This week’s Sunday Sampler consists of some colorful blurs – a method I learned way back when from the master, Tony Sweet. Swiping the camera as you shoot – fall color makes some interesting swipes! You can always use Gaussian Blur to soften these even more, or use a product like Topaz Impression to create a totally different look! Enjoy!
As I get further on down the calendar, I create “bundles” of previous Sunday Samplers for purchase at a modest cost. I just packaged up Bundle 4 which consists of textures from July-Dec. 2017. There are 76 textures, all at the 4500 pixel size. And, all four bundles are on sale until 8/31 for just $10 each (reg. $15 ea.). Since these files are so huge, I will email the link to download within 24 hrs. after purchase. Check it out in the Peacock Studio HERE! (Just click on Peacock Studio Textures once in the store.)
IN CASE YOU MISSED THE POST ON THURSDAY!
Introducing A.I. Gigapixel
Topaz A.I. Gigapixel is a standalone application only (it does not work as a plugin or Topaz Studio adjustment) made for batch resizing your images. It uses the power of Topaz’s proprietary Artistic Intelligence engine to make sharper and clearer upscaled images than traditional upscaling tools.
A.I. GigaPixel is the first desktop application to use the power of Deep Neural Networks to realistically enlarge your images, up to 6x. Traditional up-scale methods use “interpolation” (bi-cubic, Lanczos, fractal, etc.) to create higher resolution images.
These traditional methods produce images that are blurry, unrealistically painterly, and lack the details that are present in real high-resolution images.
The unsurpassed quality of A.I. Gigapixel can enlarge full-size Raw images to over a gigapixel in size. it can also enlarge thumbnail images to create full-size versions that are practically identical to original high-resolution photos. Can you tell which image is the original and which was upscaled from a thumbnail?
We scaled the original image down to 16% of its original size then used A.I. Gigapixel to enlarge that thumbnail 600%
This is the eye from the thumbnail.
This is the output from A.I. Gigapixel on the left, and the original full-size image on the right when zoomed to 150%.
I had a chance to try out the program myself – VERY cool! I took an image that I had sized as a small jpeg (4″x6″) for a Facebook post, then blew it up 600% (24″x36″) – WOW! Have a look:
Original 4″ x 6″:
Cropped in area of 24″ x 36″:
This is WAY better than any other resizing program available!
Topaz A.I. Gigapixel is available as a standalone batch processing application only. It is compatible with 64-bit Windows 7+ and Mac OS X 10.11+. It also requires a GPU with OpenGL 3.3 or later (Intel HD5000 or better, Nvidia GTX 760 or better, AMD R9 280 or better. You can take advantage of a free 30-day trial with A.I. Gigapixel, through the main application when you download.
A.I. Gigapixel™ is available for $99.99. AND you can save 15% with my code: MeredithImages at checkout.
CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE TOPAZ WEBSITE AND CHECK OUT THIS FABULOUS PROGRAM!
My favorite program for creating HDR images has always been Photomatix (by HDRsoft). They just released an update – version 6.1. If you have a recent version, it will be a free upgrade.
If you don’t have and would like to check it out, they offer a 30 free trial. The price is $99 for Photomatix Pro – but you can save 15% with my code meredithimages at checkout, making the price $84.15. Click HERE to go to the website.
HDR is a great way to capture the full range of light in an image – it does NOT have to be the “over done HDR look” – I’ve used it on flowers and architecture equally as well and kept the “natural look” – like this:
This is 5-shots merged in Photomatix
This is 7-shots merged in Photomatix
You may ask “Why use Photomatix when Lightroom offers HDR?” Lightroom’s HDR Merge offers just one HDR style (somewhere between realistic and artistic) which may not always give the effect you were aiming for.
With Photomatix Pro, you can choose between 6 HDR styles, so you can find the options that give the best results from any photo. The HDR styles include Exposure Fusion, which is unbeatable for natural-looking results.
Additionally, Photomatix Pro offers batch processing, advanced options for removing ghosts, plus you can blend a source exposure into your final image using a Brush Tool.
If you are serious about HDR, it’s likely you will quickly find Lightroom’s HDR feature too limited.
Note that Photomatix Pro includes a free Plugin for Lightroom. You can use the Plugin to select your photos in Lightroom, process them in Photomatix Pro, then import back in Lightroom!