Monday, June 19, 2017

Ron Martinsen Featured on Meural Digital Canvas (Special Offer)

Ron Martinsen on Meural Digital Canvas

I'm pleased to announce that some of my photos are now available for download to your Meural digital canvas. If you aren't familiar with Meural, then check out my review for more details.

Special Offer

Click here and when you add your canvas to the cart, and click check out you will see a screen like the one below. Be sure to enter the coupon code RONMART (this code may change, so check my Meural review for the latest code if it doesn't work).

Meural Coupon Code in Cart Example
PLEASE NOTE - This code may change from what's shown in the photo!
Contact me if you have trouble.

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Friday, May 26, 2017

REVIEW:Topaz Studio - A Free Lightroom Replacement?

Topaz Studio User Interface
Topaz Studio User Interface

Topaz Labs has outdone themselves with a new product that offers a ton of functionality for the best price - FREE!

Topaz Studio is a beautifully designed product that is screaming fast and scales beautifully on any display size - including the 1080p and 4K UHD screens I tested it on, with an ever quick response time throughout the UI. Seriously - it's the fast performing Topaz product I've ever used, so hopefully this is the future of what we'll see from Topaz!

There's a lot to discuss so I've covered everything I could in this 9 minute tutorial video which I highly encourage you to watch so you can quickly get a handle on the wealth of features this product offers - for FREE:


Conclusion

You can't beat free, so if you've grown tired of Adobe's subscription model or have longed for a Luminar alternative on Windows, then this is a great choice. Definitely give it a shot and if you don't like it, then just uninstall it - it didn't cost you much any time!

Personally, I'll still keep Lightroom around for its asset management features (the Library module) and other things I like about it, but this product has my attention. With a promise of an ever evolving feature set with frequent updates, this is sure to be a popular product that I expect to only get better.

If you do like it, then please do me a favor and share this article with all of your friends and on social media! I'd also love it if you used my link below if you decide to purchase the pro presets pack too!

Where to get your FREE COPY

CLICK HERE to learn more and get your FREE copy today!

CLICK HERE and use the coupon code STUDIO to get a discount off the pro presets too!

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If you make a purchase using links found in this article, I may make a commission. It doesn’t cost you a penny more, but it does help to support future articles like this.

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If you enjoyed this article, please support future articles like this by making a donation or saving money by using my discount coupon codes. Either way, your support is greatly appreciated!

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

REVIEW: Imagenomic Portraiture 3 (DISCOUNT OFFER) - Video Tutorial

Imagenomic Portraiture has always been my favorite skin softening product because it does a wonderful job of softening the skin without obliterating the texture like most other products (and techniques shown on YouTube). It's the secret sauce use by a lot of high end fashion and beauty photographers, so it's been a key part of my digital workflow for nearly a decade.

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One of the big new features of version 3.0 is how the user-interface scales on a 4K UHD or larger display, like the NEC PA322UHD that I use.Here's the old UI which looks tiny both in thumbnail and when you click to view the 4K screenshot:

Imagenomic Portraiture 2 - Tiny on 4K

And here's the new UI which scales beautifully to any size:

Imagenomic Portraiture 3 - New Optimized for 4K UI

The heart of the new user-interface can be found in the left panel which is functionally similar, but now just bigger and easier to read:

Imagenomic Portraiture 3 - New UI Controls

The new user-interface is significantly more responsive thanks to hardware acceleration, so zooming is now instant with no painful minute waiting for the softening effect to be applied.

The user-interface does lose my beloved tabs feature which allows you to experiment and see the results of different settings spread over multiple tabs, but that was a geek feature most people didn't know exist so I don't think most users will miss it.

