they’ve finally debuted a major refresh. Nik Collection 3 comes with a new plugin launcher, a brand new perspective plugin called Perspective Efex, and more.
There are three new and improved features that make up this major update to the popular plugin suite for Photoshop, Lightroom Classic, and DxO Photo Lab: the new ‘Nik Selective Tool’ plugin launcher, a ‘revolutionary’ non-destructive workflow in Lightroom Classic, and the brand new ‘Perspective Efex’ geometric correction plugin.
The first thing you should be doing when editing landscapes (or any kind of photo) in Lightroom is to apply a new profile. By adjusting this base render of your raw files, you’re providing a solid foundation on which to edit.
The HSL panel is by far one of the most powerful ways to edit your photos in Lightroom and to develop a signature style. If you are a bit unsure of how to use the HSL panel in Lightroom, this fantastic video tutorial will get you up and running in no time.
Presets these days come in at a dime a dozen, that is unless you are looking for something that is more than a simple set of slider movements and a curves adjustment. In that case, SLR Lounge and DVLOP have what you are looking for.
While it’s important to get things right at the source, if you’ve made that age-old mistake of not changing your camera settings before taking the shot, is it possible to recover the photo? Or is it destined for the recycling bin?
Photographer Demas Rusli has created a helpful tutorial that’ll benefit beginners and pros alike. In just a few minutes, he shows you how to straighten even extremely mis-aligned photos perfectly using both Lightroom and Photoshop.
The video was inspired by Rusli’s background as an architect. He’s been working as an architect for 5 years, and studied architecture for 5 years before that, so after 10 years, vertical and horizontal balance is extremely important to him. Let’s just say he’s no fan of the Dutch angle in his photography.
In this tutorial, Rusli covers two different methods.
Post-processing is, in many ways, deeper and more complex than taking the photograph itself. While that provides greater creative control and room to maneuver, it also creates more pitfalls. Here are some crucial tips for post processing your images.
I’ve long been intrigued by the Adobe Lightroom product. While it’s often seen as the younger brother to its sibling, Lightroom Classic, “new” Lightroom does a great job of editing photos. Couple that with its online sync capabilities and mobile camera capture functions, and you really have a product that can be a great solution […]
The tone curve is by far one of the most versatile, efficient, and powerful adjustment tools in Lightroom, and mastering it can take you a long way to better image edits and more creative control. If you are unfamiliar with the tool, this fantastic video will show you not only you can use it to adjust things like shadows and highlights, but how it can also be used to color grade an image.
Luminar 4 has brought with it some advanced AI features that can save a lot of time in edits and enable new creative avenues. How does it hold up against Lightroom when it comes to editing? This great video shows a photographer processing the same image in both apps and what you can expect from each.
As someone who shoots regularly with a wide-angle lens and seems to have a complete inability to hold a camera level, knowing how to straighten photographs in Lightroom and Photoshop is essential. This short tutorial runs you through some fundamental skills.
The more time you spend as a photographer, the bigger your image collection will become, and if you do not put good effort into keeping things organized, it can become difficult to navigate through all your photos. This great video will show you how to use star ratings and keywords to keep everything organized and easy to find.
Over time, Lightroom may become slow to render thumbnails and scroll through images. Rebuilding all previews may significantly improve performance. It may also significantly reduce the size of your Lightroom catalog. Rebuilding previews also serves as a file integrity check. So what are you waiting for?
Previews in Lightroom are JPEG files that are used for thumbnail viewing. They can also be used for full-size viewing, particularly for offline media. Lightroom makes several (or more) of these previews for each image.
The previews are the largest component of Lightroom catalogs. And while Lightroom tries to manage them cleanly, that’s
The spot removal tool in Lightroom is a fast and simple method to touch up a photo and cleanup imperfections. While not as accurate or full-featured as the various touchup tools in Photoshop, sometimes you only need a simple and fast way to perform a touchup directly from Lightroom.
Using the tool is straightforward. You click on the small brush icon and then will be offered a choice of either Clone or Heal. In most cases, the Heal choice will yield the best results for fast touchup of blemishes. You can also set your Size, Feather, and Opacity preferences.
While Lightroom is generally used for cataloging, global edits, and basic local edits and Photoshop is used for more advanced post-processing, there is a definite overlap between the features and capabilities of the two applications. This great video details when you should use Photoshop versus when you can afford to stay in Lightroom.
A new pack of presets, called Crush, has just been released by SLR Lounge and DVLOP. With a “bold and vivid” aesthetic, this pack combines DVLOP’s technical background in preset development with SLR Lounge’s professional style. Want to see what’s included?