Am I the only Photoshop or Photoshop Elements user who continually struggles to master the many selection, layers, and masking tools required to selectively refine my digital photos? I suspect not, and therefore wanted to pass along a terrific plug-in I’ve discovered that makes adjusting your digital photos intuitive and straightforward. Viveza 2 by Nik Software is not inexpensive — at $199 it’s a bigger investment than Elements itself — but it’s worth every penny if you want instant quality results from your Photoshop or Elements software. (Get on Nik’s mailing list for occasional special offers. They also offer discounts to Nikonians members.) Want to darken a sky? Or brighten a face? Enhance detail on a snowy surface? I’m blown away by how easily and effectively Viveza 2 enhances most photos, and by the quality of the results. Check out the introductory video to see why I am so excited about it. It really works like they say. Nik offers a 15-day free trial so you can test it yourself. ©2010 Gregory N. Brown
Disclaimer: I have no connection to Nik Software except for owning Viveza 2 and some of their other plug-in products.