"Must Have" Plugins for Photoshop CS?

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by No Where Man, Dec 14, 2003.

  1. No Where Man

    No Where Man Guest

    I'm looking at several 3rd party plug-ins, and would appreciate any input as
    which ones would be considered "must have":

    1. Extensis Mask Pro 3 and/or Intellihance Pro 4
    2. Kodak Digital ROC, Digital GEM
    3. Neat Image (alternative to Digital GEM for noise reduction)

    or...any others?

    No Where Man, Dec 14, 2003
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  2. No Where Man

    Guest Guest

    Well Mask Pro, Corel KnockOut and most other masking programs aren't worth
    the money. Learn to use the tools in Photoshop including the QuickMask mode
    and channels. Extract comes in handy, but I find by the time I clean up the
    messy edges I could have had it done another way faster and better.

    Intellihance and other image correction plug-ins aren't worth the money
    either. They work for a small percentage of images and often times you will
    still have to do some correcting on those manually anyways. Again, learn to
    use the tools in Photoshop.

    I don't know anything about the Kodak programs you mention or what they do
    so I can't comment.

    NeatImage in my opinion is worth every cent. Recently I have had to scan
    some very old negatives that were done with high speed film. The images for
    my taste were way to grainy. NeatImage cleaned them up and made them exactly
    what I wanted. However, if you don't have a scanner yet get one that has
    hardware/software cleanup built-in like digital ice some thing else.
    Otherwise NeatImage is awesome.

    Other plug-ins I love are the AutoFX plug-in packages. These are very
    powerful and do something that are either impossible to do manually or would
    take weeks to do. The KPT plug-ins are pretty good for something's, but I
    don't find I use them very much.

    Overall, I don't use plug-ins often. I have spent the time to learn
    Photoshop and can do most of what I want without one.

    Guest, Dec 14, 2003
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  3. There's no such thing as a "must have" plugin. There are plugins that are
    time-savers (a good thing) and there are plugins that substitute for
    knowledge and competency with an application (maybe a good thing, depends.)
    There are no plugins that are superior to or even easier to use than being
    properly acquainted with your application's masking tools.
    For photographic correction and enhancement, if I can't do it myself, or
    don't have the time, or want to try an alternative, I prefer Harry Heim's
    Photo Wiz tools - http://www.thepluginsite.com/products/photowiz/index.htm
    Color Washer, Focal Blade and some freebies.

    Haven't used it but the general consensus is that it's the best of the lot.
    Sally Beacham, Dec 15, 2003
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    Pood Guest

    UltiMatte AdvantEdge if you need to work with chromakey backdrops.
    The ones you mention appear redundant with what CS is already capable
    of. Of course the function of these matting programs is redundant
    also, but AdvantEdge has a useful interface and gets it done quickly.
    Pood, Dec 15, 2003
  5. No Where Man

    Harry Limey Guest

    I was impressed with Color mechanic (posted recently by someone else) allows
    you to change the colours in an image very precisely and easily.
    Harry Limey, Dec 15, 2003
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    Mark R Guest

    Mark R, Dec 16, 2003
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