Using Image Correction Plug-ins

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Not long after getting into digital photography and learning how to edit digital photos, most photographers begin wishing that there were a better and faster way to make basic image corrections. No matter how digital photos are created, they almost always are in need of basic image correction — just as are most photos that have been taken with a film camera. While Photoshop 7 offers a most powerful assortment of image corrections tools, it takes skill and time (sometimes too much time) to correctly use them.

While admitting upfront that no instant perfect image correction software exists — a couple of plug-ins can do some pretty amazing corrections — on most (but, not all) digital photos. Pictographic International Corporation's iCorrect Professional 3.0 plug-in (www.picto.com) is one very useful tool — well I guess I'll say what I feel — one exceptionally useful tool! I've gotten to the point when viewing images, I just about always view them after applying the iCorrect Professional 3.0 filter to get a good idea how they ought to look. Sometimes the corrections are so good that I don't worry about doing anything else to the image. In this technique, you take a quick look at iCorrect Professional and two other useful plug-ins as well.

A downloadable trial version of iCorrect Professional 3.0 is available at www.picto.com, or you may visit www.reallyusefulpage.com\50ps7\ plug- ins.htm to get a clickable link to the download page and read any notes and updates about this and many other Photoshop 7 compatible plug-ins.

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