Last night, amid, admittedly, a bit of schmoozing, I found out about a bunch of stuff from onOne software that may make your image-editing lives a lot better, and address some of the needs of those of us who don't spend every minute of our lives glued to Big Mama Photoshop.
The first, most fun, and least expensive (they're free) is a set of 85 Lightroom presets concocted in partnership with Photoshop great Jack Davis. All you Lightroom users have to do is download them, install, and make dramatic one-click changes to all your pics. Click here to learn more and see demos.
OnOne has always made lots of enticing-sounding plug-ins like the super-upsizer Genuine Fractals, the quick-improver Intellihance Pro, the easy-selector Mask Pro, and the border-enhancer PhotoFrame Pro. But though they all work well with Photoshop Elements, users of that program may have been understandably reticent about buying plug-ins that cost almost as much as Elements itself. The new solution? A bundle of all four, just for Elements, that will only cost about $60.
Finally, I get a lot of questions about what to do when you have a little image that you have to make big. If you've got to do it, you could probably benefit from the assistance of a plug-in that makes upsampling its business. Genuine Fractals is just that, and for now, you can download and try out version 5 in beta form.