"Ah, mon cher, for anyone who is alone, without God and without a master, the weight of days is dreadful." (Albert Camus)
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For the longest time I've resisted using the latest photo enhancing softwares. Not because I'm such a technological Ludite. I am not even a purist. I'm just cheap.
I've been using one of the earliest version of Photoshop Elements, which I got as a freebie when we acquired our PC decades ago. It worked fine. It still does. I used it for tweaking the saturation and the levels. But the PC I was using was on its last legs. So when I got a new Dell Studio, I decided to load it up with the bundle I got from Wacom tablet. It came with the Color Efex Pro and the Silver Efex Pro. I used the softwares as plug-ins for the Corel Paintshop Pro X2 -- which imo is the poor man's Photoshop CS3. More on Corel later -- I'll reserve it for my next blog.
Upon using the Silver Efex Pro, I realized what I was missing. Below is the same image used with the early Elements. The difference is huge. I have tried the Color Efex and will post my comment later.