There are a lot of ways to get your images looking professional from an editorial standpoint. However, these can be expensive, complicated and prone lack-luster results. This article will show you 10 free tools for photographers that will save you a lot of coin and help you tweak your images to perfection.
1. Perfect Exposure by Perfectly Clear
The perfect plug-in to fix exposure problems, add depth, contrast, and soft light to any scene. Perfect Exposure for Photoshop and Lightroom is the perfect tool for any photographer or designer. With eight great presets to solve the most common exposure problems, this fast, easy-to-use plug-in can bring out the details in any image, even dark photos. Spend less time editing and have more time behind your camera.Get Perfect Exposure Free
2. Analog Efex Pro 2
Get the photo you’re looking for, even if you don’t own the equipment. Let effects inspired by traditional cameras bring you back to the vintage age of photo development. Choose from 10 different Tool Combinations to easily apply their effects, or use the Camera Kit to mix and match your favorite analog features.Get Analog Efex Pro 2
3. Silver Efex Pro 2
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Advancements in black and white controls help you achieve great results quickly. Take advantage of tools like Dynamic Brightness, Soft Contrast, Amplify Whites, Amplify Blacks, and the advanced Grain Engine.
4. HDR Efex Pro 2
Powerful controls help you create exceptional natural and artistic HDR photos as HDR Efex Pro gives you a wide range of options for any image. Bring back lost highlights, open up shadows, and adjust tonality to achieve the perfectly natural and balanced image you’ve envisioned.Get HDR Efex Pro 2
Dfine lets you adjust contrast and reduce color noise separately, making it easy to control the type and amount of noise reduction applied to your photo. Unique profiles are created automatically for each image to ensure that noise reduction is applied only to noise elements so more details are retained.Get Dfine for Free
6. Color Efex Pro 4
Find a look that inspires you, then take it further. Visual presets give you a wide range of options to use as starting points for your photographic exploration. Stack any number of Color Efex Pro’s 55 filters to create a unique look. You can save your favorite combinations, then apply the same look to other images with a single click.Get Color Efex Pro 4 for Free
7. Viveza 2
You can choose exactly where enhancements are applied without using complicated selections or layer masks. The changes you make automatically and naturally blend with your image, producing spectacular results. Easy-to-use sliders let you quickly adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, shadows, red, green, blue, hue, and warmth. And the unique Structure control lets you accentuate textures and details without creating unwanted artifacts or halos.Get Viveza 2 for Free
8. Sharpener Pro 3
Enhance subtle details and textures to create images in a distinctive style. The Structure, Local Contrast, and Focus tools give you a variety of creative sharpening options. Selectively apply improvements using control points to help your viewers focus on the right areas. Enhancements blend into your image for a natural final result.Get Sharpener Pro 3 for Free
9. Free Prints at Parabo Press
Last year Photojojo launched Parabo Press – an image print service that works right of your phone. Well to get you to try it out, use code HEYPJ at checkout. You’ll get a free set of square prints.Download App - Get Free Prints
10. Pixlr – Photoshop on the Web
If you haven’t heard of Pixlr you should know this – it’s Photoshop on the Web. If you have ever needed to edit an image and you were away from your own Laptop with all your programs loaded, then you know the pain of being without. Never fear, Pixlr to the rescue. Not that this will replace your own copy of Photoshop, but it comes in VERY handy in a pinch. Try it out!
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