In this chapter, we look at nine plug-ins that can either make your tasks easier and quicker to do or can do them better than you can do with the features found in Photoshop 7. Several plug-ins covered make it a snap to complete basic image correction. Grain Surgery does an excellent job of removing the dreaded digital noise from images. Convert to B&W Pro makes it easy and fun to make black and white images from color images. You discover how to transform a digital photo into a painterly image by using buZZ.Pro 2.0 and how to use a pen tablet to selectively paint photographic effects on your digital photos. The last technique covers a few special effects plug-ins that can be useful to photographers.
Before you begin each of these techniques, you should download a trial version of the appropriate plug-in. As vendors continuously update their products and make updates available on the Internet, a Web page has been created on this book's companion Web page which provides a list of current "clickable" links to take you to the most current software.
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