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#1 grimlock361

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Posted 03 December 2014 - 06:21 PM

What some best plugins for photoshop.  I already have the google nik collection.  Was interested in the topaz suite but its very expensive.  Is it worth it?  Are there better options at a lower price point?  Any suggestions?


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Posted 16 December 2014 - 09:48 AM

I agree that Topaz plugins are nice. The thing is, you don't have to buy the entire suite. If you want to just get a less-expensive subset, I would get:

Adjust
Detail
DeNoise

If you really want to save money, just get Adjust, which has sharpening and noise reduction built-in. It was one of their first plugins and is kind of a jack of all trades.

The Detail plugin is just about my favorite and can be used for other things, like blurring a background (it can do the opposite of detailing, of course), brightening dark areas (it has a "tone" control for such things), etc. Just very useful.

DeNoise is an excellent noise reduction plugin, with a lot more options than Adjust (if you have DeNoise installed, Adjust will use its services to do a better job), but Adjust might be enough too, since DeNoise is kind of pricey.

The other cool plugin is Lens Effects. It sounds pretty lame and specialized, IMHO, but it has one option that is VERY worthwhile - it can simulate the effects of a graduated neutral density filter, with easy to set boundaries, darkening amounts, etc. You can do this with masking in a good image editor, but it can be pretty difficult, especially setting gradent mask correctly, etc.

Topaz often has sales where you can get up to 50% off, so I would wait till they have a sale. They often have one around now (they just had one for the entire suite). They had Adjust for $30 a few months ago.
 

Hope this helps.


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Posted 16 December 2014 - 07:17 PM

Thanks


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Posted 24 December 2014 - 10:52 PM

You may also want to look at the Perfect Photo Suite by onone software.  

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Posted 31 January 2015 - 09:09 AM

I quite like Filter Forge.  You get nearly 11,000 filters and the tools to make your own if you are incline.

 

https://www.filterforge.com/


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Posted 16 February 2015 - 11:29 PM

I'm late to the party here, but I have and really like Alienskin Exposure


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Posted 17 February 2015 - 02:42 PM

Alienskin is still around? Cool, I used to use thier plugins back in my 3d graphic days with ps 5.5 yaaaa back in 2000-2002 area.
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