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PortraitPro 12 Studio

Professional retouching in Photoshop requires years of experience and hours of meticulous work, but with life moving a thousand miles per hour, it’s rare we have the luxury to devote that time to every image. Coming to our aid is PortraitPro 12 Studio, which improves upon an already rich collection of features and adds a couple of great new ones.

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HP DreamColor Z27x Professional Display

There are many marketing terms that are used to describe display monitors, such as “bold colors” or “vibrant images.” For the design professional, however, a natural, more neutral, and completely accurate representation of your work is what tends to produce the best results. The DreamColor Z27x is just that: a professional display that delivers beautiful images with all of the clarity, contrast, and saturation for a well-balanced view of your work.

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Blinkbid 7

Nothing beats tools designed by photographers for photographers, and Blinkbid is at the top of that list. Photographer Lou Lesko designed Blinkbid to help other creative professionals simplify and streamline the often dizzying process of creating bids and invoicing for jobs.

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PercepTool 3

Working with the nine filters individually or in combination gives us a process for re-creating that original perception of light. The 47-page instruction manual is comprehensive, well written, and illustrates the process for each filter. It’s best used while simultaneously working with your images. A help guide is also available within each filter. PercepTool works on both color and black-and-white files.

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Sound Forge Pro Mac 2

Sony’s Sound Forge Pro Mac 2 sound editor was released in February, and it has impressive sound codec support, including FLAC and MP4 video. Other improved features include an Auto Trim/Crop tool, a Volume plug-in, broadcast CALM loudness compliant metering, Event Mode improvements, and a new iZotope plug-in (Nectar Elements).

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Fundy Designer with Album Builder 6

After five iterations, Fundy has left the Photoshop panel nest and become a robust, stand-alone application with game-changing Drop Zone technology that takes 30 years of old-school album design practices and turns them on their head.

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