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willie45
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« on: June 28, 2006, 08:12:25 AM »
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I am pretty new to this digital imaging game and have started processing images using PS Elements 4. I quite like the idea of being able to use curves but am unwilling to pay for CS2 just to get this function. A web search has shown that there are a number of free plug ins for Elements 1,2,and 3 which offer curves but I can only find one which seems to be compatible with version 4. This is a plug in  called Curvemeister, which sells for 80 USD and seems to me to be a lot to pay simply to get curves.

I am also wondering if the purchase of Capture 1 LE which has curves control on it would make sense. This would of course give me access to a very good RAW convertor as well.

Any opinions or advice would be gratefully received.

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Willie
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« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2006, 09:40:51 AM »
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Paint shop pro maybe?
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« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2006, 10:09:53 AM »
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I'd suggest giving a try to Smart Curve from

http://free.pages.at/easyfilter/curves.html

It gave me some compatibility issues with hosts different from Adobe ones but I suspect it should be fine with Elements 4. It's free anyway, so why not to try it. Note, it's Windows only.

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« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2006, 10:35:28 AM »
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Hi
I am pretty new to this digital imaging game and have started processing images using PS Elements 4. I quite like the idea of being able to use curves but am unwilling to pay for CS2 just to get this function. A web search has shown that there are a number of free plug ins for Elements 1,2,and 3 which offer curves but I can only find one which seems to be compatible with version 4. This is a plug in called Curvemeister, which sells for 80 USD and seems to me to be a lot to pay simply to get curves.

I am also wondering if the purchase of Capture 1 LE which has curves control on it would make sense. This would of course give me access to a very good RAW convertor as well.

Any opinions or advice would be gratefully received.

Thanks

Willie
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Well, Curvemeister is more than just a curve tool. You can read a review [a href=\"http://www.outbackphoto.com/workflow/wf_32/essay.html]here[/url]. There's a demo version available for download.  I guess that most of the free plugins will do what you require and Curvemeister might be too "extreme" for your needs.

As for Capture One, a demo is also available (here). At $99, it is more expensive than Curvemeister and since you already have a RAW converter in PS Element, I would not consider it unless your experiments are very positive.
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« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2006, 06:09:55 AM »
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Hi
I am pretty new to this digital imaging game and have started processing images using PS Elements 4. I quite like the idea of being able to use curves but am unwilling to pay for CS2 just to get this function. A web search has shown that there are a number of free plug ins for Elements 1,2,and 3 which offer curves but I can only find one which seems to be compatible with version 4. This is a plug in  called Curvemeister, which sells for 80 USD and seems to me to be a lot to pay simply to get curves.

I am also wondering if the purchase of Capture 1 LE which has curves control on it would make sense. This would of course give me access to a very good RAW convertor as well.

Any opinions or advice would be gratefully received.

Thanks

Willie
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Hidden Power of Elements (for Version 4, Richard Lynch) should provide you Curves, plus many other tools. It's under $20 at Amazon. I have the version for PSE2, and it works pretty well.
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« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2006, 06:55:49 AM »
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Hidden Power of Elements (for Version 4, Richard Lynch) should provide you Curves, plus many other tools. It's under $20 at Amazon. I have the version for PSE2, and it works pretty well.
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Thanks for the tip re this. It seems a valuabe book and software. I have ordered through Amazon. Also thanks to everyone else for their advice and help.

Willie
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