FM Plug-ins

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by JerseyJay, Apr 4, 2005.

  1. I'm noticing that a lot of you guys use FM plug ins. Can you please list which ones you use, why and how they improved your process. I don't want to go on plug-in spree but I'm curious which ones you find "necessary" in your post-processing.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. dkapp

    dkapp

    122
    Mar 18, 2005
    San Francisco
    So Far I've bought:

    DRI Pro - I still use this a little. I'm working on my own technique for better results.

    ISOX Pro - Very little use (I don't use high ISO much)

    SI Pro - I only use this when I need to print big & the lab doesn't upsample to their own standards. Only problem is the plugin keeps crapping out & screwing up PS

    BW Workflow Pro - Quick & Easy, works as advertised. I'm doing more of my own now

    Nikon D70 CS Pro - Don't use the camera anymore = Never used the action

    Velvia - Most used action from FM. I own the previous version. Never felt a need to upgrade.

    The thing I've found is I use the FM actions less and less as my PS skills improve. I just find that I can do a better job on my own, with more precision once I understand what needs to be done.

    Just my $.02. I hope that helps.

    Dave
     
  3. Flew

    Flew

    994
    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    Jay,

    I'm a real PSCS rookie. For that reason, I bought the Intellisharpen and Resize Pro plug-ins. So far, I'm very impressed by my results. I'm sure that with experience, I'll be able to get similar results, but right now, I'm glad that I go these two.

    I'm also interested in the Velvia action. I may give it a try when my bank account recovers from buying PSCS, and the two plug-ins that I have.... :?

    Frank
     
  4. dkapp

    dkapp

    122
    Mar 18, 2005
    San Francisco
    Flew,

    For velvia you may want to consider another one from MSoo.

    He has just released a new Velvia plugin that seems to be great. You may want to ping Anand for more info. I know he has a copy & had some time to experiment.

    The action can be found:
    http://www.soocool.com/software/

    His sharpening action is quite good too. It just take awhile to get used to. Once you get more familiar with PS & Layers, I would suggest giving it a try.

    Dave
     
  5. Flew

    Flew

    994
    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    Thanks Dave. I'll check it out.

    Frank
     
  6. I use WP Pro for downsizing, B&W action, Velvia, and used to use Intellisharpen Pro until I came across Pixel Genius' Photo Kit II which is superior but more costly.
     
  7. I use Intellisharpen Pro, BW Workflow Pro, Velvia (which I have not tired out yet) and the resize plug-in. Really like the BW and Intellisharpen.

    Gil
     
  8. I have Intellisharpen II.
    After my regular initial corrections in Nikon Capture, I save as a 16 bit TIFF to finish the job in PS CS. In CS I apply a pass of LAB lightness channel sharpening, followed by a low settings pass of Intellisharpen. Works for me and the result is great, not oversharpened.
    I have a thread on it here (with an example a few posts down in the same thread): https://www.nikoncafe.com//forums/viewtopic.php?t=1837
     
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