onOne Software has always offered some of the most fun Photoshop tools that produce outstanding results, making it difficult to find fault with any new version, and Perfect Photo Suite 9 Premium is no exception. onOne has incorporated their most popular tools into an easily navigable suite.
Topaz Labs says it's excited about Impression, because it's the first product to help you create real, authentic art. Photographers may balk at this statement, but let's acknowledge that Topaz Impression is a photo-manipulation product, and presume they define "authentic art" as painterly art with a capital A.
Engraver III is a plug-in for Photoshop that can apply a wide variety of engraving-like effects to any image, including photos, logos, or even text.
ArtRage 4.5 is a painting program that's worth checking out. It has so many natural-feeling brushes and options that you'll love. The interface is clean and customizable so you can put everything you don't need out of the way and just paint.
The long-awaited fourth version of Filter Forge is now available and loaded with new features that make it better than ever.
Aimed at professional photographers and graphic designers, PrinTao 8 from LaserSoft Imaging is a new, Mac-only tool that's fine-tuned for optimized printing with a specific class of printers, and it can also save you paper and ink.
Picture Instruments recently released Look Converter to convert presets and looks from any image editor into 3D LUTs (lookup tables) so that you can use these looks in any application that supports 3D LUTs.
The album design software space is heating up. That's good news for photographers selling albums to clients and designers selling layouts to photographers. Whether you design your own albums or outsource your design work, tools that make the process easier and faster are always welcome.