The Bokeh Masters Kit is designed to creatively change
the shape of the out-of-focus background lights in a photo.
Bokeh is the quality of the blur areas of an image.
This product is designed to change the shapes of small, distant points of light that may occur in that blurred area. Normally these out-of-focus points of light display as colored spheres in the background.
It is an amazing resource for any and all multimedia artists.
Artbeats extensive library offerings span a wide spectrum, with daily and archival video clips of people and events across the globe. Whether you're looking for religious rituals, convention crowds, aerials, or space/time vortices they've got it.
Photomatix Essentials - Don't toss your poor images!
Photomatix Essentials is a software that will merge three images together or take one image and add a special effect. I've seen artists use this technique for:
High Dynamic Range (HDR) - psychedelic
HDR - natural look
1. With the HDR image, the final product is usually a psychedelic image. The images have a 'disco lighting' tone and viewers often immediately say, "Oh you did that with HDR right?"
Sony Vegas Pro 2012
This is so far the best book if you are planning to start seriously learning how to shoot creative Video with your new DSLR. I was little skeptical but this book gives you all the information needed. Beautiful color images explaning things is just awesome. (1 picture is better than 1000 words). As an added bonus the book tries to dive into little bit of story and dialog wriring which i think depends on your taste. I was looking to get more technical information about various "how to" questions because I am trying to get into macro videography and I got it in this book.
EZ Mask Photoshop plugin is easy to use for simple object extraction. The plugin helps remove an image from one photo and place it into another photo.
For extracting images with fine details (like hair), there is a learning curve and you should expect to spend a little time to remove the hair - at least an hour or two if you are a beginner.
I have been using a Wacom Bamboo tablet for years. I have used it very successfully for touching up photos. When deleting the background from a portrait it is great for drawing back in those fine hairs with a small transparent brush.
Beauty Box Video is a skin retouching plugin for After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro and OpenFX. For this software review I've chosen to use the Final Cut Pro version. Beauty Box Video uses face detection to create masks by identifying skin tones, permitting the user to smooth skin tones within video.
3D in Photoshop is a book designed to help users of Adobe Photoshop move from traditional 2D into the world of 3D design using CS5 Extended Edition. The book covers the basics of 3D and provides an excellent extended manual for the 3D portions of Photoshop CS5. Authored by Zorana Gee and Pete Falco, members of Adobe's own 3D team, this fully illustrated 205-page book offers some great tips and guidance for those wanting to produce work in 3D.
Perfect Photo Suite 6 from onOne Software is the latest version of their popular Photoshop Plug-in that allows you to manipulate photos. Version six includes portrait, effects, layers and mask modules. In addition, all of the modules now work as standalone applications and you can also use Perfect Photo Suite 6 for direct work with Apple Aperture and Adobe Lightroom.
Practical HDR by David Nightingale covers High Dynamic Range (HDR) from choosing your camera, to settings, to software.
My main criticism of the book would be the extremely small font. It's really, really, REALLY small which makes it almost unpleasant to read. It's so bad that this choice of font size is my sole reason for downgrading the book to 4 stars.
That being said, there is a wealth of information within. I'm new to HDR and the content of this book is excellent for beginners. I suspect intermediate and advanced users would also gain some tips.
Artisteer software by Extensoft, Inc. is a quick design tool used for creating websites fast.
As author of The Kid's Roth IRA Handbook I'd rather spend my time writing than coding web designs.
But, as a photographer, I do like to play with color and images, and I find Artisteer inspiring.
Artisteer is software creates templates as a:
XHTML website templates with CSS
The book "Thou Shall Not Use COMIC SANS" is essential a guide of dos and don'ts for designers. Each page has a differnet tip or trick to share. An example is Thou shall keep consistent leading within a paragraph with each heading it also shows a visual example of the tip. It will also have accompaning commentary to discuss why this is important. Some of the pages will have vocabulary explainations such as what leading is, how you use it, and so forth. There is a total of 365 tips, one for everyday of the year.