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Weekly Photo ChallengeChallenge: Be Free And Be Happy

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Re: Challenge: Be Free And Be Happy

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The free software is ON1 Photo Effects Free 10.5. I have embraced ON1's software fully and am currently striving to get better at incorporating it into my workflow. I have the full versions of ON1 Photo 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 2017 and now, ON1 Photo RAW 2018 (a potential candidate to replace Lightroom if Adobe ever gets too greedy), but for this challenge, I used the free version. It is notably lacking in Layer and Masking tools, other than to mask out something one has already applied, and then, none too concisely. If I had access to some precise selection tools, I would have toned down the blown-out white flowers.

As far as I'm concerned, though, the Cat's Meow of free software editors, though, is Paint.Net, complete with layers, masks, and can call NIK' Filters (which were free was of the start of this challenge), as well as On1 Effects Free 10.5, which I used here.
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Post by LindaShorey »

Steve, I also used Picasa quite happily for a couple of years. Recently I did a museum matte frame with it. Below is sooc jpg (yep, under-exposed!) and edited via befunky.com, an online editor I use occasionally on my Chromebook.

I have the "deluxe" paid version, so I had to log out of the account to see what was available in just the free version, lol. Quite a bit, it turns out! The primary change is with a free pre-set effect called vintage color. Free features for basic editing include exposure, sharpening, crop, re-size, straighten/rotate, vignette and more.
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Post by LindaShorey »

St3v3M wrote:I call it Sunset Dreams and hope you enjoy it! S-
Most definitely :thumbup:
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Bob Yankle wrote:The free software is ON1 Photo Effects Free 10.5. ...

I forgot about ON1 Photo Effects Free. Neat! S-
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Post by St3v3Murray »

LindaShorey wrote:... I have the "deluxe" paid version, so I had to log out of the account to see what was available in just the free version, lol. Quite a bit, it turns out! The primary change is with a free pre-set effect called vintage color. Free features for basic editing include exposure, sharpening, crop, re-size, straighten/rotate, vignette and more.

I haven't tried BeFunky yet but I like what I see. And I love that you were so honest! S-
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Post by St3v3Murray »

LindaShorey wrote:
St3v3M wrote:I call it Sunset Dreams and hope you enjoy it! S-
Most definitely :thumbup:

Thank you! It's a little overcooked but was fun to make, and humbling too! S-
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Post by minniev »

I think the name "Be Free and Be Happy" is a perfectly good name for this photo, too. Taken in New Orleans, Jackson Square. All was done in NIK Color Efex, various filters.
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minniev wrote:I think the name "Be Free and Be Happy" is a perfectly good name for this photo, too. Taken in New Orleans, Jackson Square. All was done in NIK Color Efex, various filters.

I like the gritty sixties feel this has. Well done! I didn't know you could use the NIK Collection as a stand-alone. Neat! S-
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St3v3M wrote:
minniev wrote:I think the name "Be Free and Be Happy" is a perfectly good name for this photo, too. Taken in New Orleans, Jackson Square. All was done in NIK Color Efex, various filters.

I like the gritty sixties feel this has. Well done! I didn't know you could use the NIK Collection as a stand-alone. Neat! S-

You recognized the era! The "look" is from one of the vintage film filters in color Efex. Other filters were stacked for light, shadow, detail and vignette. NIK will not develop a raw file but once you get it to a JPEG or tiff in your cameras (free) raw developer, you can open it in one of the NIK filters and stack effects. For this challenge I just exported the raw to tiff with the settings zeroed out then took it to NIK in its blah state.
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minniev wrote:I think the name "Be Free and Be Happy" is a perfectly good name for this photo, too. Taken in New Orleans, Jackson Square. All was done in NIK Color Efex, various filters.


No fair, I paid $250 for the Nik Collection! :D
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