Skin Softening Results

Original Image - BEFORE Skin Softening (Zoomed to 111%) - Click for larger version
Original Image - BEFORE Skin Softening (Zoomed to 111%) - Click for larger version

Portraiture 3 Normal Preset AFTER Skin Softening (Zoomed to 111%) - Click for larger version
Portraiture 3 Normal Preset AFTER Skin Softening (Zoomed to 111%) - Click for larger version

Video Tutorial

My previous tutorial on Portraiture 2 had nearly 150,000 views and the advanced techniques tutorial was featured on the Imagenomic support website. In this all new for version 3 review, I focus on both a face and full body with basic and advanced techniques with improvements that hopefully address user suggestions for my past videos:

Conclusion

If you have a high resolution display, the upgrade is a no brainer because it's so much easier (and faster) to use. However, if your budget is tight I can honestly say that I don't see any improvements to the skin softening algorithms that make me prefer the new version over the old version.

This is still a great product that I highly recommend, especially for those who are disappointed by the wealth of terrible skin softening products and techniques currently available today. It's fast and easy to use and a must have for anyone who edits a lot of photos with people.

Where to Buy?

CLICK HERE to learn more or buy today, and be sure to use my coupon code RONMART2017 to save 15% on one or more Imagenomic products as shown below:

Enter the code and click update to apply the discount
Enter the code and click update to apply the discount

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If you make a purchase using links found in this article, I may make a commission. It doesn’t cost you a penny more, but it does help to support future articles like this.

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If you enjoyed this article, please support future articles like this by making a donation or saving money by using my discount coupon codes. Either way, your support is greatly appreciated!

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The opinions provided are of Ron Martinsen alone and do not reflect the view of any other entity

Monday, May 22, 2017

REVIEW: Topaz Impression 2 (Discount Offer)

Video Tour

To help you better understand how this product works I created this video tour. While it's not a tutorial, you can get an idea how I use the product and in the end get a peek at how to customize to add your own personal touch:

Before and After Images

To give you some ideas how this product works, I created some one click edits that were created using the preset mentioned in the caption. Click on the images for a larger version.

Please note the abstract nature of these digitally painted photos means you'll need to view at a distance of at least 3 feet away to fully appreciate the effect.

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Japan Ryokan

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Japan Ryokan - Unedited Original

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Cave Dweller II Preset

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Crayon Scratch II Preset

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Rembrandt Portrait II Preset

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Van Gough I Preset

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Seurat Afternoon II Preset

Japanese Creek

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Unedited Original

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Cave Dweller II Preset

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Degas Dancers I Preset

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Rembrandt Portrait II Preset

Fall Trees in Kyoto

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Unedited Original

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Degas Dancers I Preset

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Edward Hopper I Preset

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Van Gough I Preset

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Seurat Afternoon II Preset

Topaz Impression generates natural painterly effects by painting brush strokes one at a time. (It just does this very fast!) Impression can paint over 10,000 brushstrokes in less than a second, all while completely following your artistic direction, making truly personal art that you can call your own.

Conclusion

This is one of the most creative products on the market, so I highly encourage you to at least try it out. While it can be a bit slow compared to what you are used to with other plug-ins, it's worth the wait for what it does - which sometimes can be mind blowing.

This is one of my favorite products of 2016, so I highly recommend it for someone wanting go in a totally different direction with their photos - just get ready for some "wow's" when people see it on hanging on the wall in your Meural digital canvas or your Whitewall print.

Impression 2 requires Windows 7+, Mac OSX 10.9+, and a GPU with OpenGL 3.3 or higher.

Where to Buy?

CLICK HERE to learn more or order today and use the coupon code RONMART to save even more!

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If that coupon code doesn't work, don’t forget to visit my discount coupon codes  page for the latest discount on ANY Topaz Labs products and many more!

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The opinions provided are of Ron Martinsen alone and do not reflect the view of any other entity

Monday, May 8, 2017

Imagenomic Portraiture 3 Discount & Tutorial...

Chinese Beauty in Japan by Ron Martinsen on 500px.com

This article has moved - CLICK HERE to see my new review of Portraiture 3 or save and buy now using coupon code RONMART2017.

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If you enjoyed this article, please support future articles like this by making a donation or saving money by using my discount coupon codes. Either way, your support is greatly appreciated!

